The Florida Roundup

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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.
Credit Joanna C Dobson / Creative Commons/Flickr

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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Politics
12:00 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

The Florida Roundup: Should The Miami Heat Get More Public Money?

The Miami Heat say they need more public money to help maintain the arena.
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Our panel of journalists will tackle two four-letter words: Heat and jobs.

The Miami Heat won back-to-back NBA Championships after defeating the San Antonio Spurs Thursday night, 95-88.

Meanwhile, team owner Micky Arison wants to extend the team's lease on American Airlines Arena with the help of public money.

Florida's job market has been improving with unemployment falling to levels not seen in nearly five years.

But joblessness in Miami-Dade County remains well above the rest of the state. 

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The Florida Roundup
12:00 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

A New Era For U.S.-Latin American Relations?

In a special edition of The Florida Roundup, we focus on our broader region, Latin America and the Caribbean. 

China's President Xi Jinping recently concluded a visit to Mexico, Costa Rica and Trinidad, shortly after President Obama and Vice President Biden paid visits there.

We discuss if Obama's second term will include stronger Latin American relations and China's ambitions in the Western hemisphere. 

Plus: why Venezuelans are buying suitcases of toilet paper and other basic goods in South Florida.

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The Florida Roundup
11:59 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Today's Florida Roundup: Immigration Policy, Absentee Ballot Scandal And The Heat In The Finals

WLRN's weekly public affairs show
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On today's edition of The Florida Roundup... 

Immigration: 

Immigration reform is stalled in Congress.

Is Marco Rubio backing away from own bill?

When will there be resolution?

Has the issue been a net loser for the freshman senator, and when will there will a resolution in Washington?

Governor Scott vetoes a law that would have allowed illegal immigrants drivers licenses.

Which way is he heading this time as we approach his re-reelection campaign?

Is he heading back to his tea party roots?

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The Florida Roundup
12:00 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

No Super Bowl For You!

  On The Florida Roundup today at noon:

Dolphins Stadium

The Florida Legislature balked on proposed renovations to Miami Dolphins stadium. A  public referendum (already in progress) on the renovations was called off. And to make matters worse, the NFL denied South Florida a Super Bowl.

Oklahoma Tragedy

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Politics
7:00 am
Thu May 23, 2013

New Internet Cafe Ban Leaves Chuck E. Cheese Alone

Popular gaming chain Dave & Busters features slot machines where players insert enough tokens to claim prizes.
Credit Greg Castillo/The Miami Herald

When is a gambling machine, not a gambling machine?  Apparently when it is inside a Chuck E. Cheese.  

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The Florida Roundup
12:00 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Does The Governor Deserve Credit For The Economy?

The state announced that the jobless rate dropped to 7.2 percent in April 2013. But what kind of jobs have been created?
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On The Florida Roundup, we take a special look at the economy.  

Employment, tourism and real estate numbers suggest a recovery. We’ll examine whether Gov. Rick Scott’s “it’s working” motto is actually working -- for him.

Meanwhile, the legislative session is over but many bills are still under review by the governor. The biggest: Florida's $74.5 billion budget.

And locally, could South Florida lose both the Super Bowl and the International Swimming Hall of Fame to California?

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Session 2013
2:38 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

The 7 Things To Know About Florida's Legislative Session

So many issues made the headlines during the state's 60-day legislative session.  But if you haven't been following the ins-and-outs of Tallahassee, we have you covered.  Here are the 7 main events from Florida’s recently concluded legislative session.

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The Florida Roundup
12:00 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Winners And Losers From Florida's Legislative Session

Join us for The Florida Roundup today at noon for a special look back at the 2013 state legislative session and a follow-up with participants from our WLRN-Miami Herald Town Hall in February.

Below you can be part of a live, online discussion curated by our social media editor, Danny Rivero.

Click here for The Seven Most Important Things You Should Know About Florida's Legislative Session

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The Florida Roundup
12:00 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

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