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Rail Travel
11:00 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Fast Train Will Link Miami, Orlando In 2015

ALL ABOARD: Money, jobs and a fast ride to Orlando.
Credit All Aboard Florida

A billion-dollar passenger rail project, due to break ground next year, will be whisking business travelers and tourists between Miami and Orlando at top speed by some time in 2015.

Plans call for stops in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach on the way from Miami to Orlando International Airport with a spur line connecting the beaches of Brevard County to the system.

Cost and benefits? According to the Sun Sentinel, $1 billion, 1,600 jobs and a three-hour trip -- much quicker than you could make at the wheel of your own car.

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News
7:58 am
Mon December 10, 2012

NEWSCAST: Florida Lawmakers Weigh In On Debt Crisis

It seems lawmakers moved farther apart in negotiations to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff.
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Republicans are upset that the president wants the debt ceiling included in budget talks. Meanwhile, former Republican Governor Charlie Crist switches parties.  

Details from WLRN-Miami Herald News:

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News
5:28 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

NEWSCAST: Casino Giant Drops Gambling Ballot Bid

Genting Highlands in Malaysia.
Credit Jay Zhang

The casino giant that bought the Miami Herald site has put a hold on its plans to petition for a casino amendment on the twenty-fourteen ballot.  Halting the petition effort means state lawmakers will drive the decision over whether to bring Las Vegas- style gaming to Florida. The Malaysian-based casino giant -- Genting Group -- has spent close to a million dollars on a campaign to let voters decide. That campaign started after a casino amendment died in the Florida legislature last year.  But now the group is taking a less aggressive strategy, in part perhaps because gaming regulations ar

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Newscast
8:47 am
Fri December 7, 2012

NEWSCAST: 'Give Us More Money, And We Wont Raise Tuition'; Tri-Rail Expands Weekend Service

Five years in a row of budget cuts to the state university system has meant fewer classes and higher tuition. 

A group of state university presidents met at the state Capitol this week  to try to strike a bargain with state lawmakers.  Their message: "Give us more money, and we won't raise tuition this year."

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Newscast
7:40 am
Fri December 7, 2012

NEWSCAST: Casino Giant Halts Petition for Casino Amendment; More Art Basel; Knicks Beat the Heat

The casino giant that bought the Miami Herald site has put plans on hold to petition for a casino amendment on the 2014 ballot. 

Halting the petition means state lawmakers will drive the decision over whether to bring Las Vegas-style gambling to Florida.

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9:05 am
Thu December 6, 2012

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7:41 am
Thu December 6, 2012

NEWSCAST: Sandy May Change How National Weather Service Operates

Hurricane Sandy killed more than 100 people in the U.S.
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Hurricane Sandy's devastation has the National Weather Service considering changes to how it issues hurricane watches and warnings.

The National Hurricane Center was criticized last month following Sandy after it stopped issuing hurricane warnings because the storm wasn't technically going to be a hurricane anymore when it made landfall.




 

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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.
Credit Niall Kennedy / Flickr/Creative Commons

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
Florida.

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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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News
6:41 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

NEWSCAST: Miami-Dade Commissioners OK Prayer

Miami-Dade County Seal.
Credit Miami-Dade County

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.
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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