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11:00 am
Tue October 1, 2013

How Broward Teens Make Hospital Stays Less Confusing For Seniors

Volunteer Madison Herin hopes to become a doctor one day.
Marva Hinton

This summer Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale expanded a volunteer program that brings teenagers and older patients together.

It’s designed to help the patients avoid delirium,  a common condition that can make hospital stays unpleasant and even frightening.

During a typical day for  volunteers in the Tender Loving Care-Advanced program, they fan out into patient rooms bringing cards, magazines, dice, books and newspapers.

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The Sunshine Economy
8:17 am
Tue October 1, 2013

The Sunshine Economy: Obamacare Comes To South Florida

Credit Tom Hudson

Click the play button above and listen to WLRN's hour-long special, "The Sunshine Economy: Obamacare Comes To South Florida," with host Tom Hudson. The episode is part of an ongoing series examining key industries of the South Florida economy. Shows air Mondays at 9:00 a.m. on 91.3 FM.

These are the faces of the uninsured in South Florida. Eddie Escobar, Kwami Livingston and Jersey Garcia (left to right) are three of the more than one million people under the age of 65 in the counties of Miami-Dade and Broward who are living without health insurance.

Beginning Tuesday, they will be able to shop for health coverage and possibly qualify for a tax credit in order to meet the individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which goes into effect next year.

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Politics
8:15 am
Tue October 1, 2013

A Look At The Impact Of The U.S. Shutdown On South Florida

Social Security checks will still be mailed and the exchanges that are central to the the new health care law will still kick into gear Tuesday. But an estimated 800,000 federal employees are being told they can't work because the politicians haven't been able to agree on a way to fund the government.
Credit Fang Zhe /Xinhua/Landov

Much of South Florida may not notice that large parts of the federal government shut down early Tuesday, but Washington’s budget stalemate promises to bring a list of challenges for the region.

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Law
6:00 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Florida's Texting While Driving Ban Takes Effect Amid New Effort To Strengthen It

Despite the new ban on texting while driving, some say the law lacks real teeth.
Credit Creative Commons via Wikipedia User Ed Brown

Florida's new law banning texting while driving went into effect on October 1.

Governor Rick Scott signed SB 52 into law back in May, making Florida the 41st state to ban texting while driving. To some, though, the law does not go far enough.

The brunt of the new law is meant to deter drivers from sending or reading text messages. But it bans pretty much anything that requires "manually typing or entering multiple letters, numbers, symbols, or other characters." So no emailing, searching the Internet, or dialing a phone number.

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Business
11:20 am
Mon September 30, 2013

More Than 7 Months After Triumph Fire, Carnival Tries To Correct Course

CEO Arnold Donald of Carnival Corp is the new CEO in the post-Triumph, post-Micky Arison-as-CEO era. He faces the issues rehabilitating it's image and getting customers and travel agents back on its side.
Credit C.W. Griffin / Miami Herald Staff

Smiling children wave. A happy couple dances by the pool. Family members play miniature golf with a view of the ocean, and a man asks a woman to be his wife. There are sunsets, kisses and giant ships serving as backgrounds for vacation snapshots.

“We never forget the moments that matter,” a woman’s voice says. “We hang them on our walls. We share them with everyone we know and hold on to them forever.”

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Health Care
11:14 am
Mon September 30, 2013

South Florida Insurance Rates Will Be Among Lowest In State, Report Says

With more Affordable Care Act health insurance prices available, Broward County residents look to pay the least in the state.
Credit Carl Juste / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

Miami-Dade and Broward County residents who buy health insurance through federally run online marketplaces opening Tuesday will be paying some of the cheapest rates available in Florida, according to federal data released Wednesday.  

A report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services shows how many insurance issuers will be offering plans in each county, what tiers those plans will be on and how much the average resident would pay before tax credits in certain tiers.

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Transportation
10:50 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Florida's New Texting While Driving Ban Takes Effect Oct. 1

Experts say that texting while driving makes you 23 times more likely to get into an accident.
Credit IntelFreePress/Flickr

It's official. No more texting and driving in the state of Florida.

Gov. Rick Scott was in South Florida on Tuesday to sign SB 52, legislation championed by Sen. Nancy Detert (R-Venice) for the last four years. 

Under the new law, Florida will join a large majority of states in prohibiting texting while driving. As a secondary offense, however, drivers must be stopped for a separate alleged traffic violation before being ticketed for texting while driving. 

