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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
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“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).

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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.

Love Krittaya

At the start of the school day, Rory Feinberg says "all anyone talks about is how tired they are."

Logan Riely, TNS

  This week on The Florida Roundup

The number of confirmed locally transmitted Zika cases continued rising this week. As of Thursday, the count was up to 25, but the ‘Zika zone’ in Wynwood shrunk by a few blocks. The fight against the virus has sparked health worries, for sure, as it has also brought criticism that health officials and mosquito control efforts were caught flat-footed despite months of warnings.

Listen here: 

Fernando Llano / AP via Miami Herald

For the past year, the border between Venezuela and Colombia has effectively been closed. That’s only worsened the suffering of Venezuelans who can’t find enough food and medicine inside their collapsing economy. But relief may be coming tomorrow.

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro shut down his country’s western border last year for what he called “security reasons.” Critics said he was just trying to deflect attention from his catastrophic mismanagement of Venezuela’s economy – which has led to severe shortages of basic goods.

Nadege Green

A delegation for Hillary Clinton met in Miami’s Liberty City neighborhood Friday to talk about gun violence.

 

Among the speakers were former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona; her husband,  retired NASA astronaut  Mark Kelly, and South Florida Congresswoman Frederica Wilson. 

 

The group met in a closed-door meeting with community members who have been impacted by gun violence.

 

Miami Herald

The Miami Herald's Howard Cohen often  gets to share the stories of regular Miamians through an obituary. His most recent piece looks at Myriam Correa-Sherman, one of the first Hispanics to receive a heart transplant at Jackson Memorial Hospital back in 1991. The gift she received inspired her to dedicate the rest of her life to raising awareness in the Hispanic community about the importance of donating organs. 

Here is what Cohen had to say about Myriam Correa-Sherman's story: 

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