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Coral Reefs
6:13 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

Ecologist: Biggest Threat To Reefs Is Human Activity, Not Climate Change

Jeremy Jackson was the lead author on a study that surveyed the changing health of coral reefs throughout the Caribbean over 50 years. That included reefs like Carysfort, off the Upper Keys.
Credit Phillip Dustan / International Coral Reef Initiative

The lead scientist on a study that surveyed the health of Caribbean coral reefs over 50 years says climate change is not the most severe threat facing coral reefs.

The Florida Keys reef is among the unhealthiest reefs in the Caribbean, said Jeremy Jackson, who grew up in South Florida and first visited the Keys in the late 1940s.

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O, Miami
2:25 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

Liberty City Elementary Kids Explore Poetry With A Poet

The third grade students at Orchard Villa Elementary during their poetry lesson with poet Laurel Nakanishi.
Credit Lisann Ramos

Elementary students in Liberty City are getting lessons from a professional poet through the O, Miami poetry festival.

For four weeks students at Orchard Villa Elementary are getting a crash course in poetry from an actual poet.

“This is my first time knowing about poetry, and it is fun. And I get to write my own poetry stories and we could talk about our family,” said Kindra Oriental, a third grader.

Oriental is one of the students in the third grade class learning from poet Laurel Nakanishi.

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News
11:52 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Bounced Check Disqualifies North Miami Mayoral Candidate

Left: Former North Miami Councilman Jean Marcellus is disqualified from running for office for writing a bad check. Right: Mayor Smith Joseph is now running unopposed.

 

North Miami is used to colorful and contentious elections. But this election season, voters will be spared the drama in the mayoral race.

Mayor Smith Joseph was facing former North Miami councilman Jean Marcellus as his sole opponent. But Marcellus has been disqualified from running after his $2,400 qualifying check bounced, according to city spokeswoman Pam Solomon.

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Falling Into The Gap
6:00 am
Tue April 21, 2015

The Barriers People In The Coverage Gap Face To Get Care

Cynthia Louis with her beloved perm.
Credit Wilson Sayre

This is the second part in our series, Falling Into The Gap, in collaboration with the Miami Herald. Read more about the coverage gap and find affordable care on WLRN.org/healthgap.

Before the pain in her arms started, Cynthia Louis would get up each morning, sit on the edge of her bed and fix her shoulder-length hair. In the mirror above her dressing table where her hair products and pins are neatly aligned, she would brush out her curled hair to frame her face.

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Culture
9:52 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Filmmaker Rediscovers Haitian Roots In Quest For 'The Good Life'

Credit SoulFood Films

Like many cinematic love stories, Rachelle Salnave’s romance begins with an intense dislike bordering on hatred.

As a kid, the 40-year-old filmmaker explains in her self-narrated documentary, she didn’t want anyone knowing she was Haitian, owing to the negative media portrayals of people from the Caribbean country.

“They called us boat people!” Salnave exclaims. “The media constantly portrayed Haiti’s poverty, and the CDC even listed Haiti as the origin of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.”

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News
7:13 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Supporters And Foes Line Up On Rail Financing Plan

All Aboard Florida
Credit All Aboard Florida

 A private passenger-rail venture got the endorsement of one of the state's most-powerful business lobbying groups Monday in seeking $1.75 billion in tax-exempt bonds.

Meanwhile, a quartet of legislators from the region most opposed to All Aboard Florida's Miami-to-Orlando rail project questioned if the state will eventually have to subsidize the service, which is proposing 32 trains a day in 2017.

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Testing
6:53 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Florida Standardized Testing Woes Continue

South Florida students were unable to access their exams Monday.
Credit Miami Herald

It seems neither Florida’s Department of Education nor its testing provider learned its lesson after standardized exams were thrown into chaos last month by technical glitches.

Once again, testing ground to a halt in South Florida schools Monday after students were unable to access the tests that may decide their educational future.

Once again, Florida education officials blamed the problems on last-minute changes to testing systems by contractor, American Institutes for Research.

