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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
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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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. 

John O'Connor / WLRN

Florida just completed the first year of one of the biggest experiments in U.S. education.

For the first time this year, every grade in every public school used new math and language arts standards that outline what students should know each year. The goal to have is high school graduates who are ready for college-level classes or the full-time work force.

School district and state leaders generally support the switch. Teacher and parent opinions differ about whether the new standards are an improvement.

In ‘Climate Change’ Controversy, A Tale Of Two Agencies

Jun 19, 2015
Tim Donovan / Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has a steering committee to address climate change. The commission maintains computer modeling programs that show how climate change will affect water and land crucial to wildlife. It holds regular seminars to educate staff on the latest climate science.

On its website, the commission has a “Climate Change 101” page that addresses key challenges the state faces.

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Today on the Florida Roundup, Jeb Bush officially enters the race for the White House. How will he compete with Marco Rubio for the Hispanic vote in Florida?

Protestors in Little Haiti called on the president to take action on a Dominican Republic court ruling which may lead to mass deportation of Haitians living there.

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