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Format: 2014-07-24
Format: 2014-07-24

Our story on Florida schools that paddle students was picked up by NPR and we’ve gotten some comments from folks who wondered about a sexual element to spanking.

John Shelley wrote: "Why do they hit the kids in the butt? Is this a sexual thing?"

Tampa City Council Chair Pro-Tem Mary Mulhern

Tampa City Council voted unanimously Thursday to establish a Domestic Partners Registry. Whether same sex or heterosexual, domestic partners living in Tampa will soon be protected and treated like family when it comes to things like hospital visitations and medical decisions.

Veterans Treatment Court. Photo courtesy of the VA.

Florida is home to more than 1.6 million veterans. So, it’s no surprise that Florida lawmakers passed several bills this session that benefit military veterans and active duty service members.

Among the bills agreed upon was the “T. Patt Maney Veterans Treatment Intervention Act.”

State law allows schools in Florida to punish students by spanking them with a paddle, which is often a wooden or fiber-glass board.

Jeff Vinik became the new owner of the Tampa Bay Lightning just over two years ago and quickly won over fans and local officials for what he’s done both on and off the ice.

There's a rising discussion on whether Tampa Bay residents should stay in the region or head out on vacation the last week of August when the area hosts the Republican National Convention that could attract as many as 50,000 people.

Last week the Florida State Legislature approved random drug testing of state employees. Governor Scott is expected to sign that into law.

Florida Hospital-USF Health logo (courtesy USF Health)

“It's the best of healthcare from a futuristic, entrepreneurial and academic point of view.”

That’s how USF Health CEO Dr. Stephen Klasko describes an agreement between his organization and Florida Hospital—an arrangement that puts university medical research into practice in Florida Hospital locations around the Bay area.

In just over five months, organizers expect about 15,000 members of the news media to descend on the Tampa Bay region to cover the Republican National Convention. Their goal will be to cover who wins the GOP nomination.

Spanking in school may seem like a relic of the past.

But in Florida, students from pre-schoolers to high school seniors are still being paddled by teachers and principals.

USF-Cal (courtesy USF Athletics)

For the first time in 20 years, the USF Bulls' basketball team has made the NCAA Basketball Tournament.

It was a nail-biting wait for the Bulls, who received one of the final four spots given to at-large teams.

The Florida Legislature has approved three veteran related bills this session including one that sets aside August 7th each year as Purple Heart Day.

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