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Fears of irreparable harm to coral reefs prompted a lawsuit Wednesday against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Four groups are asking the Corps to re-evaluate the Port Everglades dredging project in Broward County. They say the Corps has failed to consider the disastrous effects of a similar dredging project on coral reefs at PortMiami. In that project, large amounts of coral were damaged or killed by sediment.

Key Provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA): A Systematic Review and Presentation of Early Research Findings / Health Services Research

The Affordable Care Act has achieved at least part of what it set out to do—but there are still quite a few questions about the long-term impact of the health legislation, according to a new study published in the journal Health Services Research.

Mareike Aden

Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson  continued campaigning in South Florida Thursday. Trying to win over Cuban-American voters, he made the traditional campaign trail stop at Little Havana’s Versailles restaurant.

Standing at the coffee counter, he got very excited over the Cuban coffee he was served. "Oh my goodness, uh, this is great, oh man", he shouted out. Then he talked about his Cuba policy.

Diveheart

  Gabriel Spataro was instrumental in placing an Italian statue, cast from the same mold as Genoa's Christ of the Abyss, in the waters off Key Largo.

FPREN

Tropical Storm Fiona is expected to strengthen today and continue its west-northwest trajectory in the Atlantic. 

At 5 am Thursday, The National Hurricane Center said the storm was located 1080 miles to the west of the Cabo Verde Islands. Maximum sustained winds were at 45 mph and the storm was moving northwest at 16 mph.

Verónica Zaragovia

A charter school in Immokalee, roughly 35 miles east of Fort Myers, wants to help migrant farm worker families overcome language barriers by using 21st century technology.

How?

The Immokalee Community School, run by the Redlands Christian Migrant Association, is bringing children and their migrant parents into the classroom.

One Dish, One Story: Medovik With Yuri

Aug 16, 2016
M. Aden/WLRN

“Starting all over again is hard,” Yuri says.  “But the sun, the blue sky and the optimistic people here in South Florida help a lot.”

Yuri is certain: “The weather must reflect on the people.” It’s South Florida's optimistic outlook on life that he can relate to. It makes him feel a bit more at home while being thousands of miles away from Ukraine, his crisis-shaken home country. 

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How much can Florida’s minimum wage actually buy? Well, not a whole lot, apparently. And making that wage will not carry a person out of poverty, according to new study from the National Center for Children in Poverty at Columbia University.

The study modeled what families have to pay for when parents work—child care, transportation, taxes—and compared those expenses to increases in earnings as parents work more hours.

Miami Herald

Election Day for Florida’s primaries is still two weeks away. But South Florida’s 2.5 million voters who would rather not wait until Aug. 30 to cast their ballots for federal, state and local office have other options.

Early voting began Monday in Miami-Dade and runs through Aug. 28. Broward early voting begins Saturday and runs through Aug. 28.

Zika Tests And What We Know About Them

Aug 15, 2016
The Times/Richard Pohle

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has approved two types of testing for Zika virus in humans. Generally, the type of test to be used will depend on the "exposure date" or when the patient believes he or she has been exposed to the virus.

The first type of tests are the Reverse-Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction Tests (RT-PCR).

USGS, via Wikimedia Commons

For two decades, Florida has had an annual limit on how much phosphorous can flow out of the Everglades Agricultural Area -- a region of farmland south of Lake Okeechobee. Farmers and sugar-growers must release at least 25 percent less phosphorous than they did before the limit.

 

Until this year, farmers haven’t had much trouble making this goal, which was established in 1996 by the Everglades Forever Act. They have a near-perfect record of exceeding the 25 percent reduction standard -- often by as much as 40 percentage points.

WLRN journalists Nadege Green and Tim Padgett were selected by the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) as recipients of several awards for work produced during 2015.  Nadege covers South Florida’s black and Haitian communities, while Tim focuses on stories and commentary involving Latin America and the Caribbean.

Wilson Sayre / WLRN

Do you remember the newer version of The Italian Job with Mark Wahlberg?  

A team of glorified thieves is trying to steal back a couple million in gold bricks. Their escape in a fleet of mini coopers hinges on their computer wiz’s ability to hack into the city’s traffic control center and make sure their route is free, and their pursuers get stuck in traffic.

Well that traffic puppeteer possibility is now a reality in Miami-Dade County, which for the first time has a centralized system to view intersections and change lights with the few clicks on the computer.

Nadege Green / WLRN

At New York Grilled Cheese restaurant in Broward, Mia St. Louis is the  type of waitress who will stop and bust a move to whatever music is blaring from the speakers.

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