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7:09 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

NEWSCAST: Early Voting Nears An End

Some voters stood in line for hours to cast an early ballot in Kendall.
Credit Jessica Meszaros

Early voting comes to a close Saturday, and some Floridians say the process has been anything but smooth.

However, we've been crunching the numbers and found things could be a lot worse.

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Foreclosure Crisis
5:06 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

(Some) Foreclosure Money Is On Its Way to Homeowners

Florida is finally going to spend money it was given for foreclosure relief.
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Florida-- including South Florida--could finally be getting the millions of dollars it won in a settlement with big banks over bad mortgages and foreclosures. 

In the past several months about $300 million dollars given to Florida has been locked up in a battle between Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and the state Legislature. Each party claims that they have the authority to decide how the money is spent.

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Reptile Day
2:27 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Miami Science Museum Is Going To Teach You How To Eat Like A Lizard

You can eat like a lizard if you go to Reptile Day at the Miami Science Museum.
Credit Ashley Lopez / WLRN

Here's a break from the relentness news about this year's election.

For those of you not stuck in a long line on the last day of early voting on Saturday, you can distract yourself at the Miami Science Museum's Reptile Day.

Among the many activities they are putting together is a "live python animal presentation," a turtle race and an "eat like a reptile cooking demonstration."

Yes. You read right. There will be food served that is typically eaten by lizards.

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The Florida Roundup
2:00 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Into The Fray: Florida's Voting Issues And Ballot Measures

Early voters have faced long wait times. Above, voters at the Miami Beach City Hall.
Credit Alicia Zuckerman

Florida is ready to vote. Or is it?  Over 3 million Floridians have already voted early in person or by absentee ballot.  Early voting totals continue to be strong in mostly Democratic South Florida.  For many, lines at the polls are long, while still others wait by the mailbox for their absentee ballots.  

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Early Voting
1:04 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Miami-Dade Early Voting Lines Are Long, But They Could Be Worse

Miami-Dade voters finally enter their ballots after hours of waiting
Jessica Meszaros

All week, early voters have been grumbling about the hours-long lines as they cast ballots before the deadline for the presidential election on Tuesday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m.    

Miami-Dade, in particular, has only 20 available early voting locations for the county’s 1.28 million registered voters. In other words: the ratio of voters to early polling places is about 64,000:1.

Granted, these voters won’t be there all at the same time, but it’s still a daunting number.

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Florida Roundup Live Chats
11:12 am
Fri November 2, 2012

LIVE CHAT: The Florida Roundup November 1, 2012

Voting early and by absentee has never been more popular. But for many, lines at the polls are long, while still others wait by the mailbox for their absentee ballots.

We’ll have the latest on the key races, what’s at stake with Florida’s 11 ballot amendments, and a final fact-check from Politifact Florida on the eve of an historic election in which the eyes of the nation are upon Florida, again.

Absentee Ballots
11:00 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Palm Beach Sued Over Signature Issue on Absentee Ballots

Palm Beach woman is suing her elections supervisor for not counting her absentee ballot.
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Here at WLRN, we've gotten a report of at least one person was allowed to vote in South Florida because officials did not believe the signature on his ballot was indeed his.

A Broward election official said situations like this could be remedied by a voter simply updating their signature in person at the supervisor of elections office in the county they vote in.

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Partisan Politics
10:00 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Washington Post: Allen West and Alan Grayson Are 'Embodiment of Hyperpartisanship'

Allen West and Alan Grayson could be facing each other as two of the most partisan politicians in the U.S. House.
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Besides a contentious presidential election, Floridians are also voting on key congressional races this year. 

Among those races is former congressman Alan Grayson's possible return to the U.S. House, as well as Rep. Allen West's, R-Florida, re-election where he faces off newcomer Patrick Murphy.

Right now, Grayson is (very) well positioned to win his race. West has out-raised Murphy by millions of dollars and has an edge in the polls.

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8:45 am
Fri November 2, 2012

NEWSCAST: 'Civil Citations' Headed To Leon County

Leon County will pilot a civil citation program, allowing officers to give tickets for some non-violent crimes.
Credit Chris Yarzab

Leon County will be the first in Florida to give law enforcement officers the ability to ticket adults for some minor crimes instead of arresting them.

That's if the crimes are non-violent and it's a first-time offense. Civil citations have been used with juvenile offenders instead of putting them behind bars, with success.  About 90 percent of kids who get citations and then go through a diversion program instead of to a lock-up, go on to stay out of trouble.  

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The Campaign
8:02 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Clinton Launching Florida Tour In Lake Worth

Lake Worth Early Birds: Even this late in the campaign, Bill Clinton draws crowds.
Credit Christine diMattei /

They’re lining up in Lake Worth this morning for their last chance to watch Bill Clinton campaign for President Obama. Clinton is beginning a five-stop Florida swing that will take him to Fort Myers, Palm Bay, St. Petersburg and Tallahassee before the day is over.

He's scheduled to speak at Palm Beach State College at 9 a. m.

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Election 2012
7:31 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Nope! Scott Won't Extend Early Voting

He Disagrees: Gov. Scott says early voting will end Saturday, period. Democrats want an extension to relieve the long lines.

Top state Democrats and the League of Women Voters have been pleading with Gov. Rick Scott  to extend the early voting to relieve the long lines and multi-hour waits. 

Last night, the governor said no.  "Early voting will end Saturday night," he announced to reporters at a fundraiser in the Alachua County town of Newberry. 

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Books & Books To Hold A Party Saturday
9:42 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Books & Books Celebrates 30 Years

Mitchell Kaplan says he set out to create a literary culture in South Florida when he opened Books & Books.
Credit Books & Books

It's been 30 years since the independent bookstore, Books & Books, first opened its doors in Coral Gables, and this week, they're celebrating.

Today there are stores throughout the region and beyond. There are three South Florida stores, as well as outposts at the Miami International Airport and the Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale,  and stores in Grand Cayman and Westhampton Beach, New York, too.

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Listen To WLRN Miami Herald News
7:08 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

NEWSCAST: Frustration Builds Over Early Voting

More than a million Floridians have gone through the early voting process.
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Early voting in Florida is nearing a close, and some voters are calling the process a nightmare.

A long ballot is making for long lines to vote, and the crowds are only expected to grow this weekend.

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The Button Lens
5:29 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

The Button Man: This Job Brought To You By Mitt Romney

Marvin Francis, 44, graphic designer and political button salesman outside of a recent rally for former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney
Credit Photo by Kenny Malone

Marvin Francis crouched over and dug into a yellow and forest green La Salle High School miniature duffel bag. "'NObama'; 'You Lie,'" he read from a pile of oversized red, white and blue buttons. A small crowd peaked over his shoulders, holding five and ten dollar bills at their sides.

"I think that's all the selection I have left. And 'Obama Sucks,'" he added. "That's the only other one that I have that I didn't want to put out 'cause there's too many young kids."

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1:52 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Miami Marlins Choose New Manager, Again

Marlins new manager Mike Redmond pictured as a player in 2000.

The Miami Marlins have chosen their new manager.

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