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7:31 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Newscast: 500,000 Votes Already Cast in Florida

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As the debates and rhetoric continue this election season, more than half a million Floridians have already had their say through absentee voting.

You can hear that story and more in WLRN Miami Herald News.

 

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6:55 am
Thu October 18, 2012

NEWSCAST: Nelson, Mack Tangle In Debate

Sen. Bill Nelson and Rep. Connie Mack had a testy debate marked by personal attacks.
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Florida's US Senate candidates squared off in their one and only debate Wednesday night in Davie.

Hear what was said between Senator Bill Nelson and Congressman Connie Mack in WLRN-Miami Herald News.
 

Politics
6:22 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

'Lynn, Who?': Debate Puts Small Boca Raton University On The Map

Lynn University's official Debate t-shirt
C. DiMattei

If you’re a small, private university with a less-than-stellar reputation, what’s a good way to boost your profile?

For Lynn University it was a no-brainer: Host one of the most important events in American politics.

"We've been waiting for this moment for a long time," says Dr. Kevin Ross, Lynn University's president.

The “moment” arrives on Monday, when President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney arrive on Lynn’s Boca Raton campus for the third and final presidential debate before Election Day.

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News
6:20 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

NEWSCAST: Obama Campaign Memo Claims Victory In Voter Numbers

Obama Campaign Says New Voter Numbers Have Grown
Luke Sharrett

Debate performances aside, President Barack Obama is already claiming a "ground game" victory in Florida.

His campaign has sent out a memo touting gains made in voter registration and absentee voting numbers compared to four years ago

It also points out that the campaign never left Florida after the 2008 win over John McCain, and has trained 20-thousand people to register voters.

The campaign also says voter registration among black and Hispanic voters has increased substantially since the last election.

Politics
6:15 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Analyst: Rick Scott Begins Unofficial Reelection Bid With Focus On Teachers

Governor Scott hears from teachers at Southwest Miami High.
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Gov. Rick Scott is trying to appease educators.

They didn’t like it when he chopped $1.3 billion in education funding from the state budget.

They liked it even less when he called for an expansion of charter schools and other alternatives to traditional public schools.

So, while most people are focused on the November ballot, USF Political Scientist Seth McKee says Scott appears to be ramping up his 2014 reelection campaign by extending an olive branch to teachers.

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Ballot Measures
5:22 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Amendment 6: Right To Privacy Or Parental Rights?

The Archdiocese of Miami is funding a campaign to pass Amendment 6, because they say they want to store parental rights in abortion matters.
Ashley Lopez WLRN

One of the constitutional amendments on the ballot this November takes on the controversial and politically charged issue of abortion.

Amendment 6, if passed, would prohibit public funding for abortions in the state, but it would also take away a right to privacy explicitly contained in Florida’s Constitution.

This has women’s rights activists in the state up in arms over concerns that this could be the beginning of greater abortion restrictions.

A Right To Privacy

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Mosquito Birth Control
5:06 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Key West Gets A Step Closer To Genetically-Modified Mosquitoes Experiment

The FDA has signed on to partner a study that would introduce genetically modified mosquitoes in Key West.
Eli Christman/ Flickr

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has agreed to work with a British company looking to test out genetically-modified mosquitoes in the U.S.

British biotechnology company Oxitec Ltd has been waiting for a U.S. federal agency to sign on as a partner so they could test out these altered mosquitoes in Key West.

In the past few years, Key West has had a problem with mosquitoes in the area spreading Dengue-- but Oxitec thinks they can kill off a large part of this mosquito population with their altered mosquitoes.

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Margot Adler is a NPR correspondent based in NPR's New York Bureau. Her reports can be heard regularly on All Things Considered, Morning Edition and Weekend Edition.

Simón Bolivar's Hair
3:35 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Floridian Sues Venezuela To Regain His Lock Of Liberator Simón Bolívar 's Hair

Thanks to the disputed lock of hair, we're pretty sure this is what Simon Bolivar looked like.

Florida resident Ricardo Devengoechea had what the Venezuelans needed: an actual lock of Simón Bolivar's hair that could be used to authenticate the bones stashed in Caracas' National Pantheon.  Reportedly, he lent them the hair, the match was made and Bolívar's certified skull was used to make the  digital facial image that you see on this page.

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News
2:16 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

USAID Head Talks About Haiti

Rajiv Shah, Administrator, USAID
USAID

The head of the United States Agency for International Development was in South Florida to speak to Florida International University students about possible volunteer service with the government organization.

Rajiv Shah  stopped by the WLRN-Miami Herald studios and spoke at length about his agency’s work in earthquake-devastated Haiti.

“I’m very confident that Haiti will emerge a stronger and more resilient country."

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