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Sunshine Economy
5:36 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

How Non-Brewers Are Using Beer As A Branding Tool

The Miami Brewing Company, owned by South Florida winemakers Peter and Denisse Schnebly opened the first production brewery in Miami-Dade County. One beer is called Vice IPA.
Credit Karen Rundlet / Miami Herald

The number of microbreweries in South Florida could triple by the end of 2015. More brewers are well on their way to setting up shop locally, and from a business perspective, it’s about time: Craft beer has been popular in the U.S. since the mid ‘90s. Brewers know South Floridians have a taste for it and they’re excited to bring their flavorful suds to underserved local customers. But it’s not just brewers who recognize these specialty brews as good business.

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News
4:43 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Bringing A 'Million Orchids' To Florida's Trees

The dollar orchid (Prosthechea boothiana) is among the native species soon to be planted in South Florida trees.
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Originally published on Tue March 25, 2014 7:28 pm

Researchers at a South Florida botanic garden want to return the state's orchids to their former glory.

When railroads first came to Florida in the late 1800s, the plants were among the first resources exploited. Millions of orchids were plucked and sent north as potted plants. Now, after more than a century of logging and harvesting, it's rare to find them growing in the wild here.

But if researchers at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden succeed with their Million Orchid Project, the flowers will soon bloom amid the hustle and bustle of city life.

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News
2:16 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

GRAPHIC: I-595's Reversible Lanes Open Today

An overview of the I-595 Reversible Express Lanes, which opens in late March.
Credit Florida Department of Transportation

Broward County drivers now have three extra lanes on I-595. 

And they’re reversible. The three lanes start at 136th Avenue and run through Florida’s Turnpike.

It’s the first congestion-busting scheme of its kind in South Florida and officials have been prepping commuters to use the changeable lanes.

The reversible lanes are sandwiched like a median between the general-purpose lanes. Gates will open and close to guide drivers in and out of them – and keep people from going the wrong way. 

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Affordable Care Act
11:48 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Obamacare Deadline Is Today. Here's What You Need To Know

The deadline to sign up for Obamacare is March 31.
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Despite opposition from Republicans and a public that remains skeptical, the Affordable Care Act is still the law and the deadline to sign up for insurance without paying a penalty is just days away. The law has already altered the health care industry, established many consumer benefits and has sweeping ramifications for state officials, employers, hospitals and doctors.

Here's a primer on how the law might affect you.

I am uninsured. Under the law, do I have to buy it and what happens if I don’t?

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Soccer (or Football)
3:12 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Beckham Wants PortMiami

Renderings for Beckham's proposed stadium in PortMiami.
Credit Miami Beckham United

It’s official: David Beckham’s Major League Soccer group has announced it wants to build its stadium on the southwest corner of PortMiami. But there are concerns the road to complete the stadium in that location might be a bit congested.

With a view of the Miami skyline, the current conception of the stadium has about 24,000 seats. Which, for some downtown residents and port officials, equals cars -- a lot more cars.

But David Beckham’s real-estate advisor John Alschuler hoped to quell some of those concerns at a press conference Monday.

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News
6:38 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Why Florida's Immigrant Children Must Wait Five Years For Health Care

Severiana Novas-Francois and two of her daughters. Under Florida law, Novas-Francois has to wait until her children have lived here for five years to qualify for the subsidized health insurance known as Florida Kidcare.
Credit Courtesy of Severiana Novas-Francois

In Florida, children who were born outside the United States -- and live here lawfully -- have to wait five years to qualify for the subsidized health care program known as Florida KidCare.

Sen. Rene Garcia, R-Hialeah, and Rep. Jose Felix Diaz, R-Miami, are sponsoring legislation to drop the five-year waiting period.

The law made its third trip to the legislature this year, and will get its first hearing in the Senate committee Tuesday.

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Links
6:33 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

What Everyone Is Reading March 16-22

Credit Wilson Sayre / WLRN

If we were to create a fictional story based this week's top five stories, it might go something like this:

Traffic engineers use funds from parking meters to build the Orlando-Miami rail line. The colorful yellow meters do not actually pay the city for parking and were supposed to fund Florida’s desalination facilities. One outraged citizen got a hold of public-radio host Ira Glass, who is now producing a radio story for “This Floridian Life.”

