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6:02 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

NEWSCAST: Former Indiana Education Chief Applies Here

Former Indiana Education Chief Tony Bennett.
Credit eric.bradner

  

  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Wrong Rule: A court held the state used an outdated rule to permit trauma centers where they might not be needed.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.
Credit From the movie "Waking Ned Devine"

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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News
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.
Credit Rick Stone

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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News
11:08 am
Fri November 30, 2012

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

Viter 'Pere' Juste
Credit Carl Juste

"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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Hurricane Season Ends Today
6:29 am
Fri November 30, 2012

NEWSCAST: How South Florida Dodged Hurricanes This Season

This year's six-month period of activity produced a total of 19 named storms, about 7 more than average.
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 Today is the last day of hurricane season, and South Florida was largely spared. The season concludes a busier-than-expected year punctuated by one of the most damaging storms on record. We take a look back at Sandy, a storm with a track forecasters say they haven't seen in more than 150 years. WLRN-Miami Herald News has details on how a no-show weather pattern from the Pacific may be to blame for an unusual six months. 

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Cheetah Brothers
1:48 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Zoo Miami Welcomes Two New South African Cheetahs

Awwwww
Zoo Miami

American Airlines flew in two South African cheetahs to Miami this afternoon. The cheetah brothers did quite a lot of traveling this morning: from South Africa to JFK in New York, and finally to Miami International Airport. The brothers will be reunited at Zoo Miami after being unloaded and released from their crates into a quarantined area.

News
12:15 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Drop In Consumer Confidence Doesn't Keep Floridians From Spending

UCF Economist Sean Snaith expects Washington to avoid the fiscal cliff, allowing the economy to continue a very slow recovery.
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Consumer confidence in Florida dropped this month, but retailers were busy over the Thanksgiving/Black Friday weekend.

The National Retail Federation says more people went shopping on Black Friday this year than ever before.

University of Central Florida Economist Sean Snaith says shoppers may just be more budget conscious and eager to take advantage of big sales.

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Criminal Justice
9:02 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Shooting Evokes 'Stand Your Ground' Case

Michael Dunn: Allegedly, he came with a gun to complain about music.
Credit Jacksonville Sheriff's Office

A fatal shooting in Jacksonville last week may lead to new scrutiny of Florida's Stand Your Ground self-defense law.

The story is that Michael Dunn, 45, a white software developer from Satellite Beach, went with a gun to the window of an SUV in a parking lot to ask that the black teens inside lower the volume of their music. Reportedly, hot words were exchanged and Dunn fired eight times, killing 17-year-old Jordan Davis.

Investigators said no weapons were found in the SUV.

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7:27 am
Thu November 29, 2012

NEWSCAST: Miami Dade Begins Probe Of Voting Problems

Some voters in Miami Dade waited hours to cast a ballot.
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Miami-Dade officials have begun their investigation into why voting in Florida's largest county was such a mess earlier this month.


 

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7:17 am
Thu November 29, 2012

NEWSCAST: Consumer Confidence Slips in FLA

Consumer confidence in Florida dropped this month, but retailers were busy over the Thanksgiving/Black Friday weekend.
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Consumer confidence takes a dip in the Sunshine State.  However, economists remain optimistic about Florida's future, and energy is one of the main reasons why.

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