School Nutrition
3:52 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

A Fruit Or Vegetable On Every Plate Whether Students Want It Or Not

The Evident Preference: The pizza was eaten, the broccoli wasn't.
Credit Gina Jordan / StateImpact Florida

Under new federal dietary rules, kids in school cafeteria lunch lines will be required to accept a serving of fruit or vegetables. But since there is no corresponding federal power to make them eat it, it’s likely many students will soon be defying their government at lunchtime.

StateImpact education reporter Gina Jordan has been sampling the student opinion of broccoli and peas and stuff:

“I hate them.”

“They’re disgusting.”

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Ballot Measures
3:38 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

A Guide To Miami-Dade's Charter Amendments

Here is a breakdown of the 8 charter amendments in Miami Dade.
Credit Fairfax County /Flickr

Besides the 11 proposed amendments to the state Constitution, Miami-Dade dwellers will also be deciding the fate of 8 proposed charter amendments.

 These charter amendments are significantly shorter than the state-level changes, but there are quite a few of them-- and like most ballot measures, they can be kind of confusing. However, here is our breakdown created with the help of The Florida League of Women Voters' 2012 Voting Guide

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After taking a semester off from college to intern with Vermont Public Radio in 1999, Sidsel was hooked.  She went on to work as a reporter and producer at WNYC in New York and WAMU in Washington, DC before moving to New Mexico in 2007. 
As KUNM’s Conservation Beat reporter, Sidsel covered news from around the state having to do with protection of our earth, air and water.  She also kept up a blog, earth air waves, filled with all the bits that can’t be crammed into the local broadcast of Morning Edition and All Things Considered.  When not interviewing inspiring people (or sheep), Sidsel could be found doing underdogs with her daughters at the park.
 
 
 

Food
11:30 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Slideshow: A Kendall Lawn Becomes An Edible Garden

Frank Macaluso pulls up a turmeric root from the front yard of his East Kendall home. He has more traditional raised-bed gardens of greens, carrots, leeks, zucchini and other vegetables in the backyard.
Trina Sargalski

Earth Learning, a Miami-based sustainability group which focuses on food and agriculture, hosted the third annual Greater Everglades Community Food Summit, which ended last week. The summit included a tour of local farms and gardens.

The farm tour visited Frank Macaluso's Kendall home. Macaluso has turned his lawn, which sits on an approximately ¾-acre lot, into an edible garden.

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Hurricane Sandy
11:04 am
Mon October 29, 2012

HMS Bounty, Replica Of The Mutiny Ship, Sinks In Sandy's Storm Waters Off Carolina

HMS Bounty: One-third larger than the original to accommodate film cameras, the ship had extensive Florida history.
Credit HMS Bounty

HMS Bounty, a cinematic replica of the ship sailed by Capt. Bligh in a famous 1789 mutiny, has sunk in stormy waters off North Carolina, an apparent casualty of Hurricane Sandy.

The Coast Guard says 14 persons were rescued from lifeboats within sight of the sinking three-masted ship and two others are missing.

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Election 2012
9:55 am
Mon October 29, 2012

'Souls To The Polls' Boosted Democratic Showing In Weekend Early Voting

Helping The Early Vote: MSNBC show host and activist Al Sharpton helped to organize a Souls to the Polls caravan from New Generation Baptist Church in Opa-locka.
Credit Rev. Al Sharpton on Twitter

The scorecard from this weekend's early voting in Florida is unclear this Monday morning but there was a persuasive impression -- subject to fact-finding -- that Democrats had at least won the initial show-up competition. But the Miami Herald reports Republicans excelled in their own specialty, absentee voting:

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Newscast
8:21 am
Mon October 29, 2012

NEWSCAST: Sen. Marco Rubio's Daughter Hospitalized; Coastal Flood Advisory; Home Sales Are Up

Amanda Rubio, 12, remains hospitalized in fair condition with a head injury following a golf cart accident over the weekend. A spokesperson for Senator Marco Rubio says the long term prognosis is positive for the Senator's oldest daughter. 

Remnants of Hurricane Sandy have left us in South Florida with gusty winds, big waves and large swells.

That has resulted in some coastal flooding along the Atlantic seaboard.  And a coastal flood advisory is in effect until 10 a.m. this morning.  

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Newscast
7:29 am
Mon October 29, 2012

NEWSCAST: Thousands of South Floridians Vote Early; Others Wonder Where Their Absentee Ballots Are

More than 51,000 people in Miami-Dade County waited in long lines Saturday and Sunday to vote early. About 54,000 people in Broward County cast their ballots and about 21,000 in Palm Beach County. 

Meanwhile, many others in South Florida are still wondering where their absentee ballots are. 

Legal expert Lee Rowland with the Brennan Center for Justice tells us where Floridians can track their absentee ballots online. 

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