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9:16 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Legislation To Ensure Pay Equity For Miami-Dade Women In The Works

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Miami-Dade County Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava is currently drafting legislation to ensure pay equity for women in the county. It’s a CEDAW ordinance -- Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women.

CEDAW was adopted by the United Nations in ‘79. The United States is one of the few countries in the world that hasn’t ratified the convention.

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Real Estate
1:13 am
Tue March 31, 2015

South Florida Ranks Fifth For Unaffordable Housing

New affordable apartment towers for seniors were built by the Richman Group in West Brickell.
Credit Jessica Meszaros / WLRN

A new report from Realtor.com, an online real estate service provider, ranks South Florida fifth for unaffordable housing in the nation. It’s just below New York, Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco, which tops the list. 

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News
1:06 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Levine Cava Highlights County Services For Domestic Violence Victims

Daniella Levine Cava shortly after being sworn in as Miami-Dade's newest county commissioner.
Credit Miami Herald Staff

Miami-Dade Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava toured the county's Coordinated Victims Assistance Center Monday. She wanted to showcase how $7 million in tax funds from the county are spent to help domestic violence victims.

Violet Felipe-Diaz, a domestic violence victim advocate for CVAC, says about 350 victims sign in per month in Miami-Dade -- and 85 percent of those victims are women.

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The Two-Way
1:01 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Despite Protests From Brazil, Trial For 840-Pound Emerald Will Continue

This 2008 file photo provided by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department shows the so-called Bahia Emerald.
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Originally published on Tue March 31, 2015 9:27 am

A trial about who owns a 840-pound emerald will continue despite international protest.

The ownership of the Bahia Emerald, as the massive rock is known, has been hotly contested for years. But in September, the stone became the subject of international controversy, when Brazil said all the ownership questions were irrelevant because the 180,000 carat, $372 million rock was illegally exported.

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The Two-Way
12:44 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Venezuela Cuts Oil Subsidies To Caribbean Nations

Originally published on Tue March 31, 2015 7:58 am

Low oil prices are forcing Venezuela to cut a generous subsidy program to Cuba and a dozen other Caribbean nations.

Venezuela is Latin America's largest oil producer, and its economy depends heavily on oil exports. It's been been hit hard by the tumbling oil prices.

"Venezuela is in desperate straits. The oil sector has been deteriorating, and now with the slumping oil prices, they needed cash desperately," says Michael Shifter, the president of the Inter-American Dialogue, a Washington, D.C.-based group that studies the region.

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Environment
12:43 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Florida Matters: FL Wildlife Corridor Update From The Shores of Apalachicola Bay

Originally published on Mon March 23, 2015 12:55 pm

Nearly 1,000 miles in 70 days -- that's how long a trio of wildlife enthusiasts are traversing the state, from Central Florida to the Alabama state line. 

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Miami Stories
11:22 pm
Sun March 29, 2015

Miami Theater Brings A Lifetime Of Inspiration

Veronica Diaz as the lead in Thoroughly Modern Millie.

 

This story, as told by Veronica Diaz, is part of an oral history series.

Let’s set the scene: It’s early 2004, and my mother is taking my younger sister and me to go watch Cats: The Musical at what was then known as Jackie Gleason Theater on Miami Beach.

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Environment
11:20 pm
Sun March 29, 2015

FAU Research Student Finds Carolina Willow Could Dry Up Florida Marshes

Carolina Willows encroaching on sawgrass in St. Johns River marshes.
Credit Michelle Budny

Florida Atlantic University held its fifth annual Broward Student Research Symposium at the Davie campus Friday. One student presenter found the Carolina willow, a native but invasive Florida plant, could dry up the state’s marshes. 

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StateImpact Florida
10:59 pm
Sun March 29, 2015

Despite Problems, Experts Say Computerized Testing Is The Answer For Florida Schools

Despite problems with Florida's new exam, testing experts say the state's emphasis on digital lessons mean schools should use computerized testing.
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Testing experts say so far Florida's problems with its new statewide exam, the Florida Standards Assessments, are likely not serious enough for the state to consider throwing out this year’s test scores.

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Business
10:18 pm
Sun March 29, 2015

The Sunshine Economy: The Tourism Trade

The tourism business is booming in South Florida.

The Sunshine State could welcome close to 100 million visitors this year.  They come from all over: the Northeast, the Midwest, Latin America, Europe, Russia and, increasingly, Asia. These visitors directly support hundreds of thousands of jobs and pump billions of dollars into the regional economy. 

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Education
6:28 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

House Passes Bill To Reduce Class Size Penalties

Voters approved the class size amendment in 2002. Florida lawmakers are charged with implementing - and funding - the amendment. It limits the number of students per class to 18 through 3rd grade, 22 in 4th - 8th grade, and 25 in high school.
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School districts are likely to face fewer penalties for violating class-size requirements under a bill that passed the Florida House Friday on a vote of 107 - 3.

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News
12:12 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Ultra Fans Faced New Barriers To Bringing Molly Into The Festival

Pressed pills and capsules of "molly," the common name for MDMA, a drug popular among festivalgoers.
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During his sophomore year of high school, Topher started listening to electronic music in the vein of dubstep and drum and bass. Soon he got hooked onto the rest of the electronic musical tree.

Now he's a 21-year-old psychology student at Florida International University. He asked that we not use his full name, because during this year's Winter Music Conference, he plans on rolling. 

"Rolling" commonly refers to consuming molly, a hallucinogenic amphetamine-like drug marketed as MDMA. At least that’s what it’s supposed to be.

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Politics
9:04 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Florida Roundup: Fort Lauderdale Police's Zero Tolerance For Racism

An undated set display at Ultra in downtown Miami.
Credit Sammy Mack

  This week on the Florida Roundup, we discuss the week's news with the area's top journalists.

LEGISLATIVE SESSION

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Culture
12:55 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Matzoh Luck! Film Bids Farewell To NYC's Streit's Matzoh Factory

Streit's signature pink boxes of matzoh.
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Jewish families celebrating Passover this year might want to take a good look at that box of matzoh in the kitchen. If it says "Streit's" on it, they're looking at the end of an era.

For almost a century, the Streit's company has been making 40 percent of the country's matzoh out of a factory on New York's Lower East Side.  Now, after 90 years, the factory is shutting down, and Streit's is moving to New Jersey.  But not without a cinematic send-off.

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News
12:47 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Local Pension Overhaul Ready For Full Senate Vote

Lawmakers are working on legislation to bolster underfunded local pension plans for police and firefighters. Senate staffers say about 350 local government plans around Florida would be impacted.
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An effort to overhaul police and firefighter pensions is ready for consideration by the full Senate.

The bill, SB 172, changes the way state insurance premium tax revenues are used to fund local pension plans. It essentially enables local governments to use the money as they wish.

The bill is sponsored by lawmakers from both parties, including Sen. Rob Bradley (R-Fleming Island).

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