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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.
Credit Via Vote4FloridaTag.com

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 Vote4FloridaTag.com.

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News
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.
Credit Chris Dlugosz /Flickr

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
Credit Wikimedia commons

How to be normal after your 65th birthday: according to a handful of new statistics we found on Careerbuilder.com (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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Listen To WLRN Miami Herald News
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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Listen To WLRN Miami Herald News
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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Real Estate
7:00 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Real Estate Agents Say Miami's Market Is Booming Again

Real estate agents say Miami's real estate market is booming like never before.

The past couple of years have been difficult for the state's real estate market-- particularly in South Florida. However, real estate agents now say that Miami's market is finally booming after years of a lull.

According to Bloomberg News,

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Building Green
1:00 pm
Fri November 23, 2012

Old Boynton Beach School Hopes 'Green' Design Wins Gold Star

Green Transformation: Sun and wind will power one of Palm Beach County's oldest schools.
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One of Palm Beach County's oldest public schools is hoping to become one of Florida's greenest.

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News
10:30 am
Fri November 23, 2012

Many South Florida Beaches Bereft Of Sand By 'Sandy'

Satellite image of Hurricane Sandy swirling over the Bahamas, October 26, 2012
Credit NASA Goddard Photo and Video

Hurricane Sandy might have dealt South Florida only a glancing blow, but the monster storm left its mark on the region's beaches.

From Miami Beach to northern Palm Beach County, widespread beach erosion can be seen in many coastal communities.   Palm Beach County environmental director Dan Bates says parts of the county unprotected by the natural buffer of the Bahamas got hit hard.

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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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