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On Friday, March 21, Fort Lauderdale police fired three of its officers for "racist text messages exchanged among themselves and 'former police officers.'"

That was only the latest in a string of incidents involving race, police and the communities they serve.

Scroll below to see a timeline of these events.

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The U.S. Justice Department this week announced it will not charge George Zimmerman with civil rights violations in the case of the killing of Trayvon Martin.

Martin's death preceded several recent killings of young, unarmed black men that have sent protesters to the streets, renewing the conversation about police relations with minority communities.

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In gearing up for a potential presidential bid, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush talked education at a summit in Tallahassee.

With the intention of releasing his emails from his time as Florida's governor, Bush also released some Floridians' personal information like Social Security numbers. 

Miami-Dade legislators say Florida may finally be expanding Medicaid this year.

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Despite the president's diplomatic-restoration plans with Cuba moving through three days of Congressional hearings on Capitol Hill, discussions continue among South Floridians about parts of the policy. Whether changes to policy will influence change on the communist island is still up in the air. 

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Six weeks after President Barack Obama announced efforts to normalize relations with Cuba, former Cuba leader Fidel Castro writes a letter of reserved-approval for the plan.

Cuba President Raul Castro said this week that relations with the United States can only be rehabilitated if  the U.S. returns Guantanamo Bay to the island and the embargo is lifted.

Florida Roundup: SOTU And Cuba

Jan 23, 2015
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On the Florida Roundup, we talk about the week's top stories with the area's journalists.  

SOTU AND CUBA

Florida Roundup: Cuban Adjustment Act

Jan 16, 2015
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On the Florida Roundup we talk to the area's journalists about the week's top stories. 

Cuban Adjustment Act

A Sun-Sentinel yearlong investigation finds more than $2 billion within two decades was fraudulently brought into Cuba and how the Cuban Adjustment Act plays a role in letting the criminals get away without prosecution. 

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The 2014 Florida Roundup

Dec 26, 2014
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Note: This is a pre-recorded episode of the Florida Roundup. 

  On the Florida Roundup, we look back at the year that was 2014. The year ends with the biggest change in U.S. - Cuba relations in almost two generations.

ELECTIONS

Florida Roundup: Eyes On Cuba

Dec 19, 2014
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U.S.-Cuba Relations

Florida Roundup: Art Week In Miami

Dec 5, 2014
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On the Florida Roundup, we discuss the week's news with local journalists. 

Gay Marriage And Miami-Dade Human Rights Ordinance

Florida's Role In Shaping The Political Landscape

Nov 14, 2014

On The Florida Roundup, NBC’s Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd joins us to talk about the changing political landscape nationally and Florida’s role in shaping it, including President Obama’s expected action on immigration reform.

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  The negative political ads are over. Gov. Rick Scott wins re-election. How did that spell victory for Republicans, including Carlos Curbelo’s victory to the U.S. House?

Florida Roundup: Polls And The Governor's Race

Oct 24, 2014

On the Florida Roundup, the debates between Rick Scott and Charlie Crist are over and early voting is underway. The newest Quinnipiac poll shows the candidates are tied - and gender divides within both support bases - and now Scott will use some of his own money in the campaign. 

Florida Roundup: Floridians Wait The Longest To Vote

Oct 3, 2014
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On The Florida Roundup, review of voting in the 2012 election finds Florida voters waited in line far longer than any other state by more than a half hour. Why? And what’s being done to address it?

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On the Florida Roundup: the close race between Gov. Rick Scott and Charlie Crist, and what the price tag is for each candidate's campaign.

Also, about three dozen guards were fired by the Florida Department of Corrections, accused of misconduct in the deaths of inmates.

Miami Vice, the popular '80s cop show, turns 30 this year. Host Tom Hudson is joined by journalists Gary Fineout, Jim Turner, Julie Brown, Tim Padgett and Howard Cohen. 

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