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<p>This week WUSF reporters Steve Newborn and John Sepulvado join Susan Giles Wantuck to discuss important stories aired on Florida Matters. Stem Cell Research, then Environment and the Democratic Primary are among some of the topics.</p> <p>Shows discussed in this program:<br /> Early Primary<br /> Florida moved its presidential primary from March to January. The major political parties are unhappy. Other states are responding. Florida Democrats stand to lose delegate vote and some candidates say they won't campaign here. What does all this mean?<br /> <br /> Going Green<br /> The rush to go green has been named as the reason dairy and beef prices are going up. What are the other "hidden" costs of going green? What does this mean for the plan for carbon caps in Florida?<br /> <br /> Stem Cell Controversy<br /> Some observers are "banking" on stem cell research as the source for the next major medical breakthrough. What kind of stem cell research holds the most promise? Who stands to gain the most? Will the political winds in Florida play a role in this controversial endeavor?</p>

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