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6:46 am
Thu May 15, 2014

May 15, 2014: South Dade Mayors Protest FPL Vote

Today on WLRN-Miami Herald News, you heard:

Conservatives consider immigration reform.

Inside Florida's guardian ad litem policies.

An inexpensive transportation option from Tampa to Miami.

Florida's political almanac provides insight into the state's election trends.

Tornado warnings in South Florida.

11:04 AM -- Miami's fast-food workers plan to strike today; the Florida Department of Children and Families says efforts to crack down on public assistance fraud are working.

10:04 AM -- Christopher Columbus arrived in the New World on a ship called the Santa Maria. And now a veteran ocean explorer claims he's found the wreck of that history-changing vessel off the coast of Haiti.
9:40 Who protects the children? Learn about the Guardian ad Litem program.

9:04 Getting your french fries fix might be a little tougher today in Miami. A group of fast food workers plans to walk off the job.

8:34 The Political Almanac of Florida 2014 gives us a detailed look at the state’s House districts -- all 120 of them. It’s full of insider information like why Republicans don’t bother much with promoting a local candidate in the area that includes Opa-locka and Overtown. The book is rooted in the premise that anyone who knows the electorate in different parts of the state can predict who's likely to win an election. Author David Royse recently spoke to WLRN.

8:04 Will a soccer stadium at Miami's main seaport threaten jobs that are already there? A group that opposes David Beckham's proposed soccer stadium says yes, but an acclaimed online political fact-checker disagrees.

7:34 The issue of how the state protects kids has been in the spotlight over the last several months. Our partners at the Miami Herald recently did an investigation into hundreds of child deaths. One way the state aims to protect kids is the Guardian Ad Litem program-- its volunteers work on cases of abuse and neglect. A new law out of Tallahassee requires that lawyers also be assigned to some kids.

7:04 Federal lawmakers are close to passing a water bill with more than a billion dollars set aside for projects in Florida.

6:34 The Political Almanac of Florida 2014 gives us a detailed look at the state’s House districts -- all 120 of them. It’s full of insider information like why Republicans don’t bother much with promoting a local candidate in the area that includes Opa-locka and Overtown. The book is rooted in the premise that anyone who knows the electorate in different parts of the state can predict who's likely to win an election. Author David Royse recently spoke to WLRN.

6:04 The state cabinet decision on Tuesday to green light Florida Power and Light's proposed expansion of the Turkey Point nuclear power plant turned quickly into an anti-Rick Scott campaign piece on Wednesday. A local Democratic Party official joined South Dade mayors to complain about the outcome.