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Politics
6:03 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

House Approves Experimental Drug Bill, Senate Ready For Floor Debate

Florida lawmakers are considering legislation that would enable terminally ill patients to use experimental drugs without government approval, even after a clinical trial has ended.
Credit flickr

The Florida House has passed a bill that creates the “Right to Try Act.”  The legislation gives dying patients a chance to try treatments that have undergone clinical trials but haven’t been approved by the Food and Drug Administration.  

Patients who’ve been diagnosed as having less than a year to live would be eligible for the experimental treatments.

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Falling Into The Gap
12:37 am
Mon April 20, 2015

What It's Like To Be In The Health Coverage Gap In Florida

Cynthia Louis, 57, is one of an estimated thousands in Miami-Dade who are uninsured but would receive Medicaid if the Florida Legislature would approve it.
Credit Walter Michot / Miami Herald

This is the first part in our series, Falling Into The Gap, in collaboration with the Miami Herald. Read more about the coverage gap and find affordable care on WLRN.org/healthgap.

The Affordable Care Act was originally supposed to cover a lot more people in Florida than it has. When Florida chose not to expand Medicaid, about 850,000 people were left without insurance.

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News
12:26 am
Mon April 20, 2015

Migrant Worker Groups Address Employee Rights In South Florida

Migrant workers at DiMare farms in Florida City.
Credit Portland Press Herald

The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is the federal agency that enforces anti-discrimination laws.

Members of the EEOC held a hearing in Miami about race and ethnicity discrimination in the workplace.

Last week, the commission held its first public commission meeting outside of Washington in 15 years. They also held a private meeting with migrant worker groups in South Florida.

The EEOC says it’s strengthening efforts to serve vulnerable immigrant populations and the working conditions they face.

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StateImpact Florida
12:26 am
Mon April 20, 2015

New Broward College Program Wants To Train Young Artists And Designers

A storyboard created by Claudia Morell, a student in Broward College's Visual Arts and Design Academy.
Credit John O'Connor / StateImpact Florida

A new program at Broward College has just eight students and seeks to train the next generation of South Florida artists and designers.

The school hopes to earn a national certification for the Visual Arts and Design Academy this spring – becoming the first community college in the South to have that.

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Sunshine Economy
12:25 am
Mon April 20, 2015

The Health Care Gap in the Sunshine Economy

Credit Miami Herald

More than three-quarters of a million Floridians live in a health care gap. The gap was created by the national Affordable Care Act and Florida's rejection of an expanded Medicaid program. In between the two policies is a gap in medical insurance coverage where 850,000 Floridians find themselves.

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Politics
2:10 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Florida House Passes Dave & Buster's Bill

Florida cracked down on Internet cafes two years ago because of illegal gambling.
Credit Nicholas_Luvaul/flickr

It’s been two years since Florida passed a law shutting down Internet cafes. Now, the Florida House has approved a bill clarifying that family-friendly amusement centers are perfectly legal, and the Senate version is also close to a vote.

The state was in a hurry to get rid of Internet cafes. The storefront shops were multiplying rapidly because many of them were getting away with illegal slot machine gambling.

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News
11:20 am
Fri April 17, 2015

‘Sábado Gigante,’ Longest-Running Variety TV Show, Signs Off

An undated photo of Mario Kreutzberger, better known as Don Francisco, on ‘Sábado Gigante.’
Credit Sr. Pacman / flickr Creative Commons

The longest-running television variety series in history, known for its wild mix of comedy sketches, tearful family reunions, eccentric amateur talent shows and scantily-clad dancing women, is coming off the air after 53 years.

Univision announced Friday morning that “Sábado Gigante,” the network’s longest-running program, will end September 19, which coincides with the end of the 2014-2015 broadcast television season.

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Politics
1:42 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Florida Roundup: An Eye On Cuba And Florida's Health Care

On the Florida Roundup, we discuss the week's news with the area's top journalists. Here's a quick recap of the issues we'll discuss on the show.

U.S. And Cuba Relations

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