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6:52 am
Wed October 24, 2012

NEWSCAST: Parts Of South Florida Under Tropical Storm Watch

South Florida could feel the effects of Sandy as early as Thursday afternoon.
National Weather Service

A tropical storm watch is in effect from the Upper Keys north to Jupiter Inlet.

Find out where Tropical Storm Sandy is now and what to expect this weekend in WLRN Miami Herald News.

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6:29 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

NEWSCAST: Lynn University Debate Through Voters' Eyes

What's Red and White and Blue All Over? Lynn University.
Lynn University

And now, on the other side of a pretty prestigious political night for South Florida - one last look at the Presidential debate at Lynn University.  Kenny Malone was onsite at Lynn University and wanted to watch the debate through the eyes of the Florida voter. 

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5:01 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Florida License Plate Proposal Delayed After Outcry From Tax Collectors

Leon County Tax Collector Doris Maloy
leontaxcollector.net

The redesign of Florida license plates is on hold.

The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles wants new license plates that are easier for toll booth cameras and red light cameras to read.

But the agency withdrew its request for approval by the Florida Cabinet Tuesday.

The DMV is tweaking the plan in part because of concerns by county  tax collectors that private companies will be hired to issue the new plates.

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8:13 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Newscast: T.S. Sandy Could Bring South Florida High Winds

South Florida could be dealing with some rough surf by the weekend.
Thanker212 Flickr/Creative Commons

Tropical Storm Sandy is still south of Jamaica, but forecasters say South Florida could be feeling the effects of this system by the weekend.

Listen to WLRN Miami Herald News for more on how this storm could affect the region as well as Jamaica and Cuba. 
 

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7:44 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Ex-City Official, Alleged Cronies Charged In Miami Beach City Hall Bid-Rigging Case

Suspects: From the tip, Lopez, Landrin and Lopez's wife, Maria Pineda. Investigators say she financed a Mercedes with corrupt money.
Credit Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office

Miami-Dade prosecutors say Gus Lopez knew what others were bidding for city contracts in Miami Beach and he sold the information to help competitors submit lower and winning bids.

A former city procurement director, Lopez and business partner Pierre Landrin Jr., are accused of racketeering and unlawful compensation. Lopez' lawyer insists the charges are politically motivated.

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7:16 am
Tue October 23, 2012

NEWSCAST: Presidential Debate Gives Boca A Boost

Sen. Marco Rubio spoke to WLRN after the debate.
US Senate Official Photo

Last night's presidential debate was a boon for Boca Raton, and Florida's freshman Senator Marco Rubio is advocating changes to the decades-old Cuban Adjustment Act.

WLRN Miami Herald News has details on these stories and more.
 

President Obama In Delray Beach
7:13 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Crowd Gathers In Delray For Obama Rally

Entrepreneur Under The Lights: The gathering crowd of Obama supporters is a market for cool t-shirts. The president speaks at 10:15.
Christine DiMattei WLRN.org

T-shirt vendors and extremely committed Obama supporters have been lining up since before dawn at the Delray Beach Tennis Center for a rally with the president that's scheduled to begin at 10:15 a. m. For everybody else, the big post-debate story this morning will be traffic. Police are advising drivers to avoid West Atlantic Avenue near the Tennis Center and public transit commuters should be ready for today-only changes on routes 1, 70, 80 and 81.

#LynnDebate
7:35 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

#LynnDebate 2012: WLRN Live Blog

Media room at Lynn University's gym.
Credit Ashley Lopez / WLRN

WLRN-Miami Herald News is live-blogging from Lynn University, the site of the last presidential debate here in Boca Raton. You can check back here at WLRN.org for highlights and updates.

10:31 p.m.

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Potential Cancer Cluster
4:06 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Health Officials: No Cancer Cluster In Miami-Dade

Long-time Broadmoor resident Juan Heredia says he built this playground for his two granddaughters but won’t let them play outside anymore because of black dust he says is emitted from the recycling facility on the other side of this fence.
Photo by Kenny Malone

The Florida Department of Health said today there is not a cancer cluster just east of Hialeah, in a neighborhood often referred to as Broadmoor.

On July 19th, 2012 a resident from the Broadmoor area, Vanessa Shelton, went before the Miami-Dade County Commission during a public hearing about a nearby metal recycling facility.

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One Herald Plaza
10:06 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Preserve It? Or Knock It Down? Future of Miami Herald HQ May Be Decided Today

Herald on the Bay: A waterfront site meant economical newsprint delivery by barge.
Wikimedia

The other big debate today is about the Miami Herald's maybe historic (but maybe not) bay front headquarters and what its new owners, Genting Resorts World, will be allowed to do with it.

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7:48 am
Mon October 22, 2012

NEWSCAST: All Eyes On South Florida In Final Presidential Debate

South Florida will be in the national spotlight Monday night when Lynn University in Boca Raton hosts the final presidential debate of the 2012 campaign.

Learn more on the role of Florida in the election and hear other stories in WLRN Miami Herald News.

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7:14 am
Mon October 22, 2012

NEWSCAST: Gov. Scott Weighs In On Race-Based School Standards

Brittany Randolph Flickr/Creative Commons

Florida Governor Rick Scott tells the state Board of Education to do better when it comes to a new edict on passing scores by race and ethnicity.

Details on that story and more in WLRN Miami Herald News.
 

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6:28 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

NEWSCAST: How New Unemployment Numbers Add Up

The Job Hunt Goes On For Many.
Rachel Larue

 This is actually the last statewide and local jobs report we'll receive before Election Day on November 6th.The unemployment rate is down in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach Counties and statewide, but not for the same reasons. 

Miami's Middle Class
3:33 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Report: Miami Is Unaffordable Because People Aren't Making Enough Money

Miami is the least affordable city in the U.S. because people aren't getting paid enough.
Tax Credits/ Flickr

According to a report released this week from the Center for Housing Policy and the Center for Neighborhood Technology, Miami is the least affordable metropolitan area for middle class Americans.

And it's not because Miami is more expensive-- it's because the middle class here isn't making enough money compared to other big cities.

This week's study highlighted the cost of housing and transportation in major metropolitan areas-- but in relation to household incomes.

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11:32 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Florida Jobs Numbers Improve Slightly

Attendees at a job fair.
Thompson Rivers (flickr)

The September jobs numbers are out for Florida and the news is somewhat better statewide. Seasonally adjusted, unemployment dropped to 8.7 percent which is down 0.1 percentage point from August.

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