Florida Matters Episode Archives

Work to Do: A Check-Up on Florida's Labor Market (August 27, 2013)
With Labor Day just around the corner, we’re taking a look at Florida’s labor market--starting with Gov. Rick Scott’s promise to create 700,000 new jobs in seven years. Guest host Craig Kopp leads the discussion. Richard Gonzmart Columbia...
St. Petersburg Pier: The Lens (August 21, 2013)
The aging St. Petersburg Pier officially closed to the public on May 31st. The city of St. Petersburg plans to demolish it and replace it with a new pier, a design called the Lens. But not so fast, opponents of the Lens design gathered more than 20,...
Florida Matters: St. Petersburg Mayoral Debate (August 13, 2013)
St. Petersburg is at a crossroads - what to do about the homeless, mass transit, the future of the Pier - and the future home of the Tampa Bay Rays. Current Mayor Bill Foster will be angling for another term during the Aug. 27 election for mayor....
Florida Matters: Affordable Care Act Questions (August 9, 2013)
We asked our readers to tell us what they thought was confusing about the Affordable Care Act, and you called, e-mailed and Facebooked us with questions. This week WUSF’s Craig Kopp sits down with attorney Linda Fleming of Carlton Fields, Julian...
Florida Matters: Drones and Privacy Rights (August 2, 2013)
They're used for everything from documenting crime scenes to chasing down rhino poachers in Africa. But on July 1, a law took effect in Florida that banned use of unmanned drones except in police emergencies. We look at the uses of this new...
Florida Matters -- School Technology (July 24, 2013)
Florida schools are gearing up for new education standards and accompanying online testing. Schools must also prepare to deliver half of all classroom instruction digitally by 2015.
So what will this mean for students, teachers and schools? It...
Florida Matters: Bob Graham on the State of Florida's Waterways (July 16, 2013)
Florida is a state of hurricanes and summer deluges, but water is a dwindling resource. It's at the center of a tug of war between urban areas, agriculture and environmentalists, who say Florida's waterways are drying up - or becoming increasingly...
Florida Matters: Veterans Wheelchair Games (July 10, 2013)
It’s reportedly the largest wheelchair sporting event in the world and its coming to the Tampa Bay area July 13-18. It’s the 33rd annual National Veterans Wheelchair Games.
Florida Matters visits with a wheelchair athlete turned dancer who is...
Florida Matters: Human Trafficking (July 2, 2013) (July 2, 2013)
Human trafficking is a huge problem in Florida. The state ranks third in the country in human trafficking, but local organizations are working on a solution.
According a local nonprofit organization working to tackle sexual exploitation,...
How Common Standards Will Change Florida Schools (June 28, 2013)
Florida is one of 45 states which have fully adopted new English, literacy and math standards for K-12 schools.
The standards, known as Common Core, are intended to make sure every high school graduate can handle college-level work or find a...
Florida Polytechnic Readies for First Students (June 20, 2013)
Florida Polytechnic University is quickly taking shape in Polk County. Officials hope to admit the first students in the fall of 2014 -- which means finding those students, housing them, hiring the faculty to teach them, designing a curriculum, and...
Florida Matters: Streamlining Foreclosures? (June 12, 2013)
Florida Gov. Rick Scott last week signed into law a bill aimed at speeding up the foreclosure process in the state. In the wake of the housing crisis, Florida has one of the highest foreclosure rates in the country.
Backers say that that the...
Florida Matters: 2013 Legislative Wrap Up (June 6, 2013)
State lawmakers wrapped up this year's legislative session by passing a $74.5 billion budget which the governor trimmed to $74.1 billion. But overall, lawmakers were happy with the budget and proud of their bipartisan spirit.
Less than two...
Florida Matters: Pinellas Mass Transit Tax Hike Referendum (June 6, 2013)
In 2014, voters in Pinellas County will decide whether to raise their sales taxes to pay for major upgrades to the county's public transportation system. That would include what could become the Bay Area's first light rail. Supporters say it's the...
Florida Matters: State House Reporters Look Back at the Legislative Session (May 31, 2013)
What got done in Tallahassee, what didn't and why? And how will it affect you?
Ethics and elections reform gets through, but health care expansion does not. And efforts to change alimony and state run Citizens property insurance fell short....
Medicaid Expansion and the Florida Legislature (May 14, 2013)
The debate over Medicaid expansion was one of the biggest issues during this year’s legislative session. Florida Matters talks with three Florida lawmakers about why they were unable to agree on a plan that would have expanded health care coverage...
Florida Matters: The Cost of College (May 7, 2013)
The cost of college is rising and more students find themselves repaying loans than ever. Florida Matters talks with two experts about what trends are affecting the cost of earning a college degree and what parents can do to prepare.
The Gulf of Mexico Three Years After the BP Oil Spill (May 1, 2013)
Fish with lesions, diseased livers and spleens - and parts of the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico coated with a toxic slime. These are some of the things researchers continue to find three years after the Deepwater Horizon well exploded. A team based...
Tampa Bay a Craft Beer Mecca (April 26, 2013)
The craft beer craze has taken hold in the Tampa Bay area, which leads the state in brewing the locally-made and creatively-flavored drinks. We'll hear about the phenomenon from some experts -- including a brewery owner and writers who cover the...
Florida Matters: Spring Break in Syria (April 16, 2013)
Spring break in Florida is something many college students look forward to, but two University of South Florida students opted to leave the Sunshine State for an environment where sounds of roaring fighter jets, missiles hitting the ground and heavy...

 

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