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The Everglades
5:46 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Everglades Water Circulation Program Will Move Forward

Water may soon be flowing a bit easier in the Everglades.
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The South Florida Water Management District decided Thursday morning to OK an Everglades restoration project it designed.

Since 2011, the District has been working to develop a $1.9 billion plan to put some circulation back into the heart of the Everglades.

"It is going to require removing lot of things that have been put in," says Randy Smith, a representative for the Water District. "[It will require] creating new water-flow projects and water storage projects. The landscape is going to more closely resemble what it was originally."

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Living
6:42 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Dade Democrats Keep Fighting For A Higher Minimum Wage

Protesters outside of Trujillo's office in Doral.
Credit Lisann Ramos

The fight continues to raise the minimum wage.

About a dozen demonstrators gathered outside of Rep. Carlos Trujillo’s district office Tuesday in Doral to show their support for a higher minimum wage.

Trujillo chairs the House committee in charge of advancing legislation that would raise Florida's current minimum wage of $7.93 to $10.10 an hour. He’s yet to take action on the legislation.

The Miami-Dade Democratic Party, led by its Chair Annette Taddeo-Goldstein, is pushing for action.

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Business
5:07 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Senate Film Industry Incentives Include Charges To Local Governments

TAX DOLLARS AT WORK: A movie shoot in Miami Beach. A state Senate committee thinks there should be more incentives available to lure movie producers to Florida.
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Dramatic increases in state incentives to lure film and entertainment production to Florida may be on the way. But this time, local governments would have to pay to play. A bill approved in the Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee would charge counties where the productions take place 10 percent of the face amount of the producers' tax incentives.

Click below to hear the full story.

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Links
5:03 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

What Everyone Is Reading March 30- April 5

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Our most read stories this week include sea-level rise, anti-road rage landscaping and a city trolley system being eyed by the Federal Transit Authority (see those below).

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Hard To Hire
3:46 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Felons, Drop-Outs And The Poor: Broward Wants To Hire You

The Broward County Commission is trying to help out hard-to-hire people.
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Felons, high-school dropouts and the poor might get a helping hand when looking for a job in Broward County.

The County Commission is considering an ordinance that would require contractors to try and give half of those new contract-related jobs to hard-to-hire people.

"Try" is the operative word.

The ordinance would not require contractors to actually hire these people. They just have to make a good faith effort to find someone who falls into the hard-to-hire category. 

 

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Miami Herald
3:13 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

The Miami Herald Has A New President And Publisher

Alex Villoch is the first woman to fill the position of publisher of the MIami Herald Media Company in its 110-year history.
Credit C.M. GUERRERO / EL NUEVO HERALD

The Miami Herald Media Company has a new president and publisher—and it didn't have to look too far. Alexandra Villoch, currently Senior Vice President for advertising, will start her new role on April 14th. The announcement was made to a receptive room mostly comprised of Herald employees.

Villoch is the first woman to fill the role in the company's 110-year history.

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Charities
2:47 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Want To Know How That Charity Is Spending Your Money?

A state bill follows a Tampa Bay Times investigation into the country’s worst charities. The report focused on non-profits that spend a lot of money on solicitors.
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A sweeping charities reform package is breezing through the Florida Legislature despite earlier concerns that legitimate philanthropies might be harmed by new rules.

The House bill received unanimous support in three committees and is now ready for a vote on the floor. The Senate bill has one more committee, and members who had been worried about reputable charities now say their issues have been addressed.

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Session 2014
10:29 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

How Governor Scott Could De-Liberalize State Supreme Court On His Last Day

FLORIDA SUPREME COURT: A Senate bill could give Gov. Scott the power to remake the court on his last day in office.
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On the day his successor takes power, a defeated or departing Florida governor would be allowed to appoint replacements for state Supreme Court justices whose terms expire on the same day.  That's in a controversial bill the state Senate passed on Thursday. And that governor could be Rick Scott four years from now, when the court's liberal majority face mandatory retirement all at once.

Click to hear Rick Stone's radio story.

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Transportation
6:08 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Planners Reveal The Pricetag On Light Rail From Miami To The Beach

The city of Miami's Metromover system shuttles riders around the downtown and Brickell areas. County Commissioner Bruno Barreiro is advocating for extending the Metromover over the MacArthur rather than building a new light-rail system.
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The numbers are in. The estimated cost of building a light rail line from mainland Miami to the beach is $532 million. And three key players are lining up in support of the proposal.

The mayors of Miami-Dade County, the city of Miami and the city of Miami Beach are backing the proposal to build a light rail line along the MacArthur Causeway.

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez has said previously that if traffic between Miami and Miami Beach gets worse it will kill the tourism industry.

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News
1:21 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Starting Up In South Florida By 9 Entrepreneurs

Credit Diego Saldana-Rojas

We caught up with several South Florida entrepreneurs about their trials and triumphs in starting a business in South Florida. 

Jordan Melnick started "Sktchy", an app that connects artists with subjects to draw, paint or sculpt.

Q: What was the moment you realized South Florida would work well for your business?

Pandwe Gibson started EcoTech Visions, a business incubator with a focus on environmental companies.

Q: What is the most difficult part about starting a business in South Florida?

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Sea-Level Rise
10:40 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Why Sea-Level Rise Might Hurt Poor Neighborhoods More Than Coastal Areas

Some lower-income neighborhoods may be more vulnerable to the impacts of rising seas than coastal areas.
Credit Keren Bolter

Keren Bolter is a doctoral student of geosciences at Florida Atlantic University researching what areas in South Florida are particularly threatened by rising seas. She says all methods of analysis for the risks of sea-level rise only focus on financial vulnerability -- ranking Fort Lauderdale Beach and Miami Beach as high-risk -- but to her, that's not the whole story.

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Addiction Recovery
6:27 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Legislature Wants To Tighten Scrutiny Over South Florida's Multitude Of 'Sober Houses'

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Rules to govern the so-called "sober houses" that proliferate in Palm Beach and Broward counties have survived one gauntlet of committees in the Legislature and they're ready for a full House vote.

The bill aims to protect the sober houses' complaining neighbors as well as the recovering addicts themselves. Listen to the full story below.

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Transportation
6:13 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

How Miami's Cute New Trolleys Led To A Civil-Rights Investigation

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In recent years, snazzy trolleys painted like old-timey street cars have been rolling on Miami-Dade streets. They're free to ride and hit hotspots from Miami’s Midtown to Coral Gables.

But what's gotten the county, and some of its cities, in trouble with the federal government is where the trolleys don’t go: the West Grove, a predominately black neighborhood in the city of Miami.

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Immigration
5:46 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Uh, Senators? You Know We Already Get In-State Tuition At Miami's FIU, Right?

FRIDA'S SURPRISE: Senators learned from Miami resident and FIU grad Frida Ulloa that state resident tuition is already available for some undocumented immigrants.
Credit The Florida Channel

The Florida Senate Judiciary Committee got a big surprise this morning. Turns out in-state university tuition rates are already available for some undocumented immigrants, at least at Florida International University.

It may have strengthened the hands of opponents of the in-state tuition bill, but not enough to defeat it.

Click to hear the full story.

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Health Care
3:15 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Miami Nurses In Tallahassee Find Legislation Has No Desire To Extend Medicaid

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The campaign to expand Medicaid for Florida's uninsured poor continued in Tallahassee last week with a mass lobby conducted by doctors and nurses from Miami's Jackson Hospital. They went from office to office in the Capitol seeking legislative support, but got basically nowhere.

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