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Preventing Suicide (April 17, 2008)
 
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Suicide is a leading cause of death for young people. This week on Florida Matters, we talk with a woman on the front line of suicide prevention and we meet a man whose family was forever changed when his oldest son took his own life.

 
Mentally Incompetent Inmates Part 2 (April 10, 2008)
 
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This week on Florida Matters: By many accounts, Florida's mental health system is broken. At one point, Florida's former DCF Secretary faced jail time because of the backlog of incompetent jail inmates awaiting treatment. The Florida Supreme...

 
Digging into Fertilizer Policy (April 3, 2008)
 
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This week Florida Matters delves into fertilizer policy. Sarasota County recently passed an ordinance regulating how much and when lawn fertilizer can be applied to help stem runoff pollution. Supporters are hoping to take it statewide. But, it’s...

 
Sales Tax Exemptions (March 27, 2008)
 
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An amendment is heading for the ballot this November that - if passed - would swap some property taxes for other sources of revenue - like an increased sales tax or the elimination of some sales tax exemptions. This week's Florida Matters looks...

 
Today's Drug Testing Part 2 (March 20, 2008)
 
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The State of Florida is currently taking part in a year-long pilot program that requires random drug testing among high school students who compete in football, baseball, softball, weight lifting and flag football. The Florida High School...

 
Today's Drug Testing (March 13, 2008)
 
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In 2007, Florida lawmakers passed House Bill 461 that mandated state high schools be involved in random testing for anabolic steroids use beginning in fall of 2007. One of three states to mandate testing among high school students so far, Florida...

 
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