Housing Crisis
10:56 am
Wed October 24, 2012

ProPublica: State Lawmakers Are Holding Up $300 Million Meant to Help Homeowners

Florida's is sitting on $300 million meant to help homeowners.
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ProPublica reports that $300 million awarded to Florida through a settlement over bad mortgages and foreclosures remains untouched. 

That money is meant to help homeowners in Florida that were hurt by the state's housing crisis.

Millions of dollars were given to individuals and state governments by big banks accused of wrongful foreclosures and other mortgage servicing abuses.

Florida got the biggest sum of money-- besides California-- because the state was wracked by the housing crisis.

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Obama's Florida Prospects
9:33 am
Wed October 24, 2012

Campaign Polls: Why It Looks Like Obama Might Lose Florida

Loyal But Small: Obama support in South Florida is enough to carry the three counties but not to deliver the state.
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Support for President Obama has declined so radically in South Florida that it will cost him the state on election day.

That's what Tony Man at the Sun Sentinel reported over the weekend after taking a look at modeling and projections prepared by Moody's Analytics. Moody's predicted Obama would win the Democratic strongholds of Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties but by margins too small to leverage the rest of the state.

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Listen To WLRN Miami Herald News
8:36 am
Wed October 24, 2012

Newscast: Major Kudos For Miami-Dade Schools

The district had been a five-time finalist for the Broad Prize before winning it this year.
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The Miami-Dade school district has received one of the most prestigious national education awards.

The Broad Prize is considered the top award in public education.

Listen to WLRN Miami Herald News to find out what made the district stand out among schools from all over the country.
 

Hurricane Season
8:26 am
Wed October 24, 2012

TS Sandy May Spoil The Weekend

Tropical Storm Sandy is expected to bring wind and rain to South Florida Thursday and Friday as it tracks north toward the Bahamas through Jamaica and Cuba. A tropical storm watch is already in effect from Jupiter Inlet south to the Florida Keys. Get the latest update from the National  Hurricane Center.

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Listen To WLRN Miami Herald News
6:52 am
Wed October 24, 2012

NEWSCAST: Parts Of South Florida Under Tropical Storm Watch

South Florida could feel the effects of Sandy as early as Thursday afternoon.
National Weather Service

A tropical storm watch is in effect from the Upper Keys north to Jupiter Inlet.

Find out where Tropical Storm Sandy is now and what to expect this weekend in WLRN Miami Herald News.

News
6:29 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

NEWSCAST: Lynn University Debate Through Voters' Eyes

What's Red and White and Blue All Over? Lynn University.
Lynn University

And now, on the other side of a pretty prestigious political night for South Florida - one last look at the Presidential debate at Lynn University.  Kenny Malone was onsite at Lynn University and wanted to watch the debate through the eyes of the Florida voter. 

Audie Cornish is host of All Things Considered, along with Robert Siegel and Melissa Block.

Previously, she served as host of Weekend Edition Sunday. Prior to moving into that host position in the fall of 2011, Cornish reported from Capitol Hill for NPR News, covering issues and power in both the House and Senate and specializing in financial industry policy. She was part of NPR's six-person reporting team during the 2008 presidential election, and had a featured role in coverage of the Democratic National Convention in Denver.

News
5:01 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Florida License Plate Proposal Delayed After Outcry From Tax Collectors

Leon County Tax Collector Doris Maloy
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The redesign of Florida license plates is on hold.

The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles wants new license plates that are easier for toll booth cameras and red light cameras to read.

But the agency withdrew its request for approval by the Florida Cabinet Tuesday.

The DMV is tweaking the plan in part because of concerns by county  tax collectors that private companies will be hired to issue the new plates.

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Absentee Ballots
4:42 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Absentee Ballots On The Rise As Fraud Issue Remains

Absentee ballot requests are up in the state-- but fraud is not less likely.
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Democrats are celebrating an interesting milestone this week: the one millionth request for an absentee ballot by a registered Democrat.

Since absentee ballots became available to anyone in Florida several years ago, the use of voting by mail has been dominated by Republicans.

While the GOP is still doing better than Democrats with absentee ballots, Democrats are giving them a run for their money.

According to Bloomberg,

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Miami Marlins
4:24 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Miami Marlins Manager Fired

Guillen, the Miami's Marlins coach has been fired after just one season.
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Ozzie Guillen, the embattled Miami Marlins manager, has been fired.

According to The Miami Herald, the Marlins released this statement:

“After careful consideration following the disappointment of the 2012 season, we decided to dismiss Ozzie,” said Marlins president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest in a prepared statement. “Our managerial search begins immediately and our hope is that a new manager, along with roster improvements, will restore a winning culture.”

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