Front Page Edition of All Things Considered

March 25, 2013

By on March 25th, 2013

In Today’s Show

The debate over the legalization of gay marriage is a long-standing battle between two firmly opposed sides, both equally as passionate about their beliefs. Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act both restrict homosexual couples in America from getting married legally, and many Americans believe this is unconstitutional.

On the other hand, those who wish to preserve the definition of marriage between a man and a woman believe that it would be absurd if the court were to overturn laws that are decades old and have already been voted on by millions. Both sides will have a chance to speak at this week’s Supreme Court hearings that could decide the definition of marriage in America. Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’s Monica Marin has more.


The Florida National Guard has experienced a drastic budget cut due to the Sequestration that took effect in early March. But with the Department of Defense Appropriations Act being passed last week in Congress, the Guard is hoping it can spend the remaining money more efficiently. The bill is expected to be signed this week by the President, and the Director of Public Affairs for the Florida National Guard, Lieutenant Colonel James Evans, says the bill should provide some help.


A new bill being proposed would prohibit the use as well as the selling, of synthetic drugs in the state. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Sabrina Alvarez has more on the proposed bill.


Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford isn’t shy about pushing a nontraditional education agenda. It’s based on his own life experience. He’s in favor of options that are growing in popularity, like virtual classes and charter schools. StateImpact Florida reporter Gina Jordan sat down with Weatherford in his office to talk about his educational roots. He talked why he supports legislation known as the parent trigger bill and whether he thinks teachers will get raises next year.


Lawmakers take a break this week for the religious holidays, with work scheduled at the Capitol only on Wednesday and Thursday. Margie Menzel of member station WLRN in Miami has details.


A bill that would give more Florida children access to health care has passed one committee so far. KidCare is the low-cost federal-state children’s health insurance program. The bill would let children who apply to the program receive care until an eligibility decision is made, usually within 45 days.


A group of magazine sellers from Indiana that police believe to be scammers have left Gainesville due to low sales and what they describe as a “hostile community.” Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’s Tony Sadiku reports.


A bill that would eliminate the state s pension plan retirement option for new employees is now headed to the Florida Senate, after the House approved the bill Friday. But, as Sascha Cordner reports, even though the Republicans won the battle against the Democrats in the Florida House Chamber, the Senate Republicans seems opposed to agree to the terms of the House pension reform plan.


The weekend may have been filled with lots of rain and wind, but Alachua County Sheriff’s Deputies still traveled East to Crescent Beach on Saturday to begin providing extra enforcement over Spring Break. Florida’s 89.1’s Erik Ugartechea has more.


The First United Methodist Church in Gainesville has created a social and medical program designed to bring in homeless people who are often uncared for and unloved. As WUFT-FM’s Kelsey Kern reports, there are multiple shelters within the community that support homeless locals, but the Helping Hands clinic does more — they honor, welcome, and care.


A few college basketball teams made waves this weekend in the NCAA tournament, and while the Gators are cruising along, it’s another Florida school outside Fort Myers that has captured the nation’s attention. WUFT-FM’s Ben Bornstein has the scoop on the Florida Gulf Coast University Eagles.


After the suicide of a former University of Central Florida student who was apparently planning a massacre at his dorm, the university is examining whether it can improve campus safety. The incident has also sparked a conversation about what support services are available to non-traditional students. Amy Green from member station WMFE reports.

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