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News
11:23 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Wooden Ark Tours Florida To Promote Threat Of Climate Change

This 22-foot-long ark belongs to NextGen Climate, a political committee founded by California investor Tom Steyer.
Credit NextGen Climate

Scientists say much of Florida will be underwater within a century if nothing is done about climate change. Now, a wooden ark is taking that message on a tour around the state.

The ark is 22 feet long and 8.5 feet tall. It belongs to NextGen Climate, a political action committee taking aim at Gov. Rick Scott for not taking action against climate change. 

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Politics
11:18 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Miami-Dade County Commission Approves $54 Million For Public Libraries

The new budget allows Miami-Dade County's 49 libraries to stay open, extend hours of operation and invest in new books and materials.
Credit Jessica Meszaros / WLRN

The Miami-Dade County commission voted eight-to-four to approve a $54 million budget for the county's public libraries Thursday night.

Terry Murphy, board member with Friends of the Library, says it was an 81-percent increase from what Mayor Carlos Gimenez first proposed in July.

"This is a real symbolic victory that says when the community speaks out and says what the priorities are, the county commission listens," he said. "This was a tremendous victory for the people of Dade County tonight."

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On The Campaign Trail
11:18 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Gov. Rick Scott Promises Big Tax Cuts

Gov. Scott had support from The Guayabera Lady owner Berta Bravo, who praised his backing of small businesses.
Credit Diego Saldaña-Rojas / WLRN

Cuban music, pastelitos and guayaberas greeted Governor Rick Scott in Miami.

Scott spoke to a crowd of supporters and press at The Guayabera Lady, a store dedicated to selling the traditional Cuban garments.

The governor addressed and thanked his supporters in a combination of English and Spanish.

He noted the accomplishments of the county's school system, spoke about his upbringing, and then went against his adversary Charlie Crist. Scott said under Crist, Florida lost 832,000 jobs, saw reduced education funding and had its taxes raised by $2.2 billion.

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News
2:37 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Florida Gets Tax Holiday For Energy-Saving Appliances

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  State officials are promoting the potential for long-term savings on utility bills as they tout sales-tax breaks this weekend for shoppers who buy energy-saving and water-conserving appliances.

The discount period, which begins Friday, is the third sales-tax "holiday" offered by Florida lawmakers as part of an election-year package of tax cuts.

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News
6:44 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Miami-Dade County Takes First Step Toward Transgender Protections

Supporter of Miami-Dade's transgender community wave their hands in the Miami-Dade County commission chambers after the commission votes to outlaw discrimination against transgender individuals.
Credit Walt Michot / Miami Herald

The Miami-Dade County Commission gave preliminary approval Tuesday to add transgender protections to the county’s human rights law.

Last year, Miami-Dade County considered outlawing discrimination against transgender individuals as it already does for other groups.

But the item failed to draw enough support and was withdrawn.

On Tuesday, the commission revisited the issue.  It passed unanimously.

A few members of the public spoke in support of the transgender community. No one spoke in opposition.

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News
6:33 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Florida Lawmakers Among The Richest And Poorest In Congress

Florida Congressman Vern Buchanan is number 11 on the list of wealthiest members of Congress.
Credit House GOP/flickr

Florida has some of the richest – and poorest – members of Congress, according to a review by the political website CQ Roll Call.

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The U
6:14 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Donna Shalala Will Step Down As University of Miami President

Donna Shalala is stepping down as president of the University of Miami next year.
Credit JD Lasica / Flickr

University of Miami president Donna Shalala says she’s stepping down next year from the job she’s held since 2001.



Shalala came to the university after leading the federal health agency for eight years and serving as chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

 She helped build the national stature of the school's medical school and hospital and increased research budgets.

Frank Nero, former head of the Beacon Council, says even big businessmen were impressed by Shalala

.

“It was always a big deal," he says.

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Governor's Race
4:11 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Clinton Stumps For Crist, Hopes To Get Voters To Polls

Former President Bill Clinton talked to a crowed of Crist supporters about the need to get out the vote if a Democrat is to take the governor's office.
Credit MiamiHerald.com

Last Friday, former President Bill Clinton acknowledged to a crowd of Charlie Crist supporters a major challenge: to get voters, specifically in South Florida, out for the non-presidential election this Nov. 4.

