News
6:21 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

NEWSCAST: Scott Vs. Crist

Florida Governor Rick Scott
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 Republican Governor Rick Scott Friday reacted to speculation that newly registered Democrat Charlie Crist will run against him in 2014. Crist, a former Republican governor who became an independent in 2010, and is now formally registered as a Democrat. Scott says the state lost hundreds of thousands of jobs and saw its debt soar during the Crist administration. "In my first two years, we've turned the corner.  Biggest drop in unemployment - it's down to 8.5 percent - and 175,000 private sector jobs. So that's what I'm doing.

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Gay Rights
4:42 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

New Gay Lawmakers Bring Pride To LGBT Community

State Rep. David Richard is a Democrat from Miami Beach. He was also the first openly gay state legislator to be elected into office.
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From the News Service of Florida

With the U.S. Supreme Court considering same-sex marriage, President Barack Obama re-elected on a platform that included it, and the first openly gay lawmakers taking their seats in Tallahassee, gay voters say it's been a winning year.

"We've made a lot of progress, but we still have a long way to go," said Rep. David Richardson, a Miami Beach Democrat, and one of two openly gay lawmakers elected this year – the first in Florida's Legislature.

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Arts
1:33 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Borscht Film Festival Begins

Jillian Mayer and Lucas Leyva of Borscht Corp.
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The homegrown Borscht Film Festival is underway and in its eighth incarnation now.

It started as a group of New World of the Arts high school students who shared a common love of film. They stayed in touch,

even as they scattered across the country to hone their skills.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Arthur Hanlon, South Florida Jazz and Palm Beach County Calendar

12/14/12 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Miami’s Latin Pop star, pianist and composer Arthur Hanlon, discusses his Public TV special, “Encanto Del Caribe” and his long career. Jazz and Blues contributor, Bob Weinberg, chats with Dr. Ron Weber about the exciting 21st anniversary season for the not-for-profit, South Florida Jazz. Our calendar features Bill Nix, Vice President of the Palm Beach County Cultural Council with enticing events for your consideration. Catch the conversation and information Friday on South Florida Arts Beat at 1:00pm.

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The Florida Roundup
12:00 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

How Florida Fails To Prepare Students For College

Many high school graduates in Florida are finding that they are not ready for college-level work.
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On the Florida Roundup:  Florida has its new Education Commissioner, former Indiana Superintendent Tony Bennett.  We’ll learn why Jeb Bush fans are thrilled and the teachers unions are not. NPR’s StateImpact Florida reporter Sarah Gonzalez will tell us why many of Florida’s high school graduates are not ready for college work.  And we hear from you on Florida’s growing need for remedial education and what the purpose of high school should be.  Tweet us @WLRN.  

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City Renovation
11:00 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Miami Beach's Frumpy Convention Center Is Going To Get A Facelift

The Miami Beach Convention Center is finally going to see some changes.
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The Miami Beach Commission is finally going to let investors, developers and architects renovate the Beach's old and frumpy looking convention center.

The convention has been the site for some big events in the city. For example, Art Basel has been hosted at the center for the past few years. But even though some hot events are hosted there, the convention center has maintained its old and outdated look.

That's about to change, though.

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13th Grade
10:00 am
Fri December 14, 2012

What’s Causing The Rising Need For Remedial Classes

English teacher Vallet Tucker teaches 10th grade honors students. She says she's not surprised that more than half the students who took Florida's college placement exam in the 2010-2011 school year failed at least one subject.
Credit Sarah Gonzalez/ StateImpact Florida

Shakira Lockett was a pretty good student in elementary, middle and high school. The Miami-Dade County native says she typically earned As and Bs in English classes.

Math was always something of a struggle for Lockett. Still, she got through her high school exit exam with a passing grade and went on to graduate from Coral Gables Senior High School in 2008.

She went straight to Miami Dade College. Then, something unexpected happened: She flunked the college placement exams in all three subjects – reading, writing and math.

 

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Florida Supreme Court
9:00 am
Fri December 14, 2012

We Can All Blast Music In Our Cars, Again

The Florida Supreme Court decided we can turn up the music in our cars, again.
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From The News Service of Florida

Motorists are free to blast Justin Timberlake -- or any other music they choose -- as loud as they wish, the Florida Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.

The court unanimously struck down a state law barring drivers from blaring their radios at a volume that was "plainly audible" to someone 25 feet away. Three of the seven justices -- Chief Justice Ricky Polston and Justices Charles Canady and Peggy Quince -- didn't fully support the reasoning behind the decision, but didn't write opinions saying where they differed.

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News
8:05 am
Fri December 14, 2012

NEWSCAST: State Gives Green Light To FPL Rate Increase

J.R. Kelly heads up the Office of Public Counsel and opposes the settlement agreement between the state and the utility company.
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