The Florida Roundup
11:31 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Is There A Humane Way To Execute?

Miami killer Thomas Knight, one of Florida’s longest-serving prisoners on Death Row, will be executed Dec. 3.

Though the legality of the death penalty is settled, the way that we do it is not. Several Florida death row inmates have filed suit to challenge the state’s use of a drug mix they say won’t prevent excruciating pain during the execution.

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Elections
7:22 am
Fri November 1, 2013

New Campaign Finance Laws Take Effect Nov. 1

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With little more than a year remaining before voters head to the polls in November 2014, candidates face something of a new world: Beginning Friday, they can rake in even more money from contributors to their campaigns.

Some of the biggest changes in a sweeping campaign-finance bill, approved last spring by the Legislature, take effect on Friday.

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Miami Stories
6:30 am
Fri November 1, 2013

A Wild Frontier In West Kendall

The Reyes family: Marily, Frank and Frances.
Credit Courtesy / Miami Herald

Southwest 132nd Avenue was on the edge of Miami in 1972, when Marily Reyes and her husband Frank moved into their new home just south of Bird Road. Their view across the narrow avenue was elephant grass for six long years.

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Second Amendment
6:00 am
Fri November 1, 2013

From Kendall To West Palm Beach, Bearing Arms Is More Than Just A Right

Stone Hart's Gun Club in Kendall hosts gun enthusiasts for events such as Bowling Pin Night and Ladies night, among others, each month.
Credit Rachel Morello / WLRN

Gary Brill is a member of both the National Rifle Association and the U.S. Practical Shooting Association. He's been shooting for almost 30 years, taking part in local competitions, buying his own targets and even making his own bullets at home. You could say he is a firearms fanatic.

"The old saying, 'If you ask how many guns someone has, it’s between more than one and not enough.' So I have more than one and not enough," he says. "A lot of different types: handguns, pistols, semi-automatic, rifles, shotguns."

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When it comes to climate change, one thing is certain: our oceans are rising. And South Florida is expected to be among the first regions on Earth to experience the impact. In fact, some initial preparations are already underway

Economics
5:27 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Gov. Scott's Top Business Recruiter Gets A Pay Hike

Governor Rick Scott speaks to board members with Enterprise Florida, the state's public-private economic development agency on Oct. 31.
Credit Rachel Morello

The outlook was largely positive as Governor Rick Scott, government officials and business leaders gathered in Coral Gables to discuss progress in boosting Florida’s economy.

The Oct. 31 gathering coincided with a board meeting of Enterprise Florida, the state’s public-private economic development agency.

Gov. Scott opened the discussion by praising both the public and private sectors for contributing to recent signs of economic recovery. He cited an increased focus on education and the addition of 365,000 private sector jobs since he took office.

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Airs Thursday, November 7 at 9 p.m. on WLRN TV
4:12 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

RFK in the Land of Apartheid: A Ripple of Hope

Robert Kennedy

The documentary RFK in the Land of Apartheid has been called the little known story of Senator Robert Kennedy’s  visit to South Africa during the worst years of Apartheid. He went to South Africa in 1966 to speak out against the oppression and discrimination.  It was just two years before he was shot and killed in Los  Angeles that Senator Robert Kennedy gave his “Ripple of Hope”  speech  at the University of Capetown.

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Politics
3:11 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Legislative Leaders Join Attorney General In Fight Against Medical Marijuana

The Office of National Drug Control Policy says 20 states and Washington, DC have passed laws allowing medical marijuana since 1996.
Credit Eric Broder Van Dyke/flickr

Legislative leaders are joining the fight against an effort to get a medical marijuana proposal on the ballot next year.

Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Destin, and House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, say they will file a brief with the Florida Supreme Court opposing the initiative.

Gaetz sent a memo to the Florida Senate saying he doesn’t think the proposal meets legal requirements.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

What Would Brian Boitano Make?

Brian Boitano
http://brianboitano.com/

10/31/13 - 1:30 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Olympic Gold Medal Skater, Brian Boitano.  He went from champion skating to cooking on the TV Food Network.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

A Philosophical Conundrum: The Trolley Problem, or Would You Throw the Fat Guy Off the Bridge?

10/31/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with philosopher Thomas Cathcart and his book The Trolley Problem, or Would You Throw the Fat Guy Off the Bridge?: A Philosophical Conundrum.  He’ll discuss a famous ethical dilemma.  Say there’s a runaway trolley car.  A crew of five is in its path, all surely to be killed.   But wait.  You are near a switch which could divert the car to an alternate track.  But one man on that track is in the way . . .

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