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Miami's Middle Class
3:33 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Report: Miami Is Unaffordable Because People Aren't Making Enough Money

Miami is the least affordable city in the U.S. because people aren't getting paid enough.
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According to a report released this week from the Center for Housing Policy and the Center for Neighborhood Technology, Miami is the least affordable metropolitan area for middle class Americans.

And it's not because Miami is more expensive-- it's because the middle class here isn't making enough money compared to other big cities.

This week's study highlighted the cost of housing and transportation in major metropolitan areas-- but in relation to household incomes.

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Arts
3:07 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

The Bells Of Bok Tower: New Carillonneur Named At National Landmark

Steve Newborn/WUSF

The bell tower at Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales, Fla., is a national historic landmark. The tower has one of the world's finest carillons-- an instrument made up of 60 bells.

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Politics
2:39 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Gov. Scott On Race-Based Scoring: ‘We Should Have High Standards For Everybody'

The State Board of Education strategic plan utilizes race-based scoring to help close the achievement gap.
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Gov. Rick Scott wants the State Board of Education to change its plan to set passing scores based on a student’s race. But he isn’t saying what the board should do to alter the plan.

Every child should be performing on grade level in subjects like math and reading, Scott says. “I mean, I learn differently than other people learn, but I do know that all children can learn,” Scott says, “and we should expect we should have high standards for everybody.”

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Airport Security
2:39 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Nightline Showcases Miami International Airport Security

MIA security shows off their training to ABC News.
ABC News

ABC's Nightline profiled Miami International Airport's security this week. 

The news show talked to security personnel at MIA about what they see in the airport day to day and the extensive amount of people, dogs and machinery used to keep the airport safe.

In true Miami fashion, security personnel mentioned that in their time working at MIA they have witnessed people smuggling birds, body parts and even human fetuses (which are used as part of a Haitian ritual) in their luggage.

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Live Video Stream: The Florida Roundup
11:50 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Live Video Stream: The Florida Roundup Presidential Debate Special At Lynn University

Streaming The Florida Roundup Presidential Debate Special live from Lynn University!

Host Phil Latzman, along with a panel of journalists and political thinkers are discussing U.S. foreign policy - the subject of the presidential debate - as well as other issues important to Florida voters in this election.

Panel members include:

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The Florida Roundup
11:46 am
Fri October 19, 2012

LIVE BLOG: Florida Roundup Pre-Debate Special At Lynn University

Photo from the Florida Roundup pre-debate special at Lynn University
Deb Acosta WLRN-Miami Herald News

There's one more presidential debate left and the political party starts today at noon.  Join us for a live, two-hour, pre-debate special from Lynn University. We'll be tweeting, blogging and live-streaming the whole event.

Host Phil Latzman along with a panel of journalists and political thinkers will discuss U.S. foreign policy - the subject of the presidential debate - as well as other issues important to Florida voters in this election.

Tweet us @WLRN, #LynnDebate to give us your input on the conversation.

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Presidential Debate Special
11:39 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Live Chat: WLRN's Florida Roundup Presidential Debate Special From Lynn University

Follow the chatter around our Florida Roundup Presidential Special LIVE from Lynn University in Boca Raton!

Join in the conversation by tweeting to us with hashtag #lynndebate

News
11:32 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Florida Jobs Numbers Improve Slightly

Attendees at a job fair.
Thompson Rivers (flickr)

The September jobs numbers are out for Florida and the news is somewhat better statewide. Seasonally adjusted, unemployment dropped to 8.7 percent which is down 0.1 percentage point from August.

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Arts
8:40 am
Fri October 19, 2012

For The First Time In 27 Years, Miami City Ballet Performs With New Artistic Director

Lourdes Lopez looks out over the stage at the Arsht Center during a rehearsal.
Arianna Prothero

It’s opening night for the Miami City Ballet.

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Listen to WLRN Miami Herald News
6:40 am
Fri October 19, 2012

NEWSCAST: Rick Scott and Charlie Crist Are Busy On The Campaign Trail

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In the final weeks of the presidential campaign, Florida's 29 electoral votes are coveted by both sides. That's why Governor Rick Scott and former Governor Charlie Crist are both busy on the campaign trail in Florida, even though neither one of them will be on the ballot next month.

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Taxes
6:23 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

How Strict New Tax Rules Could Affect Florida

Opponents of Amendment 3 say restricting how much money the state can bring in will hurt Floridians.
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Amendment 3 on Florida’s ballot this year, if passed, will change how the state figures out how much money it can collect in taxes.

Opponents all over the state, however, say this one change could lead to massive cuts in state services such as health care and education.

How Amendment Three Works

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News
6:20 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

160 Florida Men Named In Boy Scouts' Documents Stemming From Sex Abuse Case

Boy Scouts' 'Pervision Files' Released.
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At least 160 Florida men are on the list of  1,247 former Boy Scout leaders and volunteers accused of sexually abusing young scouts from the years between 19-65 and 19-85.

The information comes out of a lawsuit filed in Oregon by a firm that won an $18 million dollar judgment against the Boy Scouts two years ago.

Oregon Public Radio also pressed for the release of the documents.

Lawyers in that case say the Boy Scouts of America kept careful records of the suspects and allegations by flagging them as "ineligible to volunteer."

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The Florida Supreme Court
5:34 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Debate: Will Amendment 5 Politicize Florida's Highest Court?

Some say Amendment 5 will make the Florida Supreme Court less impartial.
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In 2011, the Florida Legislature set out to restructure the Florida Supreme Court.

Even though that effort failed, Republican Lawmakers did get a proposal for big changes onto this year’s ballot.

However, some say this effort could politicize and change the face of Florida’s highest court.

Will New Rules Make Florida's Highest Court Less Impartial?

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Campaign Money
5:17 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Allen West Is Still Raising More Money Than Anyone Else In The House

Allen West is raising more money than anyone else in the House.
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U.S. Rep. Allen West, who is famous for his confrontational Tea Party politics, has been dominating this year in terms of fundraising.

He is not only out raising his opponent, Patrick Murphy, by leaps and bounds-- but he is raising more money than anyone else running for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The Washington Post recently profiled Romney's biggest company donor, which is a Philadelphia-based orthopedic clinic. They also included some of the big money raisers in the country right now. At the top of that list happens to West.

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Boy Scout Sex Abuse
3:58 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Scores Of Floridians Named In Boy Scout 'Perversion Files'

Perversion Files: Accusations are laid out in 20,000 documents.
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The Boy Scouts' "perversion files" have been released and the names of at least 160 Floridians are among the 1,000 former Boy Scout leaders and volunteers accused of sexually abusing Boy Scouts between 1965 and 1985.

Lawyers involved in the case say the Boy Scouts of America kept careful records of the suspects and allegations but never reported them to authorities.  Many were flagged as "ineligible to volunteer." 

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