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7:55 am
Wed December 12, 2012

NEWSCAST: Miami-Dade Has Plan To Improve Elections

Some Miami-Dade voters waited for hours to cast a ballot.
Credit Danny Rivero / WLRN

Miami-Dade is making recommendations to the state about how to fix broken elections.

The county's suggestions include adding early voting days and limiting the wording of constitutional amendments.

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Voting Rights
7:30 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Legislator Wants To Change Some Overlooked Parts Of Florida's Voting Law

State Rep. Darryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg.

There have already been a number of bills filed by Democratic state lawmakers to change parts of Florida's controversial voting law during the upcoming  Legislative session, which starts March 5.

Most of the bills, so far, focus on early voting rules that were changed in 2011 -- when the Republican-controlled  Legislature overhauled the state's voting law.

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Listen To WLRN Miami Herald News
7:26 am
Wed December 12, 2012

NEWSCAST: FAMU's Accreditation Threatened

FAMU's famed Marching 100 was suspended by the school following the hazing death of the band's drum major.
Credit Brian Steele / Flickr/Creative Commons

The hazing death of a drum major is now threatening Florida A&M University's accreditation.

A regional accrediting organization has put the university on probation for a year.

Details from WLRN Miami Herald News:

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Gubernatorial Race 2014
6:55 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Three Signs The 2014 Governor's Race Has Already Started

TOO SOON? Gov. Scott is in early campaign mode thanks to Charlie Crist's party switch.
Credit Gage Skidmore /Flickr

Yes, the 2014 gubernatorial election is months and months away, but there are already some signs that election season has started right back up again.

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6:09 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

NEWSCAST: Unemployment Benefits Threatened

Jobs Fairs Remain A Big Draw.
Credit JobFair 2012

Jobless benefits may be cut off for more than     100,000 Floridians at the end of the month.  Florida's Department of Economic Opportunity is sending notices to those receiving Emergency Unemployment Compensation from the federal government. The program provides up to an additional 20 weeks of benefits that will expire December 29 if Congress doesn't extend them. The program began in July of 2008.

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Julie Bierach is the morning newscaster/news producer at St. Louis Public Radio. She was born and raised in St. Louis and graduated from Southeast Missouri State University. She started her career in Cape Girardeau, Mo. as a student announcer.

Bierach returned to St. Louis Public Radio in November 2010 after working in public relations at the Missouri Botanical Garden. She was previously the station’s science and technology reporter.

Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Cultural Competency For the Health Professional; Novelist Junot Diaz

Patti Rose, Ed.D.

12/11/12 - Tuesday's Topical Currents begins with University of Miami professor Dr. Patti Rose, who specializes in cultural diversity issues which face health professionals -- and interactions with patients and families.  And more.  Literary contributor Ariel Gonzalez interviews award-winning novelist Junot Diaz.  Recently awarded a sizeable “genius grant” from the MacArthur Foundation.  His latest book is a collection of themed short-stories called, THIS IS HOW YOU LOSE HER.

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Art Basel Lessons
12:30 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Careful What You Ask A Fortune Telling Dog

INTERACTIVE ART: The large installation by Desi Santiago also told fortunes.
Credit Arianna Prothero

“The Black Lords” installation at Lords Hotel emerged as one of the crowd favorites from Art Basel week.

Artist Desi Santiago was the man behind the epic-sized installation that featured a giant black dog wrapped around the Lords Hotel.

Called Gypsy, she breathed smoke and shot lasers from her eyes.

Gypsy also told fortunes. People wrote their questions on cards, dropped them into a box and then learned the answer as Gypsy boomed a “yes,” “no” or “maybe.”

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Sea Level Rise
11:54 am
Tue December 11, 2012

The Quick Fix For A Disappearing Beach

Broward leaders need a quick fix for North Fort Lauderdale beach, where State Road A1A has been overrun by the ocean
Credit Broward County

Sand dunes and steel sheets driven underground will be used as temporary fixes to shore up a portion of Fort Lauderdale beach and State Road A1A that have been overrun by the ocean.

The $4.5-million-dollar plan was announced at a public meeting Monday night, the Sun Sentinel reports today, and it will serve as a band-aid until a permanent fix is found.

Broward Mayor Kristen Jacobs says it's the best they can do to deal with the problem in the short term.

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Art Basel
10:30 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Overlooked Gem Of Art Basel: Art Meow-sel

Picture of a cat Napoleon in Art Meow-sel.
Credit Marva Hinton /WLRN

WLRN's Marva Hinton loves cats. I mean, she really, really loves cats.

So, it came as no surprise to me that when planning a visit to Art Basel last week she decided her time would be best spent at Art Meow-sel in O Cinema: a gallery dedicated solely to cat-related art.

It's weird, I know. But it's also kind of brilliant.

As someone who isn't an art aficionado, yet has a lot of opinions about cats, I have to say that this gallery  was awesome.

Here is why.

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