Julia Duba

Associate Producer of News and Public Affairs

Julia Duba is Associate Producer of News and Public Affairs.

She produces WLRN's The Florida Roundup and loves to tell stories about South Florida's history, like the two notorious Miami taggers who marked the rise and fall of graffiti on I-95, the haunted tales of the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables and how South Florida helped train D-Day soldiers for World War II.

Duba is a Miami native and graduated from Florida International University and interned with WLRN in the summer of 2013 and began working with WLRN as morning producer and reporter.

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Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz recently announced that she will back President Obama’s Iran nuclear arms deal.

The deal would lift the sanctions on Iran and, in return, international inspections would keep tabs on Iran’s nuclear sites.

“It’s rather absurd that there’s [objection] to the deal. This will enable us to bring peace globally and since Israel is on this planet, it would benefit them not to have war.” -Jessica (Coral Springs)

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Everglades National Park is finalizing a plan that’s designed to update the way it is managed.

Some key changes to how the park will operate include different zoning regulations, which in some cases have eliminated the use of airboats.

The park worked on these rules for 12 years. It'll be the newest set since 1979.

"There's been significant changes in the recent decades since the last plan," says Fred Herling, Everglades National Park planner. "Population growth, demographic changes, new technology, new exotic plants and animals."

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When Donald Trump kicked Univision anchor Jorge Ramos out of a press conference last week in Iowa, polls showed that Trump was lacking support among "Hispanic voters." 

What exactly does it mean to be a Hispanic voter, considering the vast differences between the groups that make up the Hispanic voter demographic?

Last weekend hurricane Danny strengthened to a Category 3 major storm with winds at 115 mph. It's now down to a tropical depression.

While Florida hasn't seen a major storm since Hurricane Wilma blew through in 2005, Florida Division of Emergency Management Director Bryan Koon says residents should prepare every year right around May.

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Just 90 miles south of Key West, the U.S. flag was raised in Cuba to mark the opening of the American embassy in Havana -- 54 years after it was closed.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry spoke at a small ceremony, speaking about the island's future and the relationship between the two countries.

"Cuba's future is for the Cuban people to shape," Kerry said.

Meanwhile in Miami's Little Havana neighborhood, emotions ran high as critics and supporters of the move clashed at a street protest.

Listen to Kenny Malone's report below:

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The Republican presidential debate drew 24 million viewers on Thursday night, making it the most-watched presidential debate ever.

Was the record viewership thanks in part to Donald Trump? Maybe.

But Florida voters had two homegrown candidates on the stage, and issues like immigration and education were big talking points for both Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio.

"People are frustrated," said Rubio, who called for a border fence and tougher immigration policy. "This is the most generous country in the world when it comes to immigration."

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As of Friday, Uber is no longer in business in Broward County, after the company called the county's regulations "onerous" this month.

County commissioners drafted a lawsuit stating Uber has not complied with the state's background check and insurance regulations.

Miami-Dade's new transit director, Alice Bravo, told Miami New Times she hopes Miami will move toward becoming "car-optional."

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The Cuban flag was raised in Washington, D.C. on Monday, marking the beginning of a new era in normalizing relations between the island and U.S.

Secretary of State John Kerry and Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez held a press conference at the Department of State on Monday.

The two men acknowledged that there are still vast differences between the two governments -- one of those being the perception of human rights.

In Miami, some protestors gathered outside Versailles Cafe, to protest the opening of the embassy in Washington, D.C.

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South Florida is seeing little rain during its rainy season this year.

Eastern Miami-Dade and Broward counties are drying up and are now considered to be in extreme drought conditions, according to water managers.

So far this year, Miami-Dade was 7 inches below average rainfall and Broward was down more than 8 inches.

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A new development project designed to build retail and hotel space in downtown Miami is poised to break ground in the coming months.

The developers of Miami Worldcenter have promised the project will bring jobs to the nearby community of Overtown.

But some critics say a high development of the area will drive those residents away.

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A South Florida company is asking for permission to explore the Everglades west of Broward for oil. Environmentalists say it's a bad idea and some experts argue that there isn't enough oil in Florida to make it worth the effort. 

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Today on the Florida Roundup, how Carnival Corporation got the go-ahead from the U.S. to cruise to Cuba and how it will affect the island. 

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Cuban dissidents are still experiencing violence on the island, but is it a sign that Obama's normalization policy is not working?

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Today on the Florida Roundup, Jeb Bush officially enters the race for the White House. How will he compete with Marco Rubio for the Hispanic vote in Florida?

Protestors in Little Haiti called on the president to take action on a Dominican Republic court ruling which may lead to mass deportation of Haitians living there.

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Today on the Florida Roundup, Miami-Dade County moves forward with a proposal to issue a $100 civil citation for possession of 20 grams or less of marijuana. The plan is part of a broader one to curb arrests in low-income areas as well as allowing for police to prioritize their patrolling. Miami Beach's Commission is considering a similar measure.

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Today on the Florida Roundup, the state of affordable housing in Miami: More than a third of the population is spending more than half of their income on housing, according to a New York University study. Some experts worry that this will contribute to brain drain in South Florida. 

The Florida House is expected to reject the Senate's modified health care plan on Friday, leaving the legislature where it's been for the last few months -- deadlocked.

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