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6:33 am
Tue December 4, 2012

NEWSCAST: 'Obamacare' Opponents Meet in Tallahassee

The Florida Legislature must decide whether to create and run the state's own health care exchange from which individual Floridians may purchase health insurance.
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As the state decides how to implement the Affordable Care Act,  which is also known as Obamacare, opponents of the new law converge on Tallahassee.

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News Education
6:02 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

NEWSCAST: Former Indiana Education Chief Applies Here

Former Indiana Education Chief Tony Bennett.
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  Indiana's ousted education chief says he's applied for the Sunshine State's top schools job.

Tony Bennett lost his bid for reelection last month.

Bennett says he first met Jeb Bush after winning election as the Indiana's Superintendent of Public Instruction four years ago.

Since then, Bennett has taken education policies Bush first in Florida tried and brought them to Indiana. Those ideas are often called "The Florida Model."

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City of Miami Commission
4:35 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

City Of Miami Commissioner Sues Mayor And State Attorney

Michelle Spence-Jones is suing Katherine Rundle and Tomas Regalado, for what she says is a plot to destroy her political career as a City of Miami Commissioner.
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City of Miami Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones is suing Mayor Tomas Regalado and state attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle for what she says is a plot to destroy her political career by accusing Spence-Jones of political corruption.

On Monday, Spence-Jones filed a lawsuit claiming that Fernandez Rundle and Richard Scruggs, the lead prosecutor in a case accusing Spence-Jones of corruption more than a year ago, misled key witnesses.

These criminal cases surrounding Spence-Jones turned out to be unsuccessful.

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2:38 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

WLRN Wins Three Emmy Awards

WLRN Television won three Emmy Awards this week.
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WLRN Public Television won three Emmy Awards for two documentaries and one promotion video this week.

WLRN was granted these prestigious awards  by The Suncoast Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, a nonprofit organization committed to honoring excellence in television.

WLRN‘s documentary Out of Darkness, Into Light received an award in the Societal Concerns category. The award went to producer Mia Laurenzo, director Doug Clark and editor Jamie March.

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Hospital Regulation
2:35 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Court Slaps State Over Trauma Center Sites

Wrong Rule: A court held the state used an outdated rule to permit trauma centers where they might not be needed.

A state appeals court on Friday said the Florida Department of Health used an invalid rule to approve new trauma centers in Pasco, Manatee and Clay counties, handing a victory to nearby hospitals that have waged a long-running battle against the facilities.

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Art Basel
12:01 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

What Art Basel Has Done For Miami

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Art Basel begins this week, and WLRN will be your guide.  In a special hour hosted by WLRN's arts editor, Alicia Zuckerman, we give you tips on what to see, and how.  Plus we look at the fair's history and how it's shaped Miami. 

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Democratic Party
11:51 am
Mon December 3, 2012

President Wants Wasserman Schultz To Stay On As DNC Chair

Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-Weston) also serves as Democratic National Committee chairwoman.
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After  helping direct a successful re-election campaign, a top Democratic official says President Obama wants South Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz to stay on as party chair.

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Lawn Care Culture
11:00 am
Mon December 3, 2012

What The Biodiversity Of South Florida's Front And Back Yards Says About Our Culture

Image: Advertisement for Enviro-Turf ™

South Floridians already know what recent census data tells us: increasingly, urban living is actually suburban living. Today’s American cities continue to spread well beyond their traditional urban cores, transforming former farm fields, forests, and wetlands in the process. In South Florida, the suburbs connect and subvert the boundaries of once distinct cities. They are patchy landscapes where residential developments, strip malls, and auto-repair shops intermingle. The suburbs are also the place most of us call home.

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Death On Two Wheels
9:26 am
Mon December 3, 2012

Why Nostalgia Can Be Fatal For Old Bikers

Living To Ride: Some retired bikers can't resist the call of the road.
Credit From the movie "Waking Ned Devine"

Motorcycle deaths are on the rise in Florida. And within that finding is another story: older bikers  dying in increasing numbers.

University researchers say riding motorcycles is a popular hobby for retired Baby Boomers, many of whom rode when they were younger. But now, according to the Center for Urban Transportation Research at the University of South Florida in Tampa, their reflexes, eyesight and overall bike skills have eroded, and some of them are no longer safe on the road.

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Fiscal Cliff
8:36 am
Mon December 3, 2012

Florida Economy, Taxes, Jobs Teeter On Cliff

Precarious: Florida's economy and employment and the tax obligations of its residents are balanced on the fiscal cliff.
Credit Stuart Miles

What would a plunge off the fiscal cliff mean in Florida?

Disaster, according to the data. Higher taxes, job losses and probably a recession because of curtailed consumer spending.

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Listen To WLRN Miami Herald News
7:27 am
Mon December 3, 2012

NEWSCAST: Gov. Rick Scott Worries About 'Hurricane Tax'

Gov. Scott told the Florida Chamber of Commerce's Annual Insurance Summit that Citizens increases the chance Floridians will get hit with a hurricane tax.
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Governor Rick Scott says he's worried that Citizens Property Insurance could cost Floridians money when they can least afford it - after a major storm.


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Listen To WLRN Miami Herald News
6:39 am
Mon December 3, 2012

NEWSCAST: Florida's Unemployment Fund Close To Solvency

After Florida's unemployment fund was depleted, the state was forced to borrow money from the federal government with interest to cover unemployment claims.
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As more Floridians find jobs, the state's unemployment compensation trust fund is expected to have a surplus again in six months. The fund has been running a deficit for nearly four years.

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Women's Rights
6:29 am
Mon December 3, 2012

Why Two Lawmakers Are Still Trying to Ratify The Equal Rights Amendment In Florida 40 Years Later

State Sens. Arthenia Joyner (pictured) and Gwen Margolis are trying to get Florida to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment again.

Forty years ago, the U.S. House and Senate passed the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), an amendment adding language to the U.S. Constitution that says "equality under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex."

The amendment was the result of a historic surge of women's rights activism in the country. It took decades to get the amendment passed in Congress, but it did indeed pass at a federal level.

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4:48 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

NEWSCAST: How Miami Reps Helped Pass STEM Act

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Miami-area Republicans helped the U.S. House pass legislation to give out more high skilled visas.

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Beautifully Destroying Miami
4:22 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Pre-Art Basel: Overlooked Area Of Downtown Miami Transformed Into Street Art Gallery

Shepard Fairey wall under construction
Daniel Rivero

The Omni Parkwest Redevelopment Association (O.P.R.A.) is collaborating with Kelly "RISK" Graval of Risk Rock Studios, Los Angeles to transform ten buildings in a blighted section of downtown Miami into a street art gallery.

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