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7:47 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Are Bear Attacks On The Rise In Florida?

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National Geographic spoke with David Telesco, coordinator of the Bear Management Program for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, on why attacks by bears on humans appear to be up in the state.
Don't run. Don't play dead. Don't make eye contact. These are good rules to consider if you are suddenly face-to-face with a black bear in the woods, or in your garage.
Politics
7:43 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Florida Legislators Push For Millions In Hometown Spending

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida legislators with extra money to spend this year are steering taxpayer money to everything from gun ranges to a military museum to a course designed to teach "sexual risk avoidance."

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First Read
7:20 am
Wed April 16, 2014

First Read: Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Mayo Clinic, the Southbank Riverwalk, and hurricanes are in the headlines today.

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Education
6:07 am
Wed April 16, 2014

The Quest for Quality: Part III - Sustaining Progress

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Quality Education for All, or QEA, is a $50 million effort aimed at improving student achievement in 36 of the area’s toughest schools, and over the last 10 years it's generated nearly $40 million in local private funding. Those behind it call the effort unprecedented, but not yet sustainable.

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One Spark 2014
2:28 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Gastrofest Wins $100K 'Golden Ticket' At One Spark

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The organizers of Gastrofest, a startup company with the goal of bringing Jacksonville's unique culinary scene together for a food festival in 2015, have got 100,000 reasons to celebrate this week.

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First Coast Connect
1:31 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Tech Tuesday: The Blood Moon

The total lunar eclipse of April 2014, as seen from Mt. Lemmon, Arizona.
Credit Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter / University of Arizona

Last night, Mars rose in the east as it passed opposition for 2014, giving lunar observers a rare and ominous treat — the appearance of a "blood moon."

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First Coast Connect
1:06 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

As FCAT Ends, What's Next For Florida Classrooms?

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This week marks the last time state students will take the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, known as the FCAT.

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Politics
9:31 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Scott Drug Tests At Issue In U.S. Supreme Court

Gov. Rick Scott (center) poses with students at Colonial High School in Orlando.
Credit Meredyth Hope Hall / The Office of Governor Rick Scott

TALLAHASSEE (The News Service of Florida) — More than three years after Gov. Rick Scott issued an executive order seeking across-the-board drug testing for state employees, the U.S. Supreme Court could be poised to decide whether to weigh in on the controversial policy.

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9:20 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Florida's Freshwater Springs Attract Vacationers

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From today's Morning Edition, an audio postcard from Florida's Ichetucknee Springs State Park, a popular destination for vacationers.
Florida is most popular for its beaches and theme parks but it has hundreds of freshwater springs too. In central Florida, no springs may be more prized than those at Ichetucknee Springs State Park.
Politics
9:03 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Proposal Would Change Payments For Mental Health Care

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Legislature is considering a plan that would change the way the state pays to treat people who need emergency mental health care, a move critics say would gut the current system to benefit large hospital systems.

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