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Teacher Salaries
10:00 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Democrats Seek $10,000 Raise For Teachers

HOW MUCH OF A RAISE? Gov. Scott wants an immediate $2,500 for every Florida teacher. Democrats want state teacher pay linked to national averages for even bigger raises.
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Florida voters may be asked to raise the salary of a rookie teacher by $10,000 starting two years from now. If they approve, the pay increase would be part of a constitutional amendment that ties Florida teacher pay scales at all career levels to national averages.

The average Florida teacher salary now is $46,000, about $10,000 less than the national average.

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Medicaid Policy
9:00 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Why Florida Lawmakers Are Now Considering Medicaid Expansion

State Sen. René García is less opposed to Medicaid expansion than he used to be.
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When Florida sued to overturn the Affordable Care Act, lawmakers targeted a piece of the law that would have forced Florida to make Medicaid available to more than a million uninsured Floridians.

The U. S. Supreme Court upheld most of the act but it made Medicaid expansion optional.

Now some Florida lawmakers who originally opposed Medicaid expansion are seriously considering that option.

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Community Contributor
8:02 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Motorcycles And Miami Don't Always Mix, But Then There's The 360-Degree Views

Andrews says the attention needed on a motorcycle helps him reset after the workday.
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Perhaps you’ve seen the phrase “Live to Ride—Ride to Live” on a T-shirt or bumper sticker somewhere. It has been on my belt buckle for about 30 years. Motorcycling has been a passion of mine pretty much from the day I got my driver’s license. The activity of being in the wind, leaning into corners, the sight of a bike, and the very simplistic nature of the machine, all bring joy.

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News
7:00 am
Tue January 29, 2013

State Launches Public Awareness Campaign For Child Abuse Reporting Law

Lauren Book was a sex abuse victim who now advocates for child abuse prevention.
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The toughest child abuse reporting law in the nation went into effect in Florida last October, and the state has launched a campaign to raise awareness about the legal obligation to report suspected abuse.

The new law was introduced in response to the scandal at Penn State University.  Former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was convicted of molesting children years after the abuse was discovered by staffers.

If a similar situation happens in Florida, the institution could now be fined a million dollars for each person who failed to report the abuse.

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Baby Quails
6:00 am
Tue January 29, 2013

How Baby Quails Are Helping Baby Humans Before Returning To The Wild

Robert Lickliter, is the director of graduate studies in the Psychology Department at FIU’s College of Arts & Sciences. He leads a research team that studies quail embryos for clues about pre-term baby development.
Credit Patricia Sagastume

One day more than seven years ago, Debbie Brunson  woke up to an unfamiliar sound. She and her husband were camping on their land in the Redlands farming area. The sound she heard was that of an adult male Bob White quail.

It shocked her because she hadn't heard that bird call for over a decade.

"In Florida, there use to be quail everywhere.  But because of farming and pesticides and buildings,  they’ve disappeared," Brunson said.

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Performance-enhancing drugs
6:00 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

South Florida May Be Source Of Banned Drugs In Major League Baseball

A pipeline for banned drugs may start in South Florida.
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South Florida may be a source for banned performance-enhancing drugs making their way into major league baseball.

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Higher Education Costs
3:58 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

Eleven More Colleges Sign On To Gov. Scott's $10K Degree Challenge

Governor Rick Scott first challenged Florida colleges to create $10K degree programs in November.
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Governor Rick Scott was at Miami-Dade College's North campus today to announce that eleven more state colleges have accepted his challenge to create bachelor’s degree programs costing $10,000 or less.

That means all 23 Florida state colleges offering four-year degrees have signed on. 

Broward College is developing a bachelor's degree program in teacher education and business. President David Armstrong told the News Service of Florida that the goal is to open doors for more students.

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Immigration Reform
11:34 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Rubio Says We 'Can't Round Up And Deport Millions'

Rubio has become a leading voice for the group’s plan.
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Florida’s Marco Rubio is among a group of eight Democratic and Republican Senators unveiling a bipartisan immigration plan today.

