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7:57 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Florida Gubernatorial Candidates Take Digs At Competitors

Polls show Gov. Rick Scott trailing Democratic challenger and former Gov. Charlie Crist in a head to head race.
Credit Florida Governor's Office

Gloves are off in the race for Florida governor. The three top candidates for the office met with reporters in Tallahassee Wednesday, and all took verbal shots at their competitors.

Gov. Rick Scott was the first speaker at the annual meeting hosted by the Associated Press. He announced his fourth budget recommendation as governor. It’ll be his last unless he is re-elected.

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The End of the Road
7:46 am
Mon February 3, 2014

I-95's Narrow Shoulders And Speeding Cars Problematic For FHP

Credit By Jeffrey Katz, courtesy FDOT

The 95 Express Project has gotten traffic moving. Sometimes, arguably, moving too well.

FDOT numbers show that the average speed of express lane traffic during the majority of the day is between 64 and 66 MPH. That means the “average” car during those times is speeding by as much as 11 MPH.

The speed limit, which is the same for both the express lanes and the general purpose lanes, is either 55 MPH or 60 MPH depending on where you are.

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Memory Toast
8:00 am
Sat February 1, 2014

A Word On Food: Cinnamon

Click the play button above to hear the radio version of this post by Norman Van Aken.

The way my mother taught me to make cinnamon toast was to start with raisin bread and toast it to perfection.

She might have timed it by how long it took her to jump into her waitress work uniform before slathering it with rich and creamy Wisconsin sweet butter. Then she sprinkled a combination of sugar and cinnamon out of our plastic, yellow  ‘baseball player’ figurine bottle that was covered with wax paper tucked under a red metal lid tha t doubled as the faux baseball boy’s ‘cap’. She usually slathered enough butter on the toast so that the cinnamon and sugar mix slide over the top of it like grains of sand dancing in the ebb of an ocean wave.

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StateImpact Florida
3:42 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

How Florida Lawmakers Want To Help Schools Get Ready For Digital Lesson

Sarasota County schools partnered with the Gulf Coast Community Foundation to upgrade middle school math and science classrooms.
Credit John O'Connor

Florida schools could get more money to upgrade classrooms, purchase new computers, tablets and other technology and train teachers and staff how to use them.

But they'll have to meet new goals set by the Florida Department of Education, submit annual technology plans and document how they're spending the money.

That's according to a bill supported by House Speaker Will Weatherford and Senate Education committee chairman John Legg. The two Tampa Bay-area Republicans introduced the bill Friday.

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Riders On the Road
3:16 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Here Is Tonight's Critical Mass Map And Info

Commuters beware: Critical Mass Miami will hold its monthly bike ride throughout the city tonight. 

Riders will meet at 6:30 p.m. at Government Center downtown and the ride will end at The Filling Station Express on Northwest First Avenue. The 13-mile ride will pass through several neighborhoods, including Little Havana and the Miracle Mile in Coral Gables. See the map below for the complete route.

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Human Trafficking
2:04 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

For Sex Slaves And Forced Laborers, Trafficking Trail Leads To South Florida

LIVES IN BONDAGE: According to best estimates, 27 million people are held in slavery around the world.
Credit Imagens Evangélicas

A day-long conference on human trafficking at Broward College on Thursday was an opportunity for experts in the field to shift the emphasis back to the bigger part of the problem. Many of the victims are girls and women who are captured and forced into prostitution but three times as many become slave laborers and many of those wind up in South Florida.

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The Florida Roundup
12:08 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Medical Marijuana Question Goes To Florida Voters This November

How might the medical marijuana ballot question affect voter turnout this fall?
Credit “Caveman Chuck” Coker / Creative Commons/Flickr

On The Florida Roundup: The Florida State Supreme Court allows a proposal to legalize medical marijuana to appear on the November ballot. We’ll see how that could affect the governor’s race.

