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7:50 am
Thu November 1, 2012

NEWSCAST: Millions Have Already Voted In Florida

Early voting totals continue to be strong in South Florida, but many have had to deal with long waits. The estimated wait time for these voters in Northwest Broward is 45 minutes.
Credit Terence Shepherd

State election officials say they have received just over 1 million early votes and more than 1.5 million absentee ballots. Meanwhile, election officials are visiting Palm Beach County again.  The county's election office has been plagued with printing problems on its absentee ballots.

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6:58 am
Thu November 1, 2012

NEWSCAST: Romney Campaigns In Miami

The University of Miami was Mitt Romney's second stop following his Hurricane Sandy campaign hiatus.
Credit Kenny Malone

Mitt Romney tries to pivot from disaster in the northeast to the final week of campaigning in Florida. Meanwhile, the death toll rises in Haiti as a result of Sandy. 

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6:54 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

NEWSCAST: Romney Holds Rally At UM

Mitt Romney visited the University of Miami Wednesday. On Sunday, President Obama is set to campaign in Fort Lauderdale.
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Mitt Romney spoke to an enthusiastic crowd of supporters Wednesday afternoon at the University of Miami.

He was joined by Senator Marco Rubio, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and Congressman Connie Mack. Mack is running for the US Senate seat held by Democratic Senator Bill Nelson.

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6:31 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Palm Beach County Dogged By Ballot Printing Problems

Credit Christine DiMattei

State election officials say they're keeping an eye on Palm Beach County's operations, after a second printing mishap involving absentee ballots.

The first blunder involved 27,000 absentee ballots with a header missing above the judicial races.  The ballots can't be read by Palm Beach County's vote tabulation machines, so election office workers are copying out those forms by hand onto new ballots.

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9:30 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Several Protest David's Cafe On Miami Beach

Carlos Perez said the group will continue protesting until they recoup their wages.
Credit Melissa Sanchez, El Nuevo Herald

David's Café in Miami Beach is a popular campaign stop for politicians. Now, it's become a site for protest.

A group of former workers claims they are owed about $70,000 in unpaid wages from a satellite location that closed in July.

Carlos Perez was among the protestors outside the main restaurant on Collins Avenue in South Beach Tuesday. He claimed its owners offered to pay a fraction of his original wages.

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7:56 am
Wed October 31, 2012

NEWSCAST: Early Voting A Big Hit In South Florida

Early voting continues at select locations throughout South Florida.
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 Over 70,000 people in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Monroe counties voted yesterday, bringing the total to over a quarter-million in the region that have cast ballots at the polls early since Saturday.

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7:20 am
Wed October 31, 2012

NEWSCAST: Good Night For the Heat, New Rings and Victory Over Celtics

The Heat beat their archrivals the Celtics Tuesday night 120 to 107.
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WLRN-Miami Herald News 6:00 AM newscast
 The Miami Heat have begun defense of their NBA title in style as South Florida airports continue to deal with the aftermath of Sandy. 

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9:30 am
Tue October 30, 2012

Where The Early Voting Lines Are Shortest

The numbers suggest a lot of people are really anxious to get this voting business behind them. According to an AP report this morning, 1.9 million Floridians, about 16 percent of the electorate, have voted already.

Most of those have cast absentee ballots but about a half million have done it in person, often waiting for hours at early voting sites.

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8:05 am
Tue October 30, 2012

NEWSCAST: Strong Turnout For Early Voting

Some voters waited up to four hours to cast a ballot.
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Early voting started over the weekend, and many in south Florida stood in line for hours to cast their ballots.

By Monday, the wait times in Miami Dade hadn't changed much.

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7:02 am
Tue October 30, 2012

NEWSCAST: Sandy Grounds Hundreds Of Flights

Sandy flooded Battery Park in New York City.
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Sandy has forced the cancelation of hundreds of flights to and from airports in South Florida.

The storm hit the northeast hard Monday making flying hazardous from Virginia to Massachusetts.

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Hurricane Sandy
6:58 am
Tue October 30, 2012

Live Blog: Sandy Makes Landfall In New Jersey With Punishing Winds, Driving Rain

A flooded street is seen at nightfall during rains from Hurricane Sandy in Atlantic City, N.J. on Monday. Sandy made landfall over Southern New Jersey today.
Mario Tama Getty Images

Originally published on Tue October 30, 2012 6:00 am

Sandy made landfall along the New Jersey coast, earlier this evening. The storm has already wreaked havoc across the Mid-Atlantic and northeast and its expected to affect millions more Americans as it moves northwest, dumping rain and kicking up winds of up to 80 mph.

We'll update this post with the latest news about the storm, which forecasters warn is historic in size and intensity.

Update at 5 a.m. ET Tuesday. Dozens Of Homes Destroyed In Fire

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7:06 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

NEWSCAST: Voters Face Long Lines

Some voters waited as long as four hours to cast a ballot Monday in Miami Dade.
Credit Ashley Lopez / WLRN

Some voters in Miami Dade waited in line for hours Monday for the opportunity to vote early.

We caught up with some voters in Miami Beach who used the time in line to learn more about the issues on the ballot.

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Hundreds Of Flights Are Canceled
4:38 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Hurricane Sandy Is Parking Planes Across South Florida

Hundreds of flights are canceled as Hurricane Sandy slams the Northeast.
Credit Hollywood-Fort Lauderdale International Airport

Even though Hurricane Sandy has moved past South Florida, the region's airports continue to feel the storm's effects.

Director of Operations at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, Mike Monnemacher, said 152 flights have been canceled at his airport.

"One of our larger markets for this airport is to the Northeast," Monnemacher said. " So, when we're not having any operations into the Washington all the up through Boston area, that's a significant number of aircraft. So, right now we have 35 aircraft that really don't have any place to go."

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School Nutrition
3:52 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

A Fruit Or Vegetable On Every Plate Whether Students Want It Or Not

The Evident Preference: The pizza was eaten, the broccoli wasn't.
Credit Gina Jordan / StateImpact Florida

Under new federal dietary rules, kids in school cafeteria lunch lines will be required to accept a serving of fruit or vegetables. But since there is no corresponding federal power to make them eat it, it’s likely many students will soon be defying their government at lunchtime.

StateImpact education reporter Gina Jordan has been sampling the student opinion of broccoli and peas and stuff:

“I hate them.”

“They’re disgusting.”

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Hurricane Sandy
11:04 am
Mon October 29, 2012

HMS Bounty, Replica Of The Mutiny Ship, Sinks In Sandy's Storm Waters Off Carolina

HMS Bounty: One-third larger than the original to accommodate film cameras, the ship had extensive Florida history.
Credit HMS Bounty

HMS Bounty, a cinematic replica of the ship sailed by Capt. Bligh in a famous 1789 mutiny, has sunk in stormy waters off North Carolina, an apparent casualty of Hurricane Sandy.

The Coast Guard says 14 persons were rescued from lifeboats within sight of the sinking three-masted ship and two others are missing.

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