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Two New Solar Co-ops Launch In South Miami

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Holly Pretsky / WLRN

About 30 people dressed in yellow t-shirts gathered in front of South Miami City Hall Wednesday to announce the addition of two new solar co-ops in South Florida.

A solar co-op is a group of homeowners who team up to install solar panels on their rooftops and use solar energy. Together, they are able to negotiate lower prices by contracting with the lowest bidder. 

Tim Padgett / WLRN News

Car radios told Miami drivers Tuesday morning about the fatal crash on the Julia Tuttle Causeway – and they appreciated its gravity. But many didn’t understand how that accident could paralyze traffic throughout Miami.

A bill aimed at codifying students’ religious expression is awaiting a signature from Florida Governor Rick Scott.

 

The Florida Student and School Personnel Religious Liberties Act mandates that schools not “discriminate” against students, teachers, or employees “on the basis of a religious viewpoint or religious expression.”

Senate Bill 436 and its House companion 303 would also clarify rules regarding religious expression in school.

C.M. GUERRERO / Miami Herald

A fatal accident on the Julia Tuttle Causeway early this morning caused traffic delays throughout Miami-Dade and even Broward County. 

Carlos Giusti / AP via Miami Herald

Ricardo Rosselló became Governor of Puerto Rico in January at the age of just 37 – and he inherited a disaster.

Holly Pretsky / WLRN

Alachua County Considers Removing Confederate Statue

May 22, 2017

A confederate statue in Gainesville could be removed from its location in front of the Alachua County administration building.

Commissioners could make a decision on the fate of the statue at a meeting tomorrow.

Calls to remove the monument began in 2015. The statue of a rebel soldier includes the inscription “They counted the cost and in defense of right they paid the martyr’s price.”

What Happens To Ringling's Circus Animals Now?

May 22, 2017

Now that “The Greatest Show on Earth” is over, animal activists want to know what’s going to happen to the circus animals. 16 tigers, six camels, four horses, two kangaroos and two snakes. Those are among the animals retiring now that the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus took its final bow.

PETA considers the end of the circus a victory.

“We are calling on Ringling to send all of these animals to accredited sanctuaries that will prioritize their needs and give them some semblance, finally of a natural life,” said PETA’s Ashley Byrne

The Nasdaq Opening Bell Rung Remotely From The Frost Museum of Science

May 22, 2017
Adrianne Gonzalez / WLRN News

Philip and Patricia Frost rang the NASDAQ Stock Market opening bell Monday morning from the new Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science in Miami.

Hammerhead sharks and devil rays swam overhead in the museum’s Gulf Stream Aquarium, illuminating the room with a frosty blue glow, as the couple led the countdown.

At 9:30 a.m., they pushed a digital button and the NASDAQ bell in Times Square rang, completing the NASDAQ stock trading opening ceremony.

Florida Department of Corrections

The Supreme Court has left in place a lower court ruling that said imposing a death sentence in Florida requires a unanimous jury.

The justices on Monday turned away an appeal from Florida officials seeking to overturn the ruling last year from the state’s highest court.

The Florida Supreme Court had struck down a newly enacted law allowing a defendant to be sentenced to death as long as 10 out of 12 jurors recommend it. That ruling concluded that Timothy Lee Hurst — convicted of a 1998 murder at a Pensacola Popeye’s restaurant— deserves a new sentencing hearing.

Miami Herald

Haitian nationals who have been protected from deportation from the U.S. for more than seven years since an earthquake struck their homeland won one more temporary reprieve Monday: The Department of Homeland Security announced that it will extend the benefit, which expires on July 22, for another six months.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Last summer’s wave of local transmission of the Zika virus hasn’t yet bled into 2017 , but officials from Key West to West Palm Beach are gearing up for another round of mosquito control by creating new staff positions, adding more equipment and increasing outreach efforts.

Wilson Sayre / WLRN News

Local officials are raising concerns about drug use at hurricane shelters, saying they aren't equipped to care for addicts, unaccompanied minors and others with other medical needs.

 

Nearly 16,000 people in nine counties from Indian River to Miami-Dade evacuated to shelters during Hurricane Matthew. Six evacuees seeking refuge at a Delray Beach high school during Hurricane Matthew overdosed on drugs as the dangerous storm approached South Florida. Bags brought to shelters by evacuees are typically not searched.

John Kral / Miami Herald


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