Alas, none of those are stories. Here are the non-fiction versions:

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Awards
5:20 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

WLRN-Miami Herald News Wins 11 First-Place AP Broadcasters Awards

Credit Maria Murriel / WLRN

This weekend, the WLRN-Miami Herald News team was proud to receive the title for best overall in large-market radio, among several other first-place awards at the Florida Associated Press Broadcasters banquet. Our team is grateful for your support, which allows us to produce the great work we bring you during our daily newscasts and special programming.

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Getting Around
5:53 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

No Room To Run On Miami Sidewalks

Credit Diego Saldana-Rojas / WLRN

About 500 people gathered recently outside one of the only green spaces downtown: the 1300 block of Brickell Avenue.  They were the Brickell Run Club, all decked out in running shoes and workout shorts, ready to go for a run.

Once every week they run through the city. Some trips start on the corner of Southwest 13th Street and Brickell Avenue, then stretch past the Rickenbacker Causeway and back. But distance isn't the runners' only challenge. Frankie Ruiz, the club's founder, says it's hard for runners, bikers and pedestrians get through the city on foot.

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Film
2:39 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Under The Dome With Buckminster Fuller This Saturday

Buckminster Fuller with his Montreal World Fair's Dome.
Magnum Photos

Saturday, the MDC Live Arts series will present the live documentary "The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller." It's a live doc because director Sam Green will live narrate the presentation while indie-rock band Yo La Tengo will lend its musical notes to the score.

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Unlocal Petting Zoo
2:08 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Farm Animals: The Miami-Dade Youth Fair's Most Exotic Attraction

Show-Me Safari Petting Zoo brings animals from Missouri all the way to Miami.
Jessica Meszaros WLRN

The Miami-Dade County Youth Fair opened its doors last Thursday, bringing back roller coasters, elephant ears and magic shows. But some of the attractions are not what we typically see in Miami.

Show-Me Safari Petting Zoo brings its animals to South Florida once a year for the Youth Fair -- all the way from East Prairie, Missouri.

Nathan Tidwell is the animals' caregiver. He's traveled with them to Miami for many years.

"Kids can come in and pet ‘em and feed ‘em," says Tidwell. "Animals that they wouldn't get to see on a everyday basis."

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Department Of Children And Families
8:39 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Florida's DCF Launches New Child-Safety Program

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Days after a Miami Herald investigation documented 477 child-abuse deaths on the agency's watch, Florida's Department of Children and Families is launching a new child-safety program. It's advice for busy parents who may not be too careful about who takes care of their children. Click to hear Rick Stone's radio story. 

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Jobs
5:30 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Miami Fast-Food Workers Protest Their Low Wages

Credit Tax Credits/ Flickr

Tuesday morning was one of the few times fast-food workers publicly protested lower wages in Miami, joining the dozens of cities that hosted protesters back in December. The protest coincided with the release of a new study from FIU's Research Institute of Social and Economic Policy which, among other things, looks at the intersection of low-paying jobs and wage theft.

Wilson Sayre went to the protest:

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The Sunshine Economy
8:03 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Redland's Schnebly: From Wine To Beer To Spirited Expansion

Customers usually show up at the tasting bar just before lunch hour at Schnebly Redland's Winery.
Credit Karen Rundlet / Miami Herald

 

Florida’s southernmost winery is located in the heart of Miami Dade’s farm country, Redland. It’s called Schnebly Redland’s Winery and it’s been up and running over a decade. For me, the trip to Schnebly Redland’s Winery meant a couple of hours in the car, heading south on U.S. 1, with a view of Miami Dade slowing down.

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News
7:50 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Realtors Fear Negative Impacts of Miami-Orlando Train

Credit AllAboardFlorida.com

A passenger rail connecting South Florida and Orlando is on track to start running next year.

But not everyone is jumping for joy.

A group of real estate experts serving parts of northern Palm Beach and Martin Counties says it has serious concerns about All Aboard Florida.

The $1.5-billion railway project would add 32 passenger trains to the 14 freight trains already running on the Florida East Coast Railroad tracks. Stations would be located in the downtowns of Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach.

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