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Citizens Property Insurance
1:03 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Sex Scandals, Big Spending And Shenanigans Found At Citizens Property Insurance

An internal investigation unearthed a history of sex scandals and other improprieties at Citizens Property Insurance.
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An internal investigation of Citizens Property Insurance in Florida, a government-run home insurer of last resort and the state's largest insurer, found that the company has a sordid history of sex scandals, cover-ups and big spending. 

Recently, Citizens has gotten a lot of scrutiny because it has been consistently hiking up premiums or removing coverage from large numbers of people in the state.

However, a recent investigation found that the problems with the 10 year-old not-for-profit insurer starts with the people running the show over there in Tallahassee.

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School Bus Shooting
8:11 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Killings In Safe Spaces: Girl's Death Takes Its Place Among South Florida School Attacks

Lourdes Guzman-DeJesus was shot to death on her school bus.
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Fifteen-year-old Jordyn Alexander Howe boarded the school bus with a loaded gun in his backpack. He pulled it out, it went off and fatally wounded fellow student Lourdes Guzman-DeJesus, 13.

Miami-Dade police say the shooting on a charter school bus in Homestead was an accident. Howe was charged with manslaughter and carrying a concealed firearm. He spent the night at the Miami-Dade Juvenile Assessment Center.

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7:20 am
Wed November 21, 2012

NEWSCAST: State to Investigate Citizens Property Insurance

Governor Rick Scott is calling for an investigation into ethical lapses at state-run Citizens Property Insurance.
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There's more trouble for state-run Citizens Property Insurance.

Investigators look into lavish spending, misuse of resources and other ethical lapses.

Gov. Rick Scott has asked his Chief Inspector General to investigate Citizens after all four people in the company's ethics office were fired.

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6:39 am
Wed November 21, 2012

NEWSCAST: Teen Charged In Miami-Dade School Bus Shooting

Miami-Dade police have charged a 15-year-old boy with manslaughter in the shooting death of a 13-year-old girl on a school bus.

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News
6:31 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

NEWSCAST: Allen West, Over And Out

Congressman Allen West gives up the fight.
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The Allen West - Patrick Murphy Congressional standoff is now over. The one-term congressman came close to winning the new District 18 that he had to move to run in, but not close enough, so he conceded today on Fox News. West maintains there were enough ballot irregularities to warrant a close look.And there is no disputing there were voting problems in St. Lucie County. The outgoing GOP Congressman gave no definitive plans for his future. Winner Patrick Murphy has already been through freshman orientation in Washington. 

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Holiday Travel
2:00 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Traveller's Bane, The TSA, May Be Killing Us

Lest The Terrorists Win: Routine airport indignities may be driving people to riskier car trips.
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Good reading for your holiday plane ride: Businessweek's studious indictment of the Transportation Security Administration and the entire post-9/11 homeland security apparatus.

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Breaking
12:25 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Thirteen-Year-Old Girl Dies After Being Shot On School Bus In Homestead

Gunfire on a  charter school bus in Homestead this morning has taken the life of a 13-year-old girl. Police said the shooter was another student who  is now in custody. Local10 News reported the death a few hours after the shooting: 

The 13-year-old girl, who attended Palm Glades Academy, was shot in the area of SW 292nd Street and 137th Avenue before 7 a.m.

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Airport Work Conditions
11:00 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Fort Lauderdale Airport Workers Rally For Higher Pay Just Before Busy Thanksgiving Travel Days

Airport service workers gather outside Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport Monday to rally for higher wages.
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Many of the service workers at South Florida's busiest airport for Thanksgiving holiday travel say they can't afford a traditional Thanksgiving dinner this year.

About 60 members of a local airport workers' union held a rally Monday at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport to try to persuade airline contractors to pay them higher wages.

The Workers

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US Southern Command
10:00 am
Tue November 20, 2012

SOUTHCOM: From Doral, Gen. John Kelly Commands Pentagon Operations in Latin America

The changing of command ceremony drew hundreds of people, including top military brass.
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Monday's changing of the guard ceremony at Southern Command in Doral.

The United States Southern Command has a new boss. 

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8:51 am
Tue November 20, 2012

NEWSCAST: Allen West Concedes

Allen West has long been a tea party favorite.
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The race for a contested South Florida congressional seat is finally over.

Allen West issued a statement early Tuesday morning conceding the race for the 18th Congressional seat to Democrat Patrick Murphy.

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7:28 am
Tue November 20, 2012

NEWSCAST: Home Sales Rise in S. Florida

While home prices are rising in South Florida, inventory is falling.
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Housing is on the upswing in South Florida.

Sales and prices for existing homes are way up from a year ago.

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Sick Pay
2:00 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

County Commissioner To Introduce Sick Pay Law

Commissioner Barbara Jordan will introduce a sick pay law tomorrow.
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Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara Jordan is going to introduce an ordinance on Tuesday mandating earned sick pay for workers in the county.

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8:30 am
Mon November 19, 2012

NEWSCAST: Allen West Won't Back Down

Congressman Allen West has lost in court twice but may ask the state to intervene in his bid for the 18th Congressional seat.
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Democrat Patrick Murphy has declared victory in a contested South Florida congressional race. But Republican incumbent Allen West still isn't giving up.

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7:17 am
Mon November 19, 2012

NEWSCAST: The Holiday Travel Rush Is On

More passengers are expected to pass through the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport this week than any other in the region.
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It's Thanksgiving week in South Florida, and for many people that means out-of-town travel. The Fort Lauderdale- Hollywood International Airport is expected to be the busiest airport in the region.
 

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News
5:46 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

NEWSCAST: Allen West Loses Recount Hearing

Allen West's Supporters Stand By Their Man.
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Two strikes and he may be out. A second judge has ruled that he will not hear GOP Congressman Allen West's request for a recount, virtually assuring Patrick Murphy of the District 18 Congressional seat.  It happened in St.

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