Public Sector
7:00 am
Wed August 14, 2013

State Contractors Fret About New Public Records Requirements

Florida lawmakers passed a measure this year requiring a higher level of public record keeping by private companies that contract with the state.
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Some state contractors are worried about new public records requirements that cost them money and put them at risk of legal trouble.

Vendors acting on behalf of state agencies are now subject to a higher level of record keeping because of a bill passed by the Florida Legislature this year.

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Dave DeWitt is currently working on the year-long North Carolina Teacher Project. He came to WUNC in 2003 and spent four years on the staff of The State of Things.

Politics
3:38 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Democrats Trigger Lawmaker Poll On Stand Your Ground Special Session

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The Florida Secretary of State's office will begin polling members of the Legislature to find out if there is enough support to hold a special session to decide the fate of the state's controversial "stand your ground" law.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

“At Your Service,” with Veterinarian Dr. Ian Kupkee and Animal Behaviorist, Edel Miedes

Dr, Ian Kupkee
http://www.sabalchaseanimalclinic.com

08/13/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is an “At Your Service” Edition, with veterinarian Dr. Ian Kupkee, of Kendall’s Sabal Chase Animal Clinic. He’ll take calls about pet care and animal welfare, and cover the issue of aggression in our animal companions.

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The Sunshine Economy
12:02 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

The Sunshine Economy: Filling Up The Tank Less Often

Lee Doucette
Credit Tom Hudson

We are burning less gasoline. That may sound strange but Floridians have less of a thirst for gas.

Some of the drop can be blamed on the slower economy since the Great Recession, but also we are driving more fuel efficient cars and trucks. Except for a three-year period (2004-2006) the volume of gasoline Florida drivers are buying has fallen from its high in 2002.

RELATED: The Sunshine Economy: Energy

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Law Enforcement
11:16 am
Tue August 13, 2013

What You Should Know About The Miami Beach Taser Death

Isabel Rodrey, 18, of Hollywood, weeps as she remembers her friend, Israel Hernandez-Llach, who died Tuesday after a tasering by Miami Beach police. Dozens gathered to mourn Hernandez's death on Saturday, August 10.
Credit Marsha Halper / Miami Herald Staff

The death of 18 year-old graffiti artist Israel Hernandez-Llach has brought renewed attention to the Miami Beach police department.  Police tasered Hernandez on Aug. 6 after he spray-painted the wall of a shuttered McDonald's restaurant on Collins Avenue and 71st Street.   

People have died from being tasered, though according to a 2011 Justice Department report, it is rare.

The problem, says Julie Brown of the Miami Herald, is that the “Miami Beach police have had a history of using excessive force.”

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Culture
9:00 am
Tue August 13, 2013

South Florida Nigerians Plan Museum, Cultural Center

Debola Olaigbe and other Nigerian women wear colorful head pieces called geles at Christ Apostolic Church near Opa-locka.
Credit PATRICK FARRELL / MIAMI HERALD

On a barren piece of land in Miami Gardens enclosed by a chain link fence, South Florida’s Nigerian community envision a cultural anchor, an African museum that will showcase the richness of their homeland and continent.

The goal is to build an institution that will debunk misconceptions and educate visitors about Africa but also to leave a permanent mark in South Florida.

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Recreation
8:00 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Key West Lobsterfest Is More Than Just Stuffing Your Face

Key West’s 18th Annual Lobsterfest wasn't just about stuffing your face with lobster tail.

Lobster newcomers and lobster veterans paraded down Duval Street at the lobster street fair, some wearing lobster hats collected over years.

Among the 200 booths, there were several lobster gear vendors.

Don Burge owns Mullet Wear Outfitters, which he describes as “a spoof and a goof on all the big fishing outfits.” He sells his wears at seafood festivals throughout Florida.

At Lobsterfest, he presented his new lobster design:

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Energy
7:00 am
Tue August 13, 2013

FPL Proposes 600 Miles Of Natural Gas Pipelines

Part one of FPL's pipeline project would stretch from Alabama to a hub just south of Orlando. Part two would continue on to Martin County. State regulators could approve the project before the end of the year.
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Hundreds of miles of proposed pipeline may begin pumping natural gas between Southwest Alabama and Martin County, Florida within four years if Florida Power and Light (FPL) gets the okay from state regulators.

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