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Criticism of Miami-Dade's public bus system can now be quantified -- in 27,000 complaints. 

According to a Miami Herald investigation that analyzed the high volume of complaints spanning the last 18 months, the most common question bus riders ask themselves is "Where's my bus?"

Other common infractions: Rude drivers, overcrowded routes and dirty busses. Really dirty -- roach-level dirty. 

Mark J. Terrill / AP

When Marco Rubio was asked at Wednesday's Republican presidential debate about the South Florida Sun Sentinel's editorial that called for his resignation as Senator, Rubio was prepared.

"I read that editorial with great amusement," Rubio said. The editorial board slammed Rubio for a poor voting record at Capitol Hill, which is among the lowest this year.

Walter Michot / Miami Herald

Few details have emerged about the police-involved shooting of Corey Jones in Palm Beach Gardens, as family, friends and supporters seek answers.

Jones, a South Florida drummer, was on his way home from his band’s gig when his car broke down on I-95. As he waited for a tow-truck, Palm Beach Gardens officer Nouman Raja pulled over in an unmarked department-issued car to inspect the vehicle, which he says he thought was abandoned.

Florida Roundup: Managing Rising Seas In South Florida

Oct 16, 2015
Climate Central

A new interactive map shows coastal cities like Miami could potentially be submerged within this century if carbon emissions worldwide continue “business as usual,” says Ben Strauss.

Strauss is vice president of sea level and climate impact at the research nonprofit Climate Central, which published the map.

It illustrates the effect of carbon emissions on sea-level rise through the year 2100.

In South Florida’s case, “the projections are difficult and unfortunate,” says Strauss.

Bar Jack / Flickr

Following two weeks of nationwide gun violence on school campuses, guns are becoming part of the conversation in Florida, too -- but in the form of legislation. 


This week, a bill was filed in Tallahassee to allow concealed weapons permit holders to carry guns in public.  


Nancy Klingener / WLRN

A Super Blood Moon, king tide and Hurricane Joaquin all came together this week to flood South Florida.

The king tide and Sunday's supermoon brought several inches of water to Key West, Miami Beach and Fort Lauderdale. Meanwhile, Hurricane Joaquin continues to rough up the surf off the coast of South Florida.

Walter Michot / Miami Herald Staff

Miami-Dade Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol last weekend in Key West – and the traffic stop was captured on video via body cameras.

Key West cops began using the cameras this summer. Miami-Dade County was recently awarded funds from the Department of Justice to kickstart the program.

Alessandra Tarantino / AP

Just as Cuba prepares for its first papal visit in 17 years -- one laden with questions of human rights, religious devotion and the future of normalizing relations -- the Obama administration released a new set of trade rules Friday morning in an effort to further thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations.

The rules will take effect Monday, and aim to weaken the U.S. trade embargo imposed on the island nation since 1962.


Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz recently announced that she will back President Obama’s Iran nuclear arms deal.

The deal would lift the sanctions on Iran and, in return, international inspections would keep tabs on Iran’s nuclear sites.

“It’s rather absurd that there’s [objection] to the deal. This will enable us to bring peace globally and since Israel is on this planet, it would benefit them not to have war.” -Jessica (Coral Springs)

Balthazira / Flickr Creative Commons

Everglades National Park is finalizing a plan that’s designed to update the way it is managed.

Some key changes to how the park will operate include different zoning regulations, which in some cases have eliminated the use of airboats.

The park worked on these rules for 12 years. It'll be the newest set since 1979.

"There's been significant changes in the recent decades since the last plan," says Fred Herling, Everglades National Park planner. "Population growth, demographic changes, new technology, new exotic plants and animals."

Florida Roundup: Who Makes Up The Hispanic Vote?

Aug 31, 2015
Charlie Neibergall / Associated Press

When Donald Trump kicked Univision anchor Jorge Ramos out of a press conference last week in Iowa, polls showed that Trump was lacking support among "Hispanic voters." 

What exactly does it mean to be a Hispanic voter, considering the vast differences between the groups that make up the Hispanic voter demographic?

Florida Roundup: When Do You Prep For A Storm?

Aug 24, 2015

Last weekend hurricane Danny strengthened to a Category 3 major storm with winds at 115 mph. It's now down to a tropical depression.

While Florida hasn't seen a major storm since Hurricane Wilma blew through in 2005, Florida Division of Emergency Management Director Bryan Koon says residents should prepare every year right around May.

Florida Roundup: U.S. Embassy Opens In Havana

Aug 14, 2015
Ramon Espinosa / Associated Press

Just 90 miles south of Key West, the U.S. flag was raised in Cuba to mark the opening of the American embassy in Havana -- 54 years after it was closed.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry spoke at a small ceremony, speaking about the island's future and the relationship between the two countries.

"Cuba's future is for the Cuban people to shape," Kerry said.

Meanwhile in Miami's Little Havana neighborhood, emotions ran high as critics and supporters of the move clashed at a street protest.

Listen to Kenny Malone's report below:

Andrew Harnik / AP via Miami Herald

The Republican presidential debate drew 24 million viewers on Thursday night, making it the most-watched presidential debate ever.

Was the record viewership thanks in part to Donald Trump? Maybe.

But Florida voters had two homegrown candidates on the stage, and issues like immigration and education were big talking points for both Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio.

"People are frustrated," said Rubio, who called for a border fence and tougher immigration policy. "This is the most generous country in the world when it comes to immigration."

Graphic by Uber. Color darkened by WLRN for clarity.

As of Friday, Uber is no longer in business in Broward County, after the company called the county's regulations "onerous" this month.

County commissioners drafted a lawsuit stating Uber has not complied with the state's background check and insurance regulations.

Miami-Dade's new transit director, Alice Bravo, told Miami New Times she hopes Miami will move toward becoming "car-optional."