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11:39 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Get Tested For HIV And Win A Vespa

Curtis Mccray, 26, got tested and participated in the contest.
Constanza Gallardo WLRN

The Aids Healthcare Foundation is hosting a contest to motivate HIV testing in South Florida.

Every day, people can walk in to one of the four Out of the Closet thrift stores in Miami-Dade and Broward County, get tested for free and become eligible to win a Vespa.

“I think that is pretty exciting,” says William Lacey, 38. “I’d love to win a Vespa. It’s better than a $5 gift card.”  

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News
11:38 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Miami Beach Launches App To Report Complaints

Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine announced Tuesday the city's launch of a new app.
Credit Philip Levine for Mayor

Miami Beach residents can now send their concerns to the city's department through a new smartphone app.

The free app called "E-Gov" allows residents to file reports or complaints directly to the city department by sending a photo.

"We have various standards about time. How much time it will take to be resolved," says Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine. "For example, a pothole should take about 48 hours. We want to figure out ways to increase and make better customer service as much as we can in Miami Beach."

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Latin America Report
6:54 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Brazilians: Look At Our Businesses, Not Our Bikinis

Fast Casual: Joao Barbosa at a South Florida Giraffas.
Credit CW Griffin / Miami Herald

To see Brazil for the first time is to see the New World for the first time.

That’s not a travel brochure cliché. If you’re in Rio de Janeiro, standing atop the Pão de Açúcar and surveying the Baía de Guanabara, it’s easy to recall what F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote about the way any European must have felt upon arriving in the Americas five centuries ago: “…face to face for the last time in history with something commensurate to his capacity to wonder.”

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Politics
6:27 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Integrity Florida On Financial Disclosures, Blind Trusts, And A Corruption Tax

Integrity Florida's Dan Krassner found a study that shows each Floridian pays a "corruption tax" of more than $1000 a year.
Credit Florida Department of State

The Florida Division of Elections says 18 people have qualified to run for governor. They include Republicans, Democrats, independents, a Libertarian, and write-in candidates.

The two frontrunners, Republican Rick Scott and Democrat Charlie Crist, disclosed their financial records when they filed papers to run earlier this month.

So did Democrat Nan Rich, the former minority leader of the Florida Senate who is struggling to get any attention ahead of her primary race with Crist. 

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Real Estate
5:35 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Florida Leads Nation In International Homebuyers

International buyers snapped up short sales and foreclosures in South Florida during the recession.
Credit Sean Bonini/flickr

Florida’s recession could have been worse if not for homebuyers from other countries. 

The nonprofit government watchdog group Florida TaxWatch says international buyers bought up cheap properties and pumped cash into the state’s economy.

The buyers were mainly from Canada, Latin America and Europe – all regular trading partners of the U.S.

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PRNDI
5:02 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

WLRN Wins Five Public Radio News Directors Incorporated Awards

Credit Laura Coburn / WLRN

Each year more than 100 public radio news directors gather to conduct industry business hoping they’ll return home with an award or two recognizing their team's work as outstanding. This June, the WLRN-Miami Herald News team picked up five of the news awards at the annual PRNDI conference.

Three first place awards went to:

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Politics
5:54 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Frontrunners For Governor Reveal Finances And Seek More Transparency

18 candidates have filed to run for governor of Florida. The winner will live in this mansion on a hill in Tallahassee.
Credit Jimmy Emerson, DVM/flickr

Now that Gov. Rick Scott and former Gov. Charlie Crist have released details about their finances, the front runners in what is expected to be a very close governor's race are goading each other to be more transparent.

Governor Rick Scott's net worth is well over $100 million. The businessman and former health care executive does not accept a salary as governor.

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Essay
4:32 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

How To Teach Brown V. Board To A Class Of All Black Students

Sixty years after the Brown v. Board of Education ruling, not all classrooms reflect the dream of desegregation.
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Here’s a question: How do you teach a class of all black students in an all-black school that Brown v. Board of Education ended segregation decades ago?

That isn’t a hypothetical question, but one I remember clearly asking myself. I was teaching American History for the first time in one of our nation’s many embarrassingly homogeneous schools. I could not, with a straight face, teach my students that segregation had ended.  They’d think that either they or I didn’t know what the word segregation meant.   

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Higher Education
4:12 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Report: South Florida College Grads Earn More

A new Florida report tracks differences in employment and earnings based on the degrees earned by Florida college and university graduates.
Credit 401 (k) 2013 / Flickr

Students awarded bachelor degrees at Florida International University and Florida Atlantic University had the highest median earnings in the state, according to a new report from the Florida Department of Education.

And graduates of Broward College, Florida Keys Community College and Miami Dade College tended to earn more than graduates completing associate degrees at other state colleges.

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Football
2:00 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Canes Marketing Encourages Fans To "Go To Fewer Games"

The University of Miami Hurricanes played the Florida State Seminoles last year at Florida State's Doak Campbell Stadium on November 2, 2013.
Credit Al Diaz / Miami Herald Staff

The University of Miami Hurricanes have had trouble filling Sun Life Stadium in the past. It is far away from campus, and attendance often does not fill even the lower bowl. So the marketing team at the athletics department tried something a little unconventional: They created an ad calling on fans to "GO TO FEWER GAMES."

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Environment
5:28 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Delray Beach Residents Create A Rising Waters Task Force

Credit Jephie Bernard / WLRN

At a meeting earlier this week, a group of residents concerned about rising sea levels decided to name themselves Delray's Rising Waters Task Force. 

Their goal is to deal with the effects of climate change. They are still in the early stages of organizing themselves.

There were five members at the beginning of the meeting and seven joined, making it a total of 12, by the end. They are still looking for more residents to join.

Listen to their story here. 

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The End of the Road
4:09 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

WLRN-ify My Commute: Let Us Give Your Daily Drive The Public Radio Treatment

Let's go for a ride.
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We spend a lot of time together on the road, you (audience) and us (WLRN). If you’re like most of our listeners, we’re with you in the car just about every day -- through your speakers, at least.

But we want to take it to the next level: We want to actually get in the car with your family, your friends, your coworkers.

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Mortgage
3:34 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Florida Homeowners Will Receive Significant Portion of SunTrust Settlement

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A nationwide settlement between SunTrust Mortgage and a state and federal partnership amounts to over $500 million. Nearly 40 percent of the settlement will go to Floridians who financed their homes with SunTrust.

According to Whitney Ray of the Attorney General's Office, 8,400 Floridians have been targeted for direct cash payments. They are borrowers who lost their homes to foreclosure between 2008 and 2013.

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Libraries
3:21 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Miami-Dade Proposes Moving Libraries Into Public Parks

Tamiami Park and Norman and Jean Reach Park are potential spaces for libraries to move into.
Credit Constanza Gallardo / WLRN

Miami-Dade officials are having meetings across the county to discuss a proposal to move some libraries into public parks.

Small branch libraries lease space from private entities. If the proposal passes, some of those libraries would be closed and reopened in existing park facilities.   

Voters will decide on the proposal in a referendum on November’s ballot.

The idea came from Commissioner Esteban Bovo from District 13.

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The Florida Roundup
11:08 am
Fri June 20, 2014

The Florida Roundup: Medical Marijuana's Sticky Web

The Governor signed the Charlotte's Web medical marijuana bill. Some Florida doctors will be able to start writing prescriptions on January 1. But how will the system work? 

And last week Jamaica’s prime minister announced the country will decriminalize small amounts of marijuana. Other Caribbean governments look poised to follow suit. 

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