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Economic Incentives
3:00 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Florida Gave Tax Breaks To Industries Blamed For Mass Shootings

The National Rifle Association has blamed violent video games and films for recent mass shootings. The state of Florida gives economic incentives and tax breaks to both industries as well as gun manufacturers.
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Q&A with Miami Herald political reporter Toluse Olorunnipa

Florida taxpayers are helping subsidize three industries that have been blamed for recent mass shootings: violent movies, bloody video games and high-powered assault weapons.

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Politics
2:00 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Bill Would Give Ethics Commission More Power With Expansive Overhaul

A bill, which would give the Ethics Commission more power to collect fines and strengthen conflict-of-interest laws, unanimously passed a Senate committee Tuesday.
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A Senate committee unanimously approved a bill Tuesday that supporters called the most expansive overhaul in decades of the rules elected officials must follow, even as the measure obscured what could be a battle with the House over campaign finance laws.

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Latin America
12:00 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Cuba's New Travel Rules May Cause An Influx

El Nuevo Herald reporter Juan Tamayo.
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Wednesdays on WLRN, we take time out for discussions and stories concerning our hemispheric neighbors in Latin American and the Caribbean.

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Marketplace In Miami
9:00 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Resurgent Miami Housing Makes Billionaires As It Challenges Normal-Income Buyers

CONDO KING: Asked if ordinary Americans can still aspire to home ownership, billinaire chairman George Perez of the Related Group says, sure they can. They may not get it, but they can always aspire.
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In the Marketplace Morning Report's second Wednesday segment, host Jeremy Hobson wonders if home ownership is still part of the American Dream. He speaks with Miami's billionaire condo king, chairman George Perez of the Related Group, and introduces WLRN's Karen Burkett with a story about the challenges that home buying poses to normal-income people competing with investors for the same properties.

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Session 2013
8:30 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Senate Gambling Committee Sets Glacier Pace For New Casino Legislation

PATIENCE: The Florida Senate serves notice it may be a year and a half before it even starts thinking about gambling legislation.
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Florida's gambling future won’t be settled  in the 2013 session of the Florida Legislature -- and maybe not even in the one after that.

The divide between competing stakeholder visions remains very wide. And, at a hearing before the Florida Senate Gaming Committee on Tuesday, chairman Garrett Richter, R-Naples, said it could be 18 months before the work on developing legislation even begins.

"I want to do something deliberative and thoughtful," Richter told reporters after the meeting.

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Education Budget
7:29 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Scott Preparing To Offer Teacher Pay Raises

MONEY FOR SCHOOLS: Gov. Scott, shown here meeting teachers in Orlando, is already planning another education budget increase for this year. Now, he says, teachers should get a pay raise, too.
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TALLAHASSEE -- Gov. Rick Scott will unveil a proposal for an across-the-board teacher pay increase today, a spokeswoman for the governor confirms.

Scott is to formally announce his proposal at an event at an Orlando-area school, Scott spokeswoman Jackie Schutz told the News Service of Florida, though she said his office won't disclose details until then.

The proposal was being met a day ahead with cautious optimism by public education stakeholders who said the governor's education push dovetails neatly with his mantra of economic development and job growth.

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Poetry
6:49 am
Wed January 23, 2013

The President's Poet Came From The Paradise Of Poetry: South Florida

NOT MELANCHOLY: Palm Beach Poetry Festival director Miles A. Coon.
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Poets are melancholy and morose, right?

“I’m so happy,” says a beaming 23-year-old Marci Calabretta of Hallandale Beach.

People who write poetry can’t relate to others, correct?

“I love people.  I adore people,” says 23-year-old Jose Villar of South Miami.

Most poetic souls are lonely and live in dusty attic rooms in ancient houses.

“I live in one of those over-55 ‘active’ communities,” laughs 64-year-old Adele Alexandre of Coconut Creek.

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Sun Life Stadium
6:35 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Dolphins Say NFL May Help Rebuild Sun Life Stadium But Public Funds Must Come First

SUN LIFE 2.0: Rendering of one aspect of the stadium remodel: modular seating for a Super Bowl.
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As Miami-Dade commissioners sit down to talk about the public's role for the first time today, the National Football League is offering its support to help Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross pay for improvements to Sun Life Stadium.

