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The Florida Roundup
12:00 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

How The Fiscal Cliff Deal Will Impact South Florida And Broward vs. Lauderdale

A word cloud of associations with the word,

On the Florida Roundup: 2013 begins with the fiscal cliff averted, despite U.S. Senator Marco Rubio’s vote against the agreement.   We find out whether Florida's fragile economy can "hang on" when many decisions have been kicked down the road.  

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House Of Representatives
10:00 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Outspoken Democrat Alan Grayson Of Florida Gets Another Chance As A Congressman

VINTAGE GRAYSON: Many remember the outspoken Democrat for his satiric assaults on Republicans.
Credit House of Representatives

Among the more than 80 House freshmen who were sworn in this week, there were several who had been there before — including Florida Democrat Alan Grayson.

After starting his first term four years ago, Grayson quickly made a name for himself with biting comments targeting Republicans — like when he said during the health care debate: "If you get sick, America, the Republican health care plan is this: Die quickly."

His national stature, however, didn't prevent him from being defeated in 2010. But now Grayson is back.

'The People United'

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Public Insight Network
9:30 am
Fri January 4, 2013

What's A Better Name: Broward Or Lauderdale?

Bill Andrews from Hollywood says the landmark that best represents Broward is the Broadwalk in Hollywood: "there are plenty of other cities--very nice tourist locations--in Broward besides Ft. Lauderdale."
Bill Andrews

Broward Commissioner Chip LaMarca wants to transform Broward County by changing its name.  LaMarca says many outside Florida don't recognize "Broward" and associate Fort Lauderdale with fun in the sun. He plans to propose the name Lauderdale County, an idea that will be debated next week in a function hosted by the Tower Forum, a Broward (soon to be Lauderdale?) non-profit business organization. Miami-Dade changed its name in 1997.

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Immigration
9:00 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Kinder Deportation Rule A Sign That Obama Is Addressing Immigration Reform Regrets

A STEP AT A TIME: This week's deportation rule change is seen as a sign that the president is addressing a first-term regret: no immigration reform.

The Obama Administration has announced another significant reset of national deportation law that could allow hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants to apply for legal residency without leaving the country.

It was another use of the president's executive power, analysts say, to soften the ground for major legislative immigration reforms ahead.

The new policy applies to immigrants who are spouses, parents or children of U. S. citizens and would otherwise face long family separations under the previous process of applying for residency.

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Foreclosure Crisis
8:30 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Florida's Mortgage Mess: Options

Some people facing foreclosure have fewer options than others.
Credit Robert Lyle /WLRN

All this week, we've been looking at the continuing foreclosure crisis sure crisis in Florida. Today, we check in back in with one woman who fears losing her home.

While there are many federal, state and private bank programs to modify troubled mortgages, each requires the lender to agree.

Unlike the more than 260 lenders in Florida who are helping, Marla Popkin’s mortgage holder won’t. Popkin is an Occupational Therapist in Miami. Work is slow and she has come into some rough times. Now she's trying to save her home. 

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Judiciary
8:00 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Obama Nominates Black, Gay Judge From Miami For Promotion To Federal Bench

NOMINEE: William L. Thomas, a Miami-Dade circuit judge since 2005, 'resembles the nation' he will serve, Pres. Obama says.
Credit File

Making sure the judiciary "resembles the nation it serves,"  President Obama has nominated a black, openly gay Miami-Dade circuit judge for elevation to the federal bench.

The candidate is William L. Thomas, who's been a local judge since 2005. If he's confirmed, he'll be the first black, gay federal judge who is also a man. President Bill Clinton appointed the first black-gay-period judge when he nominated Deborah Batts for the Southern District of New York.

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The Opera Wants You
7:30 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Extras! Extras! Palm Beach Opera Seeking (Silent) Players

Credit Palm Beach Opera

Ever wanted to be on the operatic stage?

Now’s your chance – and you don’t even have to carry a tune or know a Gotterdamerung thing about opera.

Palm Beach Opera is expanding its talent pool of supernumeraries (non-singing extras) for its 2013 Season.

The “supers,” as they’re called, perform as guards, maidservants, townsfolk, water sprites, matadors, etcetera, according to the needs of the production.

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Video Games: No Longer Child's Play
6:30 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Why Video Games Are Leaving The Living Room For The Art Museum

Cultural institutions, such as the Boca Raton Museum of Art and New York's Museum of Modern Art, are beginning to recognize video games as art.
Arianna Prothero

The music of video games is featured in this radio piece by Arianna Prothero.

