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Remembering
11:49 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Trayvon Martin Foundation Finds Home At Florida Memorial University

The Trayvon Martin Foundation has found a home at Florida Memorial University.
Credit Creative Commons

The Trayvon Martin Foundation now has a home at Florida Memorial University.

The foundation was started by Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, the parents of the Miami Gardens teen who was shot and killed in 2012. Fulton is an alumna of the university. Her foundation works to raise awareness about the impact of violent crimes on families and communities. It’s a support system for people who have experienced tragedies.

Roslyn Artis, president of the Miami Gardens university, sees this as an opportunity to turn tragedy into education.

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Living
11:41 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Florida Gets Big Food Stamp Bonus

Florida will get a big bonus for accurately administering it's food assistance program.
Credit Creative Commons / Flickr user Clementine Gallot

Florida is getting a big bonus this year. The Federal Department of Agriculture is rewarding the state $7 million for being efficient and accurate when it comes to giving out food stamps to families.

At 0.81 percent error rate, the state ranks the second most accurate in the country. That means families don’t get more, or less, help than they qualify for.

The bonus won’t mean more money in the pockets of families, but it will help streamline the process for future need.

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Fraud
3:38 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Seniors On Medicare Patrol In Miami

Gustavo Franco, of Senior Medicare Patrol, warns seniors of Medicare fraud.
Credit Al Diaz / Miami Herald

It’s a crime that requires no guns. It frequently goes unnoticed until after the fact, and the victims are unwitting U.S. taxpayers duped to the tune of $68 billion a year. Medicare fraud has become one of the most profitable illegal activities in the country — and South Florida is the most likely place to get fleeced.

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News
2:48 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Critical Mass Might Be A Bit Different Tonight

Credit Constanza Gallardo / WLRN

This week the Miami Police Department addressed the monthly Critical Mass biking event as a "critical mess." Police Chief Manuel Orosa wanted the group to be more organized and follow traffic rules.

On Wednesday he said police officers may or may not attend the event.

Today’s ride will be going through Little Havana, West Flagler, Grapeland Heights, Allapattah, Brownsville, Liberty City, Wynwood, Midtown, Edgewater, OMNI, Park West, and Downtown.

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Immigration
11:54 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Child Migrant Crisis Growing In South Florida

Recently arrived Salvadoran teen Andrea (center; she did not want to give her last name) with her mother Sandra (left) and immigration attorney Jose Teurbe-Tolon.
Credit Jose A. Iglesias / El Nuevo Herald

It’s easy to think the current crisis of undocumented child migrants from Central America affects only the U.S. Southwest. But the problem is very much South Florida’s too.

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Critical Mass
6:26 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Miami Police Department Addresses "Critical Mess" Biking Event

Ken Bureski is a regular rider at the monthly Critical Mass.
Constanza Gallardo WLRN

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.  

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What's The Story?
5:56 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Listen: 5 Things Wrong With South Florida Bus Stops

Credit Vera Arias

For our What's the Story? project, a listener asked us:

Why doesn't every bus stop have a shelter?

And while working to answer that question, we asked our audience what their worst experiences were while waiting for buses in South Florida.

We came up with the five things wrong with bus stops in our area. Listen:

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Libraries
11:46 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Miami-Dade Library Funding Is In Jeopardy

A child looks at books in the West Kendall Library.
Credit Patrick Farrell / Miami Herald

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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Research
11:44 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center To Receive $16 Million Per Year

Dr. Stephen Nimer, photographed on Wednesday March 7, 2012 is the director of UM's Sylvester Cancer Center.
Credit Patrick Farrell / Miami Herald staff

  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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Transportation
11:44 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Document Reveals All Aboard Florida Plans To Spend $29 Million On West Palm Beach Station

All Aboard Florida President and Chief Development Officer Michael Reininger announces plans for the rail system's downtown station.
Credit Patrick Farrell / Miami Herald

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.

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Health
11:39 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Get Tested For HIV And Win A Vespa

Curtis Mccray, 26, got tested and participated in the contest.
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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News
11:38 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Miami Beach Launches App To Report Complaints

Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine announced Tuesday the city's launch of a new app.
Credit Philip Levine for Mayor

Miami Beach residents can now send their concerns to the city's department through a new smartphone app.

The free app called "E-Gov" allows residents to file reports or complaints directly to the city department by sending a photo.

"We have various standards about time. How much time it will take to be resolved," says Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine. "For example, a pothole should take about 48 hours. We want to figure out ways to increase and make better customer service as much as we can in Miami Beach."

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Latin America Report
6:54 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Brazilians: Look At Our Businesses, Not Our Bikinis

Fast Casual: Joao Barbosa at a South Florida Giraffas.
Credit CW Griffin / Miami Herald

To see Brazil for the first time is to see the New World for the first time.

That’s not a travel brochure cliché. If you’re in Rio de Janeiro, standing atop the Pão de Açúcar and surveying the Baía de Guanabara, it’s easy to recall what F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote about the way any European must have felt upon arriving in the Americas five centuries ago: “…face to face for the last time in history with something commensurate to his capacity to wonder.”

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Real Estate
5:35 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Florida Leads Nation In International Homebuyers

International buyers snapped up short sales and foreclosures in South Florida during the recession.
Credit Sean Bonini/flickr

Florida’s recession could have been worse if not for homebuyers from other countries. 

The nonprofit government watchdog group Florida TaxWatch says international buyers bought up cheap properties and pumped cash into the state’s economy.

The buyers were mainly from Canada, Latin America and Europe – all regular trading partners of the U.S.

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Environment
5:28 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Delray Beach Residents Create A Rising Waters Task Force

Credit Jephie Bernard / WLRN

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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