12:47 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

At Least One Hurt In Doral Parking Garage Collapse

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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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Aging and Driving
9:15 am
Wed October 10, 2012

When Should Seniors Hang Up The Car Keys?

More elderly drivers will hit the road in the next decade, but family members wonder: When is it time for elderly loved ones to move to the passenger seat?
Martin Novak

Originally published on Mon October 8, 2012 4:35 am

With a growing population of baby boomers, officials are bracing for a surge in senior drivers. Statistics tell us that accidents increase after the age of 65, and fatal accidents are more likely after the age of 75.

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8:08 am
Wed October 10, 2012

NEWSCAST: State Confirms First Florida Death Linked To Nationwide Meningitis Outbreak

The Florida Department of Health reports that a 70-year-old man died in July.
The Florida Department of Health

A Florida death is confirmed in a national meningitis outbreak. Plus, a gubernatorial gaffe, and the latest on voting rights for ex-felons in Florida. 

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7:47 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Angry Brother's Furious Tweets Awkward For Trayvon Shooter Zimmerman's Defense

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Defendant George Zimmerman's brother calls jihad against Martin family lawyers in defense of the family honor. But Robert's tweeted threats are a loose cannon problem for George's lawyer.
George Zimmerman's brother Robert is on a media offensive to clear his family's name, and is vowing to have Trayvon Martin's family lawyer disbarred. Seven months after the killing of unarmed high school junior Trayvon Martin, the killer's family is on a national media crusade to clear the family's name.
7:43 am
Wed October 10, 2012

NEWSCAST: State Education And Property Insurance

Citizens is the state-backed property insurer of last resort for Floridians.
Citizens Property Insurance Corporation

The Florida Board of Education wraps up meetings in Orlando while Citizens agrees to review a $350 million loan program that has key lawmakers worried.  Details from WLRN-Miami Herald News. 

7:27 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Miami's Ultra Music Festival Is A Jobs Creator

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The event brings hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars to the region, according to an economic study. Coming to Ultra in March? Good luck finding a hotel room. They're selling out already.
A study commissioned by Ultra Music Festival says the three-day event supports 915 jobs and pumps $79 million into Miami-Dade's economy. Electronic music extravaganza Ultra Music Festival and its fans pour $40 million directly into the economy every year for everything from equipment rentals to glow sticks, according to a new study.
6:57 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Cockroach Eater's Death Still A Mystery

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Big puzzle this morning: What killed Edward Archbold? The expert view: These were SANITARY roaches and they're not fatal no matter how many you eat. To win a big snake.
This video posted by YouTube user John-Patrick McNown shows Archbold winning the contest (Graphic): Eddie Archbold ate so many live roaches he had to cover his mouth with his hand to keep them from crawling out.
4:20 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Cubans Are Not the Wealthiest Hispanic Americans

Cuban-Americans are no longer the wealthiest Hispanic-Americans in the U.S. leading into this year's presidential election.
Victor Antunez/ Flickr

Historically, Cubans have been among the wealthiest Americans of Hispanic origin. However, according to a report from the Pew Hispanic Center, that's not true anymore.

According to a Pew report, Ecuadorians, Colombians, Peruvians and Salvadorans, all make more money than Cubans.

Ecuadorians have the highest median household income among these groups, at $50,000. The median household incomes for Colombians ($49,500) and Peruvians ($48,000) are slightly less than that.

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Chavez Wins
12:21 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Chavez' Win Broke Hearts In Doral

At outdoor election watch parties such as this one in the Venezuelan enclave of Doral, the excitement did not outlive the vote count.
Credit Melissa Sanchez / El Nuevo Herald
  • WLRN's Phil Latzman covers the aftermath of the Venezuelan election with this double interview. Miami Herald reporter Jim Wyss is on the ground in Caracas and El Nuevo Herald editor Teresa Frontado describes the expatriates' journey to vote in New Orleans.
  • This is El Nuevo Herald's Melissa Sanchez describing the mood collapse in Doral as Sunday's vote count turned against Chavez challenger Henrique Capriles.

In South Florida's Venezuelan enclave of Doral this weekend, happy confidence turned to shock and dismay in about the time it took to count the ballots in Caracas.

Fifty-eight-year-old Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez had won his third re-election campaign decisively, defeating Miranda state Gov. Henrique Capriles by a margin of more than 10 percent.

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WLRN-Herald News
8:59 am
Tue October 9, 2012

NEWSCAST: Deadlines To Vote

Alan Cleaver

Time is running out to register to vote in the November election, and a new television network is coming to Miami.

Check out these stories and more in the WLRN Miami Herald News at 7.

Univision And ABC
7:38 am
Tue October 9, 2012

Univision And ABC Are Partnering In English

Univision news anchors Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas grilled President Obama during this Sept. 20 event at the University of Miami. Mitt Romney was on the same stage two days before.
Credit Carolyn Kaster

  Spanish language broadcaster Univision and ABC will open a 24-hour cable channel in the Miami area, the Miami Herald reports today.

Programming will be in English but produced with a Latin perspective. Herald reporter Doug Hanks got a look at documents that describe the project:

The joint venture is expected to employ about 350 

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7:21 am
Tue October 9, 2012

How Sunlight Weakens Your Skin

Stefano Amabili walks under the sun in Miami Beach, Florida, in May. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has found that more people are using sunscreen and protecting themselves from the sun's rays.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Originally published on Thu October 4, 2012 9:53 am

A sunny day at the beach has plusses and minuses for your health.

A little bit of sun can help your body produce vitamin D, but the sun's ultraviolet radiation raises your risk for skin cancer. And, it turns out, UV radiation poses another threat — it physically weakens your skin.

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WLRN-Miami Herald News
6:56 am
Tue October 9, 2012

NEWSCAST: South Florida Reacts To Chavez

Hugo Chavez has been the president of Venezuela since 1999.
CIA World FactBook

Venezuelans living in South Florida are reacting to the reelection of Hugo Chavez and the Florida Board of Education is meeting today in Orlando. 

Check out these stories and more in WLRN Miami Herald News.

5:11 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

FAMU Hazing Trial Begins Monday, Champion's Parents Talk To Katie Couric

Katie Couric talks with Pamela and Robert Champion Sr.
Ida Asute/Disney-ABC Domestic Television

Eleven people accused in the fatal beating of Florida A&M University (FAMU) drum major Robert Champion are scheduled to go on trial this Monday.

They’re facing felony charges of hazing resulting in death.

All are connected to FAMU’s famed Marching 100 band, which has been suspended indefinitely.

The hazing happened after a football game in Orlando last November.

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