When 20-year-old Jackson Alexander Parodi got the chance to develop a show on his college radio station, he was inspired by some of the music he grew up with: video game scores.

Parodi is a music theory and composition major at the University of Miami who has been playing video games almost his entire life.

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YoungArts
1:00 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Bacardi Tower Purchase Rejuvenates The YoungArts Foundation, Marks Growth

Last month the National YoungArts Foundation celebrated the inauguration of their new national headquarters on Biscayne Boulevard at the Bacardi Tower, now known as the YoungArts Campus. The architectural landmark represents the first time YoungArts has had its own permanent home in its almost 32-year history. The iconic space will soon see an expansion under the direction of world-renowned architect Frank Gehry.

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Delray Beach
10:30 am
Thu January 3, 2013

Delray Beach To Event Organizers: Pay Up Or Be Gone

Credit FlickR/aldenjewell

If you want to hold a major street fair or festival in Delray Beach, the city wants some cash up front first.

Delray Beach officials say they're tired of the unpaid bills left behind by major event organizers in recent years.  The city is in the hole for about $50,000 after certain festivals failed to cover costs for events not hosted by the city.

Several major fairs – including the Carnevale and the Delray Beach Film Festival -- have been banned for skipping out on the tab.

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Health Care Reform
10:00 am
Thu January 3, 2013

Florida Is 'Interesting' As Obamacare Dawns

WELCOME TO ALL: Once one of Obamacare's worst enemies, Florida appears ready to comply with it.

Florida led the multi-state court case that tried unsuccessfully to derail President Obama's health care reforms last year.

But now, Gov. Rick Scott seems to be halfway through a complete reversal toward complying with Obamacare.

He's setting up an infrastructure to support the insurance exchanges that the Affordable Care Act would create. He's got a meeting with HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius next week and his state Senate has already set up a committee to study Florida's Obamacare options.

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Property Insurance
9:00 am
Thu January 3, 2013

Florida Dodges Storms But Gets Smacked By Rising Insurance Rates

Citizens' new president says right now the company still charges far less than a private company would.
Credit Citizens Property Insurance Corporation

Florida has successfully dodged a major storm for a while now. But, the state's residents have not been so lucky at dodging rate increases on their property insurance.

Property insurance rates have been rising for millions of Floridians even though the state hasn't been directly hit by a hurricane in seven years.

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Fiscal Cliff
8:50 am
Thu January 3, 2013

In Florida, Payroll Tax Means It's Still A Cliff

CLIFF NOTE: A leading economist says the two percent payroll tax increase will drain $6.5 billion out of the Florida economy.

Congress' fiscal cliff compromise may have protected Florida's middle class wage earners from a massive income tax increase, but the small tax increase it didn’t address remains a threat to the recovering state economy.

Starting Jan. 1, a two percent payroll tax holiday that President Obama put in place in 2010 expires, meaning that the paycheck deduction that funds Social Security will increase by that same two percent.

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Guns And Society
8:00 am
Thu January 3, 2013

'Stand Your Ground' Linked To Increase In Homicides In Florida

STOOD HIS GROUND: George Zimmerman, shown here in court, is the defendant in the Trayvon Martin shooting which became a flashpoint for 'stand your ground' laws around the country.

If a stranger attacks you inside your own home, the law has always permitted you to defend yourself. On the other hand, if an altercation breaks out in public, the law requires you to try to retreat. At least, that's what it used to do.

In 2005, Florida became the first of nearly two-dozen states to pass a "stand your ground" law that removed the requirement to retreat. If you felt at risk of harm in a park or on the street, you could use lethal force to defend yourself. The shooting of unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford drew national attention to these laws.

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Obamacare
7:48 am
Thu January 3, 2013

Domino's Birth Control Verdict Heartens Catholic Pizza King's Florida University

TOM MONAGHAN: Catholic businessman and founder of Ave Maria University wins his birth control case.

A federal court in Michigan has ruled that Domino's pizza founder and former owner Tom Monaghan has the constitutional religious freedom to exclude contraception from his employees' insurance coverage.

Now he's waiting to see whether that ruling will extend to the other institution he founded, Florida's Ave Maria University. Monaghan sold Domino's Pizza in 1998.

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