10:30 am
Wed December 12, 2012

In Miami, An Instinctive Search For Celebrity

CLOSE TO CELEBRITY: A chair reserved for a Hollywood star is a brush with fame for Patrick McGinnis.
Photos by Florencia Jimenez-Marcos

When actor/director Adrian Grenier screened his latest film, Teenage Paparazzo, during Art Basel, it was a very Miami kind of night.

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10:20 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Osorio's Open Wallet To Democrats Fueled InnoVida Fraud, New Report Says

NETWORKING: Claudio Osorio, left, boasted of his political connections to Democrats such as Bill Clinton to potential investors.
Credit Latin American Herald Tribune

Campaign finance reports are finding a lot of Claudio Osorio's money in reports filed by prominent South Florida Democrats including Broward U. S. Rep. Debbie Wassermann Schultz, the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee.

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8:07 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Miami-Dade's 3 Ways To Fix Voting Problems

APPEALING TO TALLAHASSEE: Miami-Dade Elections Supervisor Penelope Townsley and Mayor Carlos Gimenez

On his listening tour in counties where voting  was a problem last month, Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner got three suggestions in Miami on Tuesday.

Detzner, who's also the state's chief election officer, was told there were too few early voting days, not enough early voting sites and way too many words on the ballot.

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez and his appointed elections supervisor, Penelope Townsley, said that was the formula for long lines and seven-hour waits to deal with 10- and 12-page ballots on Nov. 6.

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7:55 am
Wed December 12, 2012

NEWSCAST: Miami-Dade Has Plan To Improve Elections

Some Miami-Dade voters waited for hours to cast a ballot.
Credit Danny Rivero / WLRN

Miami-Dade is making recommendations to the state about how to fix broken elections.

The county's suggestions include adding early voting days and limiting the wording of constitutional amendments.

Details from WLRN Miami Herald News:

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Voting Rights
7:30 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Legislator Wants To Change Some Overlooked Parts Of Florida's Voting Law

State Rep. Darryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg.

There have already been a number of bills filed by Democratic state lawmakers to change parts of Florida's controversial voting law during the upcoming  Legislative session, which starts March 5.

Most of the bills, so far, focus on early voting rules that were changed in 2011 -- when the Republican-controlled  Legislature overhauled the state's voting law.

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7:26 am
Wed December 12, 2012

NEWSCAST: FAMU's Accreditation Threatened

FAMU's famed Marching 100 was suspended by the school following the hazing death of the band's drum major.
Credit Brian Steele / Flickr/Creative Commons

The hazing death of a drum major is now threatening Florida A&M University's accreditation.

A regional accrediting organization has put the university on probation for a year.

Details from WLRN Miami Herald News:

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Gubernatorial Race 2014
6:55 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Three Signs The 2014 Governor's Race Has Already Started

TOO SOON? Gov. Scott is in early campaign mode thanks to Charlie Crist's party switch.
Credit Gage Skidmore /Flickr

Yes, the 2014 gubernatorial election is months and months away, but there are already some signs that election season has started right back up again.

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6:09 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

NEWSCAST: Unemployment Benefits Threatened

Jobs Fairs Remain A Big Draw.
Credit JobFair 2012

Jobless benefits may be cut off for more than     100,000 Floridians at the end of the month.  Florida's Department of Economic Opportunity is sending notices to those receiving Emergency Unemployment Compensation from the federal government. The program provides up to an additional 20 weeks of benefits that will expire December 29 if Congress doesn't extend them. The program began in July of 2008.

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Julie Bierach is the morning newscaster/news producer at St. Louis Public Radio. She was born and raised in St. Louis and graduated from Southeast Missouri State University. She started her career in Cape Girardeau, Mo. as a student announcer.

Bierach returned to St. Louis Public Radio in November 2010 after working in public relations at the Missouri Botanical Garden. She was previously the station’s science and technology reporter.

Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Cultural Competency For the Health Professional; Novelist Junot Diaz

Patti Rose, Ed.D.

12/11/12 - Tuesday's Topical Currents begins with University of Miami professor Dr. Patti Rose, who specializes in cultural diversity issues which face health professionals -- and interactions with patients and families.  And more.  Literary contributor Ariel Gonzalez interviews award-winning novelist Junot Diaz.  Recently awarded a sizeable “genius grant” from the MacArthur Foundation.  His latest book is a collection of themed short-stories called, THIS IS HOW YOU LOSE HER.

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