6:50 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

NEWSCAST: South Florida School Districts Report Disturbing Number of Phony Threats Against Schools

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Both Broward and Palm Beach County school chiefs say the deadly shootings last week in Connecticut have sparked a number of phony threats against district schools.

The  Sun-Sentinel reports that hoaxes have surfaced in Davie, Pompano Beach and Coral Springs.  Palm Beach County school officials say they've been dealing with similar threats circulating on social media websites.

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Florida Wildlife
1:30 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Rare Uncollared Florida Panther Caught On Hidden Camera

MOVING DAY: A hidden camera caught this extremely rare view of a momma Florida panther moving kittens to a new location in Florida's Big Cypress Basin.
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It's probably the first time you've seen a photo like this one. It’s an uncollared Florida panther -- one of fewer than 170 remaining on the planet -- carrying a kitten as she strolls by a hidden camera in the Big Cypress Basin.

The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service published the photo Wednesday on its Facebook page.

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7:19 am
Thu December 20, 2012

NEWSCAST: Holiday Travel Rush Is On

More than a million passengers are expected at the Fort Lauderdale Airport during the holidays.
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Ready. Set. Travel.

South Florida airports get ready to welcome millions of people coming in and out for the holidays.

Find out what you can expect travel wise this week in WLRN-MIami Herald News:

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6:50 am
Thu December 20, 2012

NEWSCAST: Charlie Crist Blasts State's New Election Laws

Some political observers believe Charlie Crist is gearing up for a run for governor.
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During testimony on Capitol Hill Wednesday, former Governor Charlie Crist said Florida's new voting laws made the state "a joke" this election cycle.

Hear his remarks on WLRN Miami Herald News:

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7:01 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

NEWSCAST: Charlie Crist, Rick Scott Address Voting Mishaps

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"A joke."

That's what former Governor Charlie Crist says Florida became after new voting regulations put into place by his successor Governor Rick Scott.

During a U.S. Senate committee hearing today looking into problems at the polls during the 2012 elections, Crist criticized Governor Scott for signing a new law reducing early voting days.

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1:38 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

'I Have All My Fingernails Intact'

Reporter Frances Robles has seen it all in her 19 years at the Miami Herald.

From being detained by Cuban authorities, to experiencing the horror of dead bodies in post-earthquake Haiti, to reporting on a Honduran leader who was ousted in his pajamas, Frances Robles has been all over the hemisphere in her 19 years with the Miami Herald.

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Cold Case
9:58 am
Wed December 19, 2012

'In Cold Blood' Killers Exhumed For Clues To Sarasota County Family Massacre In 1959

THE OTHER VICTIMS: Cliff and Christine Walker of Sarasota County and their children were murdered in 1959.
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The bodies of "In Cold Blood" killers Perry Smith and Richard Hickock have been exhumed in Kansas for DNA samples that could tie them to murders of a Sarasota County family.

The men were hanged for killing Herb and Bonnie Clutter and their children in Holcomb, Kan., in 1959.

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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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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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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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