Charlie Crist
3:34 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

What Charlie Crist Has To Say About Rick Scott’s Handling Of Election 2012

In a U.S. Senate hearing, Crist lambasted Scott for signing an election law that reduced early voting hours, when many minorities vote.
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In what may be a preview of the governor’s race, former governor Charlie Crist directly criticized Governor Rick Scott before a U.S. Senate hearing on voting rights. Crist was critical of Scott for helping to pass a 2011 election law that limited early voting hours. 

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Cuba
1:38 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

'I Have All My Fingernails Intact'

Reporter Frances Robles has seen it all in her 19 years at the Miami Herald.
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From being detained by Cuban authorities, to experiencing the horror of dead bodies in post-earthquake Haiti, to reporting on a Honduran leader who was ousted in his pajamas, Frances Robles has been all over the hemisphere in her 19 years with the Miami Herald.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

South Florida Author Les Standiford Examines the American Revolution in DESPERATE SONS.

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12/19/12 -  Topical Currents is with South Florida-based author Les Standiford.  His latest work is DESPERATE SONS:  Samuel Adams, Patrick Henry, John Hancock and the Secret Bands of Radicals Who Led the Colonies to War.  The leaders of the Sons of Revolution were colonial merchants, whose businesses suffered greatly from British tax and trade structures.

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Voting Law
12:41 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Rick Scott Admits Florida Voting Law Was A Problem

Gov. Rick Scott talks Florida voting on CNN.
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During an appearance on CNN on Wednesday, Gov. Rick Scott admitted Florida's voting law-- which he signed into law-- was partially to blame  for Florida's voting troubles this year.

He told Soledad O'Brien during Starting Point on Wednesday that lawmakers in the state have to come up with a bipartisan solution to Florida's voting woes. This year, people stood in lines that were up to six hours long even on Election Day, well after polls closed in other parts of the state.

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Ballet
12:32 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Children Still Love 'Nutcracker' And Here's Where To See It This Season In South Florida

Marie and the title character in a scene from the Miami City Ballet production of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker
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It's Nutcracker time and few South Floridians will be farther than a few miles from a stage presenting Tchaikovsky's beloved holiday ballet, first staged in 1892.

The Nutcracker's score and imagery are the framework of Christmas memory for a lot of mostly older people. They were taken to see it as children and, remembering the experience, took their own children. That's how so many family holiday traditions were born in the story of a broken nutcracker and the fantastical dream of a troubled little girl.

Is It Still For Kids?

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Everglades
11:05 am
Wed December 19, 2012

Why The Woodstork Is Leaving The Everglades

The wood stork numbers are up - but not without big changes in its range and habits. The endangered bird has largely left the Everglades, once home to a significant number of nesting pairs.
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Florida’s only wading bird on the endangered species list, the wood stork, is on the mend.  From a low of about 2,500 nesting pairs in most of South and Central Florida in 1984, the bird has since grown to around 7,000 to 9,000 nesting pairs. 

But it doesn't mean all is well with the Everglades.

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Cold Case
9:58 am
Wed December 19, 2012

'In Cold Blood' Killers Exhumed For Clues To Sarasota County Family Massacre In 1959

THE OTHER VICTIMS: Cliff and Christine Walker of Sarasota County and their children were murdered in 1959.
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The bodies of "In Cold Blood" killers Perry Smith and Richard Hickock have been exhumed in Kansas for DNA samples that could tie them to murders of a Sarasota County family.

The men were hanged for killing Herb and Bonnie Clutter and their children in Holcomb, Kan., in 1959.

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Profile
9:00 am
Wed December 19, 2012

Indiana Gov. Would Have 'Walked Through Coals' For Florida's New Schools Chief

CONVERSATION CHANGER: Educator Tony Bennett
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Elle Moxley's radio profile of Tony Bennett for StateImpact Florida.

Before he was voted out of the office of Superintendent of Public Instruction in Indiana -- and well before he was appointed Florida Commissioner of Education -- Tony  Bennett pushed for a controversial package of education initiatives that brought Indiana to the forefront of a national conversation about how to transform public schools.

And it all began with a restaurant conversation between Bennett and Indiana Board of Education member Todd Huston, who was urging him to run for superintendent.

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Driving
8:20 am
Wed December 19, 2012

New Florida Tag Design And How It's Different

NEW TAG FRONT RUNNER -- Critics call it dull but, if the governor and Cabinet approve, this will be our new license tag starting in 2014.
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Citizens of Florida have democratically chosen a design for their state's next license tag.

You see it here: A white plate, trimmed in green with a picture of an orange, seven letters and numbers in a new font that won't confuse traffic cameras, and letters spelling "Florida" and "Sunshine State."

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Listen To WLRN Miami Herald News
8:06 am
Wed December 19, 2012

NEWSCAST: Florida Lawmaker Walks Back Suggestion To Arm Teachers

Some gun advocates say classrooms would be safer if teachers were armed.
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The shootings in Connecticut have sparked many debates in Florida about gun control.

Meanwhile, one state leader is stepping back from comments about guns in schools.

State House Judiciary Chairman Dennis Baxley of Ocala told the Associated Press Monday gun-free zones like schools are targets for deranged people and it might be wise for teachers and principals to carry guns.

Hear what he's saying now in WLRN Miami Herald News:

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