Statewide

News applicable to or from somewhere across the Florida peninsula, beyond WUFT’s core north central Florida coverage area.

Census numbers show poverty high in the Sunshine State

The Census Bureau released income poverty and health insurance data from the 2010 census this week. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Alyssa Averette spoke with University of Florida economist Dave Denslow about Florida’s high poverty and unemployment numbers. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/DenslowQACensus.mp3]

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State prison chief resigns

In December, Florida Governor Rick Scott asked Edwin Buss to head the Florida Department of Corrections. Scott even tasked Buss with spearheading the massive prison privatization effort across South Florida. But, as Sascha Cordner reports, during a Wednesday afternoon meeting, Buss offered his resignation to Scott and he accepted. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/BussResigns0824ss.mp3]

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Lake Mary baby turned over to Safe Haven program

Firefighters in Lake Mary, Florida answered a doorbell today and were met with a woman carrying a baby who wanted to leave it with them under the state’s safe-haven program.  The baby was taken to a hospital for evaluation.  The safe-haven program allows parents to bring babies up to seven …

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Teachers Union files suit against state of Florida

The Florida Education Association has filed a lawsuit against the state for a proposal that would repeal the current state ban on using public money to aid churches and other religious organizations. Alachua County Education Association President Karen McCann says the proposal’s verbiage is misleading to voters. McCann says the …

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State of Florida cracks down on drug misuse

The state of Florida’s new prescription drug law is actively in place to remove certain prescription drugs quickly and safely. After a 2-year-old girl in Hernando County died of an accidental overdose in January, there are rising concerns when it comes to drug safety and misuse. University of Florida’s pharmacy …

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State tightening up oxycodone inventories

Authorities are increasing the penalties for physicians who prescribe or dispense prescription narcotics. It’s a joint effort between the Florida Department of Health and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. The crackdown coincides with the death of a two-year-old girl in Hernando County. Brittany Wienke and Luis Giraldo have more. …

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Anthony receives maximum sentence for her charges

Casey Anthony received her sentence this morning in court. After being acquitted of nearly every charge earlier this week she was left with four counts of lying to authorities. Those charges left her with one year in jail for every count, but due to the times she’s already served Anthony …

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Jurors in the Casey Anthony trial head home

After the six-week, high-profile trial, the jurors of the Casey Anthony trial go home to the Clearwater area. As WUFT-FM’s Brittany Wienke reports, their lives will most likely return to normal. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/AnthonyJury.mp3]

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