Local governments handle many issues that affect people on a regular basis, like trash collection, property taxes and zoning. But odd-year elections, which are primarily local races, usually receive little media attention.
That's a shame given that many of us have views about the cleanliness of our neighborhoods, the traffic on our streets and the state of our parks, for example.
WLRN-Miami Herald News wants to amplify your views on these topics and initiate a discussion through a series entitled,If I Were Mayor.
Click the play button above and listen to this segment from WLRN's hour-long episode, "The Sunshine Economy: Public Debt," with host Tom Hudson. The episode is part of an ongoing series examining key industries of the South Florida economy. Shows air Mondays at 9:00 a.m. on 91.3 FM.
The federal government may be partially shut down and flirting with an unprecedented debt default but the Broward County Aviation Department had no trouble borrowing $450 million this month.
Six years ago I visited an indigenous village in southern Mexico called Santa Cruz Mixtepec. It was, or used to be, one of those impoverished rural hamlets that sent most of its population over the U.S. border to find living-wage work.
Until somebody got the bright idea to start promoting small businesses there. Through micro-lending and other assistance, Santa Cruz Mixtepec began sprouting small but viable enterprises. A carpentry shop. An irrigated tomato greenhouse. A window-frame maker.
Twenty-one cars gathered on Oct. 11 for the grand opening of the new Blue Starlite drive-in theater in Wynwood, and to catch a new spin on the blast-from-the-past movie classic “Back to the Future.”
Guests to the Blue Starlite were greeted by owner Josh Frank’s staff, and cars were personally escorted. As night fell, children made their way to the hoods of their parents’ cars and affectionate lovers held hands. Movie-goers were encouraged to bring their own snacks, but concession was provided accompanied by sounds of vintage concession advertisements.
As the battle over the healthcare law grinds on — Republicans no closer to victory than when they forced the government shutdown — a different fight was rising on a recent Saturday from inside Sharkey’s, a bar near the campus of Virginia Tech, 260 miles away.
Lured by free beer, gift cards and the chance to win an iPad, 100 students heard a pitch from the young staffers of a group named Generation Opportunity: Obamacare is a bad deal, and you should opt out.
Update 2:30 p.m. Oct. 15: Two Florida girls who were primarily responsible for bullying a 12-year-old girl who killed herself were arrested after one of them acknowledged the harassment online, a sheriff said Tuesday.
Police in central Florida have been investigating the death of 12-year-old Rebecca Sedwick, who climbed a tower at an abandoned concrete plant Sept. 9 and hurled herself to her death. Authorities said as many as 15 girls may have bullied Rebecca and the investigation was continuing.
From Mexican-Americans to Cuban-Americans, few groups are as diverse as Latinos, who are now the nation’s largest minority, which is why filmmaker Adriana Bosch’s new PBS documentary, Latino Americans, is such an impressive achievement. Bosch, whose three-part, six-hour series begins Sunday evening at 7 p.m. on WLRN TV.
Click the play button above to hear WLRN Americas Editor Tim Padgett interview Cuban American producer Adriana Bosch about her new PBS series, Latino Americans.
Cuban American producer Adriana Bosch’s new six-hour series, Latino Americans, airs on WLRN TV.
This series examines Hispanic contributions to American history that began over 500 years ago.
Latino Americans airs on Sunday, October 13 at 7 p.m., Sunday, October 20 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, October 27 at 7 p.m.
Become a part of the LATINO AMERICANS project. Make a video describing what being Latino means to you, share your family traditions, tell us how you celebrate your heritage and culture or let us know about your role models. Share your story and become part of ours.
Miami hopes to lure hedge funds out of New York with an updated twist on a familiar message: Come south for warm winters, zero state or city income tax and -- finally -- a downtown worthy of Wall Street’s elite.
“It’s really showing the maturity of our city,’’ said Nitin Motwani, a Miami developer and board member of the Downtown Development Authority. “The more people get familiar with what is happening in Miami — the real Miami — the more people are going to say, ‘I’m going to give Miami a shot.”
Click the play button above and listen to WLRN's hour-long episode, "The Sunshine Economy: Public Debt," with host Tom Hudson. The episode is part of an ongoing series examining key industries of the South Florida economy. The show airs Mondays at 9:00 a.m. on 91.3 FM.
The picture above shows the beginning of a second runway at Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport that, once completed, is expected to cost $2.3 billion. The runway is just part of a multi-billion dollar expansion project already underway.
More than half of the project is being paid for with borrowed money. The Broward County Aviation Department will eventually assume $1.5 billion in public debt. Last week, it successfully sold $450 million worth of public bonds to continue the construction project.