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Immigration
11:54 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Child Migrant Crisis Growing In South Florida

Recently arrived Salvadoran teen Andrea (center; she did not want to give her last name) with her mother Sandra (left) and immigration attorney Jose Teurbe-Tolon.
Credit Jose A. Iglesias / El Nuevo Herald

It’s easy to think the current crisis of undocumented child migrants from Central America affects only the U.S. Southwest. But the problem is very much South Florida’s too.

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Critical Mass
6:26 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Miami Police Department Addresses "Critical Mess" Biking Event

Ken Bureski is a regular rider at the monthly Critical Mass.
Constanza Gallardo WLRN

A monthly group bike ride in Miami may face police sanctions during its next event.

Critical Mass brings thousands of cyclists on the last Friday of every month as a way to promote safe cycling.

The Miami Police Department thinks riders are not following state laws and make the roads dangerous for both cyclists and vehicle drivers.  

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What's The Story?
5:56 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Listen: 5 Things Wrong With South Florida Bus Stops

Credit Vera Arias

For our What's the Story? project, a listener asked us:

Why doesn't every bus stop have a shelter?

And while working to answer that question, we asked our audience what their worst experiences were while waiting for buses in South Florida.

We came up with the five things wrong with bus stops in our area. Listen:

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Libraries
11:46 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Miami-Dade Library Funding Is In Jeopardy

A child looks at books in the West Kendall Library.
Credit Patrick Farrell / Miami Herald

Last summer, the budget for Miami-Dade County libraries was in jeopardy until the county commission decided at last minute to tap into a reserve fund.

This year, funding for the libraries is in danger again. 

Library operations supervisor Sue Cvejanovich and Friends of the Miami-Dade Public Library president John Quick appeared on WLRN's Topical Currents on Tuesday.

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Research
11:44 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center To Receive $16 Million Per Year

Dr. Stephen Nimer, photographed on Wednesday March 7, 2012 is the director of UM's Sylvester Cancer Center.
Credit Patrick Farrell / Miami Herald staff

  In Gov. Rick Scott's budget, the Legislature approved $60 million of annual funding for three cancer centers in Florida. One of the centers, the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami School of Medicine, will receive $16 million per year for five years.

Even before the funding the center made investments including hiring new physicians and researchers, and purchasing new equipment.

As Dr. Stephen Nimer says, the new personnel and machines help make the center "world class."

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Transportation
11:44 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Document Reveals All Aboard Florida Plans To Spend $29 Million On West Palm Beach Station

All Aboard Florida President and Chief Development Officer Michael Reininger announces plans for the rail system's downtown station.
Credit Patrick Farrell / Miami Herald

All Aboard Florida, the privately funded project that plans to connect Miami to Orlando with high-speed rail service, has been touted as an alternative to congested highways. It has also been criticized for concerns regarding safety and noise.

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Health
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.
Credit stockimages / freedigitalphotos.net

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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