Front Page Edition of All Things Considered

May 1, 2013

By on May 1st, 2013

In Today’s Show

The Gainesville Women’s Liberation group is dissatisfied with the Food and Drug Administration’s decision to continue to place an age restriction on the morning after pill. The FDA announced yesterday that Plan B One-Step would become available over the counter to women ages 15 and older. Previously, the drug was only available to women 17 and older. The decision comes after years of court battles and petitioning by National Women’s Liberation Group to eliminate all restrictions on the pill.

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The Florida House threw an unexpected hurdle in the path of a bill that would ban texting while driving on Tuesday. WLRN’s Margie Menzel reports.

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A major miscalculation in Tallahassee, where a school bill called the “parent trigger” went down to defeat in the Senate on Tuesday. The legislation was supposed to benefit parents at failing schools. But as WLRN’s Rick Stone reports from the capital, that group of parents was too small to be influential& and they couldn’t have cared less about the parent trigger.

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The Florida legislative session wraps up this week, but lawmakers still have plenty of unfinished business. The expansion of medicaid has been one of the biggest issues the legislature has taken on. With the close of this years session at the end of the week, WMFE’s political commentators Dick Batchelor and Lou Frey discuss the chances of the governor calling for a special session and what that would mean for legislators.

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Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is calling on state leaders to pass before the end of the legislative session a health care bill that will cover a million uninsured people. WLRN’s Margie Menzel has more.

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Three years ago the BP Oil Spill took a toll on marine life in The Gulf of Mexico. Sea turtles, which were in their nesting season, experienced a tough summer. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Lauren Verno has more on what marine specialists are doing to protect these creatures.

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Efforts to revamp Florida’s retirement system failed Tuesday, after the Florida Senate defeated a proposal similar to the plan favored by House Speaker Will Weatherford. That plan does away with what s called the pension plan for new employees, and leaves them with only one retirement option: a 401K style plan. But Republican Sen. Jack Latvala says had the proposal passed, it would have instead hurt future public employees, like firefighters and police officers.

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A bill signed in 2011 that mandated all tax collector offices to take over the driver license and identification card services is now in full effect in Alachua County after its official ribbon cutting ceremony this morning. Florida’s 98.1, WUFT-FM’s Trevor Sikkema was on the scene.

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After a Florida Panther was stuck by a vehicle earlier this week, Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Ben Bornstein tell us how panther necropsies help researchers learn more about the state animal.


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