Birds At Risk
7:11 am
Thu November 29, 2012

As Birds Head South, They Often Run Into Trouble And Find Help In South Florida

This red shoulder hawk is being treated for a leg injury at the South Florida Wildlife Center. Nick Songonzi is an animal care technician at the center.
Credit Marva Hinton

This time of year, many birds from the north began migrating south for the winter. Some will stay here in South Florida while others will pass through the region on their way to the Caribbean. Increasingly, these birds are running into man-made obstacles that leave them with injured eyes, wings and beaks.

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6:20 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

NEWSCAST: Consumer Confidence Drops This Month

Holiday Shopping
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Consumer confidence in Florida dropped this month, but retailers were busy over the Thanksgiving shopping weekend. 

  Hear from an economist who isn't concerned about the decline in confidence… at least not yet.  

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4:54 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

How Cell Phones Are Fighting Poverty In Latin America

Alex Counts, Grameen Foundation CEO And President
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The stated goal of the Grameen Foundation is to help the world’s poorest  improve their lives and escape poverty by helping to provide access to financial services , such as small loans and savings account, to find  new ways to generate income and obtain important information about their health, crops and finances.

Grameen Foundation is a nonprofit founded in 1997 by friends of Grameen Bank to help microfinance practitioners spread the Grameen philosophy worldwide.

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Nutmeg and History
10:50 am
Wed November 28, 2012

No Innocent Spice: The Secret Story Of Nutmeg, Life And Death

This copper engraving from approximately 1700 depicts the condition of the English prisoners at the hands of the Dutch. In the 1660s, Cornell University's Eric Tagliacozzo says, the conflict and competition for the spice trade came to a head. "The Dutch decapitated a number of English merchants who were also in the Spice Islands trying to profit from the trade."

Originally published on Mon November 26, 2012 2:42 pm

Ah, nutmeg! Whether it's sprinkled on eggnog, baked into spice cake or blended into a latte, this pungent spice can evoke memories of holidays past. We tend to link it to celebratory times.

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7:43 am
Wed November 28, 2012

NEWSCAST: Stand Your Ground Panel Faces Criticism

Stand Your Ground laws have been pushed by the National Rifle Association, but critics say the laws allow a shoot first, ask questions later culture.
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A group tasked by Governor Rick Scott with reviewing Florida's "Stand Your Ground" self-defense law is under fire from a local Democratic leader.

The panel was created to review the law after neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman fatally shot Miami Gardens teen Trayvon Martin in February.

But State Senator Chris Smith of Fort Lauderdale told Current TV host Eliot Spitzer the panel's draft report doesn't change much.

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7:04 am
Wed November 28, 2012

NEWSCAST: Mistrial Avoided In Rilya Wilson Case

A judge ruled Tuesday the murder trial of Geralyn Graham could continue despite the calls by Graham's attorney for a mistrial.
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A legal technicality nearly derails the prosecution's case against a Miami woman accused of killing her foster child.

A judge has denied a motion for a mistrial in the high profile case of a Miami-Dade woman, Geralyn Graham. She's accused of killing her foster child, Rilya Wilson.

Graham's defense asked for the mistrial after it was discovered that prosecutor Joshua Weintraub had his law license suspended for months after he failed to properly record legal education courses with the state bar.

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Climate Change
2:00 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Wind, Water Damage At Fort Lauderdale Beach Preview Era Of Rising Sea Level

Fort Lauderdale Beach: Experts say the same weather with a lower sea would have caused less damage.
Credit Broward County

Wind, waves and high tides have eroded the beach, wrecked the seawall and undermined the roadway along northern Fort Lauderdale beach this month and the damage is raising short-  and long-term issues for local officials.

Short, because the wave damage may require S. R. A1A north of Sunrise Boulevard to shrink permanently from four lanes to two with bad effects on tourism imagery and local convenience.

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8:33 am
Tue November 27, 2012

NEWSCAST: Scott Challenges State Colleges To Cut Costs

Gov. Rick Scott says he wants to make education more affordable for Florida students.
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Governor Rick Scott has announced a challenge for state colleges. He wants them to offer a $10,000 bachelor's degree.

Last month, the colleges last month put out a plan to boost the number of Florida students who finish their degrees and stay in Florida.

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7:58 am
Tue November 27, 2012

NEWSCAST: Rilya Wilson Case Goes To Trial

Opening arguments were heard Monday in the case of the woman accused of killing her foster child, Rilya Wilson.
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The case that changed the way the state looks after foster children has now gone to trial as prosecutors in Miami Dade seek justice for Rilya Wilson.

Prosecutors say the five-year-old girl was killed by her foster parent, Geralyn Graham.

The girl was placed with Graham and her domestic partner in 2000. In 2002, the state discovered the child was missing. That was a year after Rilya was last seen.

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License Plates
6:46 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Florida Will Be Getting A New License Plate Design-- And You Get A Say

Floridians can now vote on the new tag design they prefer.
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The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles has opened up voting for a new design for the state's license plates.

The department is allowing Floridians to vote for the tag design they prefer from November 26 to December 14 at

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5:45 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

NEWSCAST: FPL Gets Nuclear Cost Approval

Turkey Point Nuclear Plant
Credit Martinus Nijhoff

The Florida Public Service Commission today approved $151 million dollars in advance nuclear costs for Florida Power & Light.

 That's the total amount that FPL requested and the vote was unanimous. It means that a customer who uses 1,000 kilowatt hours a month will be charged $1.69 a month for the advance costs beginning in January 2013. The costs were approved despite objections from the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, which argues that FPL has failed to demonstrate its intent to actually build the new Turkey Point reactors.  

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Airport Food
2:40 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Food Network Opens Up Its First Restaurant At Fort Lauderdale Airport

Fort Lauderdale's airport will be the site for the Food Network's first restaurant.
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The Food Network-- a famous cable channel featuring popular cooking shows and competitions-- has broken into the restaurant biz, and its first location is (believe it or not) the Jet Blue terminal at Fort Lauderdale International Airport.

It's  the only restaurant serving hot food at the terminal and it has the Food Network logo plastered over every bit of the cafeteria-style decor. 

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Working Life
9:30 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Eight Careers That Seniors Rule (Plus 10 More In Their Sights)

Retirement Deferred : British supermodel Daphne Self, 83, and rock star Mick Jagger, 69
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How to be normal after your 65th birthday: according to a handful of new statistics we found on (and a few other sources), the normalest thing you can do is get a job as an embalmer in South Dakota.

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7:19 am
Mon November 26, 2012

NEWSCAST: Sandy Still Impacting Florida Beaches

Parts of the seawall have been toppled along northern Fort Lauderdale Beach.
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Alarming beach erosion continues in South Florida thanks to Hurricane Sandy.

Experts in erosion say the damage is the worst in Broward and Palm Beach counties.

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7:12 am
Mon November 26, 2012

NEWSCAST: S. Florida Politicians Stand With Israel

Politicians from both major parties attended the rally to show support for Israel.
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An all-star roster of politicians rallied in North Miami Beach Sunday night in support of Israel.

Those in attendance included Republican Florida Senator Marco Rubio and Broward Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

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