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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

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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.

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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.
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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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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.
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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."
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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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