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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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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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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7:05 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Newscast: Allen West Takes Election Fight To Court Again

Congressman Allen West
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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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6:13 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

NEWSCAST: Awkward! Both West and Murphy In Washington, D.C.


For those of you who just don't want to let this election season go, then we have the story  for you. Congressman Allen West has one last chance to pull out a win in the 18th congressional district. The race still hasn't been certified.  Lawyers for West are scheduled to be in court in St. Lucie County on 

Friday to try to get a full recount in his contest with Democrat Patrick Murphy, who is so convinced he's won the seat that he's already gone to Congressional freshman orientation.

 Both West and Murphy are now in Washington, D.C. 

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Recession Trends
2:53 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

One In Five Floridians On Food Stamps

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One in five Floridians - about 3.6 million - is receiving food stamp benefits and the number is rising in South Florida, according to new data released by the state..

Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties all saw increased enrollment in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in October.

The Sun Sentinel reports that the trend is particularly troubling for Broward County

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Orbitz's lists of most and least busy airports
11:00 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Why Some South Florida Airports Will Be Busier Than Others Over Thanksgiving

Nationwide, flights on the busiest travel days, the Sunday before Thanksgiving, Wednesday and the Monday after Thanksgiving, are expected be 90% full.
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Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International airport will be a very busy airport this Thanksgiving holiday.

In fact, it's going to be the 10th busiest in the country, according to booking data from the travel company Orbitz.

Every year Orbitz releases lists of the busiest and least busy airports for Thanksgiving.

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8:02 am
Thu November 15, 2012

NEWSCAST: Foreclosures Drop In South Florida

Foreclosures are down in Broward, Miami Dade and Palm Beach counties.
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Foreclosures are on the decline in South Florida.

That's according to the latest report from the research firm RealtyTrac.

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7:54 am
Thu November 15, 2012

NEWSCAST: Miami Marlins Strike Out With City Leaders

The Miami Marlins just moved into a new, mostly taxpayer-financed stadium in Little Havana this year.
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The Miami Marlins' latest moves are striking out with city officials. They're reacting angrily to the team owner's latest plans to dismantle the team.

Five star players are set to be traded to the Toronto Blue Jays in what some are calling a fire sale.

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Self-Defense In Florida
9:30 am
Wed November 14, 2012

'Stand Your Ground' Law Gets A Pass From State Task Force

George Zimmerman: Awaiting trial in Stand Your Ground case.
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Florida's Stand Your Ground Task Force, empanelled to review and recommend adjustments to the state's controversial self-defense policy, has concluded the law is pretty much OK as it is.

The seven-year-old law allows people who feel their lives are in danger to respond to the threat with deadly force, even if they don't choose to run for help or safety. It's most notable application was in Seminole County where Miami-Dade County teen Trayvon Martin was shot to death during an encounter with armed neighborhood watch volunteer, George Zimmerman.

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Listen To WLRN Miami Herald News
7:52 am
Wed November 14, 2012

NEWSCAST: Allen West To File Lawsuit

Allen West and his wife, Elizabeth, greet supporters last year.
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Allen West says he plans to file a lawsuit to require a full recount in his bid to win the 18th District Congressional race.

Meanwhile, his opponent, Patrick Murphy, is in Washington, DC for orientation as a new member of Congress.  

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6:39 am
Wed November 14, 2012

NEWSCAST: Miami Marlins Dismantle Franchise

Jose Reyes is one of five superstar players traded by the Miami Marlins.
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Miami's new baseball team is up to its old tricks.

Just months after moving into a new ballpark, the Marlins trade five high-priced players and officially dismantle the franchise, again.


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6:34 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

NEWSCAST: Tampa Connection To Petraeus Scandal

MacDill AFB
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U.S. Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base is saying very little about the Tampa woman who brought to light the Petraeus sex scandal.

 She lives on Bayshore Boulevard just a few miles from the base and had hosted the former leader of MacDill's CENTCOM at several social events. 

Jill Kelley, the mother of three children and wife of a surgeon, is described as a socialite, a social liaison to MacDill and as a family friend to retired Gen. David Petraeus now former CIA director.

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