The Florida Roundup http://wlrn.org en Winners And Losers Halfway Through Session http://wlrn.org/post/winners-and-losers-halfway-through-session <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Florida lawmakers are more than half finished with the legislative session. Will they deliver on Governor Scott’s goal of $500 million in tax cuts?</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p>Support has been building for allowing undocumented immigrants to pay in-state college tuition. And how are lawmakers responding to the deaths of hundreds of kids involved in the state child welfare system?</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 15:09:13 +0000 Elaine Chen 30650 at http://wlrn.org Winners And Losers Halfway Through Session After 477 Children's Deaths In Florida, What Have We Learned? http://wlrn.org/post/after-477-childrens-deaths-florida-what-have-we-learned <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:13pt;">&nbsp;</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 19:59:40 +0000 Elaine Chen 29919 at http://wlrn.org After 477 Children's Deaths In Florida, What Have We Learned? The End Of FCAT http://wlrn.org/post/end-fcat <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This spring, students will be taking the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test for the last time. We look at what's ahead.</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Leaders in Tallahassee call child welfare reforms a priority for this legislative session after a Miami Herald investigation into the Department of Children and Families.</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 14:46:40 +0000 Elaine Chen 29577 at http://wlrn.org The End Of FCAT SunLife Stadium Renovations: How About Now? http://wlrn.org/post/sunlife-stadium-renovations-how-about-now <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Miami Dolphins renovate plans to fix-up </span>SunLife<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> stadium. Stadium and team owner Stephen Ross offers to pay for up to $400 million in renovations&nbsp;- if - he gets a break on property taxes. &nbsp;Ross says it’s again about bringing the Super Bowl back to town, but that doesn’t comfort the City of Miami Gardens and the school board that are looking at losing $1 million each in lost property revenue.</span></p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 15:30:10 +0000 Elaine Chen 29222 at http://wlrn.org SunLife Stadium Renovations: How About Now? Family Of Teen Israel 'Reefa' Hernandez Will Sue Miami Beach Police http://wlrn.org/post/family-teen-israel-reefa-hernandez-will-sue-miami-beach-police <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:13pt;">&nbsp;</p><p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(20, 20, 20); font-family: Arial; font-size: 24px; line-height: 27.600000381469727px; white-space: pre-wrap;">Governor Rick Scott kicks off the legislative session with a State of the State address touting tax cuts and job creation. The state legislature starts by advancing a bill legalizing a form of medical marijuana and passing tougher sex predator laws. </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 16:18:17 +0000 Elaine Chen 28866 at http://wlrn.org Family Of Teen Israel 'Reefa' Hernandez Will Sue Miami Beach Police What You Should Know About The Florida Legislative Session http://wlrn.org/post/what-you-should-know-about-florida-legislative-session <p></p><p>The state legislature convenes next week. And we’ll give you context to understand the 60-day bonanza that begins on March 4.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Will gaming be expanded?&nbsp;Why did a state senator introduce a bill to legalize medical marijuana in advance of the voter referendum?&nbsp;How will the state’s child protective system be overhauled?</span></p><p>Host Tom Hudson speaks with Steve Bousquet of the Tampa Bay Times, Kelli Kennedy of the Associated Press, and Gina Jordan and Sammy Mack of WLRN-Miami Herald News.</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 17:21:28 +0000 Elaine Chen 28547 at http://wlrn.org What You Should Know About The Florida Legislative Session What To Make Of The Michael Dunn Case And Stand Your Ground http://wlrn.org/post/what-make-michael-dunn-case-and-stand-your-ground <p></p><p>"The Daily Show" on Comedy Central takes note of the irony of the Michael Dunn verdict occurring during Black History Month.