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Turnpike Reopens After Sinkholes Repaired

Aug 28, 2016
CBS4, via Miami Herald

Holes may have sunk part of Florida's Turnpike, but at least they haven't sunk Monday's morning commute.

Emergency repairs concluded around 10 a.m. Sunday to fix two large holes that developed on the southbound turnpike near Northwest 199th Street and Hard Rock Stadium. Florida Department of Transportation officials say a broken water line caused initial depressions in the roadway to develop around 1 p.m. Saturday.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  While Florida Keys residents debate the use of genetically modified mosquitoes ahead of a November referendum, a new survey finds that a majority of Floridians supports the concept.

Evan Vucci AP / Miami Herald

GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump is being criticized for recent comments on immigration. Some news outlets have claimed he's flip flopped on his original hard stance on the topic. On CNN, he said there was no road to amnesty, contradicting comments made earlier in the week where he spoke about being open to the idea. 

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As South Florida voters go to the polls this week during early voting or at your precinct on election day Tuesday, you’ll see a bunch of judicial races listed on your ballot:

Miami-Dade 11th Judicial Circuit Judge Groups 9, 34, 52, 66 and 74;

Broward 17th Judicial Circuit Judge Groups 9, 15, 23 and 24

Palm Beach 15th Judicial Circuit Judge Groups 1 and 4

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Miami-Dade County Judge Groups 5, 7, 15 and 35

Monroe County Judge Group 3

Broward County Judge Groups 2, 3, 7, 8, 13, 14 and 21

Associated Press

 

The Food and Drug Administration wants all U.S. blood centers to start screening for Zika, a major expansion intended to protect the nation's blood supply from the mosquito-borne virus.

Friday's advisory means all U.S. states and territories will need to begin testing blood donations for Zika. Previously, the FDA had limited the requirement to Puerto Rico and two Florida counties.

Ready or not, South Florida, rain is coming.

Regardless of whether a tropical wave lurking offshore actually musters the strength to become a more fierce storm, forecasters say the region is in for a soggy, wet weekend, with possible flooding. Early Friday morning, the system continued to weaken as it encountered crippling wind shear. But forecasters say there’s still a chance it could find footing in warm waters over the Bahamas and make a powerful landfall in South Florida and the Keys.

 

Amanda Rabines

Teams from the Florida Health Department went door-to-door in South Beach, a known Zika "hot zone" in Miami-Dade County, Wednesday.

They were telling residents about the risks of Zika, while passing along Zika prevention kits and collecting urine samples from volunteers. 

Though media was invited to attend, the DOH field workers were caught off guard.

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You've been warned.
This is not a common story. This is a story that begins at night.
Many children are afraid of the night because
they think that when it is all dark, monsters and ghosts appear.
But that is not true.
The night is the night and nothing else.
The night is just the other side of the day.

Kate Stein / WLRN

As little kids, a lot of us lay awake imagining terrifying monsters that were coming for us. Monsters in our closets who'd spring out and get us if the night light wasn't plugged in. Monsters under our beds that would slither up and eat us if our moms left the room before we fell asleep. Monsters that knew our habits, our vulnerabilities.

Courtesy Coach Carmen Jackson

Carmen Jackson has trained thousands of track runners in Miami’s Liberty City neighborhood. She’s the longtime coach of the girl’s track team at Miami Northwestern Senior High School--and her Lady Bulls team dominates. This year they won their eighth consecutive state championship.

Jackson was in Rio de Janeiro for the Olympics cheering on one of her former athletes, Liberty City native and Miami Northwestern grad Brianna Rollins. Rollins won big.

She is the first athlete from Miami to win a gold medal in an individual Olympic track and field event--the 100-meter hurdles.

NOAA

People are looking a bit nervously at Invest 99L, the tropical disturbance heading up through the Bahamas.

Current projections have the storm making its way to South Florida by early next week, which, if you are a good citizen, should maybe strike a bell: Tuesday is election day.

So what happens to elections day if it also happens to be hurricane day?

Only the state has the authority to move or adjust voting times in light of things like weather or any other kind of interference.

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Miami-Dade mayoral candidate Alfred Santamaria hosted a community outreach event in Wynwood this week where the candidate handed out a medicinal lotion to people that he said would alleviate and treat symptoms of Zika. But the campaign may have in fact misled residents.

As candidate Alfred Santamaria and his team went door to door in Wynwood they handed residents purple boxes of an antiseptic called Zycazin.

“When you put it on your your skin, it kills the virus of of the Zika and it does not let it spread," Santamaria said.

AP

The Colombian government and Marxist guerrillas known as the FARC have been at war for 52 years. But tonight both sides confirmed from their negotiating table in Havana, Cuba, that a peace agreement has finally been forged.

"[We] have reached a final, full and definite accord," they said in a joint statement.

Colombia’s civil war is Latin America’s last guerrilla conflict. It has left more than 200,000 people dead and millions more displaced. Peace talks began three years ago, and this summer the two sides announced a mutual cease-fire.

Wilson Sayre / WLRN

At noon on a cloudless day, the sun beats down on the rooftop of a Coconut Grove hotel. Daren Goldin, a solar contractor, walks around rows of solar panels installed at angles on the white roof. The sun’s reflection is almost blinding, like snow on a sunny day.

Wilson Sayre / WLRN

South Florida’s Olympic Silver medal winner is back home.

Danell Leyva brought home a silver in high bar and another silver in parallel bars, both packed in red and white tube socks in his carry-on.

At the airport to meet his flight home were friends and family, also a few dozen young gymnasts from Universal Gymnastics, where Leyva started.

Clearly tired from everything that’s happened to him in the past few weeks, the 24-year-old said he said he’s happy to be home, if not a little overwhelmed.

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