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Charities
2:47 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Want To Know How That Charity Is Spending Your Money?

A state bill follows a Tampa Bay Times investigation into the country’s worst charities. The report focused on non-profits that spend a lot of money on solicitors.
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A sweeping charities reform package is breezing through the Florida Legislature despite earlier concerns that legitimate philanthropies might be harmed by new rules.

The House bill received unanimous support in three committees and is now ready for a vote on the floor. The Senate bill has one more committee, and members who had been worried about reputable charities now say their issues have been addressed.

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Session 2014
10:29 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

How Governor Scott Could De-Liberalize State Supreme Court On His Last Day

FLORIDA SUPREME COURT: A Senate bill could give Gov. Scott the power to remake the court on his last day in office.
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On the day his successor takes power, a defeated or departing Florida governor would be allowed to appoint replacements for state Supreme Court justices whose terms expire on the same day.  That's in a controversial bill the state Senate passed on Thursday. And that governor could be Rick Scott four years from now, when the court's liberal majority face mandatory retirement all at once.

Click to hear Rick Stone's radio story.

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Transportation
6:08 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Planners Reveal The Pricetag On Light Rail From Miami To The Beach

The city of Miami's Metromover system shuttles riders around the downtown and Brickell areas. County Commissioner Bruno Barreiro is advocating for extending the Metromover over the MacArthur rather than building a new light-rail system.
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The numbers are in. The estimated cost of building a light rail line from mainland Miami to the beach is $532 million. And three key players are lining up in support of the proposal.

The mayors of Miami-Dade County, the city of Miami and the city of Miami Beach are backing the proposal to build a light rail line along the MacArthur Causeway.

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez has said previously that if traffic between Miami and Miami Beach gets worse it will kill the tourism industry.

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News
1:21 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Starting Up In South Florida By 9 Entrepreneurs

Credit Diego Saldana-Rojas

We caught up with several South Florida entrepreneurs about their trials and triumphs in starting a business in South Florida. 

Jordan Melnick started "Sktchy", an app that connects artists with subjects to draw, paint or sculpt.

Q: What was the moment you realized South Florida would work well for your business?

Pandwe Gibson started EcoTech Visions, a business incubator with a focus on environmental companies.

Q: What is the most difficult part about starting a business in South Florida?

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Sea-Level Rise
10:40 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Why Sea-Level Rise Might Hurt Poor Neighborhoods More Than Coastal Areas

Some lower-income neighborhoods may be more vulnerable to the impacts of rising seas than coastal areas.
Credit Keren Bolter

Keren Bolter is a doctoral student of geosciences at Florida Atlantic University researching what areas in South Florida are particularly threatened by rising seas. She says all methods of analysis for the risks of sea-level rise only focus on financial vulnerability -- ranking Fort Lauderdale Beach and Miami Beach as high-risk -- but to her, that's not the whole story.

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Addiction Recovery
6:27 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Legislature Wants To Tighten Scrutiny Over South Florida's Multitude Of 'Sober Houses'

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Rules to govern the so-called "sober houses" that proliferate in Palm Beach and Broward counties have survived one gauntlet of committees in the Legislature and they're ready for a full House vote.

The bill aims to protect the sober houses' complaining neighbors as well as the recovering addicts themselves. Listen to the full story below.

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Transportation
6:13 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

How Miami's Cute New Trolleys Led To A Civil-Rights Investigation

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In recent years, snazzy trolleys painted like old-timey street cars have been rolling on Miami-Dade streets. They're free to ride and hit hotspots from Miami’s Midtown to Coral Gables.

But what's gotten the county, and some of its cities, in trouble with the federal government is where the trolleys don’t go: the West Grove, a predominately black neighborhood in the city of Miami.

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Immigration
5:46 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Uh, Senators? You Know We Already Get In-State Tuition At Miami's FIU, Right?

FRIDA'S SURPRISE: Senators learned from Miami resident and FIU grad Frida Ulloa that state resident tuition is already available for some undocumented immigrants.
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The Florida Senate Judiciary Committee got a big surprise this morning. Turns out in-state university tuition rates are already available for some undocumented immigrants, at least at Florida International University.

It may have strengthened the hands of opponents of the in-state tuition bill, but not enough to defeat it.

Click to hear the full story.

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Health Care
3:15 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Miami Nurses In Tallahassee Find Legislation Has No Desire To Extend Medicaid

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The campaign to expand Medicaid for Florida's uninsured poor continued in Tallahassee last week with a mass lobby conducted by doctors and nurses from Miami's Jackson Hospital. They went from office to office in the Capitol seeking legislative support, but got basically nowhere.

Hear the full story:

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Voting Rights
2:40 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Locals Testify On Florida's Election Issues

The commissioners from left to right: Leon W. Russell, Dr. Daniel A. Smith, The Honorable Dan Gelber and Lida Rodriguez-Taseff.
Credit Jessica Meszaros / WLRN

The National Commission on Voting Rights met Monday at the University of Miami. 

National and local experts on voting law heard witness testimony on topics ranging from felon disenfranchisement, to long voting lines, to restroom access at polling places.

The goal of this commission is to create reports out of the testimony in hopes that Congress will make changes to voting laws. 

Hear what some Florida voters would like to see changed for the 2016 election.

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Links
9:28 am
Tue April 1, 2014

What Everyone Is Reading March 23-29

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What's more adorable than a little girl complaining about spiders and her mayor? Nothing. Which is why you decided it would be our top story this week. Honorable mentions include: South Florida's first Mormon temple and Obamacare concerns.

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Urban Planning
8:35 am
Tue April 1, 2014

West Grove Trolley Garage Unearths Vulnerabilities Of Low-Income Neighborhoods

West Grove resident Dorothy Henry's house backs up against the trolley garage property.
Arianna ProtheroWLRN

Miami’s West Grove residents, unhappy a trolley garage servicing Coral Gables was built in their neighborhood, may soon be able to claim a small victory. After a series of legal battles including a civil-rights investigation, Coral Gables and the garage's developer are now looking to pull out of the West Grove.

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Overseas Ravers
4:27 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Why Europeans Come All The Way To Ultra Despite EDM Fests At Home

Ultra-goers waiting to be let into the festival.
Credit Diego Saldana-Rojas

Starting today, thousands of electronic dance music aficionados will take over Bayfront Park in downtown Miami for the Ultra Music Festival. If you happen to find yourself in the middle of that scene, you'd hear a lot of German, French, British English, a panoply of European voices.

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Government
3:47 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Your Garage Sale Might Be Illegal

Yard sales in Miami must be permitted, but the city commission hopes making the permits free will encourage code compliance.
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Weekends, of course, are prime time for garage sales. But it may surprise you that the sale must have a permit, otherwise it’s illegal.

The Miami City Commission voted Thursday to remove the $28.50 fee the permits used to cost, in the hopes that more people will toe the line.

Permitting for garage sales is nothing new; Coral Gables, North Miami, Ft. Lauderdale and Hollywood also require permitting.

In Miami you’re allowed up to 2 garage sales per year. But if you owe any fines because of code violations, you’ll have to settle up before a permit can be issued.

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Commentary
10:59 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Here's What The Tequesta Site Downtown Will Look Like, And Why It's Great For Miami

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Barring any drastic moves by the Miami city commissioners Thursday, the controversial Tequesta site unearthed downtown will have a marquee showcase from the sidewalk and numerous interpretation options for visitors.

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