Wilson Sayre

Reporter

Wilson Sayre was born and bred in Raleigh, N.C., home of the only real barbecue in the country (we're talking East here). She graduated from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where she studied Philosophy.

Sayre took a year off school to live in a Zen monastery in Japan and quickly realized that a life of public radio would be a bit more forgiving. Upon returning to the States, she helped launch a news program at UNC’s college-radio station, WXYC. Through error and error, she taught herself how to make radio stories.

She worked with NPR member station WUNC in Chapel Hill, interning for The Story with Dick Gordon. Then she went on to help to run WUNC's Youth Radio Institute, teaching at-risk teenagers how to make radio.

Sayre likes to keep chickens, pickle okra and make sound collages.

Sayre initially came down to WLRN in 2013 for a reporting fellowship. After that, she decided she couldn't leave. She's continued her a mission to get more Miamians to wear overalls and say y'all.

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After a five and a half hour-long public comment and discussion, the city of Hollywood decided to rename streets that bear the names of Confederate icons.

Laura Morcate / WLRN News

The city of Hollywood has been grappling with how to deal with some of its Confederate icons and is looking into changing streets named after Confederate generals.

The issue may be decided Wednesday, when the City Commission is scheduled to vote on whether to change the names or keep the existing ones.

Wilson Sayre / WLRN

Thursday night, Florida executed Mark Asay, who was declared dead at 6:22 p.m. He broke Florida’s year-and-a-half hiatus for the death penalty as the first person executed since January 2016.

Florida Department of Corrections

While the state of Florida is set to execute the first person in more than a year and a half, 150 other Death Row inmates await new sentences.

The death penalty was put on hold in the state after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the landmark case of Hurst v. Florida that the process applied for sentencing someone to death was unconstitutional. 

Florida Department of Corrections

The state of Florida is poised to execute the first person in more than a year and a half this Thursday, August 24. 

Wilson Sayre / WLRN

Roughly 260 sex offenders have registered as their residence the intersection of Northwest 36th Court and 71st Street, on the edge of Hialeah and Miami.  The closest house is four blocks away and the only buildings here are squat warehouses.

Matias Ocner / WLRN

There are still a few more weeks or so left in mango season. We know the end of the season is a sad time for a lot of you, but it also may come as a relief if you’re somebody who can’t figure out what to do with all the fruit your trees yielded.

Courtesy of the artist

Miami jazz saxophonist David Leon is one of the 2017 recipients of the ASCAP Foundation’s Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award for his work. As part of that award, he will be playing at this year's Newport Jazz Festival.

Phillip Pessar / Creative Commons via Flickr

Five people were hit by trains in South Florida just this week — and two were killed. That brings year-to-date deaths on rail tracks to more than a dozen in South Florida.

Creative Commons via Flickr / Ruth Hara

Miami may soon have a large pot of money to pay for infrastructure reinforcements in the face of rising seas.

Thursday, in a narrow vote, the city of Miami decided to put a $400 million bond question to the voters in November.

Last year, the City Commission voted down Mayor Tomas Regalado’s proposed bond plan. Commissioner Ken Russell was one of those no votes.

He told the mayor to get more public input on how to use the money generated through the bonds.

Robin Martin

On May 19, Fort Lauderdale police officers and city workers showed up without notice at Stranahan Park with dozens of blue trash bins, a front-end loader and a dump truck. They ordered all the homeless living there to put their stuff in the bins; the rest of the stuff was scooped up by the loader and thrown in the dump truck.

John O'Connor / WLRN

Yet another candidate has entered the race for U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen's seat.

Raquel Regalado, a former Miami-Dade County School Board member, announced her candidacy for U.S. District 27  in a video posted on her Facebook page.

Patrick Farrell / Miami Herald

Finding affordable housing in South Florida is challenging-- that’s no news to those who live here.

Saturday kicked off a national “week of action” to call on the federal government to increase the number of tax credits to affordable housing developers.

“The week of action will hopefully focus some attention on our nation’s affordable housing crisis,” said Matthew Rieger, is President and CEO of the Miami-based Housing Trust Group. “South Florida, it’s actually worse than [much of] the rest of the country. “

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Florida has one of the largest prison populations in the U.S. As of 2016, there were 99,000 people incarcerated in the state. The number peaked in 2011 with roughly 102,300 people in prison.

Miami International Airport

There’s more unrest at Miami International Airport. More than 300 food workers have filed complaints alleging their employers have been underpaying them.

Workers with LSG Sky Chefs and Gate Gourmet said the underpayments date back to 2006. The employees of these companies, contractors of major airlines  - Sky Chef's main client is American Airlines - say their employers are violating the Living Wage Ordinance. 

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