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After more than three decades on the force, Fort Lauderdale police chief Frank Adderley is trading in his blue uniform for a green one.

He’s stepping down as the city’s top cop and stepping in-to a new role at the Broward Sheriff’s Office. He’ll join BSO as a colonel in charge of community affairs.

This week on The Florida Roundup…

A plan for a Miami Beach light rail gets a bit lighter due to high costs and pushback from the community. We discuss the challenges faced in funding public transit projects with Miami Beach City Manager Jimmy Morales and The Miami Herald’s  reporter Joey Flechas.

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An adult aedes aegypti mosquito measures about six millimeters. That’s roughly a quarter of an inch. Yet for weeks this summer, it looked to threaten a $26 billion a year industry that underpins the South Florida economy -- tourism.

The bug remains a big public health worry -- so much so the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still recommends that pregnant women stay away from all of Miami-Dade County -- but it in its early months, hasn’t hurt tourism.

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But try telling that to Donald Goldberg, manager of the Wynwood Diner.

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Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law has once again taken center stage in a high-profile shooting.

 

Jermaine McBean was shot to death in Oakland Park by Deputy Sheriff Peter Peraza of Broward County in July 2013 because McBean was allegedly pointing what turned out to be an unloaded air rifle at police. A grand jury initially indicted Peraza for manslaughter, but Wednesday Broward Circuit Judge Michael Usan dismissed that charge.

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A manhunt is underway in downtown Fort Lauderdale, where an inmate facing the death penalty escaped while waiting for a court hearing on Friday morning. 

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Got your yellow dot? Broward County leaders hope their residents do.

On Monday, the county launched its Yellow Dot program, which gives first responders better information about car accident victims. Program participants fill out a pamphlet that includes their blood types, severe medical conditions and doctors’ contact information. They leave that pamphlet in their glove boxes. Then, they put yellow dot stickers on their rear windshields to let medical personnel know the information is there.

Half Of Broward County Workforce Getting Extra Raise

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Half the Broward County government workforce has been deemed underpaid and will get extra raises come January.

County commissioners agreed to the $10.4 million salary boost recently, after a consultant warned that the county pay scale is no longer competitive. Without a financial reckoning, the consultant advised, the ultimate cost to taxpayers could be exponentially higher, as employees are poached away and the county struggles to replace them.

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"Poverty wages don't fly," read the signs hoisted by protesters.

On Wednesday, airport workers gathered at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport to demand a living wage. A local service employees union, 32BJ SEIU, organized the event.

 

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South Florida is seeing little rain during its rainy season this year.

Eastern Miami-Dade and Broward counties are drying up and are now considered to be in extreme drought conditions, according to water managers.

So far this year, Miami-Dade was 7 inches below average rainfall and Broward was down more than 8 inches.

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Today on the Florida Roundup, how Carnival Corporation got the go-ahead from the U.S. to cruise to Cuba and how it will affect the island. 

RELATED: HOW AMERICANS CAN TRAVEL TO CUBA

Cuban dissidents are still experiencing violence on the island, but is it a sign that Obama's normalization policy is not working?

A Florida woman jailed in a long-running dispute over her son's circumcision has been released after nine nights behind bars.

Heather Hironimus, 31, posted bond and was released at 10:18 p.m. Saturday, jail records show.

She's been portrayed as a martyr by anti-circumcision advocates around the country who have followed her case with rapt interest.

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The Broward Pet Shelter held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new facility set to open next year. 

In attendance were protesters from a group called Pets Broward dedicated to end killing in the county’s shelters.

They’re responding to a county commission resolution made in 2012 to stop shelter killings.

Tracy Paige is a volunteer for Pets Broward.

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Broward County commissioners are considering a proposal that would extend the county’s living-wage ordinance to airport contract workers at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

Workers such as baggage handlers, skycaps and wheelchair assistants earn an average of $7.46 per hour, according to a union report.

Gueldere Guerillis has worked at FLL for eight years and currently works two jobs, as a skycap and wheelchair attendant.

“Our paychecks cannot cover everything,” says Guerillis. “Most of us at the airport work two or three jobs to make ends meet.”

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A Broward County judge with a history of alcohol problems is being recommended for removal from the bench. Judge Gisele Pollack has been a judge since 2004, overseeing low-level cases in the county's misdemeanor drug court.

Pollack admitted being drunk in the courtroom in December 2013. She agreed to stop drinking alcohol altogether, but the same thing happened a few months later.

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