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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.
Credit Arianna Prothero

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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Dogs On Roofs
1:57 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Folks, Soon You Might Not Be Able To Keep Your Dog On Your Roof

County Commissioners are a step closer to outlawing dogs on roofs.
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Remember back in August when there was a community uproar because someone left a dog on a roof of a factory building?

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The Florida Vote
1:30 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Why The Lines Were Long: Florida Lacks A Useful Booths-To-Voters Formula

A Deficit Of Booths? Voters stacked up in Lakeland, first to vote, then to get their ballots scanned.
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Apart from the politics and the voting law that caused so many voting problems, the Associated Press is pinpointing another reason for Florida's election day train wreck.

Basically, the state has no central formula for allocating voters to precincts or booths and scanners to voters.

It's another one of those stories about how bad Florida is at something that other states have been on top of for years:

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Developing
12:38 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Another Oil Rig Fire In The Gulf

Another oil rig in the Gulf has problems. Four people are sent to the hospital and 2 are presumed missing.
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Two years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, another oil rig has caught fire in the Gulf just off the Louisiana shore today.

According to the Associated Press,

Coast Guard officials say an oil rig has exploded off the coast of Louisiana, sending four people to hospitals. Two are believed to be missing.

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News
7:50 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Newscast: Rise In Number of South Florida Food Stamp Recipients

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One in five Floridians is currently receiving food stamp benefits and the number is rising in South Florida.   But tucked into a recent report by the Department of Children and Families, are some encouraging signs of economic recovery.  

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News
7:05 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Newscast: Allen West Takes Election Fight To Court Again

Congressman Allen West
Credit U.S. House of Representatives

Lawyers for Congressman Allen West will be in a St. Lucie County courtroom today to try to get a full recount in his contest with Democrat Patrick Murphy.

The attorneys will be demanding that elections officials recount early voting ballots in the race for Florida's 18th Congressional District.

In a similar legal challenge last week, a Palm Beach County judge dismissed West's motion to impound ballots and voting machines for a possible recount.

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News
6:13 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

NEWSCAST: Awkward! Both West and Murphy In Washington, D.C.

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For those of you who just don't want to let this election season go, then we have the story  for you. Congressman Allen West has one last chance to pull out a win in the 18th congressional district. The race still hasn't been certified.  Lawyers for West are scheduled to be in court in St. Lucie County on 

Friday to try to get a full recount in his contest with Democrat Patrick Murphy, who is so convinced he's won the seat that he's already gone to Congressional freshman orientation.

 Both West and Murphy are now in Washington, D.C. 

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Recession Trends
2:53 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

One In Five Floridians On Food Stamps

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One in five Floridians - about 3.6 million - is receiving food stamp benefits and the number is rising in South Florida, according to new data released by the state..

Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties all saw increased enrollment in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in October.

The Sun Sentinel reports that the trend is particularly troubling for Broward County

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Orbitz's lists of most and least busy airports
11:00 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Why Some South Florida Airports Will Be Busier Than Others Over Thanksgiving

Nationwide, flights on the busiest travel days, the Sunday before Thanksgiving, Wednesday and the Monday after Thanksgiving, are expected be 90% full.
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Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International airport will be a very busy airport this Thanksgiving holiday.

In fact, it's going to be the 10th busiest in the country, according to booking data from the travel company Orbitz.

Every year Orbitz releases lists of the busiest and least busy airports for Thanksgiving.

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