The Dolphins have been reluctant to talk about the idea but are hinting that the NFL's contribution is contingent upon public help first. The Miami Herald reports today the amount is unclear, but could be in the tens of millions of dollars.

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American Dream
2:00 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Marketplace In Miami: The New American Dream, A Broward Immigrant’s Story

Nathalie Nahas Cortas in her home in Broward County, Florida.
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Nathalie Nahas Cortas has a master’s degree in international business, is fluent in several different languages and has had years of work experience. An employer’s dream, right?

“Once they know they have to work with you a little more on paperwork, they don’t want to deal with it. Why not have an American do the same thing you do without me working on your paperwork?”

And all that paperwork is required because Cortas is an immigrant.

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Florida Gun Control
12:16 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Why Is Gun Control Anathema In Tallahassee?

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As New York and other states strengthen their gun control laws in response to the tragedy in Newtown, Conn., the chances of that happening in Florida appear dim.

"Remember, this a Republican-controlled Legislature, and they are very much about trying to honor yhe Constitution and the Second Amendment," says our Tallahassee reporter, Gina Jordan.

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Marketplace In Miami
11:59 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Marketplace in Miami: Mayor Tomás Regalado, Miami, and the American Dream

Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado surrounded by members of the community and other officials speaks to the media about gun violence on January 14, 2013 in Miami, Florida.
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Miami is a city made up of people from all walks of life. No one knows that better than Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado.

"Miami is one of the most diverse cities in the world," says the mayor. "Sixty-some percent of people living in Miami were born outside the United States."

Regalado is one of them. Born in Cuba, he came to the United States at age 14. After a distinguished career as a journalist , Regalado was elected mayor in 2009.

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Public Radio
11:05 am
Tue January 22, 2013

'Marketplace' Searches For A New American Dream During A Week At Miami's WLRN

MARKETPLACE FROM MIAMI -- Through the glass at WLRN, Marketplace Morning Report host Jeremy Hobson is seen kicking off a week of broadcasts about Miami as a product of immigration and diversity.
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Marketplace Morning Report will spend the first week of President Obama's second term broadcasting from Miami and demonstrating what some of the president's inaugural themes mean in real life.

The raw materials for show host Jeremy Hobson and his production team of three are Miami's huge immigrant population, its great wealth and crushing poverty, and the enormous empty space between those economic extremes.

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The Takeaway
9:00 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Richard Blanco Wrote His Poem For The Inauguration, Now Here's Yours

The Takeaway wanted your help authoring a people's poem.
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Richard Blanco wasn't the only poet to pen a line for President Barack Obama's second inauguration. Last week, our partners at The Takeaway asked for your help writing a poem for the inauguration. 

Poet Kwame Dawes wrote the first line--"Say 'nation.' In the Wake of quarrels, say 'hope'"--and the audience tweeted the rest of the lines.

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Diversity In South Florida
7:30 am
Tue January 22, 2013

On Inauguration And MLK Day, South Floridians Agree That Diversity Takes 'Work'

Audience inside Adrienne Arsht Center's Knight Concert Hall watching simulcast of Monday's inauguration
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In recent years, parallels have often been drawn between South Florida's diverse population and the multi-cultural America that President Obama will be presiding over for a second term.  But some South Floridians feel that cooperation between various racial and cultural groups is still a work in progress.

Among the hundreds of who filed into the Adrienne Arsht Center Monday to watch a live simulcast of President Obama's inauguration was Janette Kemp of Tamarac.  She says that when it comes to multiculturalism, our region has more work to do.

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John Bailly And Richard Blanco
7:00 am
Tue January 22, 2013

SLIDESHOW: Painter John Bailly Makes Images With Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco

Cienfuegos: Bailly was inspired to paint this portrait of Blanco by the line 'There should be nothing here I don't remember'
John Bailly

When Richard Blanco read his inaugural poem, One Today, one of the friends cheering him from afar was South Florida painter John Bailly.

Bailly and Blanco met nearly 20 years ago and bonded over a shared interest in cultural identity. The conversations between friends led to Place of Mind, a collaboration of paintings and poems that has been on display in South Florida and is now on its way to New York.  

Bailly spoke to WLRN about culture, identity and working with Blanco to create the collection of images.

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