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The early Sunday morning mass shooting in an Orlando gay nightclub is a story everyone is trying to understand. Violence on this scale, concentrated in one place and perpetrated against private citizens, is difficult to comprehend.But it’s a tragic story that also calls upon our deep-seated nature to confront, figure out and learn from.

This week's Florida Roundup tried to shed some light on key questions that linger in the aftermath of what has been described as the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. 

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Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is under growing pressure thanks to a three year old, $25 thousand contribution to her political action committee from a nonprofit associated with Donald Trump. The money came as her office was considering whether to join an investigation of fraud allegations at Trump University.

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The crown jewel in Donald Trump’s resort hotel portfolio will not play host to a PGA tournament next year. After 54 years, the tournament is getting a new home in Mexico City. Organizers say the World Golf Classic at Trump National Doral is moving south of the border because of sponsorship money, but how did Trump’s politics play into the decision?

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The biggest game in sports is coming back to South Florida. The Miami Dolphins will host the Super Bowl in 2020, celebrating a century of the NFL. But is this Miami’s game - or is it South Florida's game? Should the branding leave out Broward County?

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This week on The Florida Roundup: the White House directive to school districts about transgender students, political in-fighting among Democrats, the mobilization of Latino voters, and the Zika funding feud.

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A new poll is out that looks at the attitudes of Miamians on numerous issues. The poll was commissioned by WLRN, el Nuevo Herald, the Miami Herald, and Univision 23.

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Two big news stories in Miami-Dade County this past week will impact transportation and the homeless. The federal program for housing cut millions of dollars that Miami-Dade programs were counting on in homeless funding. Up to 700 beds for homeless people are at risk.

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We begin The Florida Roundup with corruption in Opa-locka. The Miami Herald uncovered a months-long investigation by the FBI that includes extortion and bribery in the city involving a commissioner, the city manager and a former cop.

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Cuba has changed its policy and will allow anyone born there to return to the island on a cruise ship or merchant vessel. Carnival had threatened to postpone its maiden voyage from Miami to Cuba if the rule wasn’t changed.

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The Florida Roundup looks at Carnival’s Cuba controversy, management trouble at Broward Health, and modified mosquitoes in the Keys.

Cruise giant Carnival faces a lawsuit and protests over its plans to sail from Miami to Cuba starting May 1st - and its willingness to follow Cuban law by not allowing Cuban-born Americans to cruise.

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The Pamana Papers have been making headlines around the world in just over a week.

And while it may be surprising news for most people, industry insiders say offshore corporations have been guilty of wrongdoing for a long time.

The leaked documents have raised the question of whether this scandal will finally change the way offshore companies operate and if regulators will push for more transparency.

Read the Miami Herald's full coverage of the Panama Papers

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Miami Maj. Delrish Moss is set to become the top cop in an American town that's become synonymous with racial tension between black youth and police officers.

Officials in Ferguson, Missouri announced Thursday that Miami Police Maj. Delrish Moss will be its new police chief.

The move puts a black officer in charge of a mostly white department that serves a town where African-Americans make up two-thirds of the residents.

Violent racial struggles erupted in Ferguson two years ago after the police shooting death of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown.

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President Obama is going to Cuba this weekend.

WLRN's Tom Hudson and Tim Padgett are there awaiting Obama's visit. What is the mood in Havana ahead of the historic trip? And they're looking at the changes that have occurred since the two nations started talking again.

Donald Trump looks like the Republican nominee in this presidential election, while Florida's Senator Marco Rubio is back in the halls of the senate, now that’s he no longer running for president. But, what do we make of his claim that he won’t return to politics after January?

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Voters in Miami Beach are deciding more who may run for the White House.

They also will decide if a new hotel should be built next to a renovated convention center.

The hotel would serve as headquarters for conventions. Supporters say it would bring more dollars to the city but opponents believe it would further overcrowd the city.

Plans for the hotel boast a modern 288-foot tall, 800-room building.

If voters approve the plan on March 15, the land would be leased to Portman Holdings. The developer says it will privately finance the $400 million project.

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This week, the White House announced President Obama and the First Lady will visit Cuba.

The trip will include meetings with a Castro as well as with Cuban entrepreneurs.

The decision for a presidential trip to Cuba comes with all the historic overtones that have accompanied the changing relationship between America and Cuba since late 2014 when the president announced a new strategy of engagement. It also came with the familiar criticism of the efforts.  We discuss the history and controversy surrounding the trip.

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