Gina Jordan

Tallahassee reporter

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The Color of Change political action committee (PAC) has launched #VotingWhileBlack, a program to engage black voters in races that may have the strongest impact on their communities. PAC Director Arisha Hatch says elected officials often pursue black voters then forget about black communities once they take office. So the program is designed to hold politicians accountable for promises made on the campaign trail. “The hashtag is based off of the popular phrase ‘ driving while black ,’ which...

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“Everything went well,” Jesse Scott said with relief as he walked out of his interview at CareerSource Capital Region, an employment and training center in Tallahassee. “There's a lot of people that live on [the] edge. Many Floridians do base their livelihood on making a 40-hour work week each week,” Scott said. “If something interrupts that, you can fall between the cracks.” That’s what happened to Scott after the North Carolina healthcare company he worked for closed down. He lost his job...

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The middle class has fewer and fewer job opportunities in Florida according to the newest edition of an annual report called “The State of Working Florida.” The study looks at how the jobs available, as well as the pay and benefits they offer, affect prospects for climbing the economic ladder. Researchers studied the years from 2009 to 2014. "The good news is that there have been a considerable amount of middle class workers who have made their way to the upper class, and this has largely...

You didn't have time to wait for the long list of results last night? Fear not. The WLRN team has summarized the key takeaways of this primary election for South Florida.

Collectors Cafe

In 1947, a 28-year-old baseball player named Jackie Robinson broke the Major League’s color barrier when he signed a contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers. That historical document and others will be on display at two Miami Marlins games this week. Robinson’s four-page contract with the Dodgers has been authenticated and valued at $36-million . His signature on that piece of paper effectively integrated major league baseball and indirectly sparked the country’s movement against segregation....

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Florida has no shortage of weird and wacky stories that contribute to its reputation as the 'punchline' state. Tampa Bay Times reporter Craig Pittman has spent decades collecting those stories. He’s made regular use of the # OhFlorida hashtag on Twitter for years thanks to a seemingly endless supply of bizarre news fodder. Now he’s compiled many of his favorites into a book. "Oh, Florida! How America's Weirdest State Influences the Rest of the Country" is in bookstores now. Pittman will be at...

Associated Press

#BlackLivesMatter was born three years ago after the murder trial of George Zimmerman, the man who shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida. Zimmerman was found not guilty. Similar hashtags are competing for prominence, such as #AllLivesMatter. But the original movement is getting renewed attention with the police killings of two black men in early July: 37-year-old Alton Sterling in Louisiana and 32-year-old Philando Castile in Minnesota. Those shootings, within a day of each...

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Dr. Harold Wanless researches climate change as chair of the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Miami in Coral Gables. He documents coastal erosion caused by hurricane damage – and the impact of sea-level rise . Wanless calls South Florida the poster child for climate change . “Only 8 percent of Miami-Dade County is greater than 10 feet above sea level. When you think about heavy rains and hurricane storm surges, that sort of focuses how vulnerable we are,” Wanless says. ...

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Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is under growing pressure thanks to a three year old, $25 thousand contribution to her political action committee from a nonprofit associated with Donald Trump. The money came as her office was considering whether to join an investigation of fraud allegations at Trump University. The law firm at the center of the global Panama Papers leak was used by Cuba for years to get around the American trade embargo . How did it work, and how does this impact the...

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The crown jewel in Donald Trump’s resort hotel portfolio will not play host to a PGA tournament next year. After 54 years, the tournament is getting a new home in Mexico City. Organizers say the World Golf Classic at Trump National Doral is moving south of the border because of sponsorship money, but how did Trump’s politics play into the decision? The former Palm Beach Gardens police officer who shot and killed Corey Jones on an I-95 exit ramp last October was charged with manslaughter this...

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The biggest game in sports is coming back to South Florida. The Miami Dolphins will host the Super Bowl in 2020, celebrating a century of the NFL. But is this Miami’s game - or is it South Florida's game? Should the branding leave out Broward County? Voters in Broward County will decide in November if they want to spend more money for transportation. It's one of several proposed tax increases in three counties. From higher taxes on booze to a general sales tax hike, where could the money go?...

WLRN

This week on The Florida Roundup: the White House directive to school districts about transgender students, political in-fighting among Democrats, the mobilization of Latino voters , and the Zika funding feud. The Obama Administration says school districts need to allow transgender students to use bathrooms matching their gender identity. One state lawmaker calls the order intrusive. We talk with the head of the state’s second largest school district. In the race for the White House, the...

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A new poll is out that looks at the attitudes of Miamians on numerous issues. The poll was commissioned by WLRN, el Nuevo Herald, the Miami Herald, and Univision 23. It was conducted by Bendixen & Amandi International. In today’s program, we look at what Miami voters feel is important to them - from the mayoral race to gun violence to our new relations with Cuba . Hundreds of thousands of Floridians have lost their food stamps since January 1st. It’s because of a new state rule that...

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Two big news stories in Miami-Dade County this past week will impact transportation and the homeless . The federal program for housing cut millions of dollars that Miami-Dade programs were counting on in homeless funding. Up to 700 beds for homeless people are at risk. On a 9 – 2 vote, county commissioners legalized ride sharing services like Uber and Lyft. Now, the taxi industry is fighting back with a $1 billion lawsuit . On the environmental front, coral is dying in many parts of South...

Miami Herald

We begin The Florida Roundup with corruption in Opa-locka . The Miami Herald uncovered a months-long investigation by the FBI that includes extortion and bribery in the city involving a commissioner, the city manager and a former cop. A gathering of state lawmakers and regulators in Homestead will tackle what should happen next to FPL’s Turkey Point Power Plant . Another arrest was made this week in a sports story involving human smuggling. We look more closely at the network of boat captains...

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