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Broward Nursing Home License Case Slated For January

Oct 31, 2017

An administrative law judge will hold a multi-day hearing in January about a state move to revoke the license of a Broward County nursing home where residents died after Hurricane Irma.

Matias Ocner / Miami Herald

For those impacted by Hurricane Irma who missed out on getting emergency food stamps earlier this month from the Florida Department of Children and Families, there will be a second chance.

On Monday, DCF announced Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (DSNAP) benefits will be distributed during a three-day span at a Miami-Dade and Broward site.

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For the past six years, Dr. Marisabel Olivera has had hundreds of kids bring shopping bags filled with Halloween candy into her office, Journey Kids Dental, in Fort Lauderdale.

Tom Hudson

Ocean Drive isn’t exactly quiet on a weekday morning. The din of delivery trucks fills the air as they unload their wares at local restaurant and bars, which are just opening up after a late night of playing party host. This one-mile length of Ocean Drive is lined with Art Deco-era architecture, small hotels, bars, clubs and an occasional t-shirt and beach shop. They face Lummus Park and the sands of Miami Beach beyond.

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Early voting is underway in Miami, Miami Beach, Hialeah and Homestead.

Voters in Miami and Miami Beach are deciding the fate of borrowing and booze. Miami wants to borrow hundreds of millions of dollars for the environment and other items. Miami Beach will decide if there should be an earlier last call for alcohol on a stretch of Ocean Drive for outdoor bars.

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It was a Nixonesque moment — a politician asked about questionable campaign tactics — when Michael Grieco told the Miami Herald to “look right into my soul.”

 

Greico, a first-time commissioner elected in 2013, handed in his resignation at City Hall on Oct. 24. He faced a charge of accepting an illegal campaign contribution, but he avoided admitting guilt and said he didn’t do it.

 

AL DIAZ // THE MIAMI HERALD

After more than a month of finger-pointing and name-calling over the length of power outages after Hurricane Irma, the Coral Gables commission says it will sue Florida Power & Light to force the utility to upgrade its infrastructure within the city. 

Jessica Palombo / WJCT News

The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced Friday it’s extending the deadline to apply for disaster assistance.

Originally the deadline was Nov. 9. It’s been extended to Nov. 24 in all Florida counties designated for relief.

State Senator Jeff Clemens Resigns After Affairs Is Disclosed

Oct 29, 2017
Associated Press

State Sen. Jeff Clemens, poised to take over as leader of the Senate Democratic caucus, abruptly resigned from his legislative seat Friday after admitting he had an affair with a lobbyist.

Politico Florida on Friday morning reported the affair between Clemens, a Lake Worth Democrat, and Devon West, a Broward County lobbyist. By the end of the day, Clemens had stepped down.

Broward Nursing Home Lawsuit Shelved

Oct 29, 2017

A circuit judge this week agreed to put on hold a lawsuit about the continued operation of a Broward County nursing home where residents died after Hurricane Irma.

Odalis Garcia / WLRN News

Community leaders and elected officials gathered on Friday at the steps of the symbolic Freedom Tower in Biscayne Boulevard to speak out about the consequences of ending the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) granted to over 40,000 Haitians, Hondurans, and Salvadorians in South Florida.  

Man and woman standing together
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Saturday may have been rainy, but that didn’t stop a small private plane from getting eight very sick people out of Puerto Rico and into Ft. Lauderdale to receive the indispensable medical treatment they can't receive on the island at the moment. 

After Hurricane Maria devastated the island, South Florida resident and Puerto Rican native Debbie Sosa started making calls to help those she didn’t think could wait until mid-December, when the government in Puerto Rico estimates power will be restored. 

 

Jessica Bakeman / WLRN

After Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, 18-year-old Ledishla Acevedo booked a flight to Miami in hopes of continuing her college education in Florida.

When she arrived at her cousin’s house here, she turned on the lights and started to cry.

Then she took a hot shower and cried some more.

State Officials Defend Massive Evacuation Traffic Plans

Oct 27, 2017

Despite widespread traffic jams that choked Florida's highways, state officials are defending the approach used during Hurricane Irma.

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