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10:00 am
Wed November 21, 2012

What A State's Politics Says About Its Traffic Death Rate

Research shows that states that voted for Obama in this election have fewer fatal car accidents.
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A non-profit investigative news site found an interesting link between whom a state voted for in this election and the rate of traffic deaths there.

According to FairWarning, a state that voted for President Obama in this past election (a blue state) is likely to have fewer deathly traffic accidents compared with  a state that went for Mitt Romney in November (a red state).

The news outlet also reports that there is really no concrete explanation as to why there is this red state-blue state divide when it comes to traffic deaths.

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112th Congress
9:45 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Election Day Cost Washington A Dog, Some Quirks And, Sadly, Allen West

Leaving DC: Allen West and a bichon frisé.

The shrieks of horror and howls of grief are dying away on Capitol Hill as defeated representatives and senators accept their fates and pack for the long ride home to find real jobs.

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School Bus Shooting
8:11 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Killings In Safe Spaces: Girl's Death Takes Its Place Among South Florida School Attacks

Lourdes Guzman-DeJesus was shot to death on her school bus.
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Fifteen-year-old Jordyn Alexander Howe boarded the school bus with a loaded gun in his backpack. He pulled it out, it went off and fatally wounded fellow student Lourdes Guzman-DeJesus, 13.

Miami-Dade police say the shooting on a charter school bus in Homestead was an accident. Howe was charged with manslaughter and carrying a concealed firearm. He spent the night at the Miami-Dade Juvenile Assessment Center.

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7:20 am
Wed November 21, 2012

NEWSCAST: State to Investigate Citizens Property Insurance

Governor Rick Scott is calling for an investigation into ethical lapses at state-run Citizens Property Insurance.
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There's more trouble for state-run Citizens Property Insurance.

Investigators look into lavish spending, misuse of resources and other ethical lapses.

Gov. Rick Scott has asked his Chief Inspector General to investigate Citizens after all four people in the company's ethics office were fired.

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6:39 am
Wed November 21, 2012

NEWSCAST: Teen Charged In Miami-Dade School Bus Shooting

Miami-Dade police have charged a 15-year-old boy with manslaughter in the shooting death of a 13-year-old girl on a school bus.

Listen to the file above for details.

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News
6:31 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

NEWSCAST: Allen West, Over And Out

Congressman Allen West gives up the fight.
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The Allen West - Patrick Murphy Congressional standoff is now over. The one-term congressman came close to winning the new District 18 that he had to move to run in, but not close enough, so he conceded today on Fox News. West maintains there were enough ballot irregularities to warrant a close look.And there is no disputing there were voting problems in St. Lucie County. The outgoing GOP Congressman gave no definitive plans for his future. Winner Patrick Murphy has already been through freshman orientation in Washington. 

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Sick Pay
3:48 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Miami-Dade Commission Kills Sick Pay Plan

Miami Dade Commissioner Barbara Jordans earned sick pay proposal dies on its first reading
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Even though activists were sure earned sick pay would be an easy fight in Miami-Dade, a proposal that required employers to give earned sick pay to all workers died on first reading in a county commission meeting Tuesday.

The Miami Herald's Patricia Mazzei tweeted the vote count:

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The Florida Roundup
2:06 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Marlins Trade Away Top Players - And Fans' Trust

With the Marlins purge, does Miami have a bit of buyer's remorse over the mostly publicly-funded stadium?
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The Marlins latest fire sale is official: Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig approved the trade of 5 of the team’s top players.  

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Holiday Travel
2:00 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Traveller's Bane, The TSA, May Be Killing Us

Lest The Terrorists Win: Routine airport indignities may be driving people to riskier car trips.
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Good reading for your holiday plane ride: Businessweek's studious indictment of the Transportation Security Administration and the entire post-9/11 homeland security apparatus.

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Breaking
12:25 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Thirteen-Year-Old Girl Dies After Being Shot On School Bus In Homestead

Gunfire on a  charter school bus in Homestead this morning has taken the life of a 13-year-old girl. Police said the shooter was another student who  is now in custody. Local10 News reported the death a few hours after the shooting: 

The 13-year-old girl, who attended Palm Glades Academy, was shot in the area of SW 292nd Street and 137th Avenue before 7 a.m.

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Immigration
11:30 am
Tue November 20, 2012

What The GOP Version Of The Dream Act Looks Like, So Far

Marco Rubio leaks some details about the GOP's immigration plans.
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U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, R-FL, gave reporters some details about what the GOP version of the Dream Act might look like recently.

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Airport Work Conditions
11:00 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Fort Lauderdale Airport Workers Rally For Higher Pay Just Before Busy Thanksgiving Travel Days

Airport service workers gather outside Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport Monday to rally for higher wages.
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Many of the service workers at South Florida's busiest airport for Thanksgiving holiday travel say they can't afford a traditional Thanksgiving dinner this year.

About 60 members of a local airport workers' union held a rally Monday at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport to try to persuade airline contractors to pay them higher wages.

The Workers

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US Southern Command
10:00 am
Tue November 20, 2012

SOUTHCOM: From Doral, Gen. John Kelly Commands Pentagon Operations in Latin America

The changing of command ceremony drew hundreds of people, including top military brass.
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Monday's changing of the guard ceremony at Southern Command in Doral.

The United States Southern Command has a new boss. 

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Foreclosure Crisis
9:30 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Mortgage Companies Give Florida $3.6 Billion For Bad Deals

Mortgage servicers have handed over $3.6 billion to homeowners in Florida hurt by bad practices.
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Florida's Attorney General Pam Bondi announced that five of the country's biggest mortgage companies are forking over $3.6 billion dollars for "foreclosure abuses and unacceptable mortgage servicing practices," which spurred the state's foreclosure crisis.

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8:51 am
Tue November 20, 2012

NEWSCAST: Allen West Concedes

Allen West has long been a tea party favorite.
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The race for a contested South Florida congressional seat is finally over.

Allen West issued a statement early Tuesday morning conceding the race for the 18th Congressional seat to Democrat Patrick Murphy.

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