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Many consider cognitive decline an inevitable part of the aging process, but is it something we can take proactive steps to prevent?  We’ll talk with a researcher at the University of South Florida’s School of Aging Studies about an ongoing brain fitness study and how to delay or prevent cognitive impairment later in life.

Florida has 1.6 million military veterans, but just a fraction is getting the services they've earned.

That's why the state Department of Veterans’ Affairs Wednesday launched a campaign to reach those who are entitled to benefits but don't know it.

The campaign will have a special focus on Vietnam-era vets, who make up one-quarter of all veterans statewide.

Doctors and dentists who treat kids on Medicaid are watching closely for a ruling that could cost the cash-strapped state of Florida one billion dollars. 

The case is a class-action lawsuit that seeks to provide more access to preventive care. 

Tallahassee physician Louis St. Petery, vice president of the Florida Pediatric Society, says the suit is needed to strike down barriers to that care. 

Kennedy Space Center Honors Armstrong

Sep 4, 2012
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Kennedy Space Center director and former shuttle astronaut Bob Cabana led a brief memorial inside the lunar theater, next door to a hall showcasing a Saturn V rocket like the one used launch Armstrong's Apollo 11 crew from the space coast to the moon in 1969.

“What a fitting backdrop to honor one of our heroes, a truly great American", said Cabana. "Neil was one of my heroes, and he’s one of the finest gentlemen I’ve ever known.”

Rare Blue Moon to Appear Tonight

Aug 31, 2012

We'll experience the rare, astronomical phenomenon of a blue moon tonight.

Mark Bennett, with the Miami Museum of Science Planetarium, explains, "The only reason it's called a blue moon is because it's the 2nd one of the month. It doesn't actually appear blue. It is a normal full moon. It has all the normal effects of a full moon."

There won't be another blue moon until 2015.