Florida

5:22am

Tue February 28, 2012
The Two-Way

After Rain Then Fire, Matt Kenseth Wins Daytona 500

Matt Kenseth, driver of the #17 Best Buy Ford, celebrates in Victory Lane with champagne after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on Tuesday.
Jared C. Tilton Getty Images for NASCAR

"The Great American Race" was supposed to start on Sunday, but rain delayed the start until Monday evening and when the race finally go under way, it was delayed once more by a massive fire.

At about 1 a.m. ET this morning, Matt Kenseth edged out Dale Earnhardt Jr. to become the 54th winner of the Daytona 500.

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10:01pm

Mon January 30, 2012
Election 2012

The Golden Age: Florida Primary Centers On Seniors

Judy Youngblood of Jacksonville, Fla., appears at a rally at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront hotel Monday, wearing earrings she made from campaign buttons supporting Newt Gingrich.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Just how important is the senior vote in Florida?

Nearly one in five Floridians is retired. And a survey conducted by AARP predicts that as many as 60 percent of those who cast ballots in Tuesday's Republican primary — 6 out of 10 voters — will be retirees.

If that number is surprising, AARP Florida director Jeff Johnson says it helps to remember that primaries typically have a low turnout.

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1:04pm

Mon January 30, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Gingrich Calls For Panel To Look At Rules For In Vitro Clinics

While talking with the media outside the Exciting Idlewild Baptist Church in Lutz, Fla., on Sunday, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich called for a commission to look at new rules for clinics that perform in vitro fertilization.
Matt Rourke AP

Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich is changing another of his positions in an effort to woo socially conservative voters.

Over the weekend he told churchgoers in Florida that as president he'd work to ban research using stem cells derived from human embryos.

Gingrich has long been a strong backer of federal funding for scientific research. In 2001 his support extended to research on stem cells derived from human embryos left over from in vitro fertilization efforts.

But apparently that's no longer the case.

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7:23am

Mon January 30, 2012
The Two-Way

'Like The End Of The World': Brush Fire Blamed For Car Pileup That Killed 10

Firemen rest after fighting fires that resulted from a pileup that killed at least 10 people on Interstate 75 near Gainesville, Fla.
Phil Sandlin AP

Police say the combination of smoke from a brush fire and fog created a deadly environment with near-zero visibility early Saturday morning that caused a huge pileup that left at least 10 dead and 21 hospitalized on Florida's Interstate 75 near Gainesville.

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6:30am

Fri January 27, 2012
The Picture Show

An Illustrated Guide To Weirdly Wonderful Florida

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 9:05 am

Clockwise from top left: Statue of Liberty in Kissimmee, Honeybell oranges, an American flag in DeLand, and a classic car show. Shot with Impossible Project film.
Becky Lettenberger NPR

Reporter's Notebook: NPR photographer Becky Lettenberger just got back from the Sunshine State. She and reporter Liz Halloran talked with Floridians about the issues of this election season — and, between conversations, soaked up the sun and scenes of that quirky state.

I stuck out in Florida.

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