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  A Florida State University student who wants to bring her gun to this weekend's football game sued the school Tuesday over a policy that bans legal gun owners from locking their firearms in their cars while in the stadium cheering on their team.

Departed DCF Boss Still Troubled By Bell Killings

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The beginnings of David Abramowitz's resignation from the Florida Department of Children and Families came nearly a year ago, when he learned that six children and their mother had been gunned down in the tiny Gilchrist County town of Bell.

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About 9.9 million people have signed up and paid for health insurance under President Barack Obama's health care law, the administration said Tuesday, a slight dip from a previous count but on track toward the administration's year-end goal of 9.1 million.

Senator Proposes Needle Exchange For Miami-Dade

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WMFE

Two South Florida lawmakers are renewing an effort to create a pilot needle-exchange program in Miami-Dade County to try to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.

Sen. Oscar Braynon, D-Miami Gardens, filed a proposal (SB 242) on Tuesday, about three weeks after Rep. Katie Edwards, D-Plantation, filed a similar measure (HB 81). The bills will be considered during the 2016 legislative session, which starts in January.

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As Florida continues to recover from the depths of the recession, the state should have a budget surplus in the coming year, but it may not be big enough to avoid yet another spending battle in the state Capitol.

Group Homes Come Under Legislative Scrutiny

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Lawmakers aren't happy about media reports of poor supervision at group homes for foster kids in South Florida.

Congress returns on Tuesday with a critical need for a characteristic rarely evident through a contentious spring and summer — cooperation between Republicans and President Barack Obama.

St. Petersburg Police Department

The St. Petersburg Police Department is launching a new transgender sensitivity training program.

The training comes two months after a Tampa transgender woman's murder — and law enforcement's handling of it — captured national attention.

Health First

Brevard County’s Health First is again the target of a lawsuit.

Competitor Parrish Medical Center is asking a judge to block Health First’s purchase of Space Coast Cancer Center, which has locations in Merritt Island, Titusville and Viera. The suit accuses Health First of violating anti-trust laws and creating a monopoly for health services in Brevard County.

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Three cases of salmonella in Louisiana may be part of the outbreak that sickened 285 people in 27 states, killing a 99-year-old California woman, according to the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals.

Proposal Seeks To Help Dentists In Underserved Areas

Sep 8, 2015
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A House Republican on Friday proposed creation of a program that would offer financial help to dentists who practice in underserved areas.

There's an age-old question that plagues our nation’s changing health care system: Are higher health care costs  for patients always associated with higher quality goods and services?

University of South Florida College of Public Health researcher Troy Quast 's work, took on that question, as it pertained to one of the most significant diseases affecting Americans: diabetes. 

His article, "Quality of Care and Relative Resource Use for Patients with Diabetes,” was published in the June issue of the American Journal of Managed Care.


DCF Regional Leader Steps Down

Sep 4, 2015

The Florida Department of Children and Families lost one of its six regional managing directors Wednesday night, when David Abramowitz resigned from his post overseeing child-welfare services in 20 counties in Northeast and North Central Florida.

Insurer Molina Healthcare will spend about $200 million to expand the behavioral and mental health services it provides with its coverage.

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In July 2015, emergency responders in Manatee County handled more than 200 heroin overdose calls. And the repeat overdose calls alone are nearly three times what the overall total was for July 2014.

WMFE

Floridians depend on cars to get just about anywhere. And getting to the doctor without one can be tough.

Orlando resident David Williams knows this reality well, especially since  the brand new Orlando VA Medical Center moved from the downtown core to the suburbs.

Supreme Court Ponders Medical Malpractice In Patient Suicide

Sep 3, 2015
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In a medical-malpractice lawsuit stemming from the death of a woman who hanged herself, the Florida Supreme Court on Wednesday weighed whether her doctor could be found negligent in the suicide.

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Seven Floridians organizations were awarded $9.95 million to help with the third year of enrollment on the federal marketplace.

House Leader Files Bill To Allow Rescue Break-Ins

Sep 3, 2015
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Similar to two bills filed in recent days, House Majority Leader Dana Young, R-Tampa, on Wednesday proposed allowing people to break into locked vehicles to help senior citizens, disabled adults, children and pets.

State Seeks To Clear Way For Doctor-Patient Gun Law

Sep 3, 2015

Attorney General Pam Bondi's office argued this week that a potential challenge at the U.S. Supreme Court should not prevent the state from carrying out a law aimed at restricting doctors from asking questions about patients' gun ownership.

Physician-owned hospitals are often vilified  in America’s health care system, accused of siphoning the most profitable operations away from other hospitals while leaving them with the sicker and poorer patients. Congress has banned new ones from opening.

The governor's office has responded to a Politico story that shows a news release involving Planned Parenthood failed to include findings from state health regulators.

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One of two Missouri men charged with killing a southwest Florida doctor was sentenced Wednesday for a probation violation that investigators allege put him in the same county where the physician was killed — more than 1,100 miles from his eastern Missouri home — a day before her body was found.

The last major piece of President Barack Obama's health care law could raise costs for thrifty consumers as well as large corporations and union members when it takes effect in 2018.

Lawmaker Seeks Regulation Of Music Therapy

Sep 2, 2015
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A South Florida senator Tuesday filed a proposal that calls for state regulation and licensure of music therapists.

Circuit Judge Upholds Use Of Lethal Injection Drug

Sep 2, 2015

Setting the stage for another Florida Supreme Court death-penalty debate, a Central Florida judge has rejected Death Row inmate Jerry Correll's arguments that one of the drugs in the state's execution protocol could subject the convicted killer to cruel and unusual punishment.

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According to Politico Florida, Gov. Rick Scott's office reworded a news release from Florida Agency for Health Care Administration regulators that said fetal remains were not mishandled at Planned Parenthood clinics in Florida.

Senator Tries Again On Expanded Prescribing Powers

Sep 2, 2015
Florida Senate

A Senate Republican on Tuesday proposed a wide-ranging health bill that includes allowing advanced-registered nurse practitioners to prescribe controlled substances.

Florida Healthy Kids Corporation is blaming President Obama's health care law after notifying parents that health insurance premiums will increase for thousands of kids starting next month, jumping from $140 to as high as $284.

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Medical marijuana is one step closer to the ballot in 2016. Supporters have enough signatures to trigger a supreme court review.

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