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8:05 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Newscast: CT School Shootings Reignite Florida Gun Control Debate

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Just as last week’s tragic events in Newtown, Connecticut reignite the national debate over gun control, Florida will soon issue its one-millionth concealed weapons permit.  And that has gun control advocates worried that what happened in Connecticut could more easily happen in the Sunshine State.

Some Florida politicians are calling for bans on assault weapons. Others want to see more people armed.

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8:27 am
Tue December 18, 2012

NEWSCAST: Gov. Rick Scott Won't Talk Policy Following Connecticut Tragedy

Gov. Rick Scott's daughter is a teacher.
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Florida's governor is sounding off on the shootings in Connecticut and says he has a personal connection to the tragedy.

Gov. Rick Scott's daughter is a teacher, and he says he has friends who live near Newtown, Connecticut.

But, he says, now is not the time to talk policy.

Hear his comments to reporters in WLRN Miami Herald News:

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8:03 am
Tue December 18, 2012

NEWSCAST: Florida Politicians Speak Out On Gun Control After Deadly School Shooting

Florida is close to handing out 1 million concealed weapons permits.
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State leaders are reacting to the tragedy in Connecticut that left 20 children dead.

Some are calling for more gun control, while others would like to see more people armed.

And as you might imagine, they're split among party lines.

We break down their responses in WLRN Miami Herald News:

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7:05 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

NEWSCAST: Governor Rick Scott Reacts To CT School Shootings

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Governor Rick Scott is talking about the shootings in Newtown, Connecticut last week that took the lives of twenty children and six adults at an elementary school. 

Scott told the Herald/Times Tallahassee bureau his job includes taking care of 19 million people in the state, and he wants to keep them safe.

"You stop and say, 'Why do these things happen? What is the logical thing to do?' But I think right now the biggest thing is to be caring about all these families."

Scott is caring about these families because of his own personal reasons. 

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8:28 am
Mon December 17, 2012

NEWSCAST: South Florida Lawmakers Talk 'Fiscal Cliff'

Will we go careening off the so-called fiscal cliff?
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Is raising the eligibility age of Medicare part of the negotiation to avoid falling off the fiscal cliff?

Members of Florida's congressional contingent are speaking out about it.

Hear what they have to say in WLRN Miami Herald News:

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7:47 am
Mon December 17, 2012

NEWSCAST: State Educators React To Connecticut School Massacre

From left, sisters Sara, 12, Jessica, 6, and Kaitlyn Gerckens, 10, gather Sunday night during a vigil to remember the lives lost during Friday’s shooting at Newtown’s Sandy Hook Elementary School.
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What are South Florida school districts doing to make sure what happened in Connecticut doesn't happen here?

Find out in WLRN Miami Herald News:

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8:09 am
Thu December 13, 2012

NEWSCAST: John McAfee Lands in Miami

John McAfee landed at MIA Wednesday evening.
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John McAfee, the anti-virus software founder wanted for questioning in connection with a murder in Belize, landed at Miami International Airport last night for what he called some rest and relaxation in South Beach.

But  it was an unplanned vacation.

Details from WLRN Miami Herald News:

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7:18 am
Thu December 13, 2012

NEWSCAST: Florida Leads US In Foreclosures

One in every 304 homes in Florida was in foreclosure in November.
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Foreclosures continue to plague Florida, and the situation is getting worse.

Details from WLRN Miami Herald News:

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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.
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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.

Details from WLRN Miami Herald News:

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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.
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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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7:31 am
Tue December 11, 2012

NEWSCAST: More People Moving To Florida

Nearly 60,000 New Yorkers moved to the Sunshine State this year.
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The Census Bureau is out with new numbers that show Florida gaining residents at the expense of New York.

Details from WLRN Miami Herald News:

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6:46 am
Tue December 11, 2012

NEWSCAST: Herald Building Denied Historic Designation

The Miami Herald building will now be demolished.
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In a major decision that affects the city's future skyline, Miami's preservation board decides against giving the Herald building an historic designation.

Details from WLRN Miami Herald News:

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8:47 am
Fri December 7, 2012

NEWSCAST: 'Give Us More Money, And We Wont Raise Tuition'; Tri-Rail Expands Weekend Service

Five years in a row of budget cuts to the state university system has meant fewer classes and higher tuition. 

A group of state university presidents met at the state Capitol this week  to try to strike a bargain with state lawmakers.  Their message: "Give us more money, and we won't raise tuition this year."

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7:40 am
Fri December 7, 2012

NEWSCAST: Casino Giant Halts Petition for Casino Amendment; More Art Basel; Knicks Beat the Heat

The casino giant that bought the Miami Herald site has put plans on hold to petition for a casino amendment on the 2014 ballot. 

Halting the petition means state lawmakers will drive the decision over whether to bring Las Vegas-style gambling to Florida.

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