Florida Lottery
11:00 am
Tue January 8, 2013

A New Look For The Florida Lottery

This new logo was unveiled to celebrate the Florida Lottery's 25th anniversary.
Credit flalottery.com

The Florida Lottery is getting an image makeover to coincide with its 25th anniversary.

An audience of Bright Futures scholarship winners applauded as the new logo was unveiled at Lottery headquarters in Tallahassee.

Lottery leaders showcased the new logo, which prominently features a pink flamingo.

Florida Lottery Secretary Cynthia O’Connell says the redesigned brand should help lure new players.

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StateImpact Florida
9:30 am
Tue January 8, 2013

How Florida Earned Second-Highest Grade On A National Education Policy Report Card

PARTNERS: StudentsFirst founder Michelle Rhee has advised Florida Gov. Rick Scott. Her group is recommending changes to Florida education policies
Credit Huffington Post

California-based StudentsFirst has released a report card grading states on their education policy.

Florida earned the second-highest grade in the country, a B-, behind only Louisiana. No state earned an A.

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9:00 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Progress Energy's $100-Million Dilemma: Retire Or Repair Crystal River Nuclear Plant

PROBLEM PLANT: The Crystal River nuclear plant in Citrus County has been idle since an accident in 2009. Progress Energy may owe customers $100 million if it doesn't come back on line.
Credit Flaglerlive.com

Still undecided about whether to repair or permanently shut down an idled nuclear-power plant, Progress Energy Florida faces the likelihood of eventually refunding up to $100 million to customers.

The refunds stem from a wide-ranging settlement agreement that Progress reached in early 2012 with representatives of consumers and business groups. Under that settlement, the utility would not have been subject to refunding money if it started repairs on the Crystal River nuclear plant by Dec. 31.

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8:30 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Bill Aims To Bar Local Government From Ordering Employers To Offer Sick Leave

WORKING SICK: Tallahassee lawmakers this spring will decide whether to prohibit cities and counties from ordering employers to pay for sick days off.

Advocates for working folk haven’t had a lot of luck establishing a right to paid sick leave in Florida.

Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara Jordan's proposal was defeated last year and, in Orlando, Orange County commissioners found a way to avoid a sick time referendum, even though 50,000 residents had won a ballot spot, fair and square, with their signatures on a petition.

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Florida Legislature
8:00 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Florida's Growing Stack Of Early Voting Bills

THE WAIT: Bills to re-expand early voting to eliminate lines like this one in Doral are accumulating in Tallahassee.
Credit Miami Herald

Republican  State Sen. Miguel Diaz de la Portilla of Miami was an early and enthusiastic supporter of cutting back Florida's early voting period from 14 to 8 days in 2011. He called it a "voter friendly" bill that would save money.

"Generally, early voting in Miami-Dade County has not been very efficient, " Diaz de la Portilla said at the time. "What you see more often than not is that there is a trickle of two or three people a day at a very high cost to keep those public libraries and polls open. ... We felt it was an efficiency measure."

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7:00 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Why The Everglades National Park Is Handing Out Anti-Vulture Kits

Black vultures sometimes rip the rubber and vinyl parts off of cars.
Credit Brian Henderson/Flickr

Next time you go to the Everglades you'll have the option to pick up an anti-vulture kit.

The park is offering the kits so people can protect their cars against vultures during the winter months. The black vultures sometimes rip the rubber and vinyl parts--such as windshield wipers and sunroof seals--off of cars.

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Haiti Three Years Later: Part II
6:00 am
Tue January 8, 2013

After The Earthquake: A Haitian Dancer's Highs And Lows As She Recovers From An Amputation

Fabienne Jean in the doorway of the part of her home where she cooks.
Nick Kozak

Yesterday we began the story of Fabienne Jean, a dancer who lost her leg in the earthquake that devastated Haiti three years ago this month. A prosthetic technician from Boston promised to help Fabienne dance again. But he didn't stop there. He wanted to help her put the rest of her life back together too. 

In the second part of our week-long series, Jacob Kushner tells us how difficult their task would become. 

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BCS Championship
6:14 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Alabama and Notre Dame Show Their BCS Colors in Miami

Kickoff for the BCS championship game between Alabama and Notre Dame happens at 8:30 tonight. But fans from both teams have been showing their colors across Miami and South Florida all weekend.

Check out some of our favorite BCS tweets and trash talk below:

A native of Berkeley Heights, N.J., Peter Sagal attended Harvard University and subsequently squandered that education while working as a literary manager for a regional theater, a movie publicist, a stage director, an actor, an extra in a Michael Jackson video, a travel writer, an essayist, a ghost writer for a former adult film impresario and a staff writer for a motorcycle magazine.

Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

South Florida History Quiz 01/07/13

HistoryMiami Walking Tour

01/07/13 - Monday’s  Topical Currents is another popular “South Florida History Quiz” edition with Dr. Paul George of History/Miami and Miami-Dade College.  We pose questions about the region’s history, politics and pop culture . . . listeners are invited to give answers.  A correct answer in turn gives the listener a chance to ask a question of  Dr. George.  Don’t miss the South Florida History Quiz on Topical Currents . . . Monday at one o’clock on 91.3 WLRN.

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