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3:24 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Judge Says Florida Teacher Evaluations Are Unfair, But Constitutional

Florida teachers are being evaluated on the performance of students in other classrooms.
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Florida teachers and education groups sued over a change in state law that enables districts to tie evaluations to student performance. A federal judge says the state’s way of evaluating teachers is constitutional.

The law was passed in 2011. It allows some teachers to be evaluated based on test scores of students who aren’t in their class.  They can also be judged based on test results in subject areas they don't even teach.

Starting next year, their pay will be impacted.

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Race For Governor
10:40 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Crist Blames Bigots For Decision To Leave GOP

Charlie Crist says he was uncomfortable with racists in the GOP.
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Former Governor Charlie Crist is giving a new reason for his leaving the GOP. He says he made the change partly because of bigots within the party.

Crist is now running as a Democrat to replace Republican Governor Rick Scott.

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Norman Van Aken's A Word On Food
10:17 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Peppers

Peppers for Pope Chilies
Credit Norman Van Aken

Click play to hear this week's edition on A Word On Food. Airdate: May 3, 2014.

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Papa Machete
7:50 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Deadly Grace: New Film Documents Haitian Machete Fencing

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The Haitian Revolution in 1791 was the first (and only) successful slave rebellion against a crushing colonist regime. And the revolt didn’t only result in a new state, it was also achieved with the edge of a machete.

The short film “Papa Machete” opens somberly, telling how Haitians developed a martial art called Tire Machèt during that bloody, turbulent period. A versatile agricultural tool in dense tropical climates, the machete makes a valuable weapon.

When Jason Fitzroy Jeffers, a local writer who developed “Papa Machete,” first read about it, he was floored.

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She Tells You More
6:59 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Miami Honors NPR Host Michel Martin

NPR's "Tell Me More" host Michel Martin.
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Don't be surprised if you see Michel Martin tearing up a bit on Thursday, May 8, when she visits Miami to receive this year's Hank Meyer Headliner Award -- even she's worried about crying a little.

It's her very pathos and determination to pull people from all aspects of life into roundtable discussions and in-depth interviews that have earned the host of NPR's "Tell Me More" the award, from the Miami Coalition of Christians and Jews.

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Latin America Report
6:58 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Should The Panama Canal Join Classes As Well As Oceans?

Two Panamas: Panama City's gleaming new towers directly above its large shanty slums.
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Jorge Quijano has one of the coolest office views in the Americas: the Pacific port entrance to the Panama Canal. The panoramic vista seems to help Quijano, who heads the Panama Canal Authority, see the bigger picture.

On the one hand, Quijano understands why Panama has run the canal much more effectively than the United States did.

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What's the Story?
3:00 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

The Importance Of A Name In South Florida Politics

All in the family: Miami City Commissioner Frank Carollo; Miami City Mayor Tomas Regalado; former Miami City Mayor Joe Carollo, brother of the commissioner; Miami-Dade school board member Raquel Regalado, daughter of the current mayor; Miami City Commissioner Francis Suarez; and his father Miami-Dade Commissioner Xavier Suarez.
Credit Pedro Portal / EL NUEVO HERALD

Going into your family's profession probably gives you an advantage over the average newbie: you know the ins and outs, have connections in the industry, and maybe even got some on-the-job experience. The same advantage holds true for elected office. 

Before Miami City Commissioner Francis Suarez and Miami-Dade School Board member Raquel Regalado ran for office, they spent many years in the public eye because their fathers were politicians. Both Suarez and Regalado count that time as valuable experience. 

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Arts
11:02 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Here Are 9 Knight Arts Challenge Finalists You Should Know About

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Through the Knight Arts Challenge Miami, the Knight Foundation is one of the primary sources of funding for South Florida arts. The only rule a project must meet to qualify for the grant is that it be about art, benefit South Florida, and that it be matched in funding.

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Transportation
8:57 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Downtown Fort Lauderdale To Invest In Trolley Improvements

Fort Lauderdale's new trolley will be more handicap accessible and fuel-efficient.
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Downtown Fort Lauderdale has a new fuel-efficient and cheaper bus. It's got bigger windows and is boxier -- and it's painted like a trolley.

The older trolley buses in Fort Lauderdale weren't up to date on things like handicap access regulations and fuel-efficiency costs. Fort Lauderdale commissioners should be accepting a federal grant today to pay for the trolley-style buses. 

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Sunshine Economy
8:26 am
Tue May 6, 2014

How Video Game Designers Make A Living In Miami

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Miami is a magnet for entrepreneurs in fashion, film, and visual arts. So it makes sense then that a creative technology sector could and would grow from the intersection of those disciplines. In the last couple of years, a small video-game industry has developed in South Florida.

Some of the players include Dark Side Studios in Sunrise, Magic Leap in Hollywood, Shiver Entertainment, whose bosses just leased space in South Miami’s Sunset Place, and Skyjoy Interactive on Brickell Avenue.

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Sunday Arts Breakfast
8:01 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Listening To Nature: A Visit To The Palm Beach Zoo

One of the many colorful residents at the Palm Beach Zoo.

The Palm Beach Zoo and Conservation Society in West Palm Beach is home to a wide variety of animals and, as Caroline Breder-Watts found out, is a feast for the ears as well as the eyes.

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News
6:58 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Mayor Gimenez proposes new location for Beckham's stadium

A rendering of Beckham's proposed stadium.
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Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez is proposing a new location for David Beckham’s soccer stadium, and it was on the radar six months ago.

It’s a boat slip in downtown Miami on Biscayne Bay, between Museum Park and the AmericanAirlines Arena. Gimenez says the boat slip location would fill in the land and create a pedestrian walkway on Biscayne Bay.

The location had previously raised environmental issues between officials. But Gimenez said that because the boat slip is manmade, he had gotten the okay from environmental groups.

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Immigration Reform
4:20 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Joe Biden Speaks Encouragement To Immigrants At MDC Commencement

Vice President Biden says, "The immigrant community represents something special we never talk about."
Credit Javier Galeano / AP

Vice President Joe Biden was commencement speaker at one of the Miami Dade College graduation ceremonies this past Saturday.

The ceremony for about 2,000 graduates of the Homestead and InterAmerican campuses was held at the Kendall campus.

Biden spoke for about 15 minutes, mostly about immigration reform. He says it takes courage for immigrants to leave everything they know behind, and go to a country where they may not even know the language.

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News
10:34 am
Mon May 5, 2014

FPL And National Guard Partner Up

FPL president Eric Silangy shows Brigadier General James Eifert the drill preparations that FPL has been working on this week.
Credit Lisann Ramos

Florida Power & Light on Friday announced what it says is the first ever partnership with the National Guard.

The FPL Command Center was on high alert as employees prepared to face a fictitious Category 3 Hurricane. This is just one part of the company’s new hurricane preparedness strategy that involves a partnership with the Florida National Guard.

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Sunshine Economy
6:00 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Can South Florida Boast Of Having Some Tech Cred?

Hundreds of entrepreneurs, technologists and executives come to South Florida May 5 and 6 for the first eMerge Americas technology summit. The conference aims to highlight Miami's growing tech prowess.

The technology industry remains small in South Florida, but it attracts a lot of attention. The promise of high-paying jobs, a highly educated community and a more diversified economy are powerful pulls to develop the tech industry.

WLRN revisits the effort to grow and attract the technology industry to our region. It's the Sunshine Economy with "The Future Emerging: The Technology Industry in South Florida.”

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