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In April, there were more than three billion robocalls made in the United States, according to the New York Times. These automated calls, made to one's cell phone, seek to sell something. Sometimes the recording tells the caller that they owe money to the IRS or another group. 

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In South Florida, a regional weather forecast often just doesn't cut it.

Late last year, Republican State Senator Denise Grimsley, who represents Florida’s 26th District, filed legislation that would allow telecommunication providers to block robo-calls. “The Florida Call-Blocking Act” will go into effect July 1.

For decades, one of the most popular exhibits at the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum in Key West was "lift a gold bar." Until eight years ago — when two men lifted it. As in stole it.

Spirit Airlines is a major economic force in South Florida: it is the second largest carrier at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport; it is a top five employer in Broward County with more than 3,000 regional employees; and it is one of the largest South Florida companies with more than $2.5 billion in annual revenue.

Florida Center for Environmental Studies

If you thought sea-level rise was the greatest immediate threat to South Florida’s future, you may need to think again.

There’s growing concern that the perception of the sea-level rise threat by insurers, banks and investors might submerge South Florida before rising seas do.

Pedro Portal / Miami Herald

Monroe County has an offer for those who want to return home right away after a hurricane: Take a 32-hour training course and get a special pass that will get you back in the first days after a storm, before the general public.

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A Florida-based publisher of a magazine written by inmates lost a federal appeal of a freedom of speech case against the Florida Department of Corrections, which has barred the magazine from state correctional facilities.

Prison Legal News, based in Lake Worth, is distributed and read in state prisons in all 49 other states, leaving its home state as the only exception. The original case against the state was filed in 2004, and has since wound its way through the courts.

Was there a zombie apocalypse in the city of Lake Worth early Sunday morning and we all missed it?

Naah.

But a system message that went out to Lake Worth residents about a brief power outage read: "Power outage and zombie alert for the residents of Lake Worth and Terminus." The latter city is fictional town in AMC's TV series, "The Walking Dead."

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South Florida filmmaker Gina Onori has paired up with students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to make a film about their anti-gun violence movement following February’s mass shooting. 

The film, called WE ARE THE CHANGE, follows Stoneman Douglas students before, during, and after the March For Our Lives rally in Washington D.C. two months ago. It even captures the students in legislative meetings.

Isanusi García Rodríguez’s artwork reflects a timeline: different periods of recovery since 2012, when he suffered a stroke.

Rodríguez used to express himself through dancing. He danced in a number of productions with Miami City Ballet. The stroke left the right side of his body paralyzed; he was not able to communicate and had amnesia for months. During those months, many of his memories would reappear. That prompted him to pick up a paint brush and make the canvas his medium of communication.   

Tim Padgett / WLRN.org

CÚCUTA, COLOMBIA | It’s not easy for Jesús Mendoza to talk about all the things he’s had to sell to buy medicine – life-saving medicine.

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Adrien Stephen has his dream job. He got it when he moved from Haiti to Miami 25 years ago -- but even before that, he knew what he wanted to do.

"When I go on the road, I see those guys in the big trucks. I always wanted to be a driver."

Congressional Candidates Fight To Stand Out In Miami

May 20, 2018
Adrianne Gonzalez / WLRN News

After holding a congressional seat for nearly 30 years, Republican Cuban-American Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida's District 27 will be stepping down, and the seat is already heavily contested. Five Democrats, nine Republicans, and one Independent candidate are running to fill the seat as of May 2018.

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