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Marriage Equality
1:05 am
Wed December 31, 2014

Publix Will Extend Coverage To Employees' Same-Sex Spouses

Publix at 1181 S. University Dr. in Plantation.
Credit Candace West / Miami Herald File

Publix will extend insurance plans to same-sex spouses of employees who are legally married.

The company announced that it will open enrollment on Jan. 1 for any employee who can who show proof of lawful marriage in a state where same-sex unions are allowed.

The couples will get the same health care coverage as any heterosexual couple.

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Outdoors
3:24 pm
Tue December 30, 2014

No More Soggy Fishing Licenses! FWC Launches Permit App

Screen-grabs of the new FWC smartphone app.
Credit Kenny Malone

Florida’s great outdoors now comes with a paperless option.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has launched a new mobile app that lets hunters and fishermen buy licenses from their smart phones and store those licenses digitally.

“You have people having issues like losing their license or their license getting wet or even they forgot their license at home,” says FWC spokeswoman Amanda Nalley. “Most people have their phone on them regardless of whether they may have left their wallet at home.”

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New Year's Eve
3:09 pm
Tue December 30, 2014

Miami Officials Say: Put Away Your Guns On NYE

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Dear South Floridians, please don’t fire your guns into the sky to ring in the New Year.

That is the message from police departments and city officials across Miami-Dade County at an annual press conference for the campaign “One Bullet Kills The Party.”

On Tuesday, Miami-Dade Commissioner Audrey Edmonson warned one bullet fired into the air in celebration could injure or kill someone.

“Do not shoot up into the sky. When you shoot up into the sky of course that bullet comes down.”

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Latin America Report
3:04 pm
Tue December 30, 2014

China Proves Obama Right On Cuba! And Other Top Latin America Stories Of 2014

As far as I’m concerned, one of the year’s most important Latin American stories happened this week in China.

Yep, communist China. On Monday the government’s Internet watchdragon, known as the Great Firewall, pulled the plug on Gmail because it's a subversive instrument of free speech and dissent.

In the process, Beijing affirmed President Obama’s historic decision this month to pursue a policy of engagement with communist Cuba.

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News
10:24 am
Tue December 30, 2014

South Florida Cops Rally In Honor Of Fallen NYPD Brothers

An attendee of yesterday's rally outside Miami's Bayside Marketplace holds up a sign in support of police officers.
Credit Christine DiMattei

In the wake of the Dec. 20 shooting deaths of two of New York's Finest, Miami's police union is calling for an end to violence against law enforcement officers.

A crowd of police officers and their families and friends gathered outside Bayside Marketplace yesterday to remember Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu. The two New York City officers were killed by a gunman who investigators say was angered by recent police-involved deaths of unarmed black men in Ferguson, Missouri and Staten Island.

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News
8:03 pm
Mon December 29, 2014

Florida's Minimum-Wage Increase Not Meant To Raise Incomes

The Florida minimum wage will increase 12 cents to keep up with inflation in the state.
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Florida’s minimum wage will be going up Jan. 1, but the increase won’t necessarily put more money in the pockets of minimum wage workers. The 12 cent increase from $7.93 an hour to $8.05 an hour is not meant to increase wages, it’s just supposed to make sure wages aren’t decreasing due to inflation.

The new Florida minimum wage is almost a dollar more than the federal minimum wage, but still not the $10.10 President Obama was championing for all workers last year.

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News
2:54 pm
Mon December 29, 2014

Growler Size Restriction Could Soon Be A Thing Of The Past

Florida is one of only two states in the country with a 64 ounce restriction. The other is Utah.

Originally published on Fri December 26, 2014 10:04 pm

Craft-brewing in Florida is big business getting bigger, but many within the community are unhappy about a certain size restriction.  In Florida it's legal to fill large bottles known as growlers—just not in the industry-standard size of 64 ounces.  But the craft brewing community is mobilizing again this year to get rid of the size regulation.

Mike and Bobby Carbonell are brothers and they run a little shop called Growler Country. 

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Americas
8:54 am
Mon December 29, 2014

The Nicaragua Canal: A Waterway To Development Or Disaster?

Protesters clash with police during demonstrations against the construction of a cross-isthmus canal in Nicaragua.
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  The Panama Canal marked its centennial this year. But another place engineers have always wanted to build a waterway across Central America is Nicaragua. Construction on a Nicaragua canal started last week – and so did protests, there and here.

The Nicaragua Grand Canal, as it’s called, will cost an estimated $50 billion. And at 173 miles it will be more than five times longer than the Panama Canal.

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Gay Marriage
7:10 am
Mon December 29, 2014

Mass Gay Marriage Wedding Won't Discriminate: Straights Welcome, Too

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If you were to pick the most likely city for a gay marriage celebration, it might very well be Fort Lauderdale, which has been attracting lesbian and gay tourism for decades.

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Cuba
7:08 am
Mon December 29, 2014

How Will Changes In Cuba Policy Affect Florida's Economy?

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This was originally posted on Dec. 23, 2014 from WMFE.

Impassioned reactions continue to pour in over the political and social implications of President Obama’s plan to normalize relations with Cuba. This week, 90.7 economic analyst Hank Fishkind takes Nicole Creston through the economic implications for Florida and for our region. 

On the President’s plan:

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Holiday
5:07 pm
Fri December 26, 2014

AAA Offers Free Tows For Tipsy Drivers Now Through New Year’s Day

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AAA is once again teaming up with Budweiser, offering its popular Tow To Go program from Christmas Eve through New Year’s Day this year.

As a last resort, Floridians who have had too much to drink can call 1-855-2 TOW 2 GO (855-286-9246) and a tow truck will pick up them and their vehicle.

The service is available within a 10-mile radius, and the tow truck can carry up to two people home.

The program to keep intoxicated drivers from getting behind the wheel is available to both AAA members and non-members.

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Politics
12:53 pm
Fri December 26, 2014

The 2014 Florida Roundup

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Note: This is a pre-recorded episode of the Florida Roundup. 

  On the Florida Roundup, we look back at the year that was 2014. The year ends with the biggest change in U.S. - Cuba relations in almost two generations.

ELECTIONS

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News
8:14 am
Fri December 26, 2014

December 26, 2014: Cleveland Cavs Lose To Miami Heat on Christmas Day

Today on WLRN-Miami Herald News, you heard:

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News
3:16 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

Bill Would Clear Way For Recordings In Sexual-Abuse Cases

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Originally published on Tue December 23, 2014 9:01 am

Moving quickly after the Florida Supreme Court ordered a new trial for a man convicted of sexually abusing his stepdaughter, a state lawmaker Friday filed a bill that would allow secretly recorded conversations to be used as evidence in such cases.

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News
3:15 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

A Clean Slate: Juvenile Diversion Program Provides A Chance To Start Over

Alan Louder, Director of Juvenile Diversion Program at the State Attorney's Office talks with a juvenile during a community service project to feed the homeless. The activity is one component of the diversion program.

Originally published on Thu December 25, 2014 1:10 am

There’s something universally jarring about the sound of shackles. It’s slow and, while high-pitched, carries a timbre of gloom.

It’s especially unnerving when those shackles are chained to the feet and arms of a slight, young man, like the one who stood in front of an audience on a recent evening.

“At the end of the day, y’all are going home. I’m still locked up,” he told the group of young men sitting before him.

His words were quiet, but he had their full attention.

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