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Medicare and Medicaid were established 50 years ago on July 30.

To celebrate the occasion, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) had an event at Florida International University to reflect on the impact of the programs during the past half century, as well as look forward at how they can keep expanding and improving.

The event was themed as a birthday party, with a performance by a group of dancers from Little Havana and cake for everyone once the speakers were done.

Legislative leaders announced Tuesday they will hold a special session to redraw the state's 40 Senate districts after the chamber acknowledged it violated the state constitution by creating maps that benefit Republicans and incumbents.

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As the Florida Department of Citrus turns 80 years old, the industry it represents is fighting for its survival. The insect-borne disease of citrus greening is devastating groves statewide.

David Steele, the Director of Public Relations for the Department of Citrus, spoke with WUSF's Robin Sussingham about the challenges that citrus greening poses to the state's iconic crop. Steele says that every aspect of the citrus industry is under attack because of greening, resulting in the lowest production levels in his lifetime. But there's always reason to hope, he says:

President Barack Obama is unveiling an updated national strategy Thursday to combat the HIV and AIDS epidemic that could have a big impact in Florida, which leads the nation in new HIV infections.

The White House unveiled the first national HIV plan in 2010, with ambitious, measurable goals: reduce new HIV diagnoses, increase the number of youth with an undetectable HIV viral load, and reduce the death rate from AIDS.

There’s been positive progress on all those, and there’s been a drop in the number of women, heterosexuals and IV-drug users contracting the disease.

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"Poverty wages don't fly," read the signs hoisted by protesters.

On Wednesday, airport workers gathered at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport to demand a living wage. A local service employees union, 32BJ SEIU, organized the event.

 

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is ordering state health officials to inspect Planned Parenthood offices to ensure they are obeying the law when performing abortions.

In a statement Wednesday, Scott called recent videos troubling and said it's against the law for any organizations to sell body parts. The Republican governor said the state will take quick legal and regulatory action against any of the 16 facilities found in violation.

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C-SPAN is pretty boring. But flip to it on any given Wednesday and you’ll notice the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives is splattered with red outfits.

That’s the doing of South Florida Democratic Congresswoman Frederica Wilson. She’s spearheaded the effort to get lawmakers to wear red on Wednesdays to highlight the kidnapping of girls by Boko Haram in Nigeria. When Wilson was last in Nigeria, the woman who started the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls thanked her for the support she’s drumming up in Congress.

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Julian Castro, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, is in South Florida this week for the National Urban League Conference.

Castro spoke with WLRN about the latest decision by HUD to put pressure on cities that receive federal dollars to do more to provide fair housing. Below is an edited version of our conversation.

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Besides bringing presidential candidates to South Florida, this week’s National Urban League Conference in Fort Lauderdale is also bringing a variety of programs that could benefit South Florida’s residents.

One of these initiatives is the National Urban League’s Youth Leadership Summit. 

This annual summit will bring together nearly 600 youth leaders from around the country at Nova Southeastern University. 

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