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One month since Maria hit Puerto Rico, the wait for Irma's food benefits in South Florida and Florida public schools vs. the state over charter schools all on this week's 'special pledge edition' of The Florida Roundup with host Tom Hudson. 

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Mike Stocker / The Sun Sentinel via The Miami Herald

  The statue of Broward County’s namesake stands in its courthouse no more. 

The figure of Napoleon Bonaparte Broward II was removed quietly Wednesday night, after excerpts from a speech the former Florida governor gave surfaced on an online blog to reveal segregationist views. 

 

In Broward’s State of the State address to the Legislature in 1907, he called for the creation of a separate country for blacks, saying he considered them to be  “wards of the white people.” 

Jackson Plaza medical building
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

This story has been updated.

Two state lawmakers visited the Jackson Plaza Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Miami Monday to lead a roundtable discussion about nursing homes needs in times of crisis. 

 

Caitie Switalski / WLRN News

It was an unusual night at South Plantation High School Thursday. Plenty of kids stayed late for football practice and club meetings, but some also stayed for the chance to ask their superintendent to make changes in their education. 

Robert Runcie, superintendent of Broward County Schools,  and Laurie Rich Levinson, school board member for District 6, were on deck at a student-run forum to explain how they make decisions.

Edgar B. Herwick III / WLRN News

“If you build it, they will come,” said a voice from the Heavens to Iowa farmer Ray Kinsella in the 1989 classic "Field of Dreams."

And while that might have worked out just fine for Kinsella and his magical baseball diamond in the corn, it did not appear to be the case at the Holiday Park Social Center in Fort Lauderdale on Sunday. 

MADELINE FOX/WLRN

The Broward County Sheriff's Office (BSO) is facing criticism over its handling of the fatal mass shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport last January. 

Kara Starzyk

Monday is the 25th anniversary of Fort Lauderdale’s Sun Trolley system, and the celebration promises to be a multi-sensory experience.

The eye-catching red-and-yellow trolleys run on eight routes through Fort Lauderdale, taking riders to the beach, shopping and work. By the end of the month, they'll have a new app and website to make seeing routes and tracking transit easier.

Peter Haden / WLRN

According to official records, more than 1,000 people in South Florida overdosed last year on opioids including heroin and carfentanil -- a drug so potent it’s used as an elephant tranquilizer.

The growing threat of the opioids epidemic is mobilizing law enforcement and community leaders to form new partnerships and collaborate in events such as last week's discussion hosted by Florida Atlantic University (FAU). 

Priscila Serrano / WLRN

With the rainy season approaching and mosquitoes breeding at this time of year, Gov. Rick Scott and community leaders urged residents to remain aware and take necessary precautions against mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus.

At a community roundtable on Monday at the Department of Health in Miami, the governor stressed the importance of residents’ actions to help prevent Zika-related infections.

Zika Detector Device Being Developed By FAU Researchers

Mar 14, 2017
Division of Public Affairs / Florida Atlantic University

A small group of researchers at Florida Atlantic University is developing a small device that could help detect the Zika virus within just a few minutes and at a very low cost that could be available for use as early as next summer. 

Florida has the highest number of Zika-related cases--with Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach County being among the most affected. The Centers for Disease and Control Prevention listed 5,040 virus cases in the United States in the last two years and 1,069 were in Florida. The majority of the cases reported were travel-related.

HOPE South Florida

Starting Monday, the more than two thousand homeless people in Broward County will have access to free showers thanks to HOPE, a non-profit based organization.  

A Women’s Choir Gave South Florida A Taste Of Brazil

Feb 27, 2017
Priscila Serrano / WLRN News

Rhythms of samba, colorful and exotic costumes and a women’s choir called Brazilian Voices gave South Florida a taste of the traditional Brazilian Carnaval this weekend.

Brazil celebrates its most popular annual event this time of year. In Broward County, the celebration took place next to a carousel at the Pompano Citi Center.

apennyatwork.com / Broward County and cities

Broward County rejected a proposed sales tax hike on Tuesday when voters decided against one of two intertwined tax increases.

 

Voters decided in favor of a tax increase for transportation improvements, but rejected another proposal to increase taxes to pay for infrastructure upgrades. 

 

apennyatwork.com / Broward County and cities

This Election Day, Broward County voters are being asked to consider two half-cent sales tax increases. The proceeds would be split between the county and its cities, funding county transportation improvements and city infrastructure. But it's not just a question of, "Do we want higher taxes?" Voters have to decide whether they trust officials to carry out plans for the extra money.

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