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Florida Power & Light Company

The Public Service Commission last year approved Florida Power and Light's plan to go fracking for natural gas in Oklahoma.

Even then, it was clear the utility planned to charge Florida rate payers for the project in another state, and advocates at the Public Counsel's Office filed suit to stop it. The suit is pending, but now the PSC has voted again.

Nadege Green

Dozens of young black men streamed into Lou Rawls Center For The  Performing Arts at Florida Memorial University in Miami Gardens.

They came from all over Miami-Dade County to participate in the Victorious Boys Summit.

The three-day event highlights issues that affect black men, like absent fathers and crime. The nightly workshops include keynote speakers and breakout sessions for intimate conversations with the young men and mentors.

Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority

The Florida Keys rely on the state for help with big-ticket environmental projects like central sewers and buying land. The island chain is an Area of Critical State Concern and is under a state mandate to clean up nearshore waters by replacing septic systems and cesspits.

Friends of the Underline

Gov. Rick Scott's nearly half-billion dollars in budget vetoes this week included $2 million for the Underline, a park and bike and walking path planned for the space under the Metrorail tracks from Dadeland to Brickell.

That’s not deterring advocates of the park, though.

Nearly 200 people turned out last night to weigh in on preliminary designs for the park at a community meeting in Coconut Grove.

Virgin Cruises Set To Sail From Port Of Miami

Jun 23, 2015
Alexander Gonzalez / WLRN

It was a scene from something cooked up in a Hollywood film set: A black helicopter emerged from a cloud of red smoke, and inside the cockpit was Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group.

He landed outside the Pérez Art Museum Miami, where he announced that PortMiami will house the first ship from Virgin Cruises. It is expected to set sail in 2020.

“We have always loved Miami,” said Branson at a press conference held Tuesday. “And now it will partner with us for an even bigger role in our future.”

John O'Connor / WLRN

Gov. Rick Scott's budget veto list broke records Tuesday, and education projects weren't spared despite Scott's emphasis on K-12 funding this year.

In total, Scott vetoed $461.4 million from the now $78.7 billion spending plan. Scott signed the plan in private Tuesday and the budget takes effect July 1.

NOAA's National Ocean Service/Flickr

The invasion of lionfish throughout Florida waters is a challenge to native Florida wildlife and to the ecosystems where they live. The state has organized derbies and training sessions on how to catch — and cook the fish — which have no natural predators here.

Laura Marie Watson / Twitter

The Florida Supreme Court has ordered that Broward Circuit Judge Laura Marie Watson be removed from the bench, saying in an opinion that her actions as a practicing attorney were “fundamentally inconsistent” with the responsibilities of being a judge.



The ruling stems from allegations of professional misconduct by Judge Watson in a complex series of personal injury cases in 2002.

Miami Herald

The “cocaine cowboys” have come and gone, but their money laundering schemes have taken root and adapted.

In April, the U.S. Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) began special monitoring of about 700 Miami electronics exporters. The Geographic Targeting Order, GTO, was intended to help FinCEN learn more about a complicated process of legitimizing drug money known as trade-based money laundering.

While it’s a relatively new method of cleaning up dirty cash, the ultimate goal hasn’t changed: giving drug money a more palatable backstory.

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For six months, hundreds of Miami-Dade-based companies are under closer than usual scrutiny by financial cops.

The businesses export electronics from five ZIP codes surrounding Miami International Airport. In April, the U.S. Treasury Department's FinCEN (Financial Crimes Enforcement Network) bureau slapped an order on the companies to report more of their business dealings involving cash. 

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