Florida Matters Episode Archives

Florida Matters: Medical Marijuana Town Hall (June 26, 2014)
This November, voters in Florida will get the chance to weigh in on Amendment 2, which would legalize medical marijuana.
The Village Square at St. Petersburg College's Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions recently hosted a town hall...
Clone of Florida Matters: Seeing Tampa Bay Like a Tourist (June 17, 2014)
You may call the Tampa Bay area home, but have your really seen it through the eyes of a tourist?
What is your favorite part of living in the Tampa Bay area? Is it seeing the glint of a dolphin's tail as it surfaces just offshore? The sweet...
Florida Matters: Preparing for Hurricanes (June 12, 2014)
Hurricane season is now under way, and we're helping you prepare. A look at what you need to stock in your emergency kit, this season's hurricane forecast and a tour of a hurricane hunter airplane that flies directly into a storm's path.
Florida Matters: 70th Anniversary of D-Day (June 8, 2014)
Friday, June 6 marked the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the historic military landing at Normandy during World War II. We take a look at D-Day through the eyes of a C-47 pilot who was there. Retired First Lt. Gerald “Bud” Berry was among those who...
Florida Matters: Florida Architecture (May 29, 2014)
Florida has its share of boring, disposable architecture -- from sprawling neighborhoods of stucco houses to buildings that age quickly and are torn down just as fast. But there are plenty of gems on the Florida landscape -- and the idea of...
Florida Matters: The Future of Florida's Springs (May 21, 2014)
Most everyone agrees that Florida's springs have seen much better days. Decades of growth, agriculture and lawn fertilizer are among the factors that have turned many springs into a soupy, murky muck. But a comprehensive bill to protect and restore...
Florida Matters: 2014 Legislative Session (May 13, 2014)
State lawmakers ended this year's 60-day legislative session by passing a record $77.1 billion budget, along with laws that deal with everything from immigrant tuition to medical marijuana. We take a look at what passed -- and what didn't -- on this...
Florida Matters: Greenlight Pinellas Transit Plan (May 6, 2014)
This November, voters in Pinellas County will decide whether or not to raise the county's sales tax to 8 percent to fund Greenlight Pinellas. That's the transit plan that would expand bus service and help build a light rail connecting Clearwater...
Florida Matters: A Look at the BP Oil Spill 4 Years Later (April 22, 2014)
It's been four years since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. We take a look at the lingering effects, ongoing clean-up efforts and the future of drilling in the Gulf.
We talk to an oil industry expert and two scientists...
Florida Matters: St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman (April 18, 2014)
For a special "newsmakers" edition of Florida Matters, we took some of your questions with us when we sat down with St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman at City Hall to talk about the mayor's first 100 days in office. We talk with the mayor about the...
Florida Matters: Bollywood Oscars in Tampa (April 9, 2014)
The International Indian Film Academy's 15th annual weekend and awards takes place April 24-26 at various spots around the Tampa Bay area.
The event is held in a different country each year, and this is the first time the Bollywood Oscars will...
Florida Matters: Florida's Population Increase (April 8, 2014)
Recent figures from the U.S. Census Bureau suggest Florida could soon become the third most populous state in the country. Whether that's good or bad depends on whom you ask. We discuss why people move to Florida and the consequences of an...
Florida Matters: Affordable Care Act Questions Answered (March 27, 2014)
Do I have to buy health insurance? How do I compare plans? How can I find a plan I can afford? What if I have a preexisting condition? Can I kick my kid off my health insurance plan? How can I make sure I'm covered when I travel? What if I don't...
Florida Matters: Choosing the Next FCAT (March 20, 2014)
Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart is expected to recommend a test to (mostly) replace the FCAT later this month.
A new test is needed because Florida is finishing the switch to new K-12 math, language arts and literacy standards this...
Florida Matters: State of the State (March 4, 2014)
Florida Gov. Rick Scott delivered his annual State of the State address to kick off the 60-day legislative sessions.
The speech took up the better part of a half-hour on March 4, so we've edited portions of long breaks of applause so we can...
Florida Matters: 2014 Legislative Preview (March 3, 2014)
Before the Florida legislative session starts March 4, we're bringing you previews of some of the issues facing lawmakers this year:
In-state tuition for student veterans
Questions about Common Core standards
Resort style casinos...
Florida Matters: Congressional District 13 Special Election - Alex Sink (February 21, 2014)
The late C.W. "Bill" Young served in Congress for more than four decades.
A special election will be held March 11 to decide who will replace him.
This week on Florida Matters, our guest is Democratic candidate Alex Sink. Last week, our...
Florida Matters: Congressional District 13 Special Election - David Jolly (February 21, 2014)
The late C.W. "Bill" Young served in Congress for more than four decades.
A special election will be held March 11 to decide who will replace him.
This week on Florida Matters, our guest is Republican candidate David Jolly. Next week,...
Lowering the Drinking Age (February 11, 2014)
More than 100 college and university presidents around the country have signed on to the Amethyst Initiative, a call for national discussion about underage alcohol use. The list includes the presidents of big-name schools like Ohio State University...
Florida Matters: Planning for Long-Term Care (February 5, 2014)
Baby boomers have seen it coming for quite some time -- retirement, senior living and senior survival.
Experts say most of us begin planning too late for the help we might need as we get older.
We take a look at long-term care, including...

 

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