Florid Voting Law
6:36 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Democrats In U.S. House Want Federal Investigation Of Florida Voting Law

U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings and his Democratic colleagues in the House are asking the federal government for an investigation into Florida's voting law.
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Just this week, news circulated that former leaders of the Florida Republican Party have admitted that Florida's voting law was aimed at suppressing the vote this year during President Obama's reelection.

Democrats in the U.S. House are clamoring for a federal investigation.

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Climate Change
2:00 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Wind, Water Damage At Fort Lauderdale Beach Preview Era Of Rising Sea Level

Fort Lauderdale Beach: Experts say the same weather with a lower sea would have caused less damage.
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Wind, waves and high tides have eroded the beach, wrecked the seawall and undermined the roadway along northern Fort Lauderdale beach this month and the damage is raising short-  and long-term issues for local officials.

Short, because the wave damage may require S. R. A1A north of Sunrise Boulevard to shrink permanently from four lanes to two with bad effects on tourism imagery and local convenience.

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Texting And Driving
1:45 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Senator Trying Again With Texting Ban

A state texting and driving ban could pass next year.
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For the fourth year in a row, state lawmakers are going to take a stab at passing a law that would ban texting while driving all around the state.

State Sen. Nancy Detert, R-Venice, has introduced the ban: Senate Bill 52. Her bill was among a small list of bills that have been introduced already for the upcoming Florida Legislative session, which starts in March 2013.

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Jeb Bush
12:46 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Experts Are Taking Another Look At Jeb Bush's Education Cred

Experts say that Jeb Bush's education gains in Florida deserve stricter scrutiny.
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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has been riding a wave of popularity in the last few years. Members of the Republican Party have been clamoring for him to seek higher office as he travels around the country taking on some of the more extreme positions recently taken by members of his party.

Among his credentials, which are currently prompting all the focus, is his popularity with the Latino community and his credentials as a successful education policy innovator.

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The Latino Vote
9:44 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Historians Say A Speech JFK Gave The Night Before He Died Started The Latino Vote

Historians say Kennedy was the first president to court the Latino vote.
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The Latino vote was one of the most talked about voting blocs this year, mostly because this demographic helped propel President Obama into his second term in office this year -- especially in important swing states such as Florida and New Mexico.

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8:33 am
Tue November 27, 2012

NEWSCAST: Scott Challenges State Colleges To Cut Costs

Gov. Rick Scott says he wants to make education more affordable for Florida students.
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Governor Rick Scott has announced a challenge for state colleges. He wants them to offer a $10,000 bachelor's degree.

Last month, the colleges last month put out a plan to boost the number of Florida students who finish their degrees and stay in Florida.

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This Miami Life
8:30 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Cultural Salute Turns Miami's 'Big Orange' New Years Bash Into 'La Gran Naranja'

Mr. Neon: He'll preside over La Gran Naranja from now on, not the Big Orange.

More multicultural change is coming to Miami in time for New Year's Eve. It’s been decided the city's official end-of-the-year street party should be translated from "The Big Orange" to "La Gran Naranja."

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7:58 am
Tue November 27, 2012

NEWSCAST: Rilya Wilson Case Goes To Trial

Opening arguments were heard Monday in the case of the woman accused of killing her foster child, Rilya Wilson.
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The case that changed the way the state looks after foster children has now gone to trial as prosecutors in Miami Dade seek justice for Rilya Wilson.

Prosecutors say the five-year-old girl was killed by her foster parent, Geralyn Graham.

The girl was placed with Graham and her domestic partner in 2000. In 2002, the state discovered the child was missing. That was a year after Rilya was last seen.

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License Plates
6:46 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Florida Will Be Getting A New License Plate Design-- And You Get A Say

Floridians can now vote on the new tag design they prefer.
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The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles has opened up voting for a new design for the state's license plates.

The department is allowing Floridians to vote for the tag design they prefer from November 26 to December 14 at

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Judicial Ethics
6:40 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Former Judge Pando Faces New Charges

Ana Pando: New judges accuse former judge of campaign violations and writing bad checks.
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Florida's Judicial Qualifications Commission has filed some new charges against former Miami-Dade County Judge Ana Pando.

Pando, who resigned from the bench after losing her primary campaign in August, has been under investigation for using her prestige and judicial stationery to revive a dissolved corporation headed by a friend of hers.

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5:45 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

NEWSCAST: FPL Gets Nuclear Cost Approval

Turkey Point Nuclear Plant
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The Florida Public Service Commission today approved $151 million dollars in advance nuclear costs for Florida Power & Light.

 That's the total amount that FPL requested and the vote was unanimous. It means that a customer who uses 1,000 kilowatt hours a month will be charged $1.69 a month for the advance costs beginning in January 2013. The costs were approved despite objections from the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, which argues that FPL has failed to demonstrate its intent to actually build the new Turkey Point reactors.  

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Airport Food
2:40 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Food Network Opens Up Its First Restaurant At Fort Lauderdale Airport

Fort Lauderdale's airport will be the site for the Food Network's first restaurant.
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The Food Network-- a famous cable channel featuring popular cooking shows and competitions-- has broken into the restaurant biz, and its first location is (believe it or not) the Jet Blue terminal at Fort Lauderdale International Airport.

It's  the only restaurant serving hot food at the terminal and it has the Food Network logo plastered over every bit of the cafeteria-style decor. 

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1:36 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

You Can Spot Bigfoot In the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens

Bigfoot will be unveiled this Tuesday at the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens.
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This week, you can find Bigfoot at the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens... that is, a large sculpture of a man with unusually large feet.

Idan Zareski's "Bigfoot" will be unveiled on Tuesday at the Gardens. The sculpture, "Bigfoot," has already been featured in other countries all over the world. 

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The Florida Vote
12:01 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Top Republicans Confess: Voter Suppression Was Goal Of 2011 Florida Election Law

Jim Greer: Voter suppression was the goal, voter fraud was the marketing.

The whole idea behind the voting law state legislators passed in 2011 was to discourage Democratic voters.

That's the bottom line in a Palm Beach Post story by Dara Kam and John Lantigua. Although the law was presented as an urgently needed defense against voter fraud, sources including former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist and former state GOP Chairman Jim Greer and some Republican campaign consultants tell the Post a very different story:

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Working Life
9:30 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Eight Careers That Seniors Rule (Plus 10 More In Their Sights)

Retirement Deferred : British supermodel Daphne Self, 83, and rock star Mick Jagger, 69
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How to be normal after your 65th birthday: according to a handful of new statistics we found on (and a few other sources), the normalest thing you can do is get a job as an embalmer in South Dakota.

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