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A Women, Infants and Children clinic in High Springs, Fla., reopened its doors yesterday after it was closed down due to budget cuts in 2009. But just as the clinic reopens, the U.S. House is ready to slash $868 million from the program's national budget.
As South Florida news outlets highlight, President Obama's visit to Puerto Rico Tuesday is all about reaching out to potential voters in Florida's growing boricua community.
Daniel Hay Lewis — who is not HIV-positive but was arrested by the Broward Sheriff's Office and charged with the criminal transmission of HIV — should be out of custody Tuesday or Wednesday.
The EPA announced today that it is now prepared to withdraw a portion of its proposed numeric nutrient criteria (a set of standards governing water pollution in inland waters) and delay the portion related to estuarine waters, to allow the state Department of Environmental Protection to develop its own criteria.
According to a report released Thursday by the Florida Medical Examiners Commission, 5 percent of all deaths in 2009 were attributable to prescription drug use, far outnumbering those caused by illegal substances. The report indicates the most frequently occurring drugs found in decedents were ethyl alcohol (4,046), all Benzodiazepines (3,379), Oxycodone (1,948) and cocaine (1,462). The drugs that caused the most deaths were Oxycodone, all Benzodiazepines (with Alprazolam, also known as Xanax, accounting for the majority of the deaths), methadone, ethyl alcohol, cocaine, morphine and Hydrocodone. Oxycodone, the generic version of the Purdue Pharma brand name prescription pain-killer OxyContin, was the cause of 1,185 state deaths in 2009, a 26-percent increase from the year before and a whopping 249-percent increase from 2005.
Nearly five months ago, the St. Johns Riverkeeper first launched its campaign against a pipeline that will reroute much of the waste from Georgia-Pacific's Palatka paper mill into the St. Johns River, a project the Riverkeeper says is a disaster waiting to happen. Though the Riverkeeper has received no response from Gov. Rick Scott (despite a massive email campaign and the collection of thousands of signatures against the pipeline), there may be hope for their cause yet, from the Scott-appointed head of the state Department of Environmental Protection.
The top aides to Newt Gingrich’s presidential campaign have resigned en masse, according to the Associated Press. The list of those leaving includes two former key staffers for Texas Gov. Rick Perry.
A guest column published by Kaiser Health News points out an interesting (and largely undiscussed) feature of Congressman Paul Ryan's hot-button Medicare plan: It ignores differences in Medicare costs between regions, and as a result it could expose the egregious amount of money Medicare wastes in many parts of the country.
The St. Johns Riverkeeper will host a rally to protest Georgia-Pacific's controversial proposed North Florida pipeline and demand a more comprehensive analysis of this critical issue on Thurs., June 9, at the Jacksonville offices of the state Department of Environmental Protection.
Much of the attention on corn-based ethanol has focused on the role that this supposedly renewable fuel is playing in driving up global food prices. Now environmental groups and some conservative politicians are pointing out another problem — corn-based ethanol consumes the bulk of federal funding on renewable energy and the big oil companies that blend the ethanol into gasoline are collecting subsidies to the tune of about $6 billion a year.
According to Education Week analysis, governors who pushed for education overhauls — such as Florida's Rick Scott — have seen their approval ratings drop.
A recent poll finds that Americans are tired of the current debate over abortion rights. Most respondents in the survey agreed with pollsters who asked them if they thought a broader discussion about reproductive issues would be more constructive.
The Orlando Sentinel is reporting that New York University Law School's Bennan Center for Justice has written Florida Secretary of State Kurt Browning, asking him to delay implementation of the state's controversial new elections law.
A Broward Sheriff's Office arrest report indicates that Daniel Hay Lewis, arrested on Monday for shoplifting and charged with the criminal transmission of HIV, physically resisted being placed in a sheriff's car and attempted to bite a deputy.
The St. Johns River has been surrounded by its fair share of controversy as of late, and a recently begun Seminole County construction project is only adding to it. Though many initially disapproved of the Water Management District’s approval of a permit that allowed for the removal of 5.5 million gallons of water a day from the St. Johns, the project’s latest steps have gone largely unnoticed in the local media. Much to the dismay of the St. Johns Riverkeeper, the project has been steadily moving along.
Last week, Gov. Rick Scott eschewed a traditional budget-signing ceremony for a political rally in The Villages, organized with the help of the state Republican Party, but it's still not exactly clear who did what.
That Florida's AIDS Drug Assistance Program has been in a funding crisis since 2010 is no secret, but how the state helped make that crisis possible has been largely ignored.
The Association for Interdisciplinary Research in Values and Social Change, an anti-reproductive rights group that includes medical professionals, will be hosting its annual conference at the end of June in Jacksonville. According to the group's press release on National Right to Life News, the event's focus will be on the special dangers posed by chemical abortions using the RU 486 drug.
The Florida Democratic Party is demanding that Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Sarasota, resign from his role as vice chair for finance with the National Republican Congressional Committee. In a statement released Wednesday, the party says Buchanan should step aside in light of a recent court decision prompted by a Federal Election Commission lawsuit.
Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Jacksonville, attacked Gov. Rick Scott Wednesday for signing a piece of legislation that would require all welfare recipients be drug-tested. Appearing on Fox News, Brown said that Scott's measure was a major violation of privacy and that his support for the measure likely stems from the fact that the company he once headed (Solantic) counts drug-testing among the services it provides.
His spokes-folks told The Miami Herald that he would vote against the plan in its current form. That position would put him at odds with at least one of his Republican primary opponents: Adam Hasner has come out repeatedly in support of Ryan's plan.
The National Institute for Money in State Politics takes a look at the numbers. Prison firms and firms focused on prison health care gave nearly $1 million to Florida politicians in 2010—the most the industry has given over the last decade. Some four fifths of that came from the GEO Group and its health care subsidiary.
According to The Miami Herald, Florida’s legislature has redirected millions of dollars for low-income hospital patients in South Florida to private and faith-based hospitals. The money comes from a $1 billion pool of money given to hospitals in Florida to offset the costs of taking in uninsured and low-income patients. Traditionally, the money goes predominantly to public hospital networks, such as the Jackson Health System. This year, however, HCA and faith-based Baptist Health South Florida are receiving a greater portion of the money.
Florida Secretary of State Kurt Browning told reporters Thursday that the bill doesn't negatively impact Florida voters, and where the impact is, I believe it's justified. We believe that this is a good bill, that this certainly closes up some gaps in our code, he said.
Care Net, a network of more than 1,100 pregnancy centers across North America, released a statement earlier this week in response to a video posted on YouTube by pro-abortion rights group NARAL New York. NARAL’s video highlights some of the controversies surrounding crisis pregnancy centers around the country. The video advocates a municipal-level push to provide women with information about what services crisis pregnancy centers actually provide. Care Net claims that the video exposes NARAL's national strategy aimed at shutting down these centers and directing women to abortion providers.
Browning said the measure is proactive, aimed at heading off potnetial cases of voter fraud before they occur. He also said his lawyers have advised him that it likely will pass muster under the Voting Rights Act and other federal laws, and that it will take effect immediately in the 62 Florida counties not covered under the act.
Secure Communities, a federal immigration enforcement program, is once again at the center of a debate, this time about the possibility that local law enforcement should be able to opt out of the program. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement and local law enforcement agencies throughout Florida current;y participate in the program.
Many of the law's provisions technically take effect immediately. A lawsuit is already claiming the bill would unconstitutionally disrupt the last weekend of early voting in the Miami-Dade County elections, which are Tuesday.