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Survey says Floridians feeling financial stress

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With many people worried about a lack of high-paying jobs, 60 percent of Floridians say they feel financial stress in their households, according to results of the 2017 USF-Nielsen Sunshine State Survey released this week by the University of South Florida.

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USF to seek state money as med school moves ahead

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The University of South Florida will ask lawmakers for an additional $21 million to complete funding for its downtown Tampa medical school and heart institute.

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Judy Genshaft says USF has reached ‘pre-eminence’

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Before this spring, most of the public had never heard of the term “pre-eminence” for Florida’s University System. But discerning observers in Tampa got a crash course in May after an education conforming bill in the Legislature changed the number of benchmarks required to achieve the lofty status of pre-eminence, costing the University of South Florida some $15 million.

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Joe Henderson: Bottom line for USF — Close, but no pre-eminence status

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Florida State Senate President Joe Negron continues to insist there was no dark conspiracy to deny pre-eminent status to the University of South Florida. He swears on a stack of legal briefs that state graduation guidelines weren’t changed at the last minute just to make sure USF wouldn’t qualify. As we now know, this is not a small thing. By failing to achieve the pre-eminent designation, USF missed out on millions of dollars — money the state’s flagship schools in…

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Senate President denies ‘moving goal posts’ regarding USF’s drive for pre-eminence

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Florida Senate President Joe Negron is firing back at University of South Florida supporters who claim the Legislature “moved the goal posts” when they reverted language in an education conforming bill. The bill, they say, would prevent USF from reaching the 11th of 12 pre-assigned benchmarks which would qualify them for “pre-eminence,” a status that would have qualified them for millions of dollars in state funding. “This allegation is incorrect and entirely unsupported by the facts,” Negron says in a statement released Monday morning.…

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USF community outraged after last-minute budget language is inserted to keep it from achieving ‘preeminent’ status

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Officials associated with the University of South Florida this weekend are fervently seeking to change the language in an education conforming bill that will keep the university from achieving ‘pre-eminent’ status next year. A loss of the pre-eminent status for USF could result in losing much as $15 million in state funding. “The amount of people who are upset about this as of this morning is like anything else,” said Mike Griffin, president of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce and a USF alumnus. In 2013,…

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Judge rips USF coach Charlie Strong for behavior of players

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A judge presiding over the first appearance of a South Florida football player charged with sexual battery not only had harsh words for the athlete in court, but questioned whether new coach Charlie Strong is a good fit for the program. Circuit Judge Margaret Taylor of Hillsborough County told defensive end LaDarrius Jackson during a hearing Wednesday that she is a USF graduate who is “embarrassed and ashamed” in the wake of two separate arrests involving members of the team…

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