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8:05 am
Fri April 24, 2015

April 24, 2015: Gov. Rick Scott Talks Tax Cuts, Hospital Spending

Today on WLRN-Miami Herald News, you heard:

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Politics
1:42 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Florida Roundup: An Eye On Cuba And Florida's Health Care

On the Florida Roundup, we discuss the week's news with the area's top journalists. Here's a quick recap of the issues we'll discuss on the show.

U.S. And Cuba Relations

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Health Care
5:36 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Medicaid Dispute Still Threatens On-Time Legislative Adjournment

An undated photo of the House chamber in the state capitol.
Credit Steven Martin / Flickr/Creative Commons

Unionized medical staff from Jackson Health System taunted Governor Rick Scott in the capitol rotunda over his opposition to expanding Medicaid.

Democratic Senator Oscar Braynon of Broward County joined them to say the governor's intransigence would have consequences.

"In theory we may lose our public hospitals, in theory people may not get health coverage, in theory people will actually die as a result of this," Braynon said.

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Environment
1:58 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

State Environmental Official Utters "Climate Change" Repeatedly In Senate Committee

Sept. 21, 2013 - Activists on Miami Beach protest the state's lack of plans to deal with sea level rise caused by climate change.
Credit 350.org/flickr

Disputing reports that state agencies are prohibited from using the words "climate change," top environmental official Jonathan Steverson repeatedly uttered the phrase during a confirmation hearing Wednesday.

Steverson, who was appointed in December by Gov. Rick Scott as secretary of Florida Department of Environmental Protection, told the Senate Environmental Preservation and Conservation Committee his agency has no policy against "climate change."

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News
11:57 am
Thu April 16, 2015

Gov. Rick Scott To Sue Feds Over Hospital Funding, Medicaid Expansion

An undated photo of Gov. Rick Scott.
Credit Flickr/Creative Commons

Republican Gov. Rick Scott plans to sue the federal government for allegedly coercing Florida to expand Medicaid, his office said Thursday.

"It is appalling that President Obama would cut off federal healthcare dollars to Florida in an effort to force our state further into Obamacare," Scott said in a statement.

The announcement is but the latest round in an ongoing spat between Scott and the feds.

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News
3:33 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

PolitiFact Florida on Rubio and 'Dreamers,' Scott on Medicaid

Originally published on Wed April 15, 2015 12:09 pm

Now that Sen. Marco Rubio is officially running for president, he's already being hit with a barrage of attack ads. One of them says he tried to deport so-called "dreamers."  We talk about that - and whether Gov. Rick Scott is taking both sides of the Medicaid debate - with PolitiFact Florida's Josh Gillen.

On the day Sen. Marco Rubio announced his presidential campaign, opponents wasted little time attacking his record.

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Malls
5:38 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Florida Cabinet Approves Land Sale For Nation's Biggest Mall

Developer Triple Five plans to call its newest mall American Dream Miami.
Credit Triple Five

Miami-Dade County is about to acquire 82 acres of state land that could one day be the site of the largest mall in America. 

The vacant land is just west of Miami Lakes in an area surrounded by the Florida Turnpike, Interstate 75 and Northwest 170 Street. That’s where development company Triple Five wants to build a combination shopping mall and entertainment complex that would supplant its other big property, the Mall of America in Minneapolis, as the largest mall in the nation.

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Medicaid Expansion
4:57 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Rick Scott Says Feds Can't Be Trusted To Pay For Medicaid

Credit Abe Aboraya / WMFE

Florida Gov. Rick Scott stopped shy of saying he would veto an expansion to Medicaid.

Speaking to reporters in Orlando this week, Scott said the federal government can’t be trusted to pay for Medicaid.

But when pressed, he stopped short of saying he would veto an expansion to the health insurance program for the poor.

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Politics
12:04 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Jeb Bush Takes Early Lead on Marco Rubio With Florida GOP

Undated photos of Sen. Marco Rubio and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.
Credit Miami Herald

Senator Marco Rubio or former Governor Jeb Bush? That’s a question Republican primary voters in Florida are likely to be asking themselves next year. But many in the state’s congressional delegation are already wrestling with it.

“Jeb Bush. Bush. Bush. Bush,” says Daytona Beach Congressman John Mica. It’s early in the process: only Texas Senator Ted Cruz has officially announced his run. Still, when it comes to Floridians, Mica says he’s firmly a Bush-man.

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Politics
9:08 am
Tue April 7, 2015

U.S. Senate Candidate Murphy Faces Opposition From Inside Democratic Party

U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy
Credit Murphy For Florida

There's only one declared candidate so far for the Marco Rubio U.S. Senate seat. And he's already earned a vote of "no confidence" from a wing of his own party. 

Patrick Murphy is a former Republican who switched parties in 2012 and defeated arch conservative Allen West for South Florida's northernmost congressional seat.

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Criminal Law
8:50 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

State Supreme Court Extends Federal Ruling About Juvenile Sentencing

Credit Creative Commons via Flickr / Boston Public Library (https://flic.kr/p/dm18Ao)

The Florida Supreme Court has reached a groundbreaking decision about inmates who were sentenced to mandatory life in prison without parole for crimes they committed while they were still kids.

The decision makes 2012's Miller v. Alabama apply retroactively. It was a U.S. Supreme Court decision that ruled mandatory life sentences without the opportunity for release were cruel and unusual.

For the past three years, 201 Florida inmates have been in a kind of limbo. They're inmates who were sentenced to life in prison without parole as juveniles before the Miller ruling.

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News
12:46 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Seminole Tribe Looks For Opening In Gambling Talks

Florida's compact with the Seminole Indians gives them exclusive rights to operate banked card games at seven of the tribe's casinos.
Credit Kim's Pics/flickr

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, March 18, 2015…… In the latest hand in a public game of poker between the Legislature and the Seminole Tribe of Florida, tribal leaders provided a glimpse Wednesday into behind-the-scenes negotiations --- or lack of negotiations --- on renewing a lucrative part of a $1 billion gambling deal with the state.

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Newscast
6:52 am
Mon March 16, 2015

March 16, 2015: Fallout Continues After Investigation Into Scott's Climate Change 'ban'

Today on WLRN-Miami Herald News, you heard:

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Environment
1:42 am
Mon March 9, 2015

In Florida, Officials Ban Term "Climate Change"

Jim Harper, formerly DEP: We were told not to use the term climate change.
Credit FCIR

The state of Florida is the region most susceptible to the effects of global warming in this country, according to scientists. Sea-level rise alone threatens 30 percent of the state’s beaches over the next 85 years.

But you would not know that by talking to officials at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the state agency on the front lines of studying and planning for these changes.

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