Florida http://blog.wlrn.org en Florida Homeowners Will Receive Significant Portion of SunTrust Settlement http://blog.wlrn.org/post/florida-homeowners-will-receive-significant-portion-suntrust-settlement <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A nationwide settlement between SunTrust Mortgage and a state and federal partnership amounts to over $500 million. Nearly 40 percent of the settlement will go to Floridians who financed their homes with SunTrust.</span></p><p>According to Whitney Ray of the Attorney General's Office, 8,400 Floridians have been targeted for direct cash payments. They are borrowers who lost their homes to foreclosure between 2008 and 2013.</p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 19:34:00 +0000 Carla Javier 34248 at http://blog.wlrn.org Florida Homeowners Will Receive Significant Portion of SunTrust Settlement Locals Testify On Florida's Election Issues http://blog.wlrn.org/post/locals-testify-floridas-election-issues <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The National Commission on Voting Rights met Monday at the University of Miami.&nbsp;</span></p><p>National and local experts on voting law heard witness testimony on&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">topics ranging from felon disenfranchisement, to long voting lines, to restroom access at polling places.</span></p><p>The goal of this commission is to create reports out of the testimony in hopes that Congress will make changes to voting laws.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 18:40:53 +0000 Jessica Meszaros 30099 at http://blog.wlrn.org Locals Testify On Florida's Election Issues Why Florida's Immigrant Children Must Wait Five Years For Health Care http://blog.wlrn.org/post/why-floridas-immigrant-children-must-wait-five-years-health-care <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In Florida, children who were born outside the United States -- and live here lawfully -- have to wait five years to qualify for the subsidized health care program known as Florida </span>KidCare<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>Sen. Rene Garcia, R-Hialeah, and Rep. Jose Felix Diaz, R-Miami, are sponsoring legislation to drop the five-year waiting period.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The law made its third trip to the legislature this year, and will get its first hearing in the Senate committee Tuesday.</span></p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 22:38:46 +0000 Julia Duba 29705 at http://blog.wlrn.org Why Florida's Immigrant Children Must Wait Five Years For Health Care Got Water? http://blog.wlrn.org/post/got-water <div style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;</div><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">The good news from last summer's rains is that South Florida's water supply is running above average. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 12:47:50 +0000 Tom Hudson 28960 at http://blog.wlrn.org Got Water? From Scorched Earth To Palm Beach: The Maya Are Coming To Florida http://blog.wlrn.org/post/scorched-earth-palm-beach-maya-are-coming-florida <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Maya have many cool nicknames. The Greeks of the New World. Men of Maize. But you can add a more unfortunate moniker – the Children of Scorched Earth – to explain why they’re suddenly one of Florida’s fastest-growing immigrant communities.</span></p><p>The Maya are the largest indigenous group in the Americas, descendants of the glorious pre-Columbian civilization that occupied southern Mexico and northern Central America. Most live in Guatemala – where in recent decades they’ve faced one violent plague after another.</p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 21:53:53 +0000 Tim Padgett 28420 at http://blog.wlrn.org From Scorched Earth To Palm Beach: The Maya Are Coming To Florida Can Venezuela's U.S. Dollar Restriction Keep $1 Billion Out Of Florida? http://blog.wlrn.org/post/can-venezuelas-us-dollar-restriction-keep-1-billion-out-florida <p>What do you do when your country’s foreign reserves are dropping at a rate that would make avid bungee jumpers nauseous? If you’re left-wing Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, you take strong, decisive macroeconomic action.</p><p>You withhold dollars from Mickey Mouse.</p><p>Yessir, you discourage your countrymen from traveling to Florida, by further restricting&nbsp;the amount of dollars they can spend there with their bank credit cards – from $2,500 to $700.</p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 21:46:40 +0000 Tim Padgett 27572 at http://blog.wlrn.org Can Venezuela's U.S. Dollar Restriction Keep $1 Billion Out Of Florida? Crist, Others Fed Up With Florida's Glitchy Unemployment Website http://blog.wlrn.org/post/crist-others-fed-floridas-glitchy-unemployment-website <p>A U.S. senator, a Boca Raton lawmaker and a former Florida governor are demanding answers about why a new website is still tying up unemployment benefits for thousands of out-of-work Floridians.<br /> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 04:04:06 +0000 Christine DiMattei 25286 at http://blog.wlrn.org Crist, Others Fed Up With Florida's Glitchy Unemployment Website How We Left Hurricanes In Our Dust This Year – Literally http://blog.wlrn.org/post/how-we-left-hurricanes-our-dust-year-literally <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s hard to be a fan of hurricanes. Two out of three Haitians don’t have enough food to eat these days – thanks largely to storms like last year’s Hurricane Sandy and how they’ve ravaged Haiti’s agriculture.</span></p><p>And yet we need hurricanes once in a while. They’re a sort of planetary thermostat that cools oceans and redistributes hot air. Their rains more effectively alleviate droughts, and that can be a help instead of a horror to impoverished countries like Haiti.</p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 23:36:54 +0000 Tim Padgett 24256 at http://blog.wlrn.org How We Left Hurricanes In Our Dust This Year – Literally New Florida Law Challenges Federal Ethanol Standards http://blog.wlrn.org/post/new-florida-law-challenges-federal-ethanol-standards <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On July </span>1<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, </span><a href="http://wlrn.org/post/here-are-new-florida-laws-taking-effect-july-1" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">close to 200 new Florida laws went into effect</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, one of which is a direct challenge to Federal fuel regulations.</span></p><p>And one unexpected beneficiary is the recreational boat user.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Florida struck down the following part of its Renewable Fuel Standard Act:</span></p> Mon, 08 Jul 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Gabriella Watts 16936 at http://blog.wlrn.org New Florida Law Challenges Federal Ethanol Standards Summer Reading List For Floridians (Yes, This Includes That 'Rolling Stone' Story) http://blog.wlrn.org/post/summer-reading-list-floridians-yes-includes-rolling-stone-story <p>Summer is the time when snow birds and tourists abandon the state and leave native Floridians to swelter alone in the subtropical sun. Instead of bemoaning the heat and humidity (and occasional hurricane), delve into some writings that celebrate -- at least, in most cases -- what it means to live in this state.</p> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 11:15:00 +0000 Tricia Woolfenden 16607 at http://blog.wlrn.org Summer Reading List For Floridians (Yes, This Includes That 'Rolling Stone' Story) Ponce de Leon’s 500th Florida Anniversary http://blog.wlrn.org/post/ponce-de-leon-s-500th-florida-anniversary <p>06/13/13 - Thursday's&nbsp;<strong>Topical Currents</strong> begins with info about the “<strong><a href="http://www.vivaflorida.org/">Viva Florida 500</a></strong>” program.&nbsp; It commemorates the arrival of Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon in 1513. Thu, 13 Jun 2013 17:00:00 +0000 Joseph Cooper, Bonnie Berman & Paul Leary 15699 at http://blog.wlrn.org Ponce de Leon’s 500th Florida Anniversary The Not So Quiet Rebellion Against Florida's State Bird http://blog.wlrn.org/post/not-so-quiet-rebellion-against-floridas-state-bird <p><span style="line-height: 1.5; ">Birding blogger Nicolas Lund recently argued in an article for Slate magazine that Florida should change its state bird </span><a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2013/05/state_bird_improvements_replace_cardinals_and_robins_with_warblers_and_hawks.single.html" style="line-height: 1.5; " target="_blank">to the Flamingo</a><span style="line-height: 1.5; ">.</span></p> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Arianna Prothero 15570 at http://blog.wlrn.org The Not So Quiet Rebellion Against Florida's State Bird Improbable Tales of the Real Florida http://blog.wlrn.org/post/improbable-tales-real-florida <p></p><p>05/15/13 - Wednesday's&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/TopicalCurrents"><strong>Topical Currents</strong></a> is with veteran Florida journalist and raconteur Jeff Klinkenberg.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the tradition of the great Al Burt, </span>Klinkenberg<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> discovers the quirks and funky aspects of our diverse and often unusual state.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">He’s found that a low register tuba blast can trigger bull alligators to bellow.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">That and more in his book, </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong><a href="http://amzn.to/1034uqN">ALLIGATORS IN B-FLAT:&nbsp; Improbable Tales from the Files of Real Florida</a></strong>. &nbsp;</em><em style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</em><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="https://twitter.com/topicalcurrents">Topical Currents&nbsp;</a></span></strong><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">at&nbsp;1pm on&nbsp;</span><a href="http://wlrn.org/schedule/WLRN" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(62, 72, 122); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;"><b style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">WLRN-HD1</b></a><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;rebroadcast at 7pm on&nbsp;</span><a href="http://wlrn.org/schedule/wlrn-hd2" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(62, 72, 122); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;"><b style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">WLRN-HD2</b></a><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;and audio on-demand after the live program.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p> Wed, 15 May 2013 17:00:00 +0000 Joseph Cooper, Bonnie Berman & Paul Leary 14042 at http://blog.wlrn.org Improbable Tales of the Real Florida Saving Florida Wildlife http://blog.wlrn.org/post/saving-florida-