Front Page Edition of All Things Considered

March 27, 2013

By on March 27th, 2013

In Today’s Show

With temperatures at an all time low, St. Francis House has been allowing more visitors that usual. St. Francis is only permitted to house 35 people at a time over night, but once the temperatures reach below 45 degrees, they are allowed to help as many as are in need. Andrew White, social worker at St. Francis House  says it’s tough when it’s still cold outside and they’re at capacity.

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U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson blasted Florida’s poor performance Wednesday in the federal Hardest Hit program, which helps homeowners who lost their jobs during the recession.

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The 2014 gubernatorial race is shaping up as Gov. Rick Scott has released his first campaign ad this week. And, as Florida Public Radio’s Sascha Cordner reports, while Scott has at least one Democratic challenger, other potential candidates are lining up to say  “Don’t count me out.”

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One of the biggest barriers to volunteerism is not knowing where to look for service opportunities. Our own Lucas Dolengowski tells us how one local organization has created a way to increase participation.

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The battle over the fate of failing public schools is heating up. Supporters of a bill giving parents a greater say in that fate are going on the offensive. A coalition of groups headed by the Jeb Bush-backed Foundation for Florida’s future held an invite-only press event to talk about the highlights of the bill. But as Florida Public Radio’s Lynn Hatter reports, the state’s largest teachers union argues the only choice parents have in the bill is a charter school.

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Alachua County has published a Business Resource Guide. Economic Development Coordinator for Alachua County Edgar Campa-Palafox says the guide is a directory of service providers for entrepreneurs and business owners.

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The Warrington College of Business Administration at the University of Florida will soon be expanding near the corner of campus at the intersection of 13th Street and University Avenue. Construction on the $21.5 million addition, Heavener Hall, is set to begin early next month. Although many consider this an exciting expansion for the growing college, not everyone is happy with it. Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’s Leanna Scachetti has more on the story.

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Hundreds of local and state officials gathered earlier this week for the ribbon-cutting of Brazil-based Embraer’s aircaft assembly facility at Jacksonville International Airport. As Kevin Meerschaert of member station WJCT in Jacksonville reports, the A-29 Super Tucanos will be used by the U.S. Air Force in Afghanistan.

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University of South Florida anthropologists were awarded $200,000 to excavate a graveyard at the Dozier School for Boys. Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’s Virginia Hamrick has more on what they are using the money for and hope to find out.

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The Florida House Energy and Utilities Subcommittee is proposing a bill that could reduce utility bills for many Florida residents. The subcommittee held a hearing today with representatives from Florida Power and Light and Progress Energy to discuss cost recovery programs. Cost recovery allows power companies to charge their customers in advance for new nuclear power plants. The problem is customers can be charged and not reimbursed even if power companies don’t end up building the plants.


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