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Tobacco
10:00 am
Fri November 23, 2012

Obama Gives Smokers A Break On Health Insurance... If They Try To Quit

President Obama is giving people who smoke a break on an impending law that would make them pay more for health insurance than non smokers.
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President Obama announced last week that his administration would back off on a part of the health care reform law (which is currently being rolled out in full force) that would have allowed insurers in  small group markets to charge smokers a 50-percent higher premium than nonsmokers.

The catch: smokers have to prove they are trying to quit.

Kaiser Health News reports,

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Black Friday
8:22 am
Fri November 23, 2012

It's Crazy Out There!

Shopping Smiles: Awaiting their chance at the bargains, shoppers took seats on the concrete at a Kendall BrandsMart USA store.
Credit Luisa Yanez / Miami Herald

South Florida shoppers wiped the turkey gravy off their lips and got in line to shop last night as Black Friday morphed backward into Thursday to kick off an ever-earlier Christmas shopping season.

Lines for the early deals began forming before sundown on Thanksgiving and the scenes at the big boxes and malls grew more hectic and even chaotic overnight.

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State And Regional News
8:05 am
Fri November 23, 2012

NEWSCAST: Organization Looks To Streamline Credentialing For Veterans

The Florida Department of Veterans Affairs director wants state lawmakers to streamline the credentialing process for veterans in possibly hundreds of skilled jobs.
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Now that the newly elected state lawmakers are sworn in, their agenda for the 2013 session will follow soon afterwards. We have a look at what's being proposed for veterans. 

WLRN-Miami Herald News has more.

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State And Regional News
6:50 am
Fri November 23, 2012

NEWSCAST: Black Friday Draws Thousands Out On Thanksgiving

According to an International Council of Shopping Centers-Goldman Sachs survey, about 17 percent of shoppers were expected to take advantage of special hours on Thanksgiving day.
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Hitting the malls on Thanksgiving night is becoming more common in South Florida. Stores are offering more than sales to entice shoppers away from the dinner table. 

Details from WLRN-Miami Herald News. 

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Flocks Of Wild Turkeys
6:54 am
Thu November 22, 2012

Wild Turkeys Gobble Their Way To A Comeback

European settlers almost wiped out North America's native wild turkey. But conservation efforts have proved successful. There are now nearly 7 million birds found across 49 states.
Larry Price, National Wild Turkey Federation NWTF.org

Originally published on Thu November 15, 2012 3:38 pm

Wild turkeys and buffalo have more in common than you might guess. Both were important as food for Native Americans and European settlers. And both were nearly obliterated.

There were a couple of reasons for the turkey's decline. In the early years of the U.S., there was no regulation, so people could shoot as many turkeys as they liked. And their forest habitat was cut down for farmland and heating fuel. Without trees, turkeys have nowhere to roost. So they began to disappear.

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Economics Of Holidays
6:28 am
Thu November 22, 2012

On Thanksgiving, Stores Serve Up A Side Of Shopping

Walmart associate Angel Campos stocks Christmas decorations Wednesday ahead of the pre-Black Friday event at the Wal-Mart Supercenter store in Rosemead, Calif.
Damian Dovarganes AP

Originally published on Thu November 22, 2012 7:11 am

Gray Thursday may become the new Black Friday. Many big retailers have moved up the beginning of their shopping season, traditionally the Friday after Thanksgiving, to Thursday evening.

Brick-and-mortar retailers are feeling pressure from online retailers, which have given consumers an earlier shopping option.

"In the past, online retailers have had Thanksgiving Day all to themselves," says Marshal Cohen, retail analyst with the NPD Group. "And what that means is by the time Black Friday comes around, a lot of consumers have already spent a bunch of money."

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News
5:14 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Weston Resident TV's 'Mr. Food' Dies

Art Ginsberg A.K.A 'Mr. Food.'
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Long before there were TV cooking networks, there were cooking segments and Art Ginsberg as "Mr. Food" was arguably the most popular one in the country.