</p><p><embed allowfullscreen="true" allownetworking="all" allowscriptaccess="always" bgcolor="#000000" flashvars="autoPlay=false" height="400" src="http://media.mtvnservices.com/mgid:cms:video:thedailyshow.com:433103" style="display:block" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="600" wmode="window"></embed></p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 12:30:37 +0000 Elaine Chen 28207 at http://wlrn.org What To Make Of The Michael Dunn Case And Stand Your Ground How Jimmy Ryce's Death Changed The Way We Treat Sex Predators http://wlrn.org/post/how-jimmy-ryces-death-changed-way-we-treat-sex-predators <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Nineteen years after the crime, Jimmy&nbsp;</span>Ryce’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;killer has been put to death. Juan Carlos Chavez is the second death row inmate to be executed in Florida this year, as state legislators look to strengthen sexual predator&nbsp;laws, enacted after&nbsp;</span>Ryce’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;killing.</span></p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 16:24:45 +0000 Elaine Chen 27923 at http://wlrn.org How Jimmy Ryce's Death Changed The Way We Treat Sex Predators Beckham's Charm Offensive To Bring Soccer To Miami http://wlrn.org/post/beckhams-charm-offensive-bring-soccer-miami <p></p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 17:00:22 +0000 Elaine Chen 27562 at http://wlrn.org Beckham's Charm Offensive To Bring Soccer To Miami Medical Marijuana Question Goes To Florida Voters This November http://wlrn.org/post/medical-marijuana-question-goes-florida-voters-november <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On The Florida Roundup: The Florida State Supreme Court allows a proposal to legalize medical marijuana to appear on the November ballot. We’ll see how that could affect the governor’s race.</span></p><p>Governor Rick Scott has a $72.4 billion dollar spending plan for the state: the biggest cut was to the state agency that runs the Medicaid program because the state won’t be receiving federal money under the Affordable Care Act. What will that mean for the approximately 3 million Medicaid recipients in Florida?</p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 17:08:37 +0000 Elaine Chen 27234 at http://wlrn.org Medical Marijuana Question Goes To Florida Voters This November A Ban On Same-Sex Marriage, And A Miami Beach Tech Hub Is "The Dumbest Idea" http://wlrn.org/post/ban-same-sex-marriage-and-miami-beach-tech-hub-dumbest-idea <p></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(20, 20, 20); font-family: Arial; font-size: 24px; line-height: 1.15; white-space: pre-wrap;">On The Florida Roundup: six gay couples in South Florida sue over the state's constitutional provision, passed by referendum in 2008, limiting marriage to a man and woman.</span></p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 17:59:07 +0000 Elaine Chen 26883 at http://wlrn.org A Ban On Same-Sex Marriage, And A Miami Beach Tech Hub Is "The Dumbest Idea" DCF, Shakespeare And The Lieutenant Governor http://wlrn.org/post/dcf-shakespeare-and-lieutenant-governor <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On The Florida Roundup: After a nine-month vacancy,&nbsp;Gov. Rick Scott picks a new lieutenant governor.&nbsp; Miami-Dade property appraiser Carlos&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lopez-Cantera</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;becomes the first Hispanic to hold the position.&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 12:02:55 +0000 Elaine Chen 26589 at http://wlrn.org DCF, Shakespeare And The Lieutenant Governor The Year Ahead For South Florida http://wlrn.org/post/year-ahead-south-florida <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(20, 20, 20); font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15;">2014 is a big election year for the Sunshine State. &nbsp;The governor’s race is expected to be a very expensive one. Jobs and the economy will be key issues. &nbsp;And in the statehouse, medical marijuana, the cost of hurricane insurance, and water quality all are on the legislative agenda.</span></p> Fri, 03 Jan 2014 16:00:36 +0000 Elaine Chen 25949 at http://wlrn.org The Year Ahead For South Florida Take Our First Annual News Quiz On South Florida Stories From 2013 http://wlrn.org/post/take-our-first-annual-news-quiz-south-florida-stories-2013 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 17:15:21 +0000 Elaine Chen 25512 at http://wlrn.org Take Our First Annual News Quiz On South Florida Stories From 2013 Florida High Court Approves Of New Drug Mix Used For Executions http://wlrn.org/post/florida-high-court-approves-new-drug-mix-used-executions <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On The Florida Roundup: The state Supreme Court approves a controversial new drug mix used in executions of Death Row inmates. Plus we look at the latest reports cards on South Florida public schools.</span></p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 17:02:20 +0000 Elaine Chen 25416 at http://wlrn.org Florida High Court Approves Of New Drug Mix Used For Executions