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Nelson: U.S. Should Send Arms to Ukraine


Sen. Bill Nelson says he disagrees with President Barack Obama on how to help Ukraine. Unlike the president, Nelson supports giving the Ukrainians arms to battle pro-Russian separatists. The Central Florida Democrat will travel to Ukraine this week to try to ease tensions. Nelson says 20,000 Russian troops are at the Ukrainian border. But he says the Ukrainian military has surrounded two pro-Russian strongholds, Donetsk and Lugansk. The senator says the question of whether to supply arms is a thorny one. “The trick, and this is the delicate balance for the president, is that you do this and it not be a provoking of President Putin to cause him to then come across the line.” Nelson says a new deal …
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Recent Study Shows Florida is 3rd worst State For An Impoverished Child


A recent study by  financial services company Wallet Hub ranks Florida the 3rd worst state in the US for impoverished children. According to the study, only Mississippi and the District of Columbia were ranked worse than Florida in economic and living conditions for underprivileged children. Florida also ranked fourth worst in economic well-being and health for impoverished children. However, other states fared worse than Florida in several categories, including the percentage of children in foster care, the percentage of children in single-parent families and the rate of infant death and child food insecurity. The research was based on three main categories: economic well-being, health, education and 16 sub categories. The Children’s Defense fund says that 16.1 million children in the United states are poor  and 7.1 million are extremely poor.
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Interior of a migrant labor camp residence, photo by Amy Kiley
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Life in a Migrant Labor Camp in Central Florida


According to the state health department, about 200,000 migrant or seasonal workers help harvest crops in Florida annually. The federal government estimates they earn about $7,000 a year for a single worker or $10,000 for a family. That makes finding affordable housing difficult, and many are classified as homeless under federal law. To overcome this problem and attract needed workers, some employers build migrant labor camps. The state regulates more than 700 of them, housing about 34,000 people. Migrant laborers come to Polk County from October to May to harvest citrus, so county health inspectors are visiting camps now. 90.7’s Amy Kiley tagged along recently with inspectors Delmys Cerrato and John Cook. They toured the cramped, summer-camp-like units where workers …
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Too Late in Election Season to Redraw Maps, Legislator Says


Central Florida State Rep. Bryan Nelson says redrawing congressional districts now is the wrong approach. Lawmakers on Friday approved new maps during a special session in Tallahassee, after a judge ordered the districts redrawn. Nelson says the 2014 elections are too close. He says candidates have been campaigning for a year. He says absentee ballots already are cast, and redrawing the districts now will cost too much money. “This isn’t the way to do it. Let’s take our time, do it right and do it in 2016 and feel good about what we’ve done.” Leon County Circuit Judge Terry Lewis ruled two districts were drawn unlawfully to benefit Republicans. Both districts include Central Florida. The districts are represented by Republican …
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What Makes A Nation Happy?


A group representing some of the world’s richest countries has created an interactive online tool that invites the public to rank 11 factors that contribute to happiness.
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