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Citizens Property Insurance
1:03 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Sex Scandals, Big Spending And Shenanigans Found At Citizens Property Insurance

An internal investigation unearthed a history of sex scandals and other improprieties at Citizens Property Insurance.
Credit Citizens Property Insurance Corporation

An internal investigation of Citizens Property Insurance in Florida, a government-run home insurer of last resort and the state's largest insurer, found that the company has a sordid history of sex scandals, cover-ups and big spending. 

Recently, Citizens has gotten a lot of scrutiny because it has been consistently hiking up premiums or removing coverage from large numbers of people in the state.

However, a recent investigation found that the problems with the 10 year-old not-for-profit insurer starts with the people running the show over there in Tallahassee.

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School Bus Shooting
8:11 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Killings In Safe Spaces: Girl's Death Takes Its Place Among South Florida School Attacks

Lourdes Guzman-DeJesus was shot to death on her school bus.
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Fifteen-year-old Jordyn Alexander Howe boarded the school bus with a loaded gun in his backpack. He pulled it out, it went off and fatally wounded fellow student Lourdes Guzman-DeJesus, 13.

Miami-Dade police say the shooting on a charter school bus in Homestead was an accident. Howe was charged with manslaughter and carrying a concealed firearm. He spent the night at the Miami-Dade Juvenile Assessment Center.

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7:20 am
Wed November 21, 2012

NEWSCAST: State to Investigate Citizens Property Insurance

Governor Rick Scott is calling for an investigation into ethical lapses at state-run Citizens Property Insurance.
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There's more trouble for state-run Citizens Property Insurance.

Investigators look into lavish spending, misuse of resources and other ethical lapses.

Gov. Rick Scott has asked his Chief Inspector General to investigate Citizens after all four people in the company's ethics office were fired.

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6:39 am
Wed November 21, 2012

NEWSCAST: Teen Charged In Miami-Dade School Bus Shooting

Miami-Dade police have charged a 15-year-old boy with manslaughter in the shooting death of a 13-year-old girl on a school bus.

Listen to the file above for details.

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News
6:31 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

NEWSCAST: Allen West, Over And Out

Congressman Allen West gives up the fight.
Credit Century Council

The Allen West - Patrick Murphy Congressional standoff is now over. The one-term congressman came close to winning the new District 18 that he had to move to run in, but not close enough, so he conceded today on Fox News. West maintains there were enough ballot irregularities to warrant a close look.And there is no disputing there were voting problems in St. Lucie County. The outgoing GOP Congressman gave no definitive plans for his future. Winner Patrick Murphy has already been through freshman orientation in Washington. 

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Holiday Travel
2:00 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Traveller's Bane, The TSA, May Be Killing Us

Lest The Terrorists Win: Routine airport indignities may be driving people to riskier car trips.
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Good reading for your holiday plane ride: Businessweek's studious indictment of the Transportation Security Administration and the entire post-9/11 homeland security apparatus.

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Breaking
12:25 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Thirteen-Year-Old Girl Dies After Being Shot On School Bus In Homestead

Gunfire on a  charter school bus in Homestead this morning has taken the life of a 13-year-old girl. Police said the shooter was another student who  is now in custody. Local10 News reported the death a few hours after the shooting: 

The 13-year-old girl, who attended Palm Glades Academy, was shot in the area of SW 292nd Street and 137th Avenue before 7 a.m.

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Airport Work Conditions
11:00 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Fort Lauderdale Airport Workers Rally For Higher Pay Just Before Busy Thanksgiving Travel Days

Airport service workers gather outside Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport Monday to rally for higher wages.
Credit C. DiMattei

Many of the service workers at South Florida's busiest airport for Thanksgiving holiday travel say they can't afford a traditional Thanksgiving dinner this year.

About 60 members of a local airport workers' union held a rally Monday at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport to try to persuade airline contractors to pay them higher wages.

The Workers

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