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10:09 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Florida Senate Approves SunLife Stadium Bill

Voters go to the polls today to decide on renovations to SunLife Stadium that may prove moot by the end of the week.
Credit sunlife.com

Update 10:07 p.m. EST: The Florida Senate approved the Dolphins bill, 36-4. Now the House will get its turn to pass its own version.

Believe it or not, early voting began Monday in Miami-Dade County in a referendum that may NOT be needed by the end of the week.

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Gateway Miami
5:59 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

With Or Without Overhaul, Immigration Lawyers In Short Supply

People attend a legal clinic for deferred action applicants in New York in August. Immigration attorneys say demand for their services outstrips the nation's supply of trained immigration lawyers.
Richard Drew AP

Originally published on Mon April 29, 2013 5:48 pm

With immigration a hot-button issue in Washington, some version of immigration reform is likely this year. Even so, immigrant activist Sandra Sanchez concedes that the country might not be ready for an overhaul of its immigration laws.

Sanchez, director of the American Friends Service Committee Iowa's Immigrants Voice Program, doesn't mean that in political terms, but in practical ones. "We need to be prepared for the wave of millions of potential applicants that will be needing ... legal services," she says. "And we will not have enough resources to serve them."

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Gateway Miami
5:58 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Will Spanish Thrive Or Decline In The U.S.?

Actors Vin Diesel and Paul Walker, and actresses Jordana Brewster and Michelle Rodriguez attend a Universal Pictures presentation to promote their upcoming film "Fast & Furious 6."
Ethan Miller Getty Images

Originally published on Mon April 29, 2013 4:11 pm

Vin Diesel speaks lousy Spanish. No surprise, that. So why then was he invited to hand out a music award at the Premios Billboard and why did he say Sí to the invitation when it seems that's about all he can say in Spanish?

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Environment
8:06 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Are Florida Politicians Responding To Rising Sea Levels?

Broward Co. Mayor Kristin Jacobs says the area isn't getting enough funds to cover beach restoration.
Credit Broward County

Throughout the legislative session, we've been bringing questions you asked during the WLRN-Miami Herald Town Hall to legislators in Tallahassee.

Today's question concerns an environmental issue that's threatening coastal communities.

Barry Waterman of Pompano Beach asked about sea level rise:

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Gateway Miami
5:21 pm
Sun April 28, 2013

U.S. Filmmaker Held In Venezuela

This undated family photo released Thursday shows Timothy Tracy inside of a vehicle in Venezuela. The 35-year-old filmmaker from California was arrested Wednesday by Venezuelan authorities.
AP

Originally published on Thu April 25, 2013 6:48 pm

Venezuela has detained an American filmmaker, accusing him of "creating violence" at the behest of the U.S. government.

Interior Minister Miguel Rodriguez Torres said Timothy Hallet Tracy was paying right-wing youth to hold violent protests in the aftermath of the elections narrowly won by Nicolas Maduro, the late Hugo Chavez's chosen successor. Torres said Tracy worked for a U.S. intelligence agency. His comments were reported by the Venezuelan newspaper Ultimas Noticias.

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The Florida Roundup
12:00 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

The Week's Top Florida News: Dolphins And Diplomas

Join us Friday at noon on 91.3 FM WLRN for an hour's discussion on the week's headlines, including:

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Ethics Game
10:00 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Are You A Dirty Politican? Play Our Ethics Game

Are you squeaky clean or Tallanasty?
Credit Martin Tews / Creative Commons/Flickr

Everyone loves to complain about political corruption.  But would you do any better?  Play our interactive game, Tallanasty, and find out if you would be a cleaner Florida politician.

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Sports
7:00 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Remix The News: David Kobert, Miami Dolphins And Circus Politics

Artist's rendering of Sun Life Stadium upgrades.
Credit Original photo from Miami Dolphins with added pizzazz by Kenny Malone

We're a little over two weeks away from the scheduled Miami-Dade County referendum on proposed upgrades to the Miami Dolphins' Sun Life Stadium.

State lawmakers still need to approve a local hotel tax increase and a Dolphins subsidy that would help pay for the renovations. If that happens, the public will have a chance to officially vote on the upgrades on May 14th. 

Until then, we figured we'd give our audience a different way to express their feelings on the issue:

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Florida Legislature
10:59 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Hope For Health Care Compromise Dwindles

The Capitol buildings in Tallahassee.
Credit Wikipedia

House Republicans rejected a bipartisan Senate proposal to accept $51 billion in federal health care money on Thursday, diminishing hopes that lawmakers will reach a health care compromise before the legislative session ends next week.

After five hours of targeted questions and impassioned debate, Republicans rejected an attempt by renegade Republican Rep. Mike Fasano to accept the Senate plan to provide federally subsidized health coverage to more than 1 million Floridians.

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Florida Legislature
4:16 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Florida Senate Passes Bill To Overhaul Citizens Insurance

Sen. David Simmons, R-Maitland
Credit flsenate.gov

UPDATE 4:36 p.m. - The Florida Senate passed SB 1770 today, 24-15.

Sen. David Simmons, R-Maitland, believes he has the votes to put his sweeping overhaul of Citizens Property Insurance Corp. up for a final vote in the Senate on Thursday.

Simmons was busy lobbying his colleagues over the proposal (SB 1770) during the floor session on Wednesday after the measure was postponed for the second time in nine days from being put up for a final Senate vote.

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Dolphins Stadium
11:42 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Foreign Banks Could Pay For Renovations At Dolphins Stadium

SunLife Stadium where the Miami Dolphins play their home games.
Credit sunlife.com

To create a tax break for the Miami Dolphins, Florida might eliminate a tax break for Miami’s foreign banks.

On Thursday, the state Senate is scheduled to vote on a bill allowing Florida to pay out $15 million a year in sales-tax rebates for stadium renovations, including a possible $3 million yearly subsidy for the Dolphins’ Sun Life Stadium. To pay for the new stadium dollars, the legislation would end a tax deduction reserved for international banking operations, which in Florida are clustered in the Miami area.

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Politics
9:00 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Miami Sex Abuse Victim Finishes Fourth Walk Across Florida

Lauren Book, flanked by media near the Capitol, completes her fourth walk across Florida.
Credit Jordan Michael/WLRN

Around this time of year, a lot of people walk to achieve the highly coveted yellow-polka-dot-bikini body.

Lauren Book walks to help mend lives.

Book ended her fourth annual trek on Tuesday, walking 1,500 miles from Key West to Tallahassee.

She was joined on the last mile of the trip by an army of supporters in blue shirts adorned with footprints and the words “Walk In My Shoes 2013.”

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The Florida Roundup
12:00 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Florida Roundup: Gun Control, Medicaid, Venezuela

Nicolás Maduro, former vice president under Hugo Chavez, wins Venezuela's presidential election with 50.7% of the vote. His challenger Henrique Capriles received 49.1%.
Credit chavezcandanga / Creative Commons/Flickr

Join us for an hour of conversation about the week's news on The Florida Roundup, live at noon on WLRN:

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Politics
11:30 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Citizens Property Insurance Rates Could Skyrocket Under Proposed Legislation

Attorney Sean Shaw is a critic of Citizens Property Insurance. He is founder of the group Policyholders of Florida.
Credit Gina Jordan/WLRN

The Florida Legislature is considering big changes to Citizens Property Insurance Corp.

The state-run insurer is supposed to be the last resort for property owners in high risk areas who can't get coverage in the private insurance market.

Citizens Property has about 1.3 million policy holders.

The company is trying to reduce its risk by raising premiums and sending hundreds of thousands of customers back to the private market.

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Venezuelan Election
9:28 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Venezuela Grows More, Not Less Polarized After Chavez

Supporters of Venezuelan opposition presidential candidate Henrique Capriles protest in the area of Altamira, in Caracas, capital of Venezuela, on Monday.
Mauricio Valenzuela Xinhua/Landov

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 8:37 am

Under the rule of its late president, Hugo Chavez, Venezuela became a nation sharply divided between those who supported his self-styled socialist revolution and those who opposed it.

But after a disputed presidential election in which Chavez's deputy was ruled the winner by a razor-thin margin, the country appears more polarized than ever.

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