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WUSF’s Carol Gentry retiring from Health News Florida

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Culminating a multi-decade career covering the complex topic of health care, Carol Gentry is retiring from WUSF Public Media’s Health News Florida. 

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WUSF-TV goes dark October 15

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WUSF-TV was put on death row earlier this year, but the execution date had remained unknown — until today. WUSF Public Media announced Friday that it will end broadcasting its television channel at the end of Sunday, October 15. The announcement comes six months after the university announced that it had sold the station’s license for $18.7 million as part of the Federal Communication Commissions’s spectrum auction. As part of its Broadcast Incentive Auction, the federal government is buying signals from…

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Mitch Perry Report for 8.4.16 — Patrick Murphy shuts down the debate

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Well, so much for the free flow of ideas inside the Florida Democratic Party. Patrick Murphy announced yesterday he would not engage in any debates with Alan Grayson or Pam Keith in advance of the Aug. 30 Senate primary election, citing allegations of domestic abuse charged by Grayson’s ex-wife last week. “Over the last week, I have heard from many people, including survivors of domestic abuse, that Alan Grayson’s continued presence in this race is an insult to the countless Floridians whose lives have been…

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Deadline for proposed Alan Grayson-Patrick Murphy debates approaches

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There’s less than two months to go before the extremely competitive Democratic primary for U.S. Senate takes place, yet no debates have officially been scheduled between the two major candidates in that race, Patrick Murphy and Alan Grayson. That may be changing though. Or maybe not. FloridaPolitics.com has learned that three NPR affiliates in the state – WUSF in Tampa, WMFE in Orlando and WLRN in Miami – are attempting to hold radio debates between the primary candidates for both the Democratic and Republican…

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WUSF’s Bob Seymour makes final broadcast this weekend

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Longtime WUSF radio personality Bob Seymour is calling it a career after this weekend. Seymour is retiring as Jazz Music Director & Host at the station where he became jazz director in 1981, hosting two hours of jazz each night. Since then, he has presented thousands of evenings of jazz on air and overseen the 60 hours per week of jazz programming on WUSF 89.7. His final evening hosting “Saturday Night Jazz” will be this Saturday at 9 p.m. “It’s been such an honor…

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Pat Kemp says she’s the best Democrat in the Hillsborough County Commission District 6 seat

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On Monday, Pat Kemp made official what she has told anyone who asked since last November’s election– she is running again for a Hillsborough County Commission seat in 2016, this time in the District 6 countywide seat being vacated by Kevin Beckner, whose term ends next year. Florida Politics originally reported she would run back in late February, but Kemp didn’t officially file until Monday. The difference since then is that it’s no longer theoretical that she’ll have a challenger…

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Take an in-depth look (actually, a listen) at St. Pete’s panhandling ban

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The inestimable Jackie Dowd writes: If you’re asking for donations for charity, selling a Sunday newspaper or just looking for a few bucks for yourself, you can’t do it anymore along the major roads in St. Petersburg. The city has enacted a ban on all kinds of transactions along busy roads in an effort to keep drivers and panhandlers safe. Meet some of the people you see on the roadside and find out why the St. Petersburg ordinance already has…

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