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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.
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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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US Southern Command
10:00 am
Tue November 20, 2012

SOUTHCOM: From Doral, Gen. John Kelly Commands Pentagon Operations in Latin America

The changing of command ceremony drew hundreds of people, including top military brass.
Credit Arianna Prothero

Monday's changing of the guard ceremony at Southern Command in Doral.

The United States Southern Command has a new boss. 

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8:51 am
Tue November 20, 2012

NEWSCAST: Allen West Concedes

Allen West has long been a tea party favorite.
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The race for a contested South Florida congressional seat is finally over.

Allen West issued a statement early Tuesday morning conceding the race for the 18th Congressional seat to Democrat Patrick Murphy.

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7:28 am
Tue November 20, 2012

NEWSCAST: Home Sales Rise in S. Florida

While home prices are rising in South Florida, inventory is falling.
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Housing is on the upswing in South Florida.

Sales and prices for existing homes are way up from a year ago.

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Sick Pay
2:00 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

County Commissioner To Introduce Sick Pay Law

Commissioner Barbara Jordan will introduce a sick pay law tomorrow.
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Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara Jordan is going to introduce an ordinance on Tuesday mandating earned sick pay for workers in the county.

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8:30 am
Mon November 19, 2012

NEWSCAST: Allen West Won't Back Down

Congressman Allen West has lost in court twice but may ask the state to intervene in his bid for the 18th Congressional seat.
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Democrat Patrick Murphy has declared victory in a contested South Florida congressional race. But Republican incumbent Allen West still isn't giving up.

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7:17 am
Mon November 19, 2012

NEWSCAST: The Holiday Travel Rush Is On

More passengers are expected to pass through the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport this week than any other in the region.
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It's Thanksgiving week in South Florida, and for many people that means out-of-town travel. The Fort Lauderdale- Hollywood International Airport is expected to be the busiest airport in the region.
 

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News
5:46 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

NEWSCAST: Allen West Loses Recount Hearing

Allen West's Supporters Stand By Their Man.
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Two strikes and he may be out. A second judge has ruled that he will not hear GOP Congressman Allen West's request for a recount, virtually assuring Patrick Murphy of the District 18 Congressional seat.  It happened in St.

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Dogs On Roofs
1:57 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Folks, Soon You Might Not Be Able To Keep Your Dog On Your Roof

County Commissioners are a step closer to outlawing dogs on roofs.
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Remember back in August when there was a community uproar because someone left a dog on a roof of a factory building?

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The Florida Vote
1:30 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Why The Lines Were Long: Florida Lacks A Useful Booths-To-Voters Formula

A Deficit Of Booths? Voters stacked up in Lakeland, first to vote, then to get their ballots scanned.
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Apart from the politics and the voting law that caused so many voting problems, the Associated Press is pinpointing another reason for Florida's election day train wreck.

Basically, the state has no central formula for allocating voters to precincts or booths and scanners to voters.

It's another one of those stories about how bad Florida is at something that other states have been on top of for years:

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Developing
12:38 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Another Oil Rig Fire In The Gulf

Another oil rig in the Gulf has problems. Four people are sent to the hospital and 2 are presumed missing.
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Two years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, another oil rig has caught fire in the Gulf just off the Louisiana shore today.

According to the Associated Press,

Coast Guard officials say an oil rig has exploded off the coast of Louisiana, sending four people to hospitals. Two are believed to be missing.

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News
7:50 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Newscast: Rise In Number of South Florida Food Stamp Recipients

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One in five Floridians is currently receiving food stamp benefits and the number is rising in South Florida.   But tucked into a recent report by the Department of Children and Families, are some encouraging signs of economic recovery.  

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News
7:05 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Newscast: Allen West Takes Election Fight To Court Again

Congressman Allen West
Credit U.S. House of Representatives

Lawyers for Congressman Allen West will be in a St. Lucie County courtroom today to try to get a full recount in his contest with Democrat Patrick Murphy.

The attorneys will be demanding that elections officials recount early voting ballots in the race for Florida's 18th Congressional District.

In a similar legal challenge last week, a Palm Beach County judge dismissed West's motion to impound ballots and voting machines for a possible recount.

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