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11:39 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Miami Artist Captures Concerts In Drawings

Brian Butler attended and sketched the 2015 International Noise Conference performances at Churchill's Pub.
Photo Courtesy of Brian Butler

In a crowd of concertgoers hidden in the shadows of a dimly lit venue, one man can’t help but stand out. Equipped with a pen and sketchbook, Brian Butler regularly claims a post near the many stages he comes across, ready to capture the diverse environments around him. 

Butler, originally a Massachusetts native and a Massachusetts College of Art and Design graduate, moved down to Miami about five years ago. He cites having seen rock legend Iggy Pop perform on the beach during Art Basel as part of the motivation for this move.

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News
11:17 am
Fri February 13, 2015

U.S. Customs And Border Protection Inspect Flower Shipments Before Valentine's Day

Flower shipments are inspected at LAN Cargo's facility for pests and plant diseases.
Credit Junette Reyes / WLRN

Miami International Airport is acting Cupid as Valentine’s Day approaches, receiving and shipping over 90 percent of flowers imported to the United States.

The overwhelming number of flower shipments from South America and other regions bring up concerns of pests and plant diseases for the nation’s agricultural and floral industries.

Together, the Miami-Dade Aviation Department, LAN Cargo, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection go through an annual inspection process to prevent the industries from being harmed.

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The Florida Roundup
10:53 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Florida Roundup: Could 2015 Be Florida's Year For Medicaid Expansion?

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In gearing up for a potential presidential bid, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush talked education at a summit in Tallahassee.

With the intention of releasing his emails from his time as Florida's governor, Bush also released some Floridians' personal information like Social Security numbers. 

Miami-Dade legislators say Florida may finally be expanding Medicaid this year.

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Police
7:29 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

Miramar Police Department's Oldest Dog, Mac, Retires

Officer Mac is an 11-year-old Belgian Malinois. He's retiring from Miramar Police Department after 10 years of service.
Credit Jessica Meszaros / WLRN

Officer Mac, the dog, of Miramar Police Department is retiring after 10 years. He's an 11-year-old Belgian Malinois, making him the oldest of the department's six dogs. Police dogs, on average, serve between six to eight years. A retirement ceremony was held for Mac Thursday morning at the Youth Enrichment Center in Miramar.

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Bloodline
4:59 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

New TV Series Gets Blood Racing in the Keys

"Bloodline" was filmed in and is set in the Florida Keys. It starts streaming on Netflix March 20.
Credit IMDB

South Florida got its first look this week at the latest TV show to film in the area.

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News
4:45 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

AAA Survey: We Don't Like Distracted Driving, But We Do It Anyway

AAA says about 5,000 people in the U.S. are killed in distracted driving crashes each year.
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Drivers spend more than half their time focused on something other than driving, according to a new survey that shows we know it’s bad to drive while distracted but do it anyway.

Drivers admit they regularly speed and use their smartphones. They also play with the radio, program the GPS and drive while sleepy.

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Opinion
1:35 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

Latin America Needs To Be Institutionalized. Seriously

John Oliver ripping into Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa this week on HBO's "Last Week Tonight."
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Kudos to British comedian John Oliver for his hilarious smackdown of Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa this week.

The host of HBO’s satirical “Last Week Tonight” skewered – impaled, really – Correa and his juvenile social media war against anyone who dares criticize him. Oliver told the infamously thin-skinned presidente to “stop Googling yourself” and advised him that “being a world leader might not be for you.”

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Health Care
6:09 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Miami's Importance To Obamacare

South Florida is home to the highest number of people signing up for Obamacare.

With just one week before the open enrollment period ends, more than 660,000 people in South Florida have gotten health insurance plans through Healthcare.gov.

Almost one out of every two Floridians enrolling are from the Miami - Ft. Lauderdale - Palm Beach region. It's more than the next two metropolitan areas combined, making South Florida prime territory for the Affordable Care Act.

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Education
5:59 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Proposed Testing-Time Limit Might Not Reduce Testing Time

Florida lawmakers want to limit the amount of time students spend testing.
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A proposal to limit students to 45 hours of testing a year is unlikely to reduce the amount of time spent on exams, according to a survey of Florida's largest school districts.

Districts say they don't currently track the time individual students spend on testing.

Calculating the number is complicated. The amount of testing varies by a student's grade, the classes he or she is taking and other factors, such as whether the student is learning English or receives extra time to accommodate a disability.

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Politics
5:08 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Jeb Bush Email Release Includes Addresses And Social Security Numbers

Jeb Bush released thousands of email records from his days as Florida governor as he plans a run for president.
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Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush is considering a run for the White House. So he released 250,000 emails this week from his time as governor.

But Bush’s desire to be transparent may cause trouble for some of his former constituents.

Social security numbers have turned up in some of the newly released documents. Bush told reporters in Tallahassee the state was supposed to cover up such personal information.

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City Government
4:31 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Fort Lauderdale Mayor's Re-Election Sign Of A Storm Passed?

Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler was re-elected to his post for a third term.
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Fort Lauderdale will not be getting a new mayor this year. Two-term incumbent Jack Seiler has won his third, and final, three-year term in office.

His landslide victory, with 71 percent of the vote, may mean a media storm has passed for Seiler.

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Health Care
11:31 am
Wed February 11, 2015

Florida Senate Bill Would Allow Non-Doctors To Prescribe "Controlled Substances"

THE NURSE PRACTITIONER WILL SEE YOU NOW NPs and physician assistants may soon have the same prescribing authority as doctors.
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Florida legislators this year may expand the prescribing authority of physician assistants and nurse practitioners to include controlled substances. The move responds to Florida's reported doctor shortage and its developing flood of patients with new Obamacare health policies.

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Budget
11:11 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

Obama's Budget Sparks Debate Among Florida Lawmakers

An undated photo of President Obama. Florida lawmakers in the House and Senate have some issues with the president's latest budget.
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Budgets are said to embody values, and President Barack Obama’s budget surely shows his legislative values. The $3.9 trillion budget would levy new taxes on the wealthiest Americans to pay for things to help low and middle income families, like free community college.

That’s not sitting well with Republicans in the region. South Florida Congressman Carlos Curbelo says it’s a political document.

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Jeb
6:01 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

Jeb Bush Defends Education Record At Tallahassee Summit

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush answered questions at a Tallahassee education summit Tuesday.
Credit Miami Herald

Former Gov. Jeb Bush defended his record on education at a Tallahassee education summit Tuesday, taking on testing, unions and school choice.

But Bush didn't mention Common Core -- the politically caustic multi-state math and language arts standards for which he has been a chief cheerleader. Bush is a possible 2016 Republican presidential candidate, and many conservatives worry the standards will mean a loss of local control over what's taught in schools.

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Health
2:53 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

Deadline Approaches To Sign Up For Health Insurance Marketplace

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As the Feb 15 deadline nears to enroll in the Health Insurance Marketplace, official reports show more than a million Floridians have signed up  with an overwhelming majority qualifying for tax credits.

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services is highlighting the affordability of the Affordable Health Care Act while last minute stragglers weigh their  options.

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