Governor Rick Scott has a $72.4 billion dollar spending plan for the state: the biggest cut was to the state agency that runs the Medicaid program because the state won’t be receiving federal money under the Affordable Care Act. What will that mean for the approximately 3 million Medicaid recipients in Florida?

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DJ Mark Leventhal
8:26 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Popular Miami DJ's Family Pushes To Raise Healthcare Funds

Miami's Mark Leventhal is something of a legend in the local DJ community.

“He was the first guy to go from rock to hip-hop, from hip-hop to old school to a dance record," says Miami's DJ Affect. "He was actually one of the only DJs who was able to cross over from being a nightclub guy to the corporate side.”

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Miami Tech
8:26 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Cuban-American Programmers Build Vinyl-Collecting Social Network

Credit www.freedigitalphotos.net

Jose Pimienta and Osniel Gonzalez are vinyl aficionados. Growing up in Cuba, the childhood friends were surrounded by music, especially in vinyl and cassette format.

They wanted to share records -- and their love for them -- with the online community but soon found themselves swamped only with social media posts that were irrelevant to vinyl collecting.

Both Gonzalez and Pimienta have backgrounds in computer engineering so they decided to launch their own site based entirely on vinyl culture.

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Airs On WLRN CH 17 Fri., Jan. 31 Starting @ 8p
9:00 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

It's Drama Night! Circus, Dalziel & Pascoe, DCI Banks

DCI Banks

Friday nights are full of mystery and suspense on WLRN.

Starting at 8:00 p.m. on January 31, tune into Channel 17 for two of Britain’s most gripping crime series - DCI Banks and Dalziel & Pascoe -  then stay and watch Circus, a revealing peek into the character-filled world of a real-life traveling show:

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StateImpact Florida
7:47 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Three Questions: Jeb Bush On The State Of Common Core And Testing In Florida

Former Gov. Jeb Bush visited a Hialeah charter school for National School Choice Week.
Credit Sammy Mack / StateImpact Florida

Former Gov. Jeb Bush visited classrooms, observed students using their iPads, and took questions from a debate class at a high school in Hialeah this week.

His tour of the Latin Builders Association Construction & Business Management Academy high school — which is the first charter opened with a business association — was part of National School Choice Week.

Bush wrapped up the tour in the debate class by answering questions from journalists so the students could see how a press conference works.

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Tattoos Are Clues
7:26 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

How MIA Spots Human Traffickers And Their Victims

Credit freedigitalphotos.net

The Code Kristi program at Miami International Airport to spot human traffickers and their victims has been in place since 2012. It all came about when Ken Pyatt, the Deputy Director of Miami-Dade County's Aviation Department, and in charge of security, attended a fundraiser for Kristi House. Kristi House is the county's child-advocacy arm that focuses on getting help for sexually abused children. At the fundraiser was a young girl who once had been trafficked and exploited for sex. She described how she was be forced in and out of a

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Farm Bill
7:09 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Food Stamp Cuts Won't Hurt South Florida Too Badly

One of the first U.S. food stamps.
Credit Library of Congress

The U.S. House of Representative voted Wednesday to approve a new farm bill after a two-year standoff. It cuts $8 billion over the next decade from the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, also known as food stamps, but the brunt of those cuts won’t be felt in South Florida.

The food stamp program accounts for almost 80 percent of the current farm bill. With pressure to reduce spending, it was inevitable that the program would be scaled back.

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How Much Is Enough?
8:24 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Pay For Pretty Peppers -- Farmers Will Donate The Ugly Ones

For lower-income families, fresh produce can be prohibitively expensive.
Credit Wilson Sayre

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, one in seven South Floridians can't afford the food they need to stay healthy.

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Airs On WLRN CH 17 Thurs., Jan. 30 Starting @ 8p
8:12 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

A Night Of History! Ali, Nixon & The Sixties

American Experience: 1964

On Thursday nights, WLRN revisits key moments in history with powerful and compelling documentaries from South Florida, the United States and the world at large.

On January 30, Channel 17, relive – and reexamine - the pivotal events that shaped the Sixties through three documentaries that span the decade:

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