Seminole Gaming Negotiations
Meet Dr. Eric Coris, a physician with USF Family Sports and Medicine, who shares a list of 47 health conditions that he says can be reduced, if not eliminated, by a modest amount of exercise. Viewers may be surprised to see even mental health conditions on the list. Carson Cooper demonstrates alternative forms of exercise that might tickle your funny bone as well as teach you how to strengthen your bones. Irene invites us into her kitchen for tips on better nutrition and how to make a heart-healthy meal. As the saying goes: It's not just what you do, it's also what you EAT. Then back to the studio for a demonstration from dietician Christine Miller on healthy choices for people who eat "on-the-go." And Larry Elliston introduces us to Dr. Bob, an 85-year-old retired physican who volunteers at a local health clinic and puts his own advice for exercise to practice.
This spring, lawmakers agreed to give the Seminole Tribe exclusive rights to some card games in exchange for millions of dollars in revenue sharing for the state budget. Negotiations are underway to finalize the details, including how much money the state gets. We have an update on a new gambling compact with the Seminoles, and how the deal will impact pari-mutuels in the Bay area.
George LeMieux says he doesn't expect lawmakers to come back for a special session on the budget, even if the Seminole Tribe and the state fail to agree on a gaming compact. (0:58)
LeMieux explains why the compact has to grant the Seminoles exclusivity for some gaming operations. (1:15)
LeMieux analyzes the political impact of expanded gambling in Florida on Gov. Crist. (1:20)
Sen. Dennis Jones explains why he thinks the current compact being negotiated is a great deal for the Seminole Tribe. (0:45)
Jones details some of the compromises that were made when lawmakers debated the framework of a gambling compact with the Seminole Tribe. (1:48)
Richard Winning describes the dual relationship between pari-mutuels and the state: they are partners in one sense and competitors in another. (1:05)
Winning talks about the future of gambling in Florida and the potential impact of more open travel to Cuba in the future. (1:27)
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