Clinton was speaking at a downtown Miami hotel. He talked about the need for a Florida governor who will support key Democrat issues -- expanding Medicaid, preparing for rising seas and increasing the minimum wage -- but stressed the public's role in the election.

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News
4:07 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

North Miami Finance Manager Resigns After IRS Launches Probe

North Miami City Hall
Credit The City of North Miami

The Internal Revenue Service will be taking a closer look at the City of North Miami’s books this month.

In a letter sent to the city on Sept. 2, the IRS is specifically asking to review employee payroll records and information about eight city vendors from 2012.

Three days after the IRS announced its review, the North Miami finance manager who would have helped coordinate the Service's request resigned.

Camelia Siguineau in her brief resignation letter wrote, “Due to unforeseen family obligations, I am unable to continue my employment with the city.”

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Governor's Race
1:31 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Abortion Rights? Crist Says "I Get It" And Snags Planned Parenthood Endorsement

THEIR GUY: Democratic governor candidate Charlie Crist collects the endorsement of the Planned Parenthood PAC. To Crist's right, PAC chairwoman Lillian Tamayo and running mate Annette Taddeo.
Credit Rick Stone / WLRN

On Saturday morning at 9:30 -- as most of the city was waking up -- Charlie Crist was collecting the endorsement of Planned Parenthood's political action committee. To an audience consisting mostly of her own staff and volunteers, PAC chairwoman Lillian Tamayo delivered the priority message.

"Gov. Rick Scott has waged an unrelenting assault on women since his election in 2010," Tamayo told the group, most of them in pink Planned Parenthood PAC T-shirts.

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Commentary
12:16 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Time To Stop The Crying Game In Venezuela – And Start The Waiting Game

An unidentified Venezuelan woman rails against the socialist government on the Caracas metro this year.
Credit YouTube

  A YouTube video has become a tear-jerker hit among opponents of Venezuela’s socialist government.

An unidentified young woman stands up in a Caracas metro car and screams at fellow passengers. Wearing a T-shirt that says, “He who rests loses,” she rails for a good five minutes at the authoritarian shambles Venezuela has become under the Bolivarian Revolution the late Hugo Chávez began 15 years ago.

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Politics
11:45 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Why A North Miami Voting Precinct Draws Many Volunteers And Fights

Campaign volunteers in North Miami on Election Day Aug. 26, 2014
Credit Nadege Green / WLRN

The primary election in Miami-Dade County was, for the most part, unremarkable. Voter turn-out was low, and there weren’t many contentious races

But at one North Miami precinct, every election is drama-filled.

Dozens of campaign volunteers lined the sidewalks around the Sunkist Grove Community Center on Northwest 125 Street and 13 Avenue.

They shouted at voters in English and Creole from bullhorns. They sprinted after unsuspecting drivers to shove fliers  into their car windows.  And they aggressively argued with one another over whose candidate will win.

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2014 Florida Primary Results
12:05 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Here's How South Florida Voted In The 2014 Primary Election

Credit Flickr / Alan Alfaro

November's election will be a race between two candidates with Florida gubernatorial experience: Rick Scott and Charlie Crist.

Miami-Dade and Broward were among the last counties to finish counting votes statewide. Among the items on the Dade ballot, locals decided to approve of SkyRise Miami and two long-standing school board members were re-elected.

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Marijuana
9:57 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Marijuana Moms Want More Options For Sick Kids

The CannaMoms want more options that Charlotte's Web doesn't cover.
Credit Vlado / Flickr CC

  A group of Florida mothers is rallying to legalize marijuana -- for their kids. 

They call themselves the CannaMoms, and they share their experiences at conventions and in front of legislative committees. They want to spread the word that Charlotte’s Web is limited in what it can do.

Jacel Delgadillo witnesses her 3-year-old son, Bruno, sometimes having up to 300 seizures a day. He has Dravet syndrome, a severe form of epilepsy.

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Education
5:57 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

If Re-Elected, Gov. Scott Pledges To Put More Funding In Education

Gov. Rick Scott pledged Thursday a jump in state per-student spending if elected again.
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Republican Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday announced a plan to raise per-student spending to a record level next year.

Scott's proposal calls for $7,176 for each student in Florida -- a $232 increase over the current school year and a $50 increase over the record high from 2007-08.

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