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Marine thefts are a chronic problem in the Keys. Fishing gear, dive equipment, engines — sometimes even entire boats - are stolen from marinas, canals and backyards in the area.

Those thefts happen year-round, but there's a noticeable uptick in summer, especially during the annual two-day recreational lobster mini-season, when thousands of boaters come to the Keys. This year's mini-season is Wednesday-Thursday, July 26-27.

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Last week  South Miami became the first city in Florida to mandate that all new homes, townhomes, condo and apartment buildings have rooftop solar panels. 

The measure also requires current homeowners who chose to enlarge their homes by 75 percent or more or replace at least three-quarters of them  to add solar panels. 

The new rule takes effect on Sept. 18.   

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Heidy Rodriguez, 17, created an LGBTQ support group at her Miami-Dade high school when she realized that like her, many of her friends needed a place to share their struggles and successes.

 

“My main concern was seeing kids who don’t have a safe space,” she said.

But Rodriguez said in addition to support, LGBTQ youth and adults need stronger laws and policies that support their needs.

WLRN News won five awards at the Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI) conference in June, including one first place in Breaking News.

PRNDI began awarding top radio journalism in diverse categories in 1988, and today it remains the only national contest that honors local radio reporting. This year,WLRN hosted the PRNDI conference, as hundreds of news directors from around the country gathered in Sunny Isles Beach.

WLRN Receives 12 Sunshine State Awards

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WLRN took home 12 awards at the Sunshine State Awards Ceremony on July 22, including first places in investigative reporting and news website.

The Sunshine State Awards are presented by the Florida branch of the Society of Professional Journalists. WLRN was awarded the following prizes:

WLRN Recognized With 11 Green Eyeshade Awards

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WLRN took home 11 awards, including three first places, in the 2017 Green Eyeshade Awards.

The Green Eyeshade Awards, given by the Society of Professional Journalists, have been recognizing Southeastern news for 67 years, making this the nation's oldest regional journalism contest. The region is composed of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia.

WLRN won in the following categories:

Dozens of beachgoers have been stung by jellyfish along a  Volusia County beach.

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"I did not collude, nor know of anyone else in the campaign who colluded, with any foreign government," President Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner said in a statement prior to his closed-door meeting Monday before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Speaking to reporters at the White House after the appearance, he said that documents and records that he provided the committee "show that all of my actions are proper, and occurred in the normal course of events of a very unique campaign."

Two days after his 69th birthday, Snooty the manatee has died in what the South Florida Museum says was "simply a heartbreaking accident." The manatee drowned after being trapped by a hatch door, officials said Sunday.

Snooty was the oldest manatee in captivity — and he was believed to be the oldest on record, according to the South Florida Museum, which houses the Parker Manatee Aquarium in Bradenton, Fla.

"Aquarium staff is heartbroken," said Jeff Rodgers, the museum's provost and chief operating officer.

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Finding affordable housing in South Florida is challenging-- that’s no news to those who live here.

Saturday kicked off a national “week of action” to call on the federal government to increase the number of tax credits to affordable housing developers.

“The week of action will hopefully focus some attention on our nation’s affordable housing crisis,” said Matt Reiger, is President and CEO of the Miami-based Housing Trust Group. “South Florida, it’s actually worse than [much of] the rest of the country. “

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