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Thank You EPA: Satellite Imagery Shows Dramatic Air Quality Improvements

| July 1, 2014

An animated map created from NASA satellite data shows stunning improvements in air quality in U.S. cities between 2005 and 2011.

Florida Is 6th Worst Toxic Polluter from Coal-Fired Power Plants Despite Natural Gas Gains

| August 9, 2012

Coal-fired power plants in Florida expose residents to toxic pollution at the sixth highest rate in the nation even as natural gas now accounts for almost two-thirds of the state’s power generation, according to a report by the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Toxic Algae: Environmentalists File Suit Over Florida’s Water Pollution Standards

| December 2, 2011

Prompted by proposed state regulations it says are inadequate, a coalition of environmental groups on Thursday filed an administrative challenge to the new rules set up to determine acceptable pollution levels in Florida waters.

Last-Minute Budget Deal Reduces Districts’ Dollars and Oversight of Charter Schools

| May 5, 2011

Charter schools that have received an “A” or “B” rating in the last three years would be given the ability to expand enrollment or add new grades without having to wait for approval from the school district.

Criminal Backgrounds of Health Providers: Florida’s Licensing System Is All Cavities

| April 22, 2011

Dentists, doctors and pharmacists can still practice in Florida even after committing crimes, while the Department of Health passes over criminal backgrounds in a lax and self-reported licensing procedure.

Popping Again: Drug Database and Pill-Mill Regulations Return From the Dead

| April 12, 2011

Taken for dead only weeks ago, a revised bill that would preserve many pill-mill regulations, ban doctors from dispensing some pills and require permitting process for pharmacies cleared a Florida House committee Tuesday.

Gov. Scott Vows to End “Oxycontin Express,” Yet Legislature Weakens Pill Mill Regulations

| March 29, 2011

Gov. Rick Scott gave no details on his assault on the “Oxycontin Express,” and a Senate committee approved eliminating a ban on doctors dispensing more than a three-day supply of drugs to patients who pay with cash or credit cards.

Florida’s Drug Database Targeted for Destruction as Lawmakers Swallow Pill Mills

| February 26, 2011

Florida’s drug database, even if caopable of fighting pill mills, is “Big Brother” to Rob Schenck, Republican House Health and Human Services Chairman. Others are joining him to do away with the drug database.

Pill Mill Regulation Price Tag in Florida: $65 Million; Medicine Board Approves New Rules

| January 26, 2011

The $65 million cost of the proposed pill mill rules would be due to urine test requirements on patients and other minor costs that would be spread out among 1,300 pain management clinics and tens of thousands of patients.

Legislators Bash Pill Mill Crackdown Delays They — and Gov. Rick Scott — Provoked

| January 13, 2011

Florida senators are complaining about the state department of health’s slow implementation of pill mill crackdowns. But the Legislature and Gov. Rick Scott are to blame for the delays.

Florida Leads States’ Failures in Reporting Problem Caregivers

| July 20, 2010

Florida leads the nation in ignoring federal database reporting of health professionals who have been disciplined on the job, undermining background and safety checks on frontline caregivers.

Compact Shuffles Bad Nurses Like Parishes Shuffling Bad Priests

| July 15, 2010

A 24-state nursing compact, which does not include Florida, enables nurses to evade their shady pasts merely by moving to a new job.


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