The Florida Roundup

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The Florida Roundup
9:00 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Is Florida Back To Work Yet?

Florida's economy is recovering, and Governor Rick Scott says "conservative pro-growth policies" are the reason.
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Touting his job-creation record, Governor Rick Scott says it’s time to cut taxes. But with questions about both the state's unemployment rate and education spending being lower than before the Great Recession, Democrats say the Governor’s priorities are off. 

In Miami-Dade, an active social media campaign and vocal supporters at town halls have saved public libraries from budget cuts - for now - after the county commission decided to raid its reserves. So was Mayor Carlos Gimenez wrong to declare that the "age of libraries was probably ending?"  

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The Florida Roundup
12:05 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Did A Florida Mob Boss Rig The 1973 'Battle Of The Sexes' Tennis Match?

The late tennis pro Bobby Riggs called himself Sugar Daddy in the lead-up to 'The Battle of the Sexes,' his match against then No. 2-ranked women's tennis pro Billie Jean King in 1973.
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The 1973 tennis match between Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King, dubbed "The Battle of the Sexes," is an iconic moment in sports history.  King beat Riggs at the height of the feminist movement, proving that women could beat men in a test of physical ability, at a time when women could not even obtain a credit card without a man’s signature. 

For years, though, speculation has been that Riggs threw the match.  

Riggs had decisively beat No. 1-ranked Margaret Court in a game just months before he played King, who was then ranked No. 2.

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The Florida Roundup
12:33 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Why Florida Picks Fights With The U.S.

The motto on the first flag to fly over the capitol when Florida became the 27th state seems to be guiding the state's response today to federal programs.
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Florida’s top prosecutor wants to overturn a federal gun law and allow 18 year-olds to own handguns.  It’s just the latest example of the Sunshine State battling the federal government.  It’s done it over health care, voting rights and now gun control.  

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The Florida Roundup
7:00 am
Tue September 3, 2013

How Drugs May Be Helping Miami’s Real Estate Rebound

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For 18 months straight South Florida home prices have been rising. One reason is cash. For every 10 homes sold in July in our region, seven were bought with cash: no mortgage, no credit check.  

Moreover, 90 percent of the cash buyers of Miami condos are foreign, which often means less financial oversight is involved in the purchase.

RELATED: What Kind Of Money Fuels The Miami Real Estate Market?

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The Florida Roundup
12:00 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

What Kind Of Money Fuels The Miami Real Estate Market?

Credit Elaine Chen / WLRN

The housing recovery has come fast to South Florida. But some are concerned that the cash-fueled rebound here may be relying, in part, on dirty money. 

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The Florida Roundup
12:00 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Could Florida's DCF Have Prevented These Children's Deaths?

The recent deaths of so many children who had had contact with DCF has brought renewed scrutiny on a troubled agency: (clockwise from the top left, name, followed by their age at death, if known) Dontrell Melvin, unknown; Antwan Hope, 4; Dakota Stiles, 3; Ezra Raphael, 2; Aliyah Branum, 2; Jayden Morales, 2; Jewel Howard, 3; Cherish Perrywinkle, 8; and Christian Byrd, 2.

 

    

A Miami Herald investigation uncovers another 16 children who died in recent months even though their families were involved with the Department of Children and Families.  

"Is anybody here not outraged?" demanded one foster parent at a recent town hall, where a group of lawmakers heard from the public and received blame as well. 

Also, in just two months, Floridians are supposed to be able to shop for health insurance as part of Obamacare. But Florida Governor Rick Scott is now worried about the privacy of patient information.

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The Florida Roundup
3:22 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Were Miami Beach Police Wrong To Taser Graffiti Artist Israel Hernandez?

The funeral for 18 year-old Israel Hernandez Llach took place this Wednesday, but questions remain whether Miami Beach police acted appropriately when they apprehended him.
Credit Al Diaz / Miami Herald Staff

On The Florida Roundup, a week after a fatal tasering by Miami Beach Police, graffiti artist Israel Hernandez is buried. Michael E. Miller of the Miami New Times, who broke the story about Hernandez’s death, will talk about police conduct and the safety of tasers.  

Governor Rick Scott wants Georgia to stop taking so much water. He and U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Bill Nelson (D-FL) visited Apalachicola this week to point out damage to the area’s oyster harvest caused by Georgia’s taking of water that could be replenishing the bay there.  

