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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.
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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.
Credit Sammy Mack

 

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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Port of Miami
3:03 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Last Call For Coral: Researchers Save Port Coral From Dredging

Brain coral like this one can be found at the bottom of Miami's shipping channel.
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The hours are ticking down for researchers trying to preserve some of the coral at the bottom of PortMiami’s shipping channel. This dash to harvest some of the reef that has made a home there reflects changing attitudes toward marine preservation.

The port will begin dredging on Saturday to accommodate bigger ships going to and from the expanding Panama Canal.

Even though not all of the coral can be preserved, the harvesting will create some unique research opportunities.

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News
6:03 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Slideshow: How South Florida Helped Train D-Day Troops

Servicemen march along Collins Avenue in Miami Beach. Circa 1944.
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Before American soldiers landed on the beaches of Normandy on June 6, 1944, troops were preparing for D-Day on the beaches of South Florida.

They were doing jumping jacks on the sand in Miami Beach.

In the sky were big, green military planes.

That’s because before Florida was prime real estate for waterfront mansions and tourism, it was the perfect place to train soldiers.

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Prison Sentencing
5:59 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Study: Florida Makes Inmates Serve More Of Their Sentences Than Other States

Florida inmates are more likely than others to max out their sentences.
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A new study by the Pew Charitable Trusts finds Florida leading the nation in inmates who “max out” their sentences --- serving 100 percent of their time and being released with no supervision beyond the prison gates.

The study found that 64.3 percent of Florida inmates, or 21,426 offenders, were released in 2012 without conditions, monitoring or support.

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Housing
4:02 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

No Report Card, No Apartment

Two South Florida housing developments are being sued over a report card requirement.
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Sonoma Bay and Marsh Harbour housing developments are facing a federal lawsuit.

Both of the housing complexes require parents to provide their children’s school records, specifically their report cards.

A fair housing group in Palm Beach County was alerted to this fact after the developments placed an ad on Craigslist.

Vince Larkins, the president and CEO of the Fair Housing Center of the Greater Palm Beaches says it violates the Fair Housing Act.

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Environment
1:24 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

An Underwater Race To Transplant Miami's Rare Corals

Close-up of a star coral rescued by Coral Morphologic from a reef in Miami's shipping channel.
Courtesy of Coral Morphologic

Originally published on Wed June 4, 2014 7:18 pm

A lab just off Florida's Miami River has become the base for an unusual lifesaving operation.

A group of scientists there is on an urgent mission to save as many corals as it can before the marine creatures are destroyed as part of an underwater excavation of Miami's shipping channel. The channel — set to be dredged and deepened on Saturday — is home to a thriving coral reef.

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News
5:48 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Palm Beach County Prepares For Chikungunya

Palm Beach County has several recommendations to prevent the mosquito-borne virus from spreading in the area.
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Palm Beach County is now joining efforts to fight the mosquito-transmitted virus known as Chikungunya, which so far has infected one person in the county and 10 people total in the state.

The virus is rarely fatal but symptoms can include chronic pain that lasts for years.

“Look at your house, environment, make sure that you don´t have any standing water," says Tim O´Connor, spokesman for the Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County. "If you do, drain it off as much as possible.”   

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Transportation
11:02 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Lyft Drivers Face Hefty Fines, But Uber Comes To Miami Anyway

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Drivers for a new ride-sharing service, Lyft, are now facing significant fines and penalties from Miami-Dade County. The service has been around for about two weeks now, but it's operating illegally.

The fines don't seem to be scaring off Uber, the company that faced opposition from county officials last year. Wednesday, Uber plans to launch a service similar to Lyft, UberX, and will offer free rides through June 20. 

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Latin America Report
6:31 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Riding The Beast: A Migrant Crisis President Obama Calls Urgent

The Beast carries half a million immigrants from Central America to the U.S. border each year.
Credit Keith Dannemiller / Photo courtesy of the International Organization for Migration. ©2014 IOM

There’s a network of freight trains that runs the length of Mexico, from its southernmost border with Guatemala north to the United States. In addition to grain, corn or scrap metal, these trains are carrying an increasing number of undocumented immigrants who aim to cross into the U.S.

And despite the many deadly challenges it poses, more and more children—both with adults and alone—have been risking the journey. That prompted President Obama this week to warn of "an urgent humanitarian situation."

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