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Cuban Airplane Crashes Shortly After Take-Off From Havana Airport

Cuban state media reported that a Boeing 737 on a domestic flight crashed in a rural area Friday afternoon shortly after takeoff from Havana's José Martí International Airport. There were reportedly 104 passengers plus crew aboard the plane that was leased by Cubana de Aviación, the Cuban national airline, from a Mexican company. At least three survivors were transported to a nearby hospital. Granma, the Communist Party newspaper, reported the three were in critical condition. There were no...

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FEMA Denies Contract Extension In Puerto Rico, Power Crews Head Home

For more than a week, Puerto Rico's representative in Congress has been urging the Federal Emergency Management Agency to extend the contract under which mainland power crews have been helping repair the island's power grid. On Thursday, FEMA denied that request, while approving a separate one by Puerto Rico's governor to maintain hundreds of emergency generators on the island. The decision means that Friday is the last day that line restoration crews hired by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers...

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FPL Rate Hike Hearing Moves Forward

Aug 21, 2012

Florida Power and Light is trying to raise electricity rates by $690-million dollars a year.

Despite opposition, the utility company made its case for the rate hike Monday during the first day of two-weeks of hearings with the Public Service Commission.

As part of a proposed settlement presented last week, FPL says it won't raise rates for large commercial customers like hospitals or military operators, but will for residential and business customers.

The new Park Royal mental health hospital in south Fort Myers hopes to hear soon whether its application to become a privately operated Baker Act center has been approved.  The state Department of Children and Families held a public hearing on the request Monday.

FPL Makes Case for Rate Hikes

Aug 20, 2012

Florida's largest utility company wants to raise its rates by $690-million dollars a year.

Florida Power and Light will make its case today in a hearing with the Florida Public Service Commission.

FPL argues that it needs to charge customers more to build new power plants in Cape Canaveral, Rivera Beach and Port Everglades.

The utility tried late last week to delay today's hearing so the panel could look into a proposed settlement with groups representing industrial, health care and federal government customers.

Across Florida, college freshmen are signing up for classes. Many are taking advantage of the Bright Futures scholarship to help pay their way.

And many are experiencing sticker shock when they see what the scholarships DON’T cover. 

Students earn Bright Futures Scholarships based on their grades, test scores, and community service -- and NOT their financial need.

More than a third of Florida’s high school graduates qualified for the scholarship last year.

Forrest Estep was one of them. He's a student at Florida State.

Some healthcare advocates are pushing for Governor Rick Scott to hold public hearings on a key provision of the Affordable Care Act. It would allow states to decide which benefits should be covered by health insurance in 2014.

Under the plan, each state will be able to design what's called an Essential Health Benefits package. It would spell out the bare minimum that insurance companies must cover and is required to include childbirth, hospitalization and preventative care.

Protesters Gather as HHS Secretary Touts Healthcare Overhaul

Aug 20, 2012

Among the hot-button issues this election cycle is the rising cost of healthcare and the future of Medicare. A member of President Obama's cabinet has been traveling throughout Florida this week, to discuss how the federal healthcare overhaul will affect Medicare. But opponents of the Affordable Care Act also speaking out.

Tampa Police Show Off Newest GOP Convention Tactics

Aug 17, 2012

Tampa Police rolled out their newest tactics today to help keep the peace at the upcoming Republican National Convention. Steve Newborn reports they have learned a few lessons from previous cities that hosted conventions that weren't so peaceful.

A young woman died earlier this week in a parasailing accident off of Pompano Beach.

The 28-year-old was up in the air tandem with her husband when her harness "malfunctioned" and she plunged the equivalent of 20 stories into the ocean.

Following Kathleen Miskell's death, government leaders and lawmakers are calling again for more oversight of the popular industry.

RNC Adds Air-Conditioned Covered Walkways

Aug 16, 2012

Mitt Romney was on Florida’s east coast Monday – but in just two weeks he’ll be camped out on west coast for the Republican National Convention in Tampa. WUSF’s Bobbie O’Brien updates us with the convention preparations.

Medicare: Connie Mack IV Says Democrats Are Lying

Aug 16, 2012

Just like the temperature of a fever stricken patient - Medicare is rising as the hottest campaign issue in Florida ever since Paul Ryan was named as Mitt Romney’s running mate.

The Wisconsin congressman proposed a budget that makes major changes in Medicare for future generations – something Democrats are eagerly pointing out.

In response, Republicans are adding fuel to the Medicare debate.

Florida’s GOP candidate for U.S. Senate - Connie Mack the fourth – says the Democrats are offering no Medicare plan only criticism of Republican reforms.

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