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3:15 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Gov. Rick Scott's Stock In Oil Company Angers Environmentalists

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A few environmental groups in Florida want Gov. Rick Scott out of office due to his involvement in oil stocks.

Scott has a growing stock in an oil company involved in drilling in Collier County, and in 2011 he invested $135,000 in Schlumberger Limited, one of the biggest oil service companies in the world.  

Schlumberger Limited is involved in drilling near the Everglades. Environmental groups including the Sierra Club oppose the drilling.

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Politics
3:05 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Could Jeb Bush's Views On Immigration Cost Him A Presidential Primary?

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.
Credit Miami Herald

Some conservatives say the recent primary loss of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) shows a Republican like former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush cannot win a presidential primary because of his views on immigration. Bush and another Florida politician hoping for the presidency are taking very different approaches to the issue.

As the dust settles on Cantor's stunning primary loss, some analysts say he was ousted because he was seen as a Washington insider. Others say Virginia’s open primary allowed Democrats and independents to sabotage his race.

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College
2:50 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

FAU To Start College Boot Camp To Improve Graduation Rates

Florida Atlantic University hopes to improve its graduation rates in order to collect.
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Florida Atlantic University has struggled recently with low graduation rates. To improve these numbers, the school is starting the JumpStart program, a college boot camp for students who might look like risky bets for graduating.

JumpStart grants students a conditional acceptance. They take two or three regular courses, and those who do well are officially accepted into the school.

Those who don’t make the grade get the experience, and their less-than-stellar GPA doesn’t follow them or FAU around.

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Norman Van Aken's A Word On Food
2:29 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

The Foods Of India

Click play to hear this week's edition of A Word On Food. Airdate: June 7, 2014.

‘A Word on Food’ is done with words of course. Where would I be without them? Our blonde-haired, blue-eyed granddaughter Audrey is not yet two yet she is teaching me to try more communication...

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Treasure Hunt
11:55 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Marketing Group Hiding Free Cash Throughout South Florida

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The money was hidden at the hospital where Elton Aguilera was born. He and a friend drove over. Once they parked, they ran. "My heart was pounding," he recalls. "I was sweating. Just the excitement, the adrenaline." Not long after, he found a white envelope taped to a fence. It had $50 inside.

Instructions on the envelope encouraged him to take a selfie with the winnings and to follow In South Florida, a local online marketing group.

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Sports
6:50 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

For South Floridian Soccer Fans, The World Cup Is About Unity

Silvina di Pietro, 24, is a big soccer fan. She is cheering for her country Argentina during the World Cup.
Credit Constanza Gallardo / WLRN

 

For Silvina Di Pietro cheering for her national team is one of the best ways to support her country.  

Di Pietro was born in Argentina but moved to South Florida 14 years ago. She still supports her birth country's team, especially during the World Cup.

“Argentina is one of the most beloved, devoted people that love soccer,” she says. “For us it's like a religion."

She says soccer is the world’s No. 1 sport, and the best thing about it is it brings people together.  

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Voto Latino
5:05 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Conference Highlights Hispanic Millennials' Voting Power

Participants used photos and social media to promote Voto Latino's message on civic engagement.
Constanza Gallardo

This past weekend, a Voto Latino Power Summit was held at Florida International University, the first such summit in Miami for the first time. The summit had workshops and networking opportunities with different professionals in South Florida and the country.

Voto Latino is a nonpartisan organization that looks to connect with Latino Millennials across the country.

Leadership, advocacy and technology were three themes geared to get participants civically engaged in their communities

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Politics
4:16 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

How Did The Legislature Do On Water Issues This Session?

Rainbow Springs in northern Florida
Credit Florida Trend

According to a panel discussion last Friday, the Florida Legislature did a fair job handling water issues this year. 

Legislators gave millions of dollars for Everglades restoration projects, drinking-water issues and lake clean-ups.

The Arthur R. Marshall Foundation for The Everglades, the League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County and Oxbridge Academy hosted the discussion.

Todd Bonlarron handles legislative affairs for Palm Beach County. He says the one thing the Legislature didn’t pay enough attention to was the more than 900 Florida springs.

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Medical Marijuana
3:31 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Gov. Rick Scott Signs Bill Legalizing Charlotte's Web

Gov. Rick Scott signed off on Charlotte's Web legislation.
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A Florida bill legalizing Charlotte's Web, a strain of low-THC marijuana used to treat severe illnesses in children, was approved today by Gov. Rick Scott. 

Advocates say Charlotte's Web benefits children who suffer from a number of chronic medical conditions, particularly epilepsy. 

"The approval of Charlotte’s Web will ensure that children in Florida who suffer from seizures and other debilitating illnesses will have the medication needed to improve their quality of life," Scott was quoted saying in a press release.

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Pérez Art Museum
3:16 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Museum Park In Downtown Miami Opens To Public

A view of downtown Miami's new park
Credit Carla Javier / WLRN

Museum Park opened to the public Saturday afternoon. 

The new space, bordered by the Pérez Art Museum and the Frost Museum of Science, features palm trees, sandy spots, and large open fields of grass.

It cost $40 million to build so far. Future plans include a children's garden and space for a restaurant.

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Colombia
1:49 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

President Santos Is Colombia's Comeback Kid, Wins Re-Election

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos at the University of Miami last December.
Credit C.M. Guerrero / El Nuevo Herald

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos is back from the brink. Polls had indicated he could lose his re-election bid in Sunday’s presidential run-off vote. But he won another four years in office – and that also breathes new life into Colombia's peace process.

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Marijuana
1:40 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Jamaica Decriminalizes Marijuana: Is This A Hemispheric Trend?

A Jamaican man tends his marijuana crop.
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First Uruguay, now Jamaica. Last week, the Caribbean island became the western hemisphere’s second country to make marijuana possession OK. Is this a trend?

Ganja, as Jamaicans call marijuana, has long been part of their culture. The island’s Rastafarian religious movement promotes it as a means of enlightenment. Still, marijuana has been illegal there. Now Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller says Jamaica will decriminalize small amounts of ganja – up to 57 grams, or 2 ounces. Other Caribbean governments look poised to follow suit.

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LGBT Rights
1:34 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Miami Beach Will Offer Transgender Benefits This Fall

Miami Beach joins a small group of just 5 percent of cities across the country that offer transgender benefits.
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The City of Miami Beach will be the first in the state to offer transgender benefits to city employees, starting this October. The Commission voted unanimously last Wednesday to offer the coverage.

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Transportation
12:43 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

City Red-Light Camera Programs Bypass State Laws

Credit Miami Herald

  Since 2008, many South Florida residents have experienced the horror of finding surprise red-light ticket violations in their mailboxes. These violations are the result of red-light cameras, which were originally installed by cities as a so-called “safety precaution.” Fines for these tickets can come to as much as $200.

But, if any of these fines were obtained from 2008 to July 2010, many South Floridians may be getting a refund.

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Transportation
12:39 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

County Commissioners Talk Taxis, Uber And Lyft

Credit Miami Herald

The Board of County Commissioner’s transportation and aviation committee met this week to talk taxis, Uber and Lyft. The ride-sharing apps have been facing resistance from the taxi industry and some county commissioners.

“I have a problem with companies coming into the area and setting up shop when they’ve been told that what they’re doing is illegal,” said Dennis Moss, chairman of the committee.

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