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Kathleen McGrory, Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau

Kathleen McGrory

Kathleen McGrory is a state government reporter in the Tampa Bay Times/Miami Herald Tallahassee Bureau. She has been with the Miami Herald since 2006. Her previous beats include breaking news, the Miami-Dade school district and Miami City Hall. She holds degrees from Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y., and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Phone: (850) 222-3095


Twitter: @kmcgrory

  1. At a Tampa eye lab, a discovery involving retinas puts big advances in sight


    A discovery made in a Tampa laboratory could one day help millions of people regain their vision.

    Working at the Lions Eye Institute last summer, Daniel Lindgren, of the Nevada-based research firm OcuScience, found a way to preserve retinas from human donors — and bring them back to life.

    Now he's working to patent the technology.

    The development is significant because donated retinas have been considered too perishable for functional research, Lindgren said. Most studies have used animals....

    Mitch McCartney of the Lions Eye Institute in Ybor City called the work on retinas an “important first step” toward transplants.
  2. New building will attract research and talent to All Children's, officials say


    ST. PETERSBURG — All Children's Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine is moving forward with plans to transform a parking lot into an $85 million research and education building.

    Jonathan Ellen, the hospital's CEO, said the 225,000-square-foot building will house a 250-seat auditorium, as well as state-of-the-art labs and simulation space.

    "Some people have asked me what's going to happen (in the new building)," he said. "There's going to be science experiments like you've seen on TV with lots of tubes going all over the place."...

    The 225,000-square-foot building, expected to open in 2018, will house a 250-seat auditorium and state-of-the-art labs.
  3. Where you live can play a role in when you die, study says


    People living in Pasco and Hernando counties are more likely to die prematurely than residents of Pinellas and Hillsborough counties, according to a new report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

    For each county, the study looked at the number of early deaths — those occurring before age 75 — and calculated the share that could have been avoided had the residents lived in healthier communities....

  4. Power plant at St. Joseph's Hospital cited as 'creative' answer to carbon pollution


    TAMPA — Amid growing controversy over new carbon pollution standards, a pair of Democratic lawmakers visited St. Joseph's Hospital on Monday to learn about its alternative energy initiatives.

    U.S. Reps. Kathy Castor, of Tampa, and Frank Pallone, of New Jersey, toured the hospital's cogeneration plant. Its natural gas-fired combustion engine can produce enough electricity to power the entire complex....

  5. Can the stuff in yogurt lower the risk for Type 1 diabetes? A USF study says maybe


    Studies have long shown probiotics are good for your gut.

    But the live microorganisms may have another health benefit for some infants.

    A team of researchers led by University of South Florida associate professor Ulla Uusitalo recently found infants who consumed probiotic formula or dietary supplements within 27 days of birth were less likely to develop islet autoimmunity, a condition that leads to Type 1 diabetes....

    Ulla Uusitalo, an associate professor at USF, led the study.
  6. Small touches for patients are the pride of Moffitt's new outpatient center


    TAMPA — When the Moffitt Cancer Center opens its new outpatient facility Monday, guests will notice the oversized entryway and sunny two-story atrium.

    Vicki Caraway hopes they notice the small things, too.

    Like the heated massage chairs with plush pillows and retractable footrests for patients receiving chemotherapy, or the private elevators and exits for those undergoing surgery....

    A waiting area on the floor for patients with breast cancer features earth tones found throughout the outpatient facility.
  7. Obamacare open enrollment gets off to a smooth start, but navigators still face challenges


    TAMPA — It took Doug Calwhite about 30 minutes Monday to enroll in a new health insurance plan on the Obamacare marketplace.

    The 62-year-old retired maintenance mechanic stopped into the University of South Florida's Marshall Student Center for in-person assistance from enrollment experts known as navigators. One quickly helped him trade his midrange silver plan for a more economical bronze plan....

    Doug Calwhite, 62, of Tampa works with Xonjenese Jacobs to get health insurance Monday at USF in Tampa.
  8. Rate for a standard Obamacare plan to go down in Tampa Bay, bucking national trend


    The average price of standard Obamacare health plans will drop in the Tampa Bay area next year, federal health officials announced.

    The 2.4 percent average rate decrease for "benchmark plans" — the second-lowest-cost silver plan in the county where the consumer lives — is good news for people who are new to the marketplace, said Cynthia Cox, associate director of health reform and private insurance at the non-profit Kaiser Family Foundation....

  9. Scott urges Obama to extend LIP program


    If the state and federal government can't reach an agreement on Florida's Low Income Pool program, Gov. Rick Scott won't backfill with program with state dollars, he said Wednesday. 

    "Florida taxpayers fund our federal government and deserve to get a return on their investment," Scott wrote in a letter to President Barack Obama. "Moreover, we have worked hard to turn Florida's economy around and cannot afford to fund programs started by the federal government."...

  10. More on Monday's testing woes


    Education Commissioner Pam Stewart on Tuesday said "software issue" were to blame for the previous day's testing glitches.

    Students across the state had trouble logging on to the new Florida Standards Assessment testing platform. The connections were so slow that some districts, including Miami-Dade and Broward, decided to postpone testing until later in the week....

  11. Pro-immigration activists protest outside fundraisers



    As Florida lawmakers made a last-minute fundraising push on Monday, a group of activists gathered outside the Governor's Club to support immigration reform....

  12. Pro-immigration activists protest outside Tallahassee fundraiser



    As Florida lawmakers made a last-minute fundraising push on Monday, a group of activists gathered outside the Governor's Club to support immigration reform....

  13. Florida school districts report problems with new exams


    Some school districts are reporting problems with the new Florida Standards Assessments, which made their debut Monday morning. Follow the breaking news here.

    Miami-Dade school district spokeswoman Daisy Gonzalez-Diego said the new online platform was running so slowly that testing had been postponed in Miami-Dade County until Tuesday....

  14. Florida Gov. Rick Scott suspends 11th grade tests

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE High-school juniors across Florida rejoiced Tuesday upon learning that Gov. Rick Scott had suspended the new 11th grade test in language arts.

    The move, coming only a week before the start of the 2015 legislative session, also won praise from school district leaders. "It is a step in the right direction," Pinellas Superintendent Mike Grego said.

    Critics, however, said Scott did not go far enough to address problems with the state's standardized testing program....

  15. Scott takes executive action to reduce testing


    Gov. Rick Scott signed an executive order on Tuesday suspending the new 11th grade exam in English language arts. 

    The action comes in response to a growing backlash from parents and teachers to the state's standardized testing program....