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8:20 am
Wed December 19, 2012

New Florida Tag Design And How It's Different

NEW TAG FRONT RUNNER -- Critics call it dull but, if the governor and Cabinet approve, this will be our new license tag starting in 2014.
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Citizens of Florida have democratically chosen a design for their state's next license tag.

You see it here: A white plate, trimmed in green with a picture of an orange, seven letters and numbers in a new font that won't confuse traffic cameras, and letters spelling "Florida" and "Sunshine State."

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8:06 am
Wed December 19, 2012

NEWSCAST: Florida Lawmaker Walks Back Suggestion To Arm Teachers

Some gun advocates say classrooms would be safer if teachers were armed.
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The shootings in Connecticut have sparked many debates in Florida about gun control.

Meanwhile, one state leader is stepping back from comments about guns in schools.

State House Judiciary Chairman Dennis Baxley of Ocala told the Associated Press Monday gun-free zones like schools are targets for deranged people and it might be wise for teachers and principals to carry guns.

Hear what he's saying now in WLRN Miami Herald News:

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6:52 am
Wed December 19, 2012

NEWSCAST: State Goes Full Steam Ahead For Miami To Orlando Railway

The proposed railway would take passengers from the airport in Orlando to Miami in about three hours.
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The state is 'all aboard' when it comes to a new Miami to Orlando passenger train.

All Aboard Florida is a privately-funded railway that would get passengers from the Orlando airport to downtown Miami in about three hours.

For more details on the latest meeting about the project, listen to WLRN Miami Herald News.

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News
8:05 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Newscast: CT School Shootings Reignite Florida Gun Control Debate

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Just as last week’s tragic events in Newtown, Connecticut reignite the national debate over gun control, Florida will soon issue its one-millionth concealed weapons permit.  And that has gun control advocates worried that what happened in Connecticut could more easily happen in the Sunshine State.

Some Florida politicians are calling for bans on assault weapons. Others want to see more people armed.

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News
7:16 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Miami Herald Adds Paywall For Online News

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From now on, Miami Herald readers who want complete access to the paper's online edition will have to come up with some cash.

Tuesday marked the official launch of The Miami Herald Plus+ Program, which requires a subscription for unlimited use of websites and mobile apps for The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald.

Miami Herald Publisher David Landsberg says the subscription program will allow the Miami Herald to keep pace with today's 24-7 news cycle.

In April, the Sun-Sentinel launched a similar "paywall" for its online content.

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Newtown Shootings
9:17 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Florida Political Leaders Offer A Range Of Responses To Newtown School Massacre

THE WEAPON: Is banning rifles such as this model, similar to the one used at Sandy Hook Elementary School, a good idea?

Florida leaders are expressing themselves, although not always clearly, after the elementary school massacre in Newtown last week.

Some Florida Democrats, including Tampa U. S. Rep. Kathy Castor, are calling for new restrictions on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips.

Congressman Rich Nugent, a  Republican and former sheriff from Brooksville, says more gun control would be far less useful than identifying and treating mental illness.

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8:27 am
Tue December 18, 2012

NEWSCAST: Gov. Rick Scott Won't Talk Policy Following Connecticut Tragedy

Gov. Rick Scott's daughter is a teacher.
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Florida's governor is sounding off on the shootings in Connecticut and says he has a personal connection to the tragedy.

Gov. Rick Scott's daughter is a teacher, and he says he has friends who live near Newtown, Connecticut.

But, he says, now is not the time to talk policy.

Hear his comments to reporters in WLRN Miami Herald News:

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8:03 am
Tue December 18, 2012

NEWSCAST: Florida Politicians Speak Out On Gun Control After Deadly School Shooting

Florida is close to handing out 1 million concealed weapons permits.
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State leaders are reacting to the tragedy in Connecticut that left 20 children dead.

Some are calling for more gun control, while others would like to see more people armed.

And as you might imagine, they're split among party lines.

We break down their responses in WLRN Miami Herald News:

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News
7:05 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

NEWSCAST: Governor Rick Scott Reacts To CT School Shootings

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Governor Rick Scott is talking about the shootings in Newtown, Connecticut last week that took the lives of twenty children and six adults at an elementary school. 

Scott told the Herald/Times Tallahassee bureau his job includes taking care of 19 million people in the state, and he wants to keep them safe.

"You stop and say, 'Why do these things happen? What is the logical thing to do?' But I think right now the biggest thing is to be caring about all these families."

Scott is caring about these families because of his own personal reasons. 

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8:28 am
Mon December 17, 2012

NEWSCAST: South Florida Lawmakers Talk 'Fiscal Cliff'

Will we go careening off the so-called fiscal cliff?
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Is raising the eligibility age of Medicare part of the negotiation to avoid falling off the fiscal cliff?

Members of Florida's congressional contingent are speaking out about it.

Hear what they have to say in WLRN Miami Herald News:

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Federal Investigation
8:21 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Bal Harbour Chief Suspended As Cash-Cow 'Task Force' Comes Under Federal Scrutiny

INVESTIGATION: Bal Harbour police allegedly traveled the country to seize drug money unrelated to local cases.
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Bal Harbour Police Chief Thomas Hunker remains suspended with pay today in connection with his department's far-ranging anti-drug operations that yielded no prosecutions but kept his officers flush with ready cash.

Hunker is accused of professional misconduct in a Justice Department review of the department project that sent Bal Harbour officers all over the country to pose as money launderers for drug gangs. The department operated under rules that allowed it to keep up to 80 percent of the cash after turning the rest over to the Justice department.

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7:47 am
Mon December 17, 2012

NEWSCAST: State Educators React To Connecticut School Massacre

From left, sisters Sara, 12, Jessica, 6, and Kaitlyn Gerckens, 10, gather Sunday night during a vigil to remember the lives lost during Friday’s shooting at Newtown’s Sandy Hook Elementary School.
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What are South Florida school districts doing to make sure what happened in Connecticut doesn't happen here?

Find out in WLRN Miami Herald News:

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News
6:21 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

NEWSCAST: Scott Vs. Crist

Florida Governor Rick Scott
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 Republican Governor Rick Scott Friday reacted to speculation that newly registered Democrat Charlie Crist will run against him in 2014. Crist, a former Republican governor who became an independent in 2010, and is now formally registered as a Democrat. Scott says the state lost hundreds of thousands of jobs and saw its debt soar during the Crist administration. "In my first two years, we've turned the corner.  Biggest drop in unemployment - it's down to 8.5 percent - and 175,000 private sector jobs. So that's what I'm doing.

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City Renovation
11:00 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Miami Beach's Frumpy Convention Center Is Going To Get A Facelift

The Miami Beach Convention Center is finally going to see some changes.
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The Miami Beach Commission is finally going to let investors, developers and architects renovate the Beach's old and frumpy looking convention center.

The convention has been the site for some big events in the city. For example, Art Basel has been hosted at the center for the past few years. But even though some hot events are hosted there, the convention center has maintained its old and outdated look.

That's about to change, though.

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News
8:05 am
Fri December 14, 2012

NEWSCAST: State Gives Green Light To FPL Rate Increase

J.R. Kelly heads up the Office of Public Counsel and opposes the settlement agreement between the state and the utility company.
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