Housing Crisis
7:45 am
Fri October 12, 2012

NEWSCAST - Florida Leads The Nation In Foreclosures

Florida is at the top or near it in two different categories in the news this week.

But no one is bragging about it.

The state now has a higher percentage of homes in foreclosure than any other state and comes in second for cases of investment fraud.

We explore both of these issues and more in WLRN Miami Herald News.

Giant Eyeball
7:41 am
Fri October 12, 2012

'Softball-Sized Eyeball' Washes Up In Florida; Can You I.D. It?

Quite a baby blue.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 10:41 am

Tell us you can resist clicking on this headline from Florida's Sun Sentinel:

"Huge Eyeball From Unknown Creature Washes Ashore On Florida Beach."

It's big, it's blue and the newspaper says "among the possibilities being discussed are a giant squid, some other large fish or a whale or other large marine mammal."

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has sent the eye off for study.

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Listen To WLRN Miami Herald News
7:03 am
Fri October 12, 2012

NEWSCAST - President Obama Visits University of Miami

President Obama speaks to supporters at the University of Miami.
Vivi Barros

President Obama campaigned at the University of Miami Thursday. We run down his visit, the latest poll numbers in the state and more in WLRN Miami Herald News.

6:38 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

NEWSCAST: New Florida Poll Gives Romney 7 Point Lead

Mitt Romney on the campaign trail.
Photo: Roger Barone/TRNS

A new Mason-Dixon poll now shows G.O.P.

Broward Ranks First Among Florida Counties
5:02 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Florida Leads The U.S. In Foreclosures

Florida is number one when it comes to foreclosures. This is the first time since 2005 that Florida has held the top spot.

The rankings for September are based on figures released Thursday by RealtyTrac.

Within the state, Broward County has the highest percentage of homes going through the foreclosure process.

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Bad Ballots
4:32 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Shades Of 2000: Palm Beach County's Bad Ballots Mean Another Hand Count Election

2000: Lawyers and elections workers spent days squinting at Palm Beach County ballots, trying to determine who had voted for whom.
  • Barry Richard performs the robocall he sent to Palm Beach County absentee voters.

A misprint on 60,000 absentee ballots means vote-counting in Palm Beach County will be sort of special again this year.

Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher said each of those ballots will have to be examined, the intent of each voter discerned, and the vote transferred to a properly printed ballot so it can be read by a tabulation scanner.

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Construction Accidents
3:59 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

What Construction Accidents Say About South Florida's Economy

Construction accidents may mean South Florida's economy is picking up.
Toban Black/Flickr

A parking garage in Doral collapsed yesterday killing 3 construction workers, and severely injuring others.

Looking back at a history of construction accidents in the past six years, you will see that from 2006 to 2008, the region was seeing quite a bit of crane accidents, and other common construction accidents.

Jump to 2009... 2010.... 2011, it's gets a lot harder to find some.

So what happened?

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8:17 am
Thu October 11, 2012

NEWSCAST: President Obama Back In Miami Today

President Barack Obama will appear at the University of Miami, this time for a campaign rally.
Sonya Herbert

For the second time in the past three weeks, President Barack Obama will appear at the University of Miami, this time for a campaign rally.  Floridians have already cast more than 76,000 ballots in the presidential election.  The campaigns for the President and Republican challenger Mitt Romney are scrambling to reach out to 2 million other voters who have requested absentee ballots.

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Parking Garage Collapse
7:36 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Third Death Reported In Garage Collapse, Search Continues For Man Still Missing

photo: Gregory A. Castillo
Gregory A. Castillo

A third person has died after yesterday's collapse of an under-construction parking garage at the Doral campus of Miami Dade College.

Miami-Dade police identified the latest victim as 53-year-old Samuel Perez. He was pulled from the rubble early this morning. Also killed in the sudden collapse were Carlos Hurtado Demendoza, 48, and Jose Calderon, 60.  Another person is still missing.

Perez was the man whose legs had to be amputated so rescuers could get him to safety. He was hospitalized in critical condition and died today at 4 a. m.

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7:05 am
Thu October 11, 2012

NEWSCAST: Rescue Effort Continues At Collapsed Parking Garage in Doral

A man trapped in the rubble of a collapsed parking garage at Miami-Dade College's West campus was rescued early this morning after having his legs amputated to free him from the wreckage. Two men are confirmed dead and one remains missing. 

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6:40 am
Thu October 11, 2012

NEWSCAST: 2 Dead In Garage Collapse, 1 Man Freed After Rescuers Amputate His Legs

Two people are dead, one remains missing and several others are injured after the sudden collapse of a parking garage under construction at Miami-Dade College's West campus in Doral Wednesday.

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4:25 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

What It's Like To Be A Child Protective Investigator in Florida

BuzzFeed has an interesting article on their site today. It's takes a look into what it's like to be a Child Protective Services Investigator in Florida.

This person is tasked with investigating calls to Child Protective Services suggesting a child might be in danger within their living situation.

As you might guess, this job gives one a lot of exposure to drugs, drug-using parents, abuse, etc. 

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2:01 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Chávez Reelection Could Send More Venezuelans To South Florida

More fallout from the Venezuelan election. A real estate agent tells the Miami Herald's Alfonso Chardy there's nothing like fear to touch off capital flight.

President Hugo Chávez’s reelection could prompt a further exodus of Venezuelans to South Florida, leading more entrepreneurs to seek U.S. green cards in return for investments and more people to buy properties from Key Biscayne to Weston, real estate agents and immigration attorneys said Tuesday.

12:47 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

At Least One Hurt In Doral Parking Garage Collapse

Lead in text: 
Developing. The five-story garage was under construction. AP is reporting people trapped in the rubble.
Part of a five-story parking garage under construction at the new west campus of Miami Dade College has collapsed, sending at least one worker to the hospital.
12:11 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Stood Up By El Niño, State Awaits More Hurricanes

The weather phenomenon was expected to suppress the hurricane season somewhat. But Sun-Sentinel hurricane guy Ken Kaye reports there's no sign of El Niño yet and forecasters are starting to worry.

El Niño was supposed to rip storms apart and put a damper on the hurricane season, but it appears to be a no-show.

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