Everglades
11:05 am
Wed December 19, 2012

Why The Woodstork Is Leaving The Everglades

The wood stork numbers are up - but not without big changes in its range and habits. The endangered bird has largely left the Everglades, once home to a significant number of nesting pairs.
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Florida’s only wading bird on the endangered species list, the wood stork, is on the mend.  From a low of about 2,500 nesting pairs in most of South and Central Florida in 1984, the bird has since grown to around 7,000 to 9,000 nesting pairs. 

But it doesn't mean all is well with the Everglades.

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Cold Case
9:58 am
Wed December 19, 2012

'In Cold Blood' Killers Exhumed For Clues To Sarasota County Family Massacre In 1959

THE OTHER VICTIMS: Cliff and Christine Walker of Sarasota County and their children were murdered in 1959.
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The bodies of "In Cold Blood" killers Perry Smith and Richard Hickock have been exhumed in Kansas for DNA samples that could tie them to murders of a Sarasota County family.

The men were hanged for killing Herb and Bonnie Clutter and their children in Holcomb, Kan., in 1959.

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Profile
9:00 am
Wed December 19, 2012

Indiana Gov. Would Have 'Walked Through Coals' For Florida's New Schools Chief

CONVERSATION CHANGER: Educator Tony Bennett
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Elle Moxley's radio profile of Tony Bennett for StateImpact Florida.

Before he was voted out of the office of Superintendent of Public Instruction in Indiana -- and well before he was appointed Florida Commissioner of Education -- Tony  Bennett pushed for a controversial package of education initiatives that brought Indiana to the forefront of a national conversation about how to transform public schools.

And it all began with a restaurant conversation between Bennett and Indiana Board of Education member Todd Huston, who was urging him to run for superintendent.

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Driving
8:20 am
Wed December 19, 2012

New Florida Tag Design And How It's Different

NEW TAG FRONT RUNNER -- Critics call it dull but, if the governor and Cabinet approve, this will be our new license tag starting in 2014.
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Citizens of Florida have democratically chosen a design for their state's next license tag.

You see it here: A white plate, trimmed in green with a picture of an orange, seven letters and numbers in a new font that won't confuse traffic cameras, and letters spelling "Florida" and "Sunshine State."

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Listen To WLRN Miami Herald News
8:06 am
Wed December 19, 2012

NEWSCAST: Florida Lawmaker Walks Back Suggestion To Arm Teachers

Some gun advocates say classrooms would be safer if teachers were armed.
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The shootings in Connecticut have sparked many debates in Florida about gun control.

Meanwhile, one state leader is stepping back from comments about guns in schools.

State House Judiciary Chairman Dennis Baxley of Ocala told the Associated Press Monday gun-free zones like schools are targets for deranged people and it might be wise for teachers and principals to carry guns.

Hear what he's saying now in WLRN Miami Herald News:

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Florida
7:49 am
Wed December 19, 2012

Ex-Senator George LeMieux Sounds Off On His Former Boss Charlie Crist

Former Sen. George LeMieux says he did not see Charlie Crist's transformation to Democrat coming and doubts he can make the switch successfully.
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Former U. S. Sen. George LeMieux was once Charlie Crist's closest confidant as his chief of staff, so valued by the ex-governor that it was Crist who appointed him to fill out the term of the retiring Mel Martinez in the Senate in 2009. 

But things have changed drastically in three years.

After an unsuccessful attempt at being elected to a Senate seat last year in the Republican primary, the Broward native is now chairman of the Gunster Law Firm in Fort Lauderdale.

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Listen To WLRN Miami Herald News
6:52 am
Wed December 19, 2012

NEWSCAST: State Goes Full Steam Ahead For Miami To Orlando Railway

The proposed railway would take passengers from the airport in Orlando to Miami in about three hours.
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The state is 'all aboard' when it comes to a new Miami to Orlando passenger train.

All Aboard Florida is a privately-funded railway that would get passengers from the Orlando airport to downtown Miami in about three hours.

For more details on the latest meeting about the project, listen to WLRN Miami Herald News.

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News
8:05 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Newscast: CT School Shootings Reignite Florida Gun Control Debate

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Just as last week’s tragic events in Newtown, Connecticut reignite the national debate over gun control, Florida will soon issue its one-millionth concealed weapons permit.  And that has gun control advocates worried that what happened in Connecticut could more easily happen in the Sunshine State.

Some Florida politicians are calling for bans on assault weapons. Others want to see more people armed.

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News
7:16 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Miami Herald Adds Paywall For Online News

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From now on, Miami Herald readers who want complete access to the paper's online edition will have to come up with some cash.

Tuesday marked the official launch of The Miami Herald Plus+ Program, which requires a subscription for unlimited use of websites and mobile apps for The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald.

Miami Herald Publisher David Landsberg says the subscription program will allow the Miami Herald to keep pace with today's 24-7 news cycle.

In April, the Sun-Sentinel launched a similar "paywall" for its online content.

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Charlie Crist
2:50 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

5 Reasons Crist Shouldn't Run For Governor

With his public statements and recent switch to the Democratic party, Crist may be positioning himself for a 2014 run against Governor Rick Scott.
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If state Democrats have doubts about Charlie Crist's break with the GOP, he'll be giving them more proof on Wednesday.  

Crist will be testifying before the U.S. Senate Committee on Voting Rights on the impact of Florida's 2011 election law.  He will be joined by a Democratic state representative from South Carolina and a liberal advocacy group, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund.  

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