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A Florida medical marijuana dispensary says it is not violating state law by selling cannabis that could potentially be broken down and made into pot that can be smoked.

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Recess has returned, but not for charter schools, and state testing will be limited to two weeks. Those are just two of the proposals lawmakers crammed into an education bill that capped off the end of the legislative session.

Education reporters Cathy Carter and Rowan Moore Gerety unpack some other education issues that made their way into the state budget now headed to the desk of Governor Rick Scott.  

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Hundreds of protesters gathered in Miami Saturday morning chanting "Donald Trump! TPS now!"

The crowd intermittently swelled off the sidewalks on either side of NW 7th Avenue, outside the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Miami Field Office, slowing traffic. 

Concerns that President Trump may not renew TPS status for Haitians intensified after the Associated Press obtained emails from the USCIS inquiring about Haitians' criminal backgrounds.

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This week on The Florida Roundup...

It's official: Coral Gables is the first city in Florida to enact a ban on plastic bags. Retailers are no longer allowed to supply them or they could be fined up to $500. This is just one of the new local government prohibitions on carrying containers.

Hurricane Awareness Tour Wraps up in Miami

May 14, 2017
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Hundreds of kids got to explore inside Air Force and Coast Guard planes Friday at Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport. 

Major Devan Meister gave tours of the WC-130 J, which she says is the most powerful plane in the Air Force. The plane flies directly into a hurricane to collect data. 

Meister says educating kids is a great way to get the message of hurricane preparedness out to families as well. 

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It's intended to connect the MacArthur Causeway with I-95 and the Dolphin Expressway, but a project to improve I-395 has divided Miami-Dade leaders and the Florida Department of Transportation. And with FDOT's selection of a project contractor on Friday, local leaders say the state transportation agency has work to do to bridge an ideological gap.

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It has been almost three decades since Florida prosecutors have secured a conviction against a law enforcement officer for an on-duty shooting. As the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s office prepares for Friday’s arraignment of a North Miami officer, it’s clear that office is trying to end that stretch.

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There are lots of ways to measure the recent spike in opioid overdoses in Miami-Dade County. You can look at the number of deaths from fentanyl—a potent drug often mixed with heroin sold in the street—which spiked from 13 in 2014 to nearly 300 just two years later, or at the even more powerful derivative carfentanyl, developed as an anesthetic for elephants, and which, by rights, should only be available at the zoo.

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Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz called the Trump administration's immigration policies "abhorrent and horrific" Thursday  morning after a private roundtable with Miami-area immigrant advocates.

"There has been fear sown through our immigrant community... causing them to fear interacting with any government entity," said Wasserman Schultz.

Representatives from Catholic Charities, FANM or Haitian Women of Miami, the American Immigration Lawyers Association and other groups were among those who met with Wasserman Schultz at her Sunrise office.

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The graduation ceremony for Florida Keys Community College's Corrections Basic Recruit Academy this week led to more celebration than expected.

Graduate Juan Valdes, Jr., proposed to his girlfriend, Jacqueline Collins. (She said 'Yes.')

In all 10 students completed the 420-hour training program to become Florida corrections officers. All 10 have jobs lined up at one of the three jails in the Keys.

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Monroe Medical Examiner Dr. Thomas Beaver will be out of a job at the end of June. The state Medical Examiners Commission Wednesday unanimously voted against sending his name to Gov. Rick Scott for re-appointment.

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Kathy Kino has been helping people during some of their most vulnerable times since she began volunteering at a hospital when she was 13. She worked as a trauma nurse and a hospital chaplain for more than 15 years, and now she’s a nursing professor.

This is National Nurses Week, and Kino spoke with WLRN about how becoming a patient herself changed the way she thinks about her profession:

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COMMENTARY

Is the presidential candidate who threw promises to Little Haiti throwing a dragnet over it now that he’s President?

Candidate Donald Trump pledged to Haitian-American voters here that he’d be their “greatest champion.” But the Associated Press reports the Trump Administration is fishing for criminals among Haitian immigrants – specifically the 50,000 Haitians living in the U.S. under Temporary Protected Status, or TPS.

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Gerry Realin wishes he had never become a police officer.

Realin was part of the Hazmat team that responded to the Pulse night club shooting in Orlando. He spent four hours taking care of the dead inside the club. Now, triggers like a sharpie marker or a white sheet yank him out of the moment and back to Pulse.

The slightest thing enrages him or makes him sad.

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