SW FL Healthcare Systems Cope with Financial Unknowns

The stalemate between the Florida House and Senate over whether to expand Medicaid led to the 2015 legislative session ending with no budget in place. It also means it’s unlikely that Florida hospitals will see an extension of the federal Low Income Pool (LIP) program which provides funds for hospitals treating uninsured low-income patients. That creates challenges for healthcare systems in Southwest Florida and around the state.
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Fate of State Senate's Backyard Gun Range Bill Unknown

Note: Audio to come.The legislature is considering tightening the rules on backyard gun ranges. This comes in the wake of several incidents across the state where residents were concerned about their neighbors opening fire in their backyards.
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Find Great Ways To Explore SWFL At WGCU's 'Curious Kids' Website

Looking for fun, educational ways to explore SWFL with your kids? Start with the WGCU Curious Kids website to get excited about some great adventures that await all over our region. WGCU has produced 13 Curious Kids programs featuring more than 130 segments highlighting My Self… healthy eating, exercise and self-esteem; My Backyard.. the world of Southwest Florida from and environmental and historical perspective; and My World… exploring the people, places and ecology of Southwest Florida and discovering characteristics shared with countries across the world. Under the direction of international children’s educator /singer/songwriter, Rosie Emery, dozens of kids from Southwest Florida have starred in this award-winning program.
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Israeli leaders are urging calm after violence marred a night of protests in Tel Aviv by the country's Ethiopian community. Dozens of people were injured, including many police officers, and dozens were arrested, according to news reports.

NPR's Emily Harris reports that people protesting treatment of Ethiopian-Israelis chanted peacefully near Tel Aviv City Hall on Sunday. "Later, police and demonstrators fought — with stones and bottles, tear gas and flash grenades," she says.

Two suspects jumped out of a dark-colored vehicle and began firing assault rifles on Sunday at the site of a contest where participants drew the Prophet Muhammad.

Joe Harn, a Garland, Texas, police officer, said one officer returned fire with his service pistol, killing both suspects.

Parents worry about a child getting a concussion in the heat of competition, but they also need to be thinking about what happens during practices, a study finds.

High school and college football players are more likely to suffer a concussion during practices than in a game, according a study published Monday in JAMA Pediatrics. Here are the numbers:

  • In youth games, 54 percent of concussions happened during games.
  • In high school and college, just 42 percent of concussions happened during games, with 58 percent during practices.

After two gunmen opened fire at the site of a Muhammad cartoon drawing contest Sunday night in Garland, Texas, the American Freedom Defense Initiative, which organized the event, is once again in the spotlight.

Here are five things you should know about the group.

Looking for new growth and promising better restaurant experiences for customers, McDonald's President and CEO Steve Easterbrook is changing how the chain manages global markets and plans to boost the number of franchised restaurants.

"The reality is, our recent performance has been poor," Easterbrook said in a video released Monday. "The numbers don't lie. Which is why, as we celebrate 60 years of McDonald's, I will not shy away from resetting this business."

The new British princess, the daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, has been given a name:

As we reported, Charlotte was born Saturday and weighed in at 8 pounds, 3 ounces. She is fourth in line to the throne, behind grandfather Prince Charles, dad Prince William and brother Prince George, who was born in July 2013.

NPR's Ari Shapiro has more from London:

US Senator Bill Nelson announced Friday he's filing legislation banning oil and gas exploration off Florida's East Coast. The measure puts the Central Florida Democrat at odds with President Barack Obama, who approved the seismic testing last summer.

Seismic testing involves blasts of sound deep in the ocean every 10 to 12 seconds. Environmentalists say the sound would have a widespread and long-lasting impact on sea life.

Nelson says the oil and gas exploration is a first step toward drilling.

While some interest groups have nothing but complaints about the Florida House adjourning early and leaving unfinished business on the table. Environmentalists say it’s a good thing for the state’s ailing waterways. They say lawmakers now have second chance on reforming the state's water policy.

The water bill that was emerging included protections for the Everglades and springs and encouraged alternative water supplies.

Carly Fiorina, the former chief executive of Hewlett-Packard, says she will seek the Republican nomination for the 2016 presidential contest.

Fiorina made the announcement on ABC's Good Morning America and later via a simple tweet.

"I am running for president," Fiorina tweeted.

United States Marines have arrived in Nepal, where a 7.8 magnitude earthquake late last month killed more than 7,000 people.

Reporting from Katmandu, NPR's Julie McCarthy says that Brig. Gen. Paul Kennedy, the commanding general of the III Marine Expeditionary Brigade stationed in Okinawa, Japan, tells her the Marines came with four Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft that should make it much easier to reach remote areas.

At this point, Kennedy said, the rescue phase of the operation is coming to an end so this mission will be mostly about providing aide.

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