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Swimming
12:28 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Research Shows Black Kids at a Higher Risk of Drowning

Drowning is the number one killer of children under the age of four.
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Florida has the highest rate of drowning in the country and for those younger than 4, water is the No. 1 killer aside from birth defects. But the danger is not spread equally among all children.

Overall, black kids drown at a much higher rate than other children. But among the youngest group of kids — younger than school age — whites and Hispanics fare worse. It’s around the 4 or 5 years old when those tides turn and black kids drown at about three times the rate of other children.

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LGBT Rights
4:35 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Resolution Supporting Same-Sex Marriage Is Passed In Fort Lauderdale

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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.

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Execution
8:54 am
Wed June 18, 2014

John Henry To Be One Of First Executed Since Botched Oklahoma Procedure

John Henry is set to be executed at 6:00pm Wednesday night.
Credit Florida Department of Corrections

UPDATE 6/19/2014 -- John Henry's execution was temporarily delayed waiting for a last-minute appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court which was denied. Henry was pronounced dead at 7:43pm.

Eddie Davis is the next person scheduled to be executed in the state. That will take place on July 10th.

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Florida is on track to execute its first inmate since the flawed and controversial execution in Oklahoma that led to an inmate’s heart attack.

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Treasure Hunt
11:55 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Marketing Group Hiding Free Cash Throughout South Florida

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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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Medical Marijuana
3:31 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Gov. Rick Scott Signs Bill Legalizing Charlotte's Web

Gov. Rick Scott signed off on Charlotte's Web legislation.
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A Florida bill legalizing Charlotte's Web, a strain of low-THC marijuana used to treat severe illnesses in children, was approved today by Gov. Rick Scott. 

Advocates say Charlotte's Web benefits children who suffer from a number of chronic medical conditions, particularly epilepsy. 

"The approval of Charlotte’s Web will ensure that children in Florida who suffer from seizures and other debilitating illnesses will have the medication needed to improve their quality of life," Scott was quoted saying in a press release.

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Transportation
12:43 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

City Red-Light Camera Programs Bypass State Laws

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  Since 2008, many South Florida residents have experienced the horror of finding surprise red-light ticket violations in their mailboxes. These violations are the result of red-light cameras, which were originally installed by cities as a so-called “safety precaution.” Fines for these tickets can come to as much as $200.

But, if any of these fines were obtained from 2008 to July 2010, many South Floridians may be getting a refund.

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News
7:52 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Conservation Group Says Beach Project Will Harm Reef

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Broward County plans to widen five miles of eroded beaches from northern Fort Lauderdale to southern parts of Pompano Beach. The project is near an offshore coral reef  in South Florida.

Cry for Water is a nonprofit conservation group that fears the new sand will destroy the coral or make them vulnerable to diseases.  

Dan Clark is the group's director. He says the Army Corps of Engineers did a less than complete review of the project.

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Supreme Court
10:34 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

SCOTUS Chooses Not To Hear Florida Tobacco Case

The U.S. Supreme Court has once again chosen not to hear a case that has tobacco companies grumbling.
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The U.S. Supreme Court has chosen not to rule on a ground-breaking case out of Florida. Pitting Tobacco companies against smokers, this seems to be one strike against the corporations.

In 2006, the Florida Supreme Court ruled against big tobacco companies in a decision that has come to be known as the Engle Case. Life-long smoker, physician, and Miami-Beach resident Howard Engle was the lead plaintiff.

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News
5:48 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Voto Latino Power Summit Comes To Miami

Voto Latino Power Summit will be held in Miami for the first time June 13 to 14.
Credit Voto Latino website

Hispanics are the largest and youngest minority group in the United States, according to Pew Research.

This caught the attention of Voto Latino, a nonpartisan organization that will host the first power summit for 300 Latino millennials in Miami.

The leadership conference plans to engage millennials to create a positive impact in their community. Advocacy, leadership and technology are the main tracks that participants will hear about and receive training on.  

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News
4:00 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Gov. Scott Signs Bill Allowing DREAMers To Qualify For In-State Tuition

Gov. Rick Scott recently signed a bill that will allow in-state tuition costs for undocumented students in Florida.
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Gov. Rick Scott signed into law a bill allowing certain students who arrived to the United States illegally to qualify for in-state tuition at colleges and universities in South Florida.

The bill (HB 851) was sponsored by Rep. Jeannette Nunez, R-Miami.

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Smoke
2:49 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

A Strike Of Lightning Without Rain In Everglades Causes Dense Smoke, Health Warnings

A dense smoke advisory was in effect in South Florida until 10am on Monday. A state highway patrol officer said the fire began Sunday afternoon when lighting struck a conservation area in the Everglades.
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During smoky fires, officials encourage people to stay home. However, as a response to fire, birds tend to leave home.

Julie Hill-Gabriel, director of Everglades policy for Audubon Florida, said when birds see smoke, they take it as a signal to leave the area.

This can be potentially problematic this time of year. Hill-Gabriel explained now is an ideal time for birds to stay home and catch fish. If they leave because of fires, they miss out on the opportunity.

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News
2:04 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Homeless Shelter For The John Does Hopes To Build Trust

The Open Door Shelter will provide a night's stay for those hardest to get off the streets.
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The Salvation Army of Broward County has opened the doors to a new facility that could help up to 45 people every night. But the cots at the Open Door Shelter are more about building trust than getting sleep.

Alyse Gossman is the volunteer coordinator for the Salvation Army in Broward County.

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Sunshine Economy
11:18 am
Mon June 9, 2014

The Sunshine Economy: Common Challenges, Changing Classrooms

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The school year may be over, but the next chapter in public education begins in less than three months: Common Core State Standards.

However, Florida public school kids won’t follow Common Core, at least not in name. The state legislature this spring eliminated references to Common Core from state education policy. Still, the principles of Common Core remain: more rigorous education standards to better prepare students for college and careers.

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News
8:00 pm
Sun June 8, 2014

Palm Beach County Fights Hurricane Amnesia

PBC DART is Palm Beach County's new smartphone app for hurricane season.
Credit Constanza Gallardo

Palm Beach County prepares to fight hurricane amnesia, a common ideology held by the county’s officials and emergency management.

The Emergency Operations Center in Palm Beach County held its annual hurricane briefing for legislative officials and media last week. Emergency management strongly advised officials to inform their communities to have a plan and kit for any situation.

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Immigration
6:20 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Becoming Citizens In Little Havana

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You've probably heard of Hispanic Heritage Month, Black History Month, Asian History Month. 

Now we have Immigrant Heritage Month -- which was unveiled Thursday during a naturalization ceremony in one of the country's most famous immigrant enclaves, Miami's Little Havana.

At the event, hosted by Miami Dade College inside Little Havana's Tower Theater, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services formally recognized June as the time to honor immigrants.

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