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There was a lot of celebration – and not a little hype – last week when JetBlue took the first U.S. commercial flight into Cuba in more than 50 years.

It was another big step in the normalization of U.S.-Cuba relations. But beneath all the airborne cheering is the grim reality that Cuba’s economic wings have been all but clipped. 

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Burmese pythons, lionfish, african land snails -- these are just a few of the invasive species considered threats to Florida ecosystems. And the fact that you really can't snuggle with serpent, a venomous fish or a disease-carrying mollusk perhaps makes them easier to eradicate.

But what does Florida do about a potential invader that's a little on the cute side?

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Health care prices are notoriously difficult to come by ahead of a procedure, but Jackson Health System in South Florida is experimenting with a new approach in price transparency.

Hospitals keep a list of what they charge for health care services—but if you have insurance, that charge may have nothing to do with what your insurance company has negotiated and what your out-of-pocket expenses would be.

What makes Jackson’s Care Quote different from a typical estimate is how it accounts for an individual’s insurance plan.

Monroe County Public Library

  Eighty years ago, hurricanes weren't given human names. So the storm that devastated the Upper Keys in 1935 is known simply by the day it swept across Islamorada: the Labor Day Hurricane.

Islamorada in 1935 was a small village of a few hundred people, scraping through the Depression growing Key limes and pineapples. The village was also the site of a camp for hundreds more: relief workers building a highway. Most of those workers were World War I veterans.

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As the first few weeks of school get underway, student supply lists in South Florida are sparking conversations, and in some cases, criticisms.

There are the usual requests: pencils, composition notebooks and bookbags. But as school budgets continue to shrink, teachers are also asking parents to supplement basic classroom items like copy paper, permanent markers and disinfectant wipes.

Natavia Davis saw some of these complaints play out on her Facebook feed with parents who have children in South Florida public schools.

Courtesy Daheli Hall

Daheli Hall, a Miami-raised actress and filmmaker, used her upbringing in the 3-0-5 to inspire a recent short film for Disney Channel.

Hall recently directed, The Exchange, a short film that largely centered around a Haitian-American family. Disney Channel debuted 12 short films for back-to-school that can be streamed on its website, YouTube and other mobile Disney platforms.

Fernando Llano AP

  This week, three batches of mosquitoes found in traps in Miami Beach tested positive for Zika. In another important development, the Florida Department of Health admitted  it may take longer for pregnant women to get their Zika test results back. WLRN’s health reporter Sammy Mack fills us in on the latest on the Zika epidemic in South Florida. 

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As Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager it’s Robby Mook’s job to hatch a strategy how she can win over voters in Florida, arguably the most important battleground state in the 2016 presidential election. He also has to tackle allegations that Clinton is corrupt and not trustworthy.  

In an interview with WLRN in Clinton’s Broward campaign headquarter in Fort Lauderdale, Robby Mook talks about the challenges of this emotional, polarized campaign. He lays out Clinton’s policy plans on immigration, job creation and on Cuba – and he blasts Donald Trump.

Associated Press

Early Friday Hurricane Hermine became the first such storm to make landfall in Florida in more than a decade. With damage across North Florida, Big Bend residents will be putting in lots of recover work during the Labor Day weekend.

FPREN

Tropical Storm Hermine may be headed out of Northeast Florida, but Meteorologist Jeff Huffman says tropical moisture will linger for a couple of days.

 

“That counter clockwise spin will keep those winds out of the south and west out of the Gulf of Mexico, and that will keep our rain chances elevated through Saturday, and some of that rain could be locally heavy, and it could occur at any time of day.”

He adds, the leftover spin from the exiting storm could also still produce a quick tornado, especially before 6 p.m. Friday.

Kate Stein / WLRN

Florida Department of Environmental Protection officials may have violated state law by failing to provide online public notice of a meeting for a draft permit.

A meeting that included a public comment period took place at 10 a.m. Thursday morning in Deerfield Beach to discuss a draft permit for a possible new injection well to store wastewater.

Florida wakes up to Hurricane Hermine

Sep 2, 2016
Associated Press

Hurricane Hermine roared ashore at 1:30 a.m. Friday near St. Marks in Florida’s Big Bend, pushing a storm surge that swamped the tiny town as it threatened deliver more water across North Florida.

Sustained winds topped 80 mph as the storm made landfall, but quickly slowed to about 70 mph. By 5 a.m., Hermine was located about 50 miles northeast of Tallahassee, moving at about 14 mph and expected to continue weakening, the National Hurricane Center reported.

Associated Press

How long does a pregnant woman have to wait to find out if she does or does not have the Zika virus?

 

A town hall in Miami on Thursday night made it clear the Florida Department of Health has been significantly understating the amount of time it takes.


Lisann Ramos

Our WLRN interns come to us from all over the country in hopes of dipping their toes in the radio reporting world. What they usually get is full immersion; into the many sights and sounds of South Florida's culture, quirks and food! This summer we were lucky enough to host four wonderful reporters from Tallahassee, Chicago and Miami. In their own words, they explain what it was like to get a taste of local living.  

Caitlin Switalski: Here You Never Have To Eat Alone

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  The lack of new film incentives in Florida hasn't stopped one movie production from shooting some of its scenes in the state.

"The Leisure Seeker," starring Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland, is set to shoot for several days in the keys later this month.

On Thursday, a casting call for extras drew Key Westers needed to play medical personnel, a wedding party and tourists.

There was no call for a parrot, but Mango was there anyway with her owners, Thane and Tami Gilliam.

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