6:13 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

NEWSCAST: Hurricane Sandy Speeds up; South Florida Winds Should Pick Up

Hurricane Sandy Gets Closer.
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  Messy weather should be becoming increasingly windy weather beginning Thursday night and through tomorrow, say forecasters at the National Hurricane Center. As of 5:00 PM, Sandy remains a Category Two hurricane with 105 mile an hour winds. The storm is moving faster - 20 miles an hour to the north. Forecaster Todd Kimberlaine says the turn will keep South Florida out of the brunt of the storm. But the storm will morph some and the windfield should become even larger, so windy conditions are expected. 

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Surf Report
5:38 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Surfers Get Ready To Ride Hurricane Sandy's (20 Foot) Waves

Big wave surfing starts when the waves reach a height of 20 feet. Florida surfers might get a rare chance to give it a try this weekend, thanks to Hurricane Sandy.
photo: Wikimedia Commons

South Florida beaches are characteristically void of big, west coast waves. Visitors and residents alike can be seen swimming in the calm water, and sipping mojitos on the shore for relaxation.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Linda Gassenheimer with Iron Chef Judge Clarice Kumai

Candice Kumai

10/25/12 -  Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Candice Kumai, author of Cook Yourself Sexy, Easy Delicious Recipes for the Hottest Most Confident You.   She’s a judge on Food Network’s Iron Chef America and a Food TV personality on Cooking Channel’s Unique Eats.  She talks about a healthy lifestyle makes for a better you. 

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Foreclosure Money
11:30 am
Thu October 25, 2012

State Lawmaker Says Foreclosure Money Should Be Spent Soon

State Sen. Nan Rich wants state officials to end their argument over foreclosure money.

State Sen. Nan Rich, D-Sunrise, says she hopes her colleagues in the Legislature will resolve an issue with State Attorney General Pam Bondi that is currently tying up $300 million dollars meant to help Florida homeowners hurt by the state's foreclosure crisis.

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10:41 am
Thu October 25, 2012

"It Would Have Been A Total Holocaust"

Henry Mack as he appeared as Army commander of Nike Hercules Missile Base in 1962
Dr. Henry Mack

Fifty years ago we came within a pushed-button of nuclear war with the Soviet Union. 

Dr. Henry Mack, IV remembers it well. 

The 81-year-old resident of Sunrise, Florida was one of those with a finger on that button during the Cuban Missile Crisis. 

Dr. Mack was an Army officer back then, commanding a Nike Missile base in Carleton, Michigan and an order away from launching a nuclear warhead. "It was probably the most challenging assignment that I had in my 20 years of service; knowing that I could be the single individual that started World War III."

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Ballot Measures
10:30 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Breakdown Of All 11 Ballot Measures

Floridians will vote on 11 amendments in November.
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This month, WLRN, along with the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting and other NPR affiliates all over the state, gave you close look at four proposed changes to the state Constitution that Floridians will vote on in November. You can listen to and read those stories here. However, there are another 7 ballot measures that voters will get a say on here in Florida.

So, here is a breakdown of what ALL the ballot measures mean:

Amendment 1

TOPIC: Health Care

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Amendment 6
9:15 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Salon: Florida's Amendment 6 Could Affect Public Employees

Salon profiled Florida's Amendment 6,  one of the most controversial ballot measures facing approval from Florida voters  Nov. 6.

The ballot item is aimed at removing a constitutional right to privacy currently in Florida's Constitution, but it also might cut abortion coverage in some cases for the state's public employees, Salon reports.

The amendment also has language that would prohibit the use of taxpayer money for abortions in the state.

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Listen To WLRN Miami Herald News
8:35 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Newscast: Miami Voters Run Into Trouble

While election day is November 6, a lot of people in Florida have already voted.
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Some Miami-Dade voters have had problems casting absentee ballots in person in Doral, and Miami Congressman David Rivera is accused of ethics violations.

We run down these stories and more in WLRN Miami Herald News.

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Hurricane Season
8:02 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Hurricane Sandy Kills Two, Aims At Bahamas

Distant Threat: Hurricane Sandy was visible in neighboring Dominican Republic as it pummeled Haiti.
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Category Two Hurricane Sandy is continuing on its northward path after killing two people in the Caribbean, one in Jamaica and one in Haiti. Cuba felt Sandy's maximum winds of 114 miles an hour, according to the National Weather Service.

It's still expected to hit the Bahamas, the Miami Herald reports,  as it dishes out very bad weather for South Florida and, eventually,  the U. S. east coast.

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