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Wilson Sayre / WLRN News

Lines were moving much more quickly at Hard Rock Stadium at mid-day Thursday, the final day to register for disaster food assistance (D-SNAP) in Miami-Dade and Broward counties.

After reaching capacity early Wednesday amid accounts of people passing out in the heat, the registration sites seemed to have finally gotten into the swing of things Thursday.

Sweaty and eager to be done waiting in line, most were just happy to get the assistance they walked away with, ranging between $192 and $1,153.

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People drinking tap water across the Miami area this week may notice the smell and taste of chlorine as Miami-Dade launches the annual cleaning of its underground pipes.

The “cleansing” began Monday and runs through Nov. 19. The county issued an advisory about the likelihood of changes in odor and taste in Miami-Dade’s drinking water.

State regulators say 21 nursing homes are not following new rules put in place after residents died in a South Florida nursing home.

Peter Haden / WLRN

The ability to communicate during emergencies, like Hurricane Irma , is critical. When phones and the internet go down, there’s something else South Florida emergency operations centers, or EOC’s, can turn to: amateur radio operators.

It’s sometimes referred to as "ham" radio, and the operators are sometimes called “hams.”

In Broward County, there are ham radio antennas mounted on all of the hurricane shelters and some of the hospitals, ready to be activated. There’s also a room full of ham radios at the Broward County EOC.

Stan Roenning

The play has no special effects, no pyrotechnics and hardly any scenery. Its minimalist approach has the actors miming certain everyday activities without the use of props. But Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town,” has stood the test of time.

 

Peter Haden / WLRN

Palm Beach County veterans now have greater access to benefits they’ve earned.

The county held a grand opening Wednesday for its new South County Veterans Services Office at 345 S. Congress Ave. in Delray Beach.

“We have a lot of veterans in the Delray-Boca area,” Palm Beach County Veteran Services Supervisor Jose Capellan said. “Having an office here — closer to our clientele — allows us to serve the south county veterans a lot easier.”

The new office is open for walk-ins or appointments. Previously, most vets had to travel to the main office in West Palm Beach.

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Last June, President Donald Trump pledged to make it harder for Americans to visit Cuba and do business with the communist island. On Wednesday his administration released its new Cuba regulations – and ironically, private Cuban entrepreneurs may get hit worst.

Odalis Garcia / WLRN

This is not the first time that sculptor and University of Miami Associate Professor Billie Grace Lynn exhibits her piece "American Mask," but that certainly didn't prevent it from creating a backlash in social media. 

“I actually made the piece several years ago and showed it a long time ago and no one really said anything about it,” said Lynn.

Wilson Sayre / WLRN

Bruno Rebuffo heard the crane fall before he knew what it was.

“It sounded like an earthquake, honestly,” he said. “It was a big loud boom and you thought the roof is going to fall”

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Caitie Switalski / WLRN

On the first day of make-up registration for disaster food assistance, lines were long, while lawyers who were suing over how the program has been rolled out hashed things out in court.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

A small lizard that lives only in the coastal areas of the Florida Keys is facing "a foreseeable and imminent death sentence" and deserves protection under the Endangered Species Act, according to an environmental group.

Supreme Court Asked To Decide If Car Can Be 'Weapon'

Nov 7, 2017

The Florida Supreme Court could decide whether a car can be considered a weapon in criminal cases.

The chair of Miami-Dade County’s school board wants to set a deadline for the district to decide whether to join a  legal challenge against a controversial new charter school law.

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Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Right in the middle of Fort Lauderdale’s historic  Sistrunk neighborhood -where crime, drugs and violence used to rule a community — there’s a farm. 

 

Tom Hudson

Construction cranes may dot the South Florida skyline. Construction zones may occupy our streets. Cement trucks and tractor trailers carrying bulldozers may mingle in our traffic. But there are fewer people working in construction in South Florida than there were a decade ago when the real estate boom came crashing down.

This building boom doesn’t have unbridled activity like the last one, and it doesn’t have the workforce either. Sixteen percent fewer people are working in construction today compared to the beginning of 2006, even though pay has jumped 15 percent.

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