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A new partnership will allow sheriffs from around the state to legally hold undocumented criminals for up to 48 hours so they can be deported.

Florida voters are going to have a say over the future of gambling in the Sunshine State.

Marsha Halper / WLRN

Sammie Willis was a talker. He held court from his wheelchair—the man was a fixture at the gate to his small, cinder block apartment complex in Overtown—and talked to his neighbors, to the parents walking their kids to school, to the young men who cycled through this block. He greeted them all with a booming voice that resonated down the street. He talked to them about their families. About God. About love. About the hard things in life.

 

Amy Green / WMFE

Steve Messam describes his city, Belle Glade, as having two main exports:

"Sugar," he said, "and wide receivers."

Local lore has it that National Football League standouts -- including Super Bowl-winning wide receivers Anquan Boldin and Santonio Holmes -- hone their speed by chasing rabbits through burning fields, as controlled fires strip sugarcane of excess leaves in preparation for the harvest.

Wilson Sayre / WLRN

The soda aisle in most grocery stores in South Florida looks different than a lot of other places in the United States. Bottles of Jupiña and Postobon  along with cans of Materva and Ironbeer pop out from the shelves in bright colors. For many people in South Florida, these are flavors of hold, companions to meals served hundreds of miles away from South Florida.

Joe Rimkus Jr. / Miami Herald

The Broward County school district was passed over — again — for an extra $2,000 per student at three of its most struggling elementary schools.

Nine men are facing hazing charges in connection with the death of a Florida State University fraternity pledge, police said Tuesday.

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An endangered Florida panther has been struck and killed by a vehicle.

 

It’s the third fatal collision this year, out of three total panther deaths.

 

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said Tuesday that the remains of the 2-year-old male were collected Saturday near a Naples country club, east of Interstate 75.

Florida panthers once roamed the entire Southeast, but now their habitat mostly is confined to a small region of Florida along the Gulf of Mexico. Up to 230 Florida panthers remain in the wild.

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Caitie Switalski / WLRN

All of Tuesday’s votes are in and counted and  Fort Lauderdale is one step closer to having a new mayor. 

 

Tom Hudson / WLRN

Everglades National Park is a World Heritage site, and it’s under siege from drought, invasive species and sea-level rise. 

Caitie Switalski / WLRN News

Fort Lauderdale voters headed to the polls today to elect a new mayor and three commissioners.

Tim Padgett / WLRN.org

Last week the renowned Key West Literary Seminar held its 36th annual gathering – and the theme of this year’s four-day event was “Writers of the Caribbean.” Thanks to President Trump, it turned out the organizers could not have picked a timelier subject.

Peter Haden / WLRN

South Florida has one of the largest Jewish populations in the country. And threats against Jewish institutions in South Florida and across the country are up.

The Anti-Defamation League says nationally anti-Semitic incidents jumped around 75 percent in the first half of 2017. Florida Gov. Rick Scott is proposing an additional $1 million for security at Jewish schools in this year’s state budget.

Jessica Bakeman / WLRN

Six-year-old Lauren Nelzi knew why she came with her mom, aunt and cousin to a parade in Liberty City on Monday.

“We’re celebrating Martin Luther King,” she said. “He made our world better.”

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