The Florida Roundup

Rowan Moore Gerety WLRN

This week on The Florida Roundup… Hurricane Matthew is the first Category 5 Atlantic hurricane since Hurricane Felix in 2007. Fortunately, dire predictions for South Florida did not come to pass on Thursday as the storm stayed off shore. We check in with FPL and WLRN's correspondents out in the field to see what the aftermath looks like. Also, Governor Rick Scott has been a constant presence for the past week with up-to-date forecasts and evacuation announcements. Have political leaders...

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The shooting of Charles Kinsey has gathered national attention. He’s a North Miami man, a therapist at a group home, who was shot by North Miami Police, while he was helping a 23-year-old man with severe autism. We look into the investigation and how police are trained to handle people with disabilities. Also, Thursday evening, a second possible case of non-travel related mosquito-borne Zika infection was reported in south Florida. This time it is in Broward County. State officials were...

The algae problem in Lake Okeechobee is so bad it can be seen from space. The massive bloom continues fouling waterways on the Treasure Coast as new money is promised to help, but how would those dollars address the blue-green gunk fouling up waterways? You did not miss Election Day, but about a dozen South Florida lawmakers already are assured they will be sent back to Tallahassee when the next legislative session begins in March. They are running unopposed. However, the districts they will...

Protestors gathered Friday in Stuart near the private land visited by Senator Marco Rubio during his tour viewing areas hit by the algae.
Jill Roberts

This week on The Florida Roundup... New details are emerging about the horror inside the Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando. Transcripts of police communications also raise questions about the law enforcement response. Why is it important to understand the police decisions involved, and what do these records indicate? Listen here: I n Haiti, the election chaos continues. Parliament remains deeply divided over a provisional presidency that has expired. What is the international response to...

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On Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a a one sentence ruling announcing, in fact, that it couldn't make a decision on President Obama’s executive action on immigration. The action, signed in 2014, would have granted temporary legal status and work permits to as many as 4 million parents of U.S. citizens who entered the U.S. illegally prior to 2010. For those millions waiting and hoping the court would rule in favor of the executive action, what happens now? Listen to that discussion...

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Cuba has changed its policy and will allow anyone born there to return to the island on a cruise ship or merchant vessel. Carnival had threatened to postpone its maiden voyage from Miami to Cuba if the rule wasn’t changed. More than $130 billion is spent on health care each year in Florida. That includes government spending and your spending on medical procedures and supplies. Florida has a new law banning surprise billing, but how much do you know about what you’ll pay before you get the...

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The Florida Roundup looks at Carnival’s Cuba controversy, management trouble at Broward Health, and modified mosquitoes in the Keys. Cruise giant Carnival faces a lawsuit and protests over its plans to sail from Miami to Cuba starting May 1 st - and its willingness to follow Cuban law by not allowing Cuban-born Americans to cruise. Carnival’s cruise brand Fathom got the okay by Cuban authorities last month to start cruising from Miami. The controversy came when it was learned Cuban-born...

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It's a Valentine’s Day edition of the Florida Roundup featuring husband-and-wife media teams. The Florida legislative session is at its midpoint. The death penalty remains on the agenda. The House and Senate are split over whether juries should agree unanimously in capital punishment cases. Craps, roulette and new slot machines could be in store for Florida’s gambling industry under a bill that cleared a key legislative committee this week. The legislation approves the gaming compact between...

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The Florida Roundup looks at the death penalty, heavy rains, fracking and more this week. The Florida Supreme Court stopped one execution as questions continue around the process of how Florida decides the death penalty. Dozens of inmates on death row could challenge their sentences. South Florida is being drenched by historic rains in the midst of what is supposed to be the dry season. Lake Okeechobee is swollen, sending dirty water into rivers and raising worries about pollution. Lawmakers...

The U.S. Supreme Court says Florida’s practice of deciding if someone gets the death penalty is unconstitutional. What does this mean for the almost 400 people on Florida’s death row? Will the legislature try to change the process? The first flight of Cuban migrants stuck in Costa Rica landed in El Salvador this week … as they hope to come to the U.S. In Washington, Senator and Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio filed legislation to change the benefits Cuban immigrants get when...

The Florida Roundup: Police Behavior Scrutiny In 2015

Jan 4, 2016
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The Florida Roundup looks back on police behavior under scrutiny in 2015. WLRN’s Tom Hudson talked with Miami Herald senior crime and cops reporter Chuck Rabin and WLRN’s Nadege Green about police-involved shootings and the public’s growing skeptical view on the investigations. Corey Jones, Lavall Hall, Tamir Rice and other people across the United States have died in police-involved shootings. How are dash, body and cellphone cameras playing a role in police-behavior scrutiny and how are...

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“The year 2015 has seen more firsts than in 50 years,” says Tom Hudson, WLRN’s Florida Roundup host. He spoke with WLRN’s Tim Padgett and Fusion’s Latin America editor Tim Rogers to discuss the pathway to normalizing U.S.-Cuba relations, the migrant crisis in Central America and Venezuela’s crumbling economy. History was made in September when the first presidential meeting between the United States and Cuba in more than 50 years on U.S. soil. What did this mean for both countries? Lifting...

The Florida Roundup: Politics In 2015

Dec 30, 2015
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Before ringing in the New Year, we take a look back at 2015 national politics and politics in the Sunshine State. It was a critical year for Democrats and Republicans running in the presidential race. From spring through summer, more than 20 major party candidates started campaigning as presidential hopefuls. Four of them have personal connections to Florida: Jeb Bush, Donald Trump, Marco Rubio and Ben Carson. Florida Roundup host Tom Hudson sat down with two political journalists, Miami...

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All Aboard Florida officially revealed models of its trains, with a new name: Brightline . Those models are expected to become life-size and run from Miami to West Palm Beach in mid-2017 and farther north to Orlando later that year. Brightline's yellow-streaked cars will offer food and drinks, facilities to transport pets, free wi-fi and power outlets at every seat. But not everyone is on board with the rail link. Opponents argue the 3-hour train ride won’t make a big difference for travel ...

Florida Roundup: Managing Rising Seas In South Florida

Oct 16, 2015
Climate Central

A new interactive map shows coastal cities like Miami could potentially be submerged within this century if carbon emissions worldwide continue “business as usual,” says Ben Strauss. Strauss is vice president of sea level and climate impact at the research nonprofit Climate Central, which published the map. It illustrates the effect of carbon emissions on sea-level rise through the year 2100. In South Florida’s case, “the projections are difficult and unfortunate,” says Strauss. Local...

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