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Embargo On Cuba
10:00 am
Mon January 28, 2013

DNC Chair: 'Unbelievable Oppression' In Cuba Makes Continuing Embargo Necessary

South Florida Congresswoman and DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz addresses the audience at a Forum Club of the Palm Beaches event.
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The leader of the Democratic National Committee says the U.S. embargo of Cuba should remain in place, in spite of recent reforms in the Communist island nation.

Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz spoke before a crowd of over 500 people Friday at an event sponsored by the Forum Club of the Palm Beaches. 

The DNC chair says it doesn't make sense to lift the embargo, in light of what she calls the "unbelievable oppression" in Cuba.

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Community Contributor
7:58 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Miami-Dade Public Transportation Has Many Options, And Some Are 'Not Bad'

There are options for commuters traveling to Coral Gables, but not all of them fit the City Beautiful's slogan.
Credit Marc Averette, via Wikipedia Commons

For many years I both lived and worked in Coral Gables, and since my house was less than a mile from work, I decided to ditch my car and purchased a scooter. I conveniently biked, walked or scootered around town. I could get to the beach or the Grove by scooter, bike or public transportation.

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Mortgage Settlement
7:00 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Floridians Get More Money For Mortgage Assistance

Attorney General Pam Bondi announces $60 million from a national mortgage settlement is now available for additional assistance to Floridians.
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An additional $60 million in assistance from a national mortgage settlement is now available to Floridians who lost their homes due to unfair foreclosure practices.

Attorney General Pam Bondi announced how the money will be used.

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Dog Agility Trials
6:00 am
Mon January 28, 2013

What We Can Learn From A Ballroom-Dancing Weimaraner And A Poorly Timed Bathroom Break

It takes two to tango, typically one is not a Weimaraner. Carol Clark with six-year-old Boo.
Credit Kenny Malone

Listen to radio story here (includes WLRN exclusive, an up close and personal interview with Boo while eating a biscuit).

Over the weekend,  more than 250 dogs competed in an American Kennel Club event at Miami-Dade County’s Tropical Park. Anyone in attendance learned that canine athletes are capable of feats humans can only dream of doing and would never dream of doing.

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Marketplace In Miami
2:00 pm
Sun January 27, 2013

Sports Arenas, Big Mall Are Regional Assets

INTERNATIONAL ATTRACTION:South American tourists flock to Sunrise to shop at Sawgrass Mills.
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The Marketplace Morning Report is broadcasting this week from WLRN's studios in the city it thinks typifies the evolution of America: Miami.

In its first segment this morning, host Jeremy Hobson discussed the region's "inferiority complex" with Miami Herald economy reporter Doug Hanks and how that might drive spending on sports arenas.

Also, WLRN's Kenny Malone explored Broward County's gigantic Sawgrass Mills, which is an international tourist destination as well as a shopping mall, and lost his car in the parking lot.

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Politics
9:00 am
Sun January 27, 2013

Drinks For All, And For More Hours, In Oakland Park

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Yesterday was a big day for bars and restaurants in Oakland Park. After a unanimous commission vote last week, the city lifted its law prohibiting the sale of alcohol between 7 a.m. and noon on Sunday mornings.

Oakland Park is the latest in a string of cities (including Fort Lauderdale, Margate and Deerfield Beach) to repeal their so called "blue laws.”

Hooligans Rule!

You can make an argument that Oakland Park’s blue law repeal started with a group of English hooligans who wanted to watch their European soccer matches.

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Technology
2:00 pm
Sat January 26, 2013

Tech Tycoon Loves Miami So Much He Wants To Include It In His Global Wi-Fi Empire

HE LOVES MIAMI: Tech entrepreneur Martín Varsavsky wants to establish the U. S. headquarters of his global 'public wi-fi' company in Miami.

OK, show of hands: How many of you Miamians have ever heard of Argentine tech guru and entrepreneur Martín Varsavsky and his based-in-Spain "public wi-fi" company, Fon?

Well, he has certainly heard of you. So impressed is he with Miami -- and so dismayed by the South Florida brain drain he attributes to the lack of a significant tech sector in our economy -- that he's planning to launch his North American operations here.

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