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Law Enforcement
11:16 am
Tue August 13, 2013

What You Should Know About The Miami Beach Taser Death

Isabel Rodrey, 18, of Hollywood, weeps as she remembers her friend, Israel Hernandez-Llach, who died Tuesday after a tasering by Miami Beach police. Dozens gathered to mourn Hernandez's death on Saturday, August 10.
Credit Marsha Halper / Miami Herald Staff

The death of 18 year-old graffiti artist Israel Hernandez-Llach has brought renewed attention to the Miami Beach police department.  Police tasered Hernandez on Aug. 6 after he spray-painted the wall of a shuttered McDonald's restaurant on Collins Avenue and 71st Street.   

People have died from being tasered, though according to a 2011 Justice Department report, it is rare.

The problem, says Julie Brown of the Miami Herald, is that the “Miami Beach police have had a history of using excessive force.”

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The Florida Roundup
12:00 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

How The MLB Learned About Coral Gables Clinic Biogenesis

In addition to Alex Rodriguez, the Biogenesis clinic records listed athletes connected to the University of Miami baseball program.
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On The Florida Roundup: From the ball fields of South Dade to Yankee Stadium, Alex Rodriguez fights to stay in baseball.  Major League Baseball suspended him for more than a season for using performance-enhancing drugs.

We speak to Julie Brown of the Miami Herald about the Coral Gables anti-aging clinic, Biogenesis, that is at the center of the MLB scandal.  Also joining us will be Tim Elfrink of the Miami New Times, who broke the story about the clinic, which supplied drugs to not just MLB players but also college and high school athletes as well. 

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The Florida Roundup
12:00 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

What The Departure Of Education Chief Tony Bennett Means For Florida Schools

Tony Bennett served less than 8 months as Florida's Education Commissioner before a scandal involving the grading of an Indiana charter school let him to resign.
Credit Florida Department of Education

On The Florida Roundup: Our state's leadership goes through more upheaval, this time with the resignation of Education Commissioner Tony Bennett. He will be the fifth education head (including interims) to depart in the 31 months since Governor Rick Scott took office.

Why has there been so much turnover? What impact does the latest change have on students and teachers? 

Plus: the Hialeah shooting drew national attention again to gun deaths in our state.  We look at what factors - or at least correlations - can be gleaned about violence and gun ownership. 

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The Florida Roundup
12:00 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Can Florida's Department Of Children And Families Be Fixed?

The federal government's lawsuit says Florida has about 200 disabled children who are in nursing homes but could be cared for in the community or at home.
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The U.S. Department of Justice charges that Florida denies fragile, disabled children any option but nursing homes.

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The Florida Roundup
3:09 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

How The Zimmerman Verdict Was Decided

Days after the jury’s decision, South Florida – and the nation – still struggles to understand the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the killing of Trayvon Martin. 

Was it Stand Your Ground or other self-defense laws that determined the outcome?  One juror who spoke with CNN said:

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The Florida Roundup
12:00 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Zimmerman Trial: Race, Self-Defense And The Law

Today on the Florida Roundup at noon on 91.3 FM:

We’re bracing for a verdict in the Zimmerman case, a trial that has the state on edge. Does Florida’s Stand Your Ground law make it an open-and-shut case for the defense? And is too much being made of the possible reaction if Trayvon Martin’s killer is set free?

The U.S. Justice Department finds - for the second time in a decade - that City of Miami police used excessive force in a spate of shootings, seven resulting in the deaths of black residents of the city.

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The Florida Roundup
12:00 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Miami, Soon The American Atlantis?

A depiction of our area with a 5 ft. rise in sea level, which by some estimates could happen in 100-300 years.
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On The Florida Roundup, we focus on the impacts of sea-level rise on our very vulnerable region.   

Rolling Stone magazine says Miami - and much of South Florida - is doomed to drown.  You wouldn’t know it based on what you hear from state leaders.  While county and local officials say they are working on solutions, are they pursuing the right ones? 

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The Florida Roundup
12:00 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Week Of The Supremes: Gay Marriage And Voting Rights

Despite the landmark ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court on gay marriage, married same-sex couples here won't be able to take advantage of the full range of federal benefits.
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On The Florida Roundup, we take a look at three big decisions out of Washington, D.C. this week: the U.S. Supreme Court decisions on gay marriage and the Voting Rights Act as well as the U.S. Senate's vote on the immigration bill.

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