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Invasive Species
2:43 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Got Giant African Land Snails? Release The Hounds!

Will sniff snails for treats: Bear, a three-year-old black lab, is being trained to follow the scent of giant African land snails.
Credit Sammy Mack / WLRN

In the ongoing assault on invasive giant African land snails, Florida is ready to release the hounds.

Literally.

The state will be adding snail-sniffing dogs to its team of 50 full-time snail hunters.

RELATED: Dogs Prove To Be Key In Battle Against Giant African Snails

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Transportation
11:17 am
Fri August 30, 2013

A Tale Of Two Bike Shares From Miami Beach To Broward

Flamingo Park in South Beach hosts two bike share stations.
Credit Arianna Prothero/WLRN

The city of Miami Beach and Broward County both launched bike shares in 2011 but the two programs have seen vastly different success rates.

Bike shares have been popping up across the country over the past few years with one of the most recent additions launching in New York City earlier this summer. Despite its reputation for not being bike-friendly, South Florida was an early adopter of the bike share-- an idea, like many things in our region, born in another country.

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Water Policy
2:33 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Gov. Scott Announces $90 Million Everglades Plan In Ft. Myers

Originally published on Thu August 29, 2013 10:25 am

Gov. Rick Scott was in Fort Myers Wednesday surrounded by state, local and federal officials to discuss his plan to deal with the escalating water quality problems in Southwest and Southeast Florida due to ongoing water releases from Lake Okeechobee.

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Sports
1:06 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

NFL, Retirees Reach $765M Settlement On Concussions Suits

Junior Seau sustained many concussions during his career and was suffering from a degenerative brain disease when he killed himself in May 2012.
Otto Greule Jr. Getty Images

Originally published on Thu August 29, 2013 2:45 pm

The NFL and more than 4,500 retired players have reached an agreement calling for the league to contribute $765 million to a fund that will pay "medical and other benefits, as well as compensation" to those who suffered concussions and related injuries during their careers.

Details of the agreement, which would settle concussion-related lawsuits by former players and still needs a judge's OK, were released by the league early Thursday afternoon.

According to that statement:

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Infrastructure
12:15 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Miami's Decrepit Sewage System In Desperate Need Of Repair

Originally published on Tue August 27, 2013 6:32 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

And I'm Melissa Block.

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Americas
12:11 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

In Colombia, Starbucks To Take On Juan Valdez

Drew Angerer AP

Originally published on Thu August 29, 2013 1:07 pm

Seattle-based coffee giant Starbucks has announced it's going to expand to Colombia.

The country is known for its Arabica beans and for the mythical coffee farmer Juan Valdez. He's helped sell Colombia's coffee for 50 years. Starbucks has cafes in 50 countries. And now, it's coming to perhaps the country most associated with coffee.

Howard Schultz, the company's chief executive, announced that the first shop will open in Bogota in 2014, followed by 50 more cafes and in other cities over five years.

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Labor
12:09 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

For Restaurant Workers, A Struggle To Put Food On The Table

Losia Nyankale helps daughter Jonessa and son Juliean learn the alphabet. Nyankale, who works in a restaurant in Washington, D.C., says she needs food stamps and child-care subsidies to make ends meet.
Jennifer Ludden NPR

Originally published on Thu August 29, 2013 11:27 am

Losia Nyankale, 29, didn't mean to make a career in the restaurant business. But after Nyankale was in college for two years, her mom lost her job as a schoolteacher and could no longer pay tuition. Then, Nyankale's temp jobs in bookkeeping dried up in the recession. So she went back to her standby — restaurant work.

"I did some kitchen work. The pantries or the salad station," she says. "I've also managed, supervised, wash[ed] dishes."

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Media
11:39 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Univision's New Cable Channel Fusion Opens HQ In Doral

Doral Mayor Luigi Boria (left) Florida Gov. Rick Scott (middle) and Univision President Cesar Conde (right) take their positions at the ribbon cutting of Fusion, the new ABC/Univision joint venture on August 26.
Credit Patrick Farrell / MIAMI HERALD

Univision dominates Spanish-language broadcasting, more than doubling the audience of its largest rival, Telemundo. But starting this fall, Univision will tackle an audience that has always been foreign to the Doral-based network: people who watch television in English.

With ABC as a partner, Univision is betting big on carving out a niche in English-language television with Fusion, a cable network billed as targeting young Hispanics.

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Environment
10:00 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Planes, Drones And Dry Ice: How South Florida Wages War Against Mosquitoes

Credit Prioria Robotics / Prioria Robotics

At dusk during a hot Miami summer, when you’re outside getting chewed on by countless mosquitoes, it’s easy to wonder how anyone ever decided to settle in South Florida.

The mosquitoes, in fact, were so bad for some early South Floridians that they had rooms at the front of their frontier shacks called “losers,” which contained smudge pots and palmetto branches to literally “lose” all of the bugs from your body before entering.

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History
12:43 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Obama To Outline Unfinished Work, Decades After King's Dream

A spectator on the National Mall holds an image of President Obama and Martin Luther King during the 2013 presidential inauguration in January.
Gabriel B. Tait MCT/Landov

Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 12:33 pm

President Obama will stand in the symbolic shadows of Martin Luther King and Abraham Lincoln Wednesday, as he marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

Aides say Obama will use the opportunity to celebrate the progress that's been made, thanks to the civil rights movement. He'll also discuss the work that he says still has to be done to realize King's dream of racial justice in America.

That includes fighting to protect voting rights and building what the president calls "ladders of opportunity" for poor people of all races.

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Zimmerman Trial
12:41 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Probation For George Zimmerman's Wife On Perjury Charge

Shellie Zimmerman in court on June 20.
Gary W. Green UPI/Landov

Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 11:30 am

"Shellie Zimmerman, the wife of acquitted murder suspect George Zimmerman, today pleaded guilty to a less serious form of perjury in a plea deal that requires her to serve one year of probation," the Orlando Sentinel writes.

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Zimmerman Trial
12:40 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Florida Asked To Reimburse George Zimmerman For Court Costs

Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 12:33 pm

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

More than a month after he was acquitted on murder charges, George Zimmerman - or at least his lawyers - are headed back to court. Zimmerman is the Neighborhood Watch volunteer who shot and killed unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin. His lawyers are asking the state of Florida to reimburse their client for court costs incurred during his murder trial - costs, they say, might be as high as $300,000.

NPR's Greg Allen reports.

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Politics
7:22 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Broward Senator Files Legislation To Stop George Zimmerman Wannabes

Sen. Chris Smith says the Stand Your Ground law is being misused. He's filed legislation to limit when suspects can use the law as a defense.
Credit flsenate.gov

The Stand Your Ground law will get hearings when the Florida Legislature convenes for regular business next month.

But no significant changes in the law are expected.

Lawmakers voted against holding a special session on Stand Your Ground after protesters staged a month-long sit-in at the Capitol.

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Arts
12:13 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Family Of Teen Who Died In Miami Beach Taser Incident To Sue Police

Relatives of Israel Hernandez-Llach, the teen who died after being shot by a Taser stun gun, are suing the Miami Beach Police Department.
Credit MIAMI HERALD / file

Relatives of Israel Hernández-Llach, the teen who died after being shot by a Taser stun gun, will announce Tuesday that they are suing the Miami Beach Police Department.

RELATED: Israel Hernández: The Life Of A Local Artist Cut Short

The death of the 18-year-old street artist has drawn widespread headlines and reignited debate over the use stun guns by law enforcement.

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Health
7:19 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Dengue Fever Pops Up In Florida

Dengue fever cases have cropped up in southern Florida.
CDC

Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 8:31 am

Dengue fever, a mosquito-borne illness, is back in Florida.

A handful of cases have been confirmed in Martin and St. Lucie counties in the past week. The cases there prompted a public health alert. Another case was seen in Miami-Dade, where officials issued a mosquito-borne disease advisory.

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