Marketplace In Miami
9:00 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Resurgent Miami Housing Makes Billionaires As It Challenges Normal-Income Buyers

CONDO KING: Asked if ordinary Americans can still aspire to home ownership, billinaire chairman George Perez of the Related Group says, sure they can. They may not get it, but they can always aspire.
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In the Marketplace Morning Report's second Wednesday segment, host Jeremy Hobson wonders if home ownership is still part of the American Dream. He speaks with Miami's billionaire condo king, chairman George Perez of the Related Group, and introduces WLRN's Karen Burkett with a story about the challenges that home buying poses to normal-income people competing with investors for the same properties.

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Session 2013
8:30 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Senate Gambling Committee Sets Glacier Pace For New Casino Legislation

PATIENCE: The Florida Senate serves notice it may be a year and a half before it even starts thinking about gambling legislation.
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Florida's gambling future won’t be settled  in the 2013 session of the Florida Legislature -- and maybe not even in the one after that.

The divide between competing stakeholder visions remains very wide. And, at a hearing before the Florida Senate Gaming Committee on Tuesday, chairman Garrett Richter, R-Naples, said it could be 18 months before the work on developing legislation even begins.

"I want to do something deliberative and thoughtful," Richter told reporters after the meeting.

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Education Budget
7:29 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Scott Preparing To Offer Teacher Pay Raises

MONEY FOR SCHOOLS: Gov. Scott, shown here meeting teachers in Orlando, is already planning another education budget increase for this year. Now, he says, teachers should get a pay raise, too.
Credit Governor's Office

TALLAHASSEE -- Gov. Rick Scott will unveil a proposal for an across-the-board teacher pay increase today, a spokeswoman for the governor confirms.

Scott is to formally announce his proposal at an event at an Orlando-area school, Scott spokeswoman Jackie Schutz told the News Service of Florida, though she said his office won't disclose details until then.

The proposal was being met a day ahead with cautious optimism by public education stakeholders who said the governor's education push dovetails neatly with his mantra of economic development and job growth.

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Poetry
6:49 am
Wed January 23, 2013

The President's Poet Came From The Paradise Of Poetry: South Florida

NOT MELANCHOLY: Palm Beach Poetry Festival director Miles A. Coon.
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Poets are melancholy and morose, right?

“I’m so happy,” says a beaming 23-year-old Marci Calabretta of Hallandale Beach.

People who write poetry can’t relate to others, correct?

“I love people.  I adore people,” says 23-year-old Jose Villar of South Miami.

Most poetic souls are lonely and live in dusty attic rooms in ancient houses.

“I live in one of those over-55 ‘active’ communities,” laughs 64-year-old Adele Alexandre of Coconut Creek.

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Sun Life Stadium
6:35 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Dolphins Say NFL May Help Rebuild Sun Life Stadium But Public Funds Must Come First

SUN LIFE 2.0: Rendering of one aspect of the stadium remodel: modular seating for a Super Bowl.
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As Miami-Dade commissioners sit down to talk about the public's role for the first time today, the National Football League is offering its support to help Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross pay for improvements to Sun Life Stadium.

The Dolphins have been reluctant to talk about the idea but are hinting that the NFL's contribution is contingent upon public help first. The Miami Herald reports today the amount is unclear, but could be in the tens of millions of dollars.

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Peggy Lowe joined Harvest Public Media in 2011, returning to the Midwest after 22 years as a journalist in Denver and Southern California. Most recently she was at The Orange County Register, where she was a multimedia producer and writer. In Denver she worked for The Associated Press, The Denver Post and the late, great Rocky Mountain News. She was on the Denver Post team that won the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news coverage of Columbine. Peggy was a Knight-Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan in 2008-09. She is from O'Neill, the Irish Capital of Nebraska, and now lives in Kansas City. Based at KCUR, Peggy is the analyst for The Harvest Network and often reports for Harvest Public Media.

American Dream
2:00 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Marketplace In Miami: The New American Dream, A Broward Immigrant’s Story

Nathalie Nahas Cortas in her home in Broward County, Florida.
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Nathalie Nahas Cortas has a master’s degree in international business, is fluent in several different languages and has had years of work experience. An employer’s dream, right?

“Once they know they have to work with you a little more on paperwork, they don’t want to deal with it. Why not have an American do the same thing you do without me working on your paperwork?”

And all that paperwork is required because Cortas is an immigrant.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Neuroscientist Dr. Sandra Bond Chapmen: Make Your Brain Smarter

Sandra Bond Chapman, Ph.D.
http://www.brainhealth.utdallas.edu/

01/22/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents addresses our “cognitive potential,” with Dr. Sandra Bond Chapman, founder of the Center for Brain Health at the University of Texas at Dallas.  She says today’s “multi-tasking” culture is bad for the brain . . . and that working crosswords or Sudoku really can’t make us sharper.

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Florida Gun Control
12:16 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Why Is Gun Control Anathema In Tallahassee?

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As New York and other states strengthen their gun control laws in response to the tragedy in Newtown, Conn., the chances of that happening in Florida appear dim.

"Remember, this a Republican-controlled Legislature, and they are very much about trying to honor yhe Constitution and the Second Amendment," says our Tallahassee reporter, Gina Jordan.

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