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Wilson Sayre / WLRN

Right now, almost a million people in Florida don’t qualify for Medicaid because they make too much money or don’t have any dependents. But they also make too little money to get help buying health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. The resulting space between the two programs is often called the Medicaid coverage gap.

PETER ANDREW BOSCH / Miami Herald

Condominium and luxury real estate sales may slow down in Miami  this year. That's due in large part to the fact that economies in Brazil, Argentina and Venezuela are collapsing. And billions in real estate purchases in Miami comes from South America. But not all real estate will be in bad shape in the coming year. Nick Nehamas of the Miami Herald wrote about real estate and other economic predictions for 2016.  This is actually looking pretty bad for Latin America.

Chabeli Herrera

If Latin America gets the economic flu, could South Florida catch a cold? The regional economy is closely linked to South America. Brazil is in the second year of an economic recession. Venezuela is in an economic depression and Colombia's economy has slowed down.

 

Hear from four South American capitals about economic optimism despite the steep drop in copper prices in Chile and Peru,  the hopefulness in Colombia after a few sluggish years and  the deep depression in Venezuela.

 

Identity A Challenge For Latinas Who Are Black

Feb 4, 2016

  When people think of famous Latina women, Jennifer Lopez or Sofia Vergara come to mind.

Not Zoe Saldana or Rosario Dawson.

Three Florida nurseries filed a lawsuit Tuesday asking for an injunction to delay the state's medical marijuana process in three of five state regions.

McCrory's Sunny Hill Nursery, San Felasco Nurseries and Tornello Landscape's 3 Boys Farm filed the suit in Leon County Circuit Court against Florida's Department of Health and the nurseries approved to cultivate medical marijuana.

Fernando Vergara / AP via Miami Herald

COMMENTARY

Today, Washington’s diplomatic gaze is on Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, who’s meeting President Obama at the White House.

But as Santos and Obama discuss what looks like an imminent peace accord to end Colombia’s half-century long civil war, I hope the Beltway keeps another Latin American head of state in mind: Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega.

FIU Panel Offers Reassurance On Zika

Feb 3, 2016
Cynthia Goldsmith / Centers for Disease Control via Wikimedia Commons

There's no need to panic about zika, experts told concerned South Florida residents at a panel discussion at Florida International University on Wednesday.

 

Although nine cases of the virus had been confirmed in Florida as of Wednesday morning, all of those cases were contracted outside the United States, said Matthew DeGennaro, an FIU mosquito researcher.

Six new cases of travel-related Zika were confirmed this week in Florida.

That’s according to the Florida Department of Health, which reported the cases to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.  That brings the number of Florida cases to nine total, none of them in pregnant women. All are believed to be contracted by someone traveling outside of Florida.

James Teeple / WLRN

The tourists keep coming, but many locals stay away from Ocean Drive.

People living in Miami Beach will tell you that Ocean Drive has turned into a carnival of rowdy crowds, petty crime and non-stop noise from cruising cars and bars along the street.

Mitch Novick, a longtime preservationist and owner of the Sherbrooke Hotel, just around the corner from Ocean Drive, says the street has become a “free-for-all for bad behavior.”

Florida Department of Corrections

NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA/TALLAHASSEE

Hours after listening to arguments about the impact of a U.S. Supreme Court decision that struck down the state's death-penalty sentencing system, the Florida Supreme Court issued an indefinite stay of execution for Cary Michael Lambrix, who had been scheduled to die Feb. 11.

Tuesday's unanimous order also denied Lambrix's request to send the case to a lower court, meaning the Florida Supreme Court is likely to weigh in on the sentencing issue.

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