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A monthly group bike ride in Miami may face police sanctions during its next event.

Critical Mass brings thousands of cyclists on the last Friday of every month as a way to promote safe cycling.

The Miami Police Department thinks riders are not following state laws and make the roads dangerous for both cyclists and vehicle drivers.  

Miami-Dade Library Funding Is In Jeopardy

Jun 25, 2014
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Last summer, the budget for Miami-Dade County libraries was in jeopardy until the county commission decided at last minute to tap into a reserve fund.

This year, funding for the libraries is in danger again. 

Library operations supervisor Sue Cvejanovich and Friends of the Miami-Dade Public Library president John Quick appeared on WLRN's Topical Currents on Tuesday.

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  In Gov. Rick Scott's budget, the Legislature approved $60 million of annual funding for three cancer centers in Florida. One of the centers, the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami School of Medicine, will receive $16 million per year for five years.

Even before the funding the center made investments including hiring new physicians and researchers, and purchasing new equipment.

As Dr. Stephen Nimer says, the new personnel and machines help make the center "world class."

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All Aboard Florida, the privately funded project that plans to connect Miami to Orlando with high-speed rail service, has been touted as an alternative to congested highways. It has also been criticized for concerns regarding safety and noise.

Get Tested For HIV And Win A Vespa

Jun 25, 2014
Constanza Gallardo / WLRN

The Aids Healthcare Foundation is hosting a contest to motivate HIV testing in South Florida.

Every day, people can walk in to one of the four Out of the Closet thrift stores in Miami-Dade and Broward County, get tested for free and become eligible to win a Vespa.

“I think that is pretty exciting,” says William Lacey, 38. “I’d love to win a Vespa. It’s better than a $5 gift card.”  

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The University of Miami Hurricanes have had trouble filling Sun Life Stadium in the past. It is far away from campus, and attendance often does not fill even the lower bowl. So the marketing team at the athletics department tried something a little unconventional: They created an ad calling on fans to "GO TO FEWER GAMES."

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At a meeting earlier this week, a group of residents concerned about rising sea levels decided to name themselves Delray's Rising Waters Task Force. 

Their goal is to deal with the effects of climate change. They are still in the early stages of organizing themselves.

There were five members at the beginning of the meeting and seven joined, making it a total of 12, by the end. They are still looking for more residents to join.

Listen to their story here. 

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A nationwide settlement between SunTrust Mortgage and a state and federal partnership amounts to over $500 million. Nearly 40 percent of the settlement will go to Floridians who financed their homes with SunTrust.

According to Whitney Ray of the Attorney General's Office, 8,400 Floridians have been targeted for direct cash payments. They are borrowers who lost their homes to foreclosure between 2008 and 2013.

Miami-Dade Proposes Moving Libraries Into Public Parks

Jun 20, 2014
Constanza Gallardo / WLRN

Miami-Dade officials are having meetings across the county to discuss a proposal to move some libraries into public parks.

Small branch libraries lease space from private entities. If the proposal passes, some of those libraries would be closed and reopened in existing park facilities.   

Voters will decide on the proposal in a referendum on November’s ballot.

The idea came from Commissioner Esteban Bovo from District 13.

PortMiami Tunnel Opening Postponed To July

Jun 19, 2014
Miami Herald

The billion-dollar PortMiami Tunnel, which was supposed to open at the end of May, is now scheduled to open mid-to-late July.

The reason seems to be a safety precaution. Two of the tunnel's 44 installed fans, which control air ventilation, recently broke down after an unknown vibration, the Miami Herald reports. The Florida Department of Transportation says that until the cause of that vibration is known, Mat Concessionaire, which operates the tunnel, cannot open the tunnel.

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Same-sex marriage in the state of Florida is still illegal, but city commissioners in Fort Lauderdale have signed a resolution in support of it.

While the resolution will not legalize same-sex marriage, proponents say it's important that Fort Lauderdale make its stance opposing the statewide ban known, the Sun Sentinel reports.

Talk To Us: What Are You Thinking About The FIFA World Cup?

Jun 18, 2014
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From across the pond in England to just south of us in Mexico, passionate soccer fans are spotted in local bars, restaurants or watch parties. 

Here in South Florida, we want to hear your World Cup thoughts. Who are you rooting for? What are you wearing to show your support? What does your country do to celebrate the victories? 

Join the conversation with the hashtag #WorldCupSoFla and tell us what makes your team unique. 

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David Beckham's stadium is yet to find a home in South Florida -- and Major League Soccer officials are kicking aside locations that aren't in downtown Miami.

MLS recently rejected the proposal to build Beckham's stadium next to Marlins Park, the former Orange Bowl site. MLS president Mark Abbott says the stadium needs to be downtown to be successful, the Miami Herald reports. But six years ago, MLS seriously considered the former Orange Bowl location.

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A few environmental groups in Florida want Gov. Rick Scott out of office due to his involvement in oil stocks.

Scott has a growing stock in an oil company involved in drilling in Collier County, and in 2011 he invested $135,000 in Schlumberger Limited, one of the biggest oil service companies in the world.  

Schlumberger Limited is involved in drilling near the Everglades. Environmental groups including the Sierra Club oppose the drilling.

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The money was hidden at the hospital where Elton Aguilera was born. He and a friend drove over. Once they parked, they ran. "My heart was pounding," he recalls. "I was sweating. Just the excitement, the adrenaline." Not long after, he found a white envelope taped to a fence. It had $50 inside.

Instructions on the envelope encouraged him to take a selfie with the winnings and to follow In South Florida, a local online marketing group.

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