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ProPublica Investigation
12:15 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Florida Docs Charge Medicare Top Rate For Office Visits

An analysis of Medicare billing rates show some doctors charge an unusually high amount for office visits.
Credit Vichaya Kiatying-Angsulee / freedigitalphotos.net

Office visits are the bread and butter of many physicians’ practices. Medicare pays for more than 200 million of them a year, often to deal with routine problems like colds or high blood pressure. Most require relatively modest amounts of a doctor’s time or medical know-how.

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The Santa Maria
11:48 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Have They Found The Ship That Found The New World?

A diver inspects the remnants of what may be the Santa Maria.
Credit Brandon Clifford (courtesy)

Christopher Columbus arrived in the New World in 1492 on a ship called the Santa Maria. The vessel ran aground that Christmas Eve, off Haiti’s north shore near what is now Cap Haitien. Using historical records, underwater archeologist Barry Clifford says he recently located remnants of the ship.

The job of confirming the blockbuster find falls to Charles Beeker, the director of Indiana University’s underwater science program. Beeker says the evidence he’s seen so far, including wrought iron guns, is strong.

Hear an interview with Charles Beeker here:

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Department Of Children And Families
7:02 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

What Does A Guardian Ad Litem Do For Children In The Court System?

Guardian Ad Litems are volunteers who act as the voice of abused and neglected children. Here, hopeful volunteers work in groups as part of their training.
Credit Wilson Sayre

A Guardian ad Litem is the court-appointed voice of a child when government agencies suspect abuse or neglect. But the GAL program is, on the surface, unusual.

It’s built on a network of solely volunteers who take one case at a time, acting as eyes and ears for kids who are often too young to discerningly use their own. The future of those children is in large part determined by the Guardian ad Litem’s recommendation to the court.

Although the GAL program is held up as an example of what works in child advocacy, it is in a time of transition.

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All Aboard Florida
4:11 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Panel For Miami-Orlando Railroad Project Talks Sustainable Transportation

All Aboard Florida held a panel discussion at the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce.
Credit Julia Duba

You might call it an understatement to say that traffic is an issue in South Florida. Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez put it this way:

"There are two man-made things you can see from space. One is the Great Wall of China. The other one is the Dade-Broward line."

On Tuesday, a panel of county and state transportation officials came together at the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce to discuss the plans for All Aboard Florida's passenger rail service.

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Weather And Disasters
3:15 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Introducing The Florida Public Radio Emergency Network

Credit WUWF

FPREN Storm Center »

WLRN has joined forces with Florida’s public radio stations statewide to form the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network (FPREN) to communicate emergency information through a seamless system of free over-the-air FM radio as well as multiple mobile applications. The FM radio system is still the single best and most reliable delivery method.

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Crime
2:54 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Broward County Wants To Clear Some Juvenile Criminal Records

Some kids with misdemeanors may be able to say good-bye to their records
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Five hundred young adults in Broward County may soon wake up to clean criminal records if the County Commission gives the go-ahead at its meeting Tuesday afternoon.

These kids are first-time, non-violent offenders who were eligible for the Civil Citation Program for Juveniles but were instead arrested and slapped with a misdemeanor.

The program is an opportunity to look at the source of the trouble-making and engage with other kids in similar situations. At the completion of the program, no mention is ever made on the kid’s record.

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Public Transportation
1:46 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Metrorail Will Celebrate 30th Anniversary May 20

Credit The Miami Herald

On Tuesday, May 20, Miami-Dade Transit will host a party to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Metrorail. The party, open to Metrorail riders, will take place at the Government Center station downtown and will include music, giveaways and raffles. 

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Food
3:40 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Program Brings Financially Friendly Grocery Tips To Food Deserts

Credit Miami Herald

FLIPANY, or Florida Introduces Physical Activity and Nutrition to Youth, is taking grocery-shopping to another level. The non-profit organization wants to teach Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach County residents how to cook healthy, affordable meals with their groceries.

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News
3:37 am
Mon May 12, 2014

How Miami Students Got College Degrees Before High School Diplomas

Reinaldo Camacho finished his two-year degree from Miami Dade College while he was still in high school. He's the first member of his family to pursue post-secondary education.
Credit Mater Academy

Sixty students from the Hialeah area will graduate from high school this month like thousands of others in Florida, but these students have done something remarkable.

They’ll receive their high school diplomas almost a month after graduating from Miami Dade College.

The students took advantage of the dual-enrollment programs offered at Mater Academy and Mater Lakes Academy. These are publicly funded charter schools that operate independently of the district.

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All Aboard Florida
3:34 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Railroad Project Connecting Miami To Orlando Sparks Debate

All Aboard Florida's plans for a Miami-Orlando train is spurring debate.
Credit All Aboard Florida

On Tuesday, Miami-Dade and Florida transportation officials will gather at the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce to discuss a huge railroad project.

All Aboard Florida's $1.5 billion project that would connect Miami to the Orlando is spurring debate.

All Aboard Florida, a subsidiary of Florida East Coast Industries, would be a privately run commuter railroad along Henry Flagler’s tracks in South Florida.

The services would include stops in downtown Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and the Orlando Airport.

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Sports
8:43 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Kevin Durant's Emotional NBA MVP Acceptance Speech

Originally published on Fri May 9, 2014 7:53 am

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In accepting his first MVP award, Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant made a point of sharing the honor with those who made it possible.

In a soul-baring speech that lasted more than 25 minutes, Durant fought back tears several times while thanking each of his teammates, the coaches, support staff and team executives, and finally his family.

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Housing
6:26 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Not All Miami Neighborhoods Bounced Back With The Condo Boom

While parts of South Florida are undergoing a building frenzy, other parts are slowly falling apart.
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Since the local housing market picked up after the recession, Miami’s skyline includes a growing number of cranes pulling condos out of the ground. But the success story is not the only story of housing here in South Florida.

Martha Brannigan covers real estate for the Miami Herald and she has been working on a series called "Boom, Bust and Back."

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News
8:57 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Palm Beach County Students Can Pay Off Library Debt By Reading

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Students in Palm Beach County now have the opportunity to pay off library fines in a rather constructive way: They can read their way out of it.

Children up to age 17 can now redeem one “Dewey dollar” for every 15 minutes they read in their local public library. They can read books, magazines, newspapers, or even on electronic devices.  As long as the reading takes place in a Palm Beach County library, students are eligible.

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Living
4:51 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Delray Joins Other South Florida Cities Cracking Down On Panhandling

Delray Beach may join other South Florida cities in cutting down on panhandling.
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Life for panhandlers in South Florida is getting harder. Delray Beach may join several other South Florida cities in cracking down on the practice.

The city is not trying to outright ban panhandling, like it has been in some areas in Miami, but it is trying to legislate panhandling politeness.

The city is looking to add language to the municipal code defining what panhandling is and where it should be avoided. For example, it shouldn't happen within 15 feet of a sidewalk cafe or at bus stops.

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Government
4:00 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

The Police's Police Might Need Their Own Policing

Miami's Civilian Investigative Panel is facing scrutiny of its own.
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Miami’s Civilian Investigative Panel is in charge of policing the police, but the 12-year-old agency is having internal problems. The panel is in charge of reviewing the Miami Police Department's use of force, especially in cases of high-profile police shootings.

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