The Florida Roundup

Will Jacksonville, Miami or any Florida city win the battle for Amazon.com's second headquarters? We discuss the possibility in this week's The Florida Roundup Statewide Edition. 

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The Florida Roundup tackles a big backlog in immigration court, the housing squeeze in the Keys after Irma and how the storm may have helped sea life but hurt those making a living from the sea. 

This week's guests on The Florida Roundup with host Tom Hudson: 

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The Florida Roundup concentrated this week on the recovery efforts after Hurricane Irma. Guests included: 

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Education has traditionally been a mainstay topic for labor activists. So it seems appropriate that going into Labor Day this year, some South Florida educators are trying to unionize.

In recent years, colleges and universities, hoping to cut costs, have increasingly relied on part-time professors. In response, a growing number of part-time professors are pushing for unions. They're seeking things like higher wages and health-care benefits.

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After Harvey, the questions all South Floridians are asking are — could it happen here? What if it happened here?

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With Hurricane Irma gathering strength in the Atlantic, we'll talk about the science of Harvey, the hydrology of South Florida and how flood water collects and moves about our region. WLRN's Tom Hudson will talk with two county emergency management directors about getting ready and staying ready. 

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This week’s guests on The Florida Roundup with host Luis Hernandez:

  • Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald
  • John Morales, Chief Meteorologist at NBC 6 Miami
  • Eliot Kleinberg, Palm Beach Post
  • Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
  • Lulu Ramadan, Palm Beach Post
  • Joey Flechas, Miami Herald

Tens of thousands of Haitians are living in the United States under Temporary Protected Status (TPS). The status was provided after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti that killed more than 300,000 people.

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Haitians living under Temporary Protected Status are concerned that their time in the United States is running out. Some of them are looking north — as in Canada. 

More than 3,800 Haitian migrants crossed into Quebec in the first half of August. But is our northern neighbor accepting asylum seekers with open arms?

Guests: Jacqueline Charles, Caribbean Correspondent Miami Herald

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This week’s guests on The Florida Roundup with host Tom Hudson:

This week on the Florida Roundup Tom Hudson is joined by a panel of journalists to discuss race relations and hate, immigration and law enforcement, plus the expansion of medical marijuana dispensaries in Florida as the state battles an opioid epidemic.

Guests: Manny Garcia,  East Region executive editor for the USA TODAY Network; Nancy Ancrum, editorial page editor for The Miami Herald; Rick Christie, editorial page editor for The Palm Beach Post

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This week, a tale of two housing markets in South Florida, how we protect our wildlife and the case of Coral Gables versus Facebook over its critics on social media. 

Single family homes continue to rise in value across the region as do existing condos and townhomes. The median prices for each of those were up 8 percent in May compared to a year ago. 

On the other hand, condo flippers in Miami are falling flat as prices for new units drop. What’s holding back prices of some new condos while the rest of the housing market seems to be just fine? 

This week on The Florida Roundup, host Tom Hudson, Miami Herald reporter Patricia Mazzei and WLRN's  Tim Padgett discuss how Venezuela's crisis impacts policy and politics in South Florida. Also part of the conversation: This week's torrential downpours overwhelmed some local flood control efforts, and what would South Beach look like if voters choose to move up last call?  

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This week on the Florida Roundup, Tom Hudson spoke with Palm Beach Post reporter Lawrence Mower and Sergio Bustos, senior editor with Politifact Florida, about claims of voter fraud in South Florida. Also discussed: the environmental problems that came from a very wet rainy season and this weekend's controversial vote in Venezuela. 

Evidence of voter fraud is found in Palm Beach County, but not a suspect, while Broward County is accused of not doing enough to make sure its voting rolls are accurate. A state senator calls the media coverage of the investigation criminal. 

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Last week  South Miami became the first city in Florida to mandate that all new homes, townhomes, condo and apartment buildings have rooftop solar panels. 

The measure also requires current homeowners who chose to enlarge their homes by 75 percent or more or replace at least three-quarters of them  to add solar panels. 

The new rule takes effect on Sept. 18.   

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This week on the Florida Roundup, host Tom Hudson, Miami Dade Commission Chairman Esteban Bovo and Miami Herald reporter Doug Hanks addressed the county mayor's change of heart that led him to come out in support of rapid transit buses.

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This week on The Florida Roundup ...

The Trump Administration’s efforts to get voter data runs into lawsuits, but much of what the White House wants already is publicly available in Florida. Where's the line between ensuring the security of voting and voters’ privacy?

  • Sergio Bustos from Politico and Dara Kam from News Service of Florida go into Florida's history of asking for voter data. 

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