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Health Care
7:56 am
Mon September 30, 2013

What You Need To Know About The New Affordable Care Act Marketplace

The new Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, requires most people to get health insurance or pay a fine.

The Affordable Care Act Marketplace opens October 1. Despite considerable opposition from some residents and lawmakers, Floridians will be able to shop online for health insurance and compare rates for different levels of coverage.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) – also known as Obamacare - is for people who don’t have health insurance or those who buy insurance on their own instead of getting coverage through an employer.

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City Planning
6:00 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Why Renaming A Street After A Local Black Hero Scares One Fort Lauderdale Neighborhood

African-American men gather outside a Fort Lauderdale store, circa 1940. During segregation, blacks lived west of the railroad tracks and were forbidden from crossing to the east side after dark.
Credit African-American Research Library and Cultural Center

In every major city, there's at least one street sign that tells black folks they're in the right place, but tells white folks that they probably took a wrong turn.

For decades in Fort Lauderdale, one of those signs has read Sistrunk Boulevard.

The boulevard, which runs through the city’s historically black business district, is currently at the center of a contentious debate between two communities.

And the dispute is raising questions about what it takes for a neighborhood with a troubled past to rehabilitate its image.

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Norman Van Aken's A Word On Food
8:00 am
Sat September 28, 2013

Eau de Philly: Sweet Bacalao

Click the play button above to hear the radio version of this post.

The rising spring sun played tag with a retreating winter wind on the stony streets of a South Philadelphia morning. Our cab driver was taking us from the genteel hum of a Four Seasons Hotel to the airport for our return to Miami. He seemed to be taking a shortcut not many would know. We were meandering through the narrow streets of a residential section. I spoke up over the squawk of his radio, “Hey, my friend. What part of town is this?!” The cabbie, a smiling Haitian man said, “Yes. This is the Italian Market area.”

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Campaign Finance
6:21 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Seminole Tribe, U.S. Sugar Among Big Donors To Gov. Scott Re-Election Committee

Governor Rick Scott
Credit Flickr

It's been a big month so far for the political committee amassing a war chest for Gov. Rick Scott's re-election bid.

The Seminole Tribe of Florida, approaching an end to a key part of its exclusive gambling compact with the state, dropped $500,000 into the Tallahassee-based "Let's Get to Work" committee earlier this month, while United States Sugar Corporation added another $100,000 this week.

The money is just some of the $2.31 million that has poured into the political committee since the start of the month. For the year, the committee has picked up $11.9 million.

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Americas
11:00 am
Fri September 27, 2013

How Miami (And The U.S.) Are Becoming Latin America

A homeless man in Miami.
Credit Surrender Ministries

There's an old joke about Miami: Latin Americans love to visit the city because it's so close to the United States.

Then there’s the chestnut about Miami being the capital of Latin America. Or, Miami is Latin America where the phones work. And so on.

The point is, Miami takes pride in saying, We are Latin America as much as we are America. And that’s a good thing.

Except when it’s not.

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The Florida Roundup
9:00 am
Fri September 27, 2013

The Florida Roundup: Obamacare, Common Core And Capriles

 

Florida led the fight against Obamacare, but open enrollment for new health insurance exchanges begins next week in Florida.  

But with the federal government running the exchanges, have Florida leaders divorced themselves from the national health plan?

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Environment
7:40 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Hunt Is On For Tegu Lizards In South Florida

Jake Edwards, a non-native wildlife technician for Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, holds a young tegu lizard.
Credit Emily Michot / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

The Argentine tegu lizard doesn’t grow nearly as big as a Burmese python but it may be a greater threat to South Florida’s native animals.

At a maximum size of four feet, a tegu can’t gobble down a full-grown deer or alligator with its rapier-sharp teeth. But the invasive, black and white reptiles have the potential to cause even more ecological damage than the 18-foot snakes that have drawn international media attention in recent years. And now, scientists say, it’s too late to eradicate them.

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Politics
7:12 am
Fri September 27, 2013

New Miami Budget Includes More Money For Police

City of Miami commissioners finalized a budget Thursday evening, for a total of $524 million. One of the stickier points concerned police officers – from how many should patrol city streets to how much they should be paid.

RELATED: Why The City Of Miami Finds It Hard To Hire New Cops

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