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7:28 am
Thu December 6, 2012

NEWSCAST: Foreclosure Sales Up In South Florida

Florida still has one of the nation's highest foreclosure rates.
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Foreclosure rates remain high in South Florida, but the good news is those homes are selling.

During the three months of last summer, nearly 30 percent of all real estate sales in South Florida involved homes in some stage of foreclosure.  

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7:49 am
Wed December 5, 2012

NEWSCAST: State Investigates Election Problems in South Florida

Some voters waited for hours this year to cast a ballot.
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The man charged with overseeing elections in Florida got an earful from state Senators Tuesday in Tallahassee over the state's voting troubles.

Secretary of State Ken Detzner says most of Florida's 67 counties performed well during the general election.

But Detzner will begin an investigation next week in five counties, including the three largest in South

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7:41 am
Wed December 5, 2012

NEWSCAST: Prayer Returns To Dais In Miami-Dade

Commissioners can now invite a religious leader to lead prayer before each meeting.
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Prayer is coming back to Miami-Dade County Commission meetings starting December 18.

In an 8-3 vote Tuesday, county commissioners signed off on a change to a current rule that only allowed for a moment of silence before meetings.

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6:41 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

NEWSCAST: Miami-Dade Commissioners OK Prayer

Miami-Dade County Seal.
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Miami-Dade Commissioners said they could bring back prayer to their public meetings and now they have. It came in an 8 to 3 vote. They signed off on a change to a current rule that only allowed for a moment of silence before meetings. Now, commissioners will be able to invite a religious leader of their choosing to lead everyone in a prayer before each meeting. Baylor Johnson is a  spokesperson for the American Civil Liberties Union     of Florida and says the commissioners are inviting conflict and a possible lawsuit by doing this. A commissioner can also lead a prayer themselves if they

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7:15 am
Tue December 4, 2012

NEWSCAST: Commissioner Files Lawsuit Against Miami Mayor, State Attorney

Miami City Commissioner Michelle Spence Jones has filed a federal lawsuit alleging that her civil rights were violated.
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The lawsuit brought by Miami City Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones argues that Mayor Tomas Regaldo and Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle plotted to end her political career and ruin her reputation.

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6:33 am
Tue December 4, 2012

NEWSCAST: 'Obamacare' Opponents Meet in Tallahassee

The Florida Legislature must decide whether to create and run the state's own health care exchange from which individual Floridians may purchase health insurance.
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As the state decides how to implement the Affordable Care Act,  which is also known as Obamacare, opponents of the new law converge on Tallahassee.

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News Education
6:02 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

NEWSCAST: Former Indiana Education Chief Applies Here

Former Indiana Education Chief Tony Bennett.
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  Indiana's ousted education chief says he's applied for the Sunshine State's top schools job.

Tony Bennett lost his bid for reelection last month.

Bennett says he first met Jeb Bush after winning election as the Indiana's Superintendent of Public Instruction four years ago.

Since then, Bennett has taken education policies Bush first in Florida tried and brought them to Indiana. Those ideas are often called "The Florida Model."

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Hospital Regulation
2:35 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Court Slaps State Over Trauma Center Sites

Wrong Rule: A court held the state used an outdated rule to permit trauma centers where they might not be needed.

A state appeals court on Friday said the Florida Department of Health used an invalid rule to approve new trauma centers in Pasco, Manatee and Clay counties, handing a victory to nearby hospitals that have waged a long-running battle against the facilities.

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Lawn Care Culture
11:00 am
Mon December 3, 2012

What The Biodiversity Of South Florida's Front And Back Yards Says About Our Culture

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South Floridians already know what recent census data tells us: increasingly, urban living is actually suburban living. Today’s American cities continue to spread well beyond their traditional urban cores, transforming former farm fields, forests, and wetlands in the process. In South Florida, the suburbs connect and subvert the boundaries of once distinct cities. They are patchy landscapes where residential developments, strip malls, and auto-repair shops intermingle. The suburbs are also the place most of us call home.

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Death On Two Wheels
9:26 am
Mon December 3, 2012

Why Nostalgia Can Be Fatal For Old Bikers

Living To Ride: Some retired bikers can't resist the call of the road.
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Motorcycle deaths are on the rise in Florida. And within that finding is another story: older bikers  dying in increasing numbers.

University researchers say riding motorcycles is a popular hobby for retired Baby Boomers, many of whom rode when they were younger. But now, according to the Center for Urban Transportation Research at the University of South Florida in Tampa, their reflexes, eyesight and overall bike skills have eroded, and some of them are no longer safe on the road.

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7:27 am
Mon December 3, 2012

NEWSCAST: Gov. Rick Scott Worries About 'Hurricane Tax'

Gov. Scott told the Florida Chamber of Commerce's Annual Insurance Summit that Citizens increases the chance Floridians will get hit with a hurricane tax.
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Governor Rick Scott says he's worried that Citizens Property Insurance could cost Floridians money when they can least afford it - after a major storm.


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6:39 am
Mon December 3, 2012

NEWSCAST: Florida's Unemployment Fund Close To Solvency

After Florida's unemployment fund was depleted, the state was forced to borrow money from the federal government with interest to cover unemployment claims.
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As more Floridians find jobs, the state's unemployment compensation trust fund is expected to have a surplus again in six months. The fund has been running a deficit for nearly four years.

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4:48 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

NEWSCAST: How Miami Reps Helped Pass STEM Act

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Miami-area Republicans helped the U.S. House pass legislation to give out more high skilled visas.

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Health Care
11:20 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Why You're Seeing Catheter Ads On TV

Operators Are Standing By: Why are they selling catheters on TV? Because new Medicare policy has made a new market.
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To the TV watcher sitting with wide eyes, tightly crossed legs and an image burned indelibly into his mind:

Sorry about all the catheter commercials you've been seeing lately. Thought you'd like to know where they came from and why it's actually a good thing.

New Policy, New Market  

Some of your fellow Americans have just gotten a new medical benefit that they really needed, an increase from Medicare in their monthly catheter allotment from 24 to 200.

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11:08 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Viter Juste, founder of 'Little Haiti,' Dies at 87

Viter 'Pere' Juste
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"Little Haiti" has lost perhaps the man who could be called its father and the man who is credited for the name.

Viter Juste has died at the age of 87.

He was born in La Gonaive, Haiti in 1924 and after first going to New York, he and his family made their way to Miami in 1973.

He started with a house in Buena Vista and a record store in downtown Miami, "Les Cousins."

That led to creating the first Haitian newspaper for the growing community,  Haitian Florida and the Haitian American Community Association of Dade.

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