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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Today on the Florida Roundup, the federal government offers Florida $1 billion for the Low Income Pool, a program that funds healthcare costs for the uninsured. With ten days left for the special legislative session to begin, is the federal offer enough to relieve the tension in Tallahassee between the House and Senate?

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Today on The Florida Roundup, how does campaigning in Miami-Dade County's mayoral election affect candidates' chances at a win?

Sen. Marco Rubio's ally in fundraising has powerful Miami roots

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Broward County commissioners are considering a proposal that would extend the county’s living-wage ordinance to airport contract workers at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

Workers such as baggage handlers, skycaps and wheelchair assistants earn an average of $7.46 per hour, according to a union report.

Gueldere Guerillis has worked at FLL for eight years and currently works two jobs, as a skycap and wheelchair attendant.

“Our paychecks cannot cover everything,” says Guerillis. “Most of us at the airport work two or three jobs to make ends meet.”

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Tobacco Road, known as the oldest bar in Miami, has secured a new home.

The iconic bar had its last call in October, and since then patrons have been waiting to hear where Tobacco Road would take up residence. 

The bar is expected to reopen in January 2016 at 69 Southwest Seventh Street.

A lot of the old pieces of Tobacco Road will become decorative memorabilia along the walls of the new location, like handbills, fliers from past events and photos. The bartop and the neon sign also made it out of the old place.

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Miami Beach commissioners are considering a proposal by Mayor Philip Levine to ban outdoor liquor sales after 2 a.m.

The proposal is meant to curb intoxication on Ocean Drive where last call at its sidewalk bars and restaurants can be as late as 5 a.m.

Levine says he’s spoken with law enforcement about how to bring back a more family-friendly environment to the strip.

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The launch to Tri-Rail's new stop at the Miami International Airport was off to a rocky launch last week.

The new station eliminates the need to travel by shuttle from the Hialeah station to get to the airport, saving passengers about 20 minutes. But some passengers who expected a short trip to the airport, experienced delays of up to an hour.

South Florida Regional Transportation Authority spokesperson Bonnie Arnold says the issue came from Tri-Rail running its own dispatch and maintenance of the track. It was formerly run by CSX Transportation in Jacksonville.

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Miami Beach turns 100 this month.

The city has a short history compared to others around the country, but Miami Beach has become a world-class destination. And that's thanks in part to some of the movies and TV shows that were shot on the island.

From the hilarious "Jackie Gleason Show" in the 1960s to the gritty 1980s "Scarface," here are 10 movies and TV shows that portrayed the unique Miami Beach on big and small screens.

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On Friday, March 21, Fort Lauderdale police fired three of its officers for "racist text messages exchanged among themselves and 'former police officers.'"

That was only the latest in a string of incidents involving race, police and the communities they serve.

Scroll below to see a timeline of these events.

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Gov. Rick Scott's office is continuing to deny that the administration unofficially banned the use of the terms "climate change" and "global warming" after former state employees said they were told not to use those words. 

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Technical problems this week delayed testing in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Testing didn't resume until three days later on Thursday.

The Florida Senate moved forward with a bill to limit testing.

Gov. Rick Scott gave an upbeat State of the State address in the midst of a challenging start to his administration's second term.

Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties' legislative delegations take their priority measures to Tallahassee.

The Miami International Film Festival kicks off today.

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The U.S. Justice Department this week announced it will not charge George Zimmerman with civil rights violations in the case of the killing of Trayvon Martin.

Martin's death preceded several recent killings of young, unarmed black men that have sent protesters to the streets, renewing the conversation about police relations with minority communities.

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About 250 people lined up for a job fair hosted by The Miami Omni Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) on Thursday near downtown Miami to hire workers for the construction of the Florida Film and Television Center.

North Carolina film company EUE/Screen Gems Studios has partnered with the Omni CRA to build the 82,000-square-foot studio at Northwest Miami Court and 14th Street.

Pieter Bockweg is the executive director of the Omni CRA. He says not only will the studio create jobs in the community but it will revitalize the area.

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South Florida’s graffiti problem in the 1990’s had a poster child: Crook and Crome.

They had tags in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.

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In gearing up for a potential presidential bid, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush talked education at a summit in Tallahassee.

With the intention of releasing his emails from his time as Florida's governor, Bush also released some Floridians' personal information like Social Security numbers. 

Miami-Dade legislators say Florida may finally be expanding Medicaid this year.

  Today on WLRN-Miami Herald News, you heard:

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