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Legislative Session Update
1:49 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Gaetz Highlights Week One Of Florida's 2014 Legislative Session

FL Senate President Don Gaetz
Credit Office of Don Gaetz

During Florida’s 2014 Legislative Session, WUWF Public Media will provide highlights of action in the House and Senate.  Each week, we’ll conduct weekly interviews with Florida Senate President Don Gaetz (R-Niceville).

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El Nino
1:35 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

El Nino Making A Comeback in 2014

Sea surface temperature guide; warming waters in the Pacific Ocean cause the phenomenon known as "El Nino".
Credit NOAA

Forecasters predict a warming of the central Pacific Ocean known as “El Nino” will provide a break for weather-weary Americans this year.

The National Oceanic Atmospheric and Administration issued an official El Nino watch Thursday. In a typical El Nino year, there’s a stronger flow of wind at the Jet Stream level, and a stronger Jet Stream over the southern U.S.

Jeff Garmon, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Mobile, says that can increase the potential for severe storms: tornados, severe thunderstorms, squall lines, things of that nature.

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Safe Spring Break
8:21 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Party Safely This Spring Break

Unattended cocktails are vulnerable to third party drugs.
Credit Flickr// dito_13

  Depending on the school, spring break is either here or just around the corner. Many hitting the beach and other locales could end up victims of so-called “date rape” drugs or underage drinking. But there are ways to protect oneself.

Sneaking something into a drink to incapacitate someone is nothing new. “Mickey Finns” were around when our grandparents were on spring break.  Denise Manassa with the Community Drug and Alcohol Council (CDAC) in Pensacola, says these days date rape drugs are known as “roofies” among other names.

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STEAM at TAG UWF
9:17 am
Sat March 8, 2014

STEM-Inspired Art On Display at TAG UWF

Binary Fractal Tree
Kevin Gallup, Koos Verhoeff STEM Sculpture

The Art Gallery at the University of West Florida is hosting STEAM National Art and Technology Exhibition. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. The show features science and mathematics-inspired work from artists from across the United States. Thomas Asmuth is an art instructor at UWF. He was part of the team that planned the exhibit.

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BP Oil Spill
11:54 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Florida Seeks to Join BP Lawsuit

Workers check vulnerable marsh areas for oil impact.
Credit restorethegulf.gov//NOAA

Florida expects to be added to a multi-state federal lawsuit against BP over damages from the Deepwater Horizon disaster, after spending nearly three years unsuccessfully trying to resolve the matter on its own.

The litigation was filed Wednesday in Panama City, by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The idea is to join the existing federal lawsuit now on trial in New Orleans.

After Thursday’s Cabinet meeting, Governor Rick Scott was asked about the timing of entering the case.

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