The Florida Roundup

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 they make it to the U.S.

The Florida Roundup: Police Behavior Scrutiny In 2015

Jan 4, 2016
Tony Dejak / Associated Press

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.

 

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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.

The Florida Roundup: Politics In 2015

Dec 30, 2015
Andrew Harnik / Associated Press

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.

 

Courtesy All Aboard Florida

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.

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.

Nancy Klingener / WLRN

A Super Blood Moon, king tide and Hurricane Joaquin all came together this week to flood South Florida.

The king tide and Sunday's supermoon brought several inches of water to Key West, Miami Beach and Fort Lauderdale. Meanwhile, Hurricane Joaquin continues to rough up the surf off the coast of South Florida.

Alessandra Tarantino / AP

Just as Cuba prepares for its first papal visit in 17 years -- one laden with questions of human rights, religious devotion and the future of normalizing relations -- the Obama administration released a new set of trade rules Friday morning in an effort to further thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations.

The rules will take effect Monday, and aim to weaken the U.S. trade embargo imposed on the island nation since 1962.

Florida Roundup: U.S. Embassy Opens In Havana

Aug 14, 2015
Ramon Espinosa / Associated Press

Just 90 miles south of Key West, the U.S. flag was raised in Cuba to mark the opening of the American embassy in Havana -- 54 years after it was closed.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry spoke at a small ceremony, speaking about the island's future and the relationship between the two countries.

"Cuba's future is for the Cuban people to shape," Kerry said.

Meanwhile in Miami's Little Havana neighborhood, emotions ran high as critics and supporters of the move clashed at a street protest.

Listen to Kenny Malone's report below:

Courtesy of Miami Worldcenter

A new development project designed to build retail and hotel space in downtown Miami is poised to break ground in the coming months.

The developers of Miami Worldcenter have promised the project will bring jobs to the nearby community of Overtown.

But some critics say a high development of the area will drive those residents away.

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A South Florida company is asking for permission to explore the Everglades west of Broward for oil. Environmentalists say it's a bad idea and some experts argue that there isn't enough oil in Florida to make it worth the effort. 

Creative Commons via Flickr / Jeff Cubina (https://flic.kr/p/tbJue)

In a 5-to-4 vote, the Supreme Court says all states must provide marriage licenses between two people of the same sex, and all states must recognize same-sex marriages.

Florida has allowed same-sex marriages since January. But what happens now for the politicians in Florida who have opposed same-sex marriage, such as Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi? Will this be an issue in presidential campaigns?

Charles Trainor Jr / Miami Herald

    

Today on the Florida Roundup, Jeb Bush officially enters the race for the White House. How will he compete with Marco Rubio for the Hispanic vote in Florida?

Protestors in Little Haiti called on the president to take action on a Dominican Republic court ruling which may lead to mass deportation of Haitians living there.

Creative Commons via Flickr / Boston Public Library (https://flic.kr/p/dm191d)

Today on the Florida Roundup, we're talking special session, soccer and Spanish.

SPECIAL SESSION

At 1 p.m. Monday afternoon gavels will fall in the Florida House and Senate, calling to order a special session of the state Legislature. Lawmakers have only one piece of business to take care of: pass a budget before July 1 or risk a state government shutdown.

Emily Michot / Miami Herald

Today on The Florida Roundup, how does campaigning in Miami-Dade County's mayoral election affect candidates' chances at a win?

Sen. Marco Rubio's ally in fundraising has powerful Miami roots

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