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Health News Florida
8:38 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Fungal Meningitis Outbreak: How One Florida Woman Barely Survived And What Happens Next

Originally published on Tue February 19, 2013 6:23 am

  

WARNING: Pictures and video may contain disturbing images.

Roseann Fusco says the last thing on her mind when she agreed to get a steroid injection for back pain was where it came from, let alone whether it was made correctly.

After all, she says, her doctors had highly recommended she get it as a possible alternative to surgery.

“They kind of like begged me to do it. So I'm like, 'Okay, I'll try at least one shot,' "Fusco says.

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Immigrant Detention
7:45 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Because Of Budget Cuts, U.S. Releases Hundreds Of Illegal Immigrants

Karnes County Detention Center in Karnes City, Texas.
ICE

Originally published on Tue February 26, 2013 6:37 pm

The U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) says it released several hundred detainees in an effort to prepare for the across-the-board budget cuts scheduled to go into effect March 1. More people may be released in the coming days.

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Florida Property Insurance Rates
7:00 am
Wed February 27, 2013

How Will The Florida Legislature Tackle Property Insurance Rates? Good Question, Says Senator

Property insurance costs are high and on the rise in Florida.
Credit AMagill / Flickr Creative Commons

Getting a handle on property insurance rates is a top priority in the upcoming Florida Legislature 2013 regular session, but it's no easy task, according to popular consensus at Monday night's Town Hall session hosted by WLRN and the Miami Herald

"The legislature is in a terrible box," said Mary Ellen Klas, the capital bureau chief for the Miami Herald and a panelist at Monday's event. "This is one of the tough issues they have to grapple with."

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Community Contributor
2:02 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Texting-And-Driving Ban Likely To Get Driven Out Of Florida Legislature – Again

As I lean my motorcycle into the curve that takes me onto I-95, I roll the throttle to accelerate up to highway speeds. Up ahead I see a car going well below the minimum speed of 45 mph, with the left turn signal on but swerving to the right. I give this big unknown a wide berth, and as I pass, I see the person gabbing it up on a cell phone.

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Politics
1:57 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

WLRN Town Hall Tackles The State's Tough Issues Before The Legislature's 2013 Session

Attendees at Monday night's Town Hall session came prepared with hundreds of questions on everything from healthcare to gun control.
Credit WLRN

Education, voting reform, property insurance, and political transparency were among the topics covered during Monday night's Town Hall event on Session 2013 of the Florida Legislature hosted by WLRN and the Miami Herald.  The second annual forum marks the beginning of WLRN's coverage of Session 2013, which convenes March 5 and continues through May 3.

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Stand Your Ground
12:32 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

A Year Later, Community Awaits Justice In Travyon Martin Shooting

Civil rights leaders and residents of the city of Sanford, FL attend a town hall meeting to discuss the death of a 17-year-old unarmed black teen Trayvon Martin.
Credit Gerardo Mora

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Town Hall 2013 Environmental Issues
11:07 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Environment Back On The Table This Legislative Session, Says Senate Majority Leader

Wildlife viewing is popular with Florida residents and tourists, making Everglades restoration and environmental protection a matter of economic concern.
Credit toki-doki / Flickr Creative Commons

Tough economic times put environmental issues on the Florida Legislature's back burner in recent years, but this session should be different, according to Sen. Jack Latvala (R-Clearwater), who sat on the panel at Monday night's Town Hall Session 2013 hosted by WLRN and the Miami Herald

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Stand Your Ground
9:00 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Stand Your Ground Panel Recommends Keeping Law Mostly As Is

Credit Surachai / freedigitalphotos.net

for News Service of Florida  

The panel charged by Gov. Rick Scott with reviewing the state's 'stand your ground' self-defense law did not recommend any major changes to the statute, although it did make suggestions for tweaks by the Legislature in the upcoming session. The basic premise of the law isn't challenged in the final report released Friday. Scott's Task Force on Citizen Safety and Protection included lawmakers, prosecutors, defense attorneys, representatives of minority communities and law enforcement. 

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Trayvon Martin, One Year Later
7:41 am
Tue February 26, 2013

A Year Later, Trayvon Martin's Mother Hopes For Justice And Change

Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin.
Paul J. Richards AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon February 25, 2013 10:32 am

  • Sybrina Fulton on 'Tell Me More'
  • Attorney Benjamin Crump on 'Tell Me More'

One year ago Tuesday, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed in Sanford, Fla., — a death that would reignite the national debate about race relations and raise questions about the "stand your ground" laws on the books in Florida and 29 other states.

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Community Contributor
2:01 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

State Considers 'Cost Effective' Option For I-395 Flyover In Downtown Miami

Original designs for a new I-395 flyover called for an artistic look.

Over the past several years, FDOT initiated the process to replace the 1.5-mile structure that links State Road 836 east of Interstate 95 to the MacArthur Causeway. As the main artery between the Miami International Airport, the Port of Miami, and South Beach, millions of visitors traverse this scenic stretch annually on the way to a cruise or the beaches.

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Tallanasty, The Game
5:22 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Tallanasty: An Interactive (And Ethical) Experience To Test Your Integrity

Do you have what it takes to navigate the political swampland of Florida and come out clean?

WLRN and the Miami Herald have partnered to create a  new interactive experience that will allow you to put your political integrity to the test.  After a cutthroat election, you have officially begun your career as a Florida politician.

Now it is up to you to make the right political and personal choices.

CLICK HERE TO PLAY THE 'TALLANASTY' ETHICS GAME

The Florida Roundup
12:00 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Is Gov. Rick Scott Headed Toward Sequestration From State GOP? Join The Conversation

Governor Rick Scott reverses his opposition to Obamacare and supports expanding Medicaid. But is this a genuine change of heart or a calculated re-election move?
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On the Florida Roundup, we have on the slate:

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South Florida's Condo Market
8:25 am
Fri February 22, 2013

In Miami, A New Condo Boom Revives Hopes Of Housing Recovery

Brickell CityCentre is a new project that includes retail, offices and two condo towers. In all, some 19 condo towers are going up in downtown Miami, just seven years after the housing market crash.
Greg Allen NPR

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 8:07 am

Here's a headline that may sound familiar: Miami is in the middle of a condo boom.

Just seven years ago, Miami had a similar surge in condo construction. But it all came crashing down. There was an international banking crisis, and the Florida real estate bubble burst — taking down investors and many developers.

But new towers are once again reshaping the city's skyline.

Peter Zalewski, a real estate consultant with Condo Vultures, says 19 condo towers are now in the works in Miami, with 7,000 total units.

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Florida Medicaid Expansion
6:30 am
Thu February 21, 2013

In Reversal, Florida Gov. Scott Agrees To Medicaid Expansion

Florida Gov. Rick Scott, long a foe of the administration's health overhaul, reversed course and agree to accept federal funds to expand Medicaid in the state.
J Pat Carter AP

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 7:25 am

Perhaps Florida Gov. Rick Scott's motto should be "never say never."

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Latin America
4:00 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Hugo Chávez Returns to Venezuela: Now What?

Venezuela's President Hugo Chávez with his daughters last week in Cuba while continuing to recover from cancer surgery. Chávez returned to his home country this week after an extended two-month absence.
Credit Twitter

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez is back in his home country after more than two months recovering from his latest cancer surgery in Cuba. Celebrations ensued throughout the country on Monday as he made his way back to the capital, Caracas, following his extended absence.

But as tens of thousands of Venezuelan expatriates monitor in South Florida, his return may raise more questions than it answers.

For example:

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