Rising Tide
10:55 am
Thu November 8, 2012

VIDEO: Giant Slingshots, 2x4's, And Funner Projects

Funner Projects gets ready to shoot
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Ladies and gentlemen: we introduce you to the Funner Projects.  With a unique take on blending art, entertainment, and interactivity, this Miami duo is definitely in a class of their own.

The following segment is taken from the upcoming WLRN documentary Rising Tide: A Story of Miami Artists, premiering Wednesday, November 14 at 8:00pm on WLRN channel 17.

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School Construction
10:00 am
Thu November 8, 2012

What A Makeover For Miami-Dade Schools Will Look Like

School construction and renovations in Miami-Dade schools can start as early as June 2013.
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Miami-Dade voters have approved a $1.2 billion bond referendum to improve public school infrastructure and access to technology.

Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho proposed the measure back in August.

Carvalho has said the bond would establish a "technology baseline" for Miami-Dade schools—so that all schools have at least a minimum number of computers, for example. 

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The Election
9:30 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Miami-Dade Ballot Count Continues

In-Person Absentee: A elections official checks a voter's signature before accepting her absentee ballot.
Credit Rick Stone

Miami Dade County election workers are expecting to finish processing absentee ballots sometime today. Then, they'll be able to tell President Obama whether he also won Florida on election day.

The bags of thousands of ballots are the result of a series of voting snafus related to high turnout and restrictive voting rules that persuaded hordes of local voters to vote absentee rather than wait in line, possibly for hours, at  their polling stations.

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Listen To WLRN Miami Herald News
9:04 am
Thu November 8, 2012

NEWSCAST: Count Contines In South Florida

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez says the governor needs to do something to make voting easier.
Credit Miami-Dade County Website

The presidential race has been decided, but we still don't know where Florida fits in to the electoral puzzle.     

The vote counting continues in Miami Dade and either other counties including Broward and Palm Beach.

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez says early voting should be extended to avoid problems like this in the future.

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Listen To WLRN Miami Herald News
7:23 am
Thu November 8, 2012

NEWSCAST: Allen West Won't Back Down

Congressman Allen West is refusing to give up without a fight.
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Despite what looks to be a narrow defeat to Democrat Patrick Murphy, South Florida Congressman Allen West is fighting to keep his seat in court.

Listen to this story and more in WLRN Miami Herald News.

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Latino Vote
6:35 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Why The Latino Vote In Florida Went To Obama

Credit Jessica Meszaros

The Latino vote has been changing in the past few years in Florida, but it looks like it's mostly been shifting towards Democrats.

And looking at Tuesday night's results, that's particularly true.

For decades, Florida's Latino population has been its mostly Cuban-American residents in South Florida. As we all know, Cubans here lean Republican when they vote.

However, more Latinos of different nationalities are coming to Florida and are effectively shifting its voting trends.

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South Florida Voters
6:30 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Election Day: A Day Of Firsts In South Florida

Carlos Almeida (left), a 19-year-old sushi chef, was the first in line ahead of the 120 to 130 voters outside his precinct in Doral. He rode his bike to the polls at 3:30 a.m. because he didn’t want to wait all day on a recovering broken leg.
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Tuesday may have been the second time Barack Obama won a presidential race, but Election Day was a day of many firsts here in South Florida.

We spoke to several first-time voters who were at the polls Tuesday. Some of the first-timers were young adults, finally old enough to vote in their first presidential election. Other voters were new American citizens.

Check out this slide show of first-time voter stories.

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Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman share the microphone with a wide range of guests including community leaders, artists, scientists, historians, political thinkers and more who bring issues of interest to South Floridians.  Richard Ives is the senior producer, and Bonnie Berman joined Topical Currents as co-host and associate producer in September 2012.

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News
6:22 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

NEWSCAST: Miami-Dade Waits; Results For Schools 'Great.'

Cones Mark The Spot.
Credit Pamela

Just what led to some voting breakdowns in Miami-Dade is still up for debate - not enough resources, too many voters, too long a ballot, too many precincts in one place. About the only thing certain is it will be at least one more day before we know who can claim Florida.One man who is happy with the election results and is Miami-Dade School Superintendent Alberto Carvalho. Voters overwhelmingly approved the $1.2 billion dollar bond referendum to refurbish aging school buildings and also update and install new technology. 

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Photos from Election Day
3:58 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

SLIDESHOW: Images From Election Day In South Florida

Seven-year-old Julian Adelman examines a sample Florida ballot, while his parents wait to vote. His mom reports, "He was amazed at all of the words needed for an amendment."
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Not too much writing on this one, folks.

Scroll through the pictures and read the individual stories for each.  These photos were gathered from the time the election opened until deep into the night.

If you want to read through the whole day from polls to pillows, take a look at the live blog that we were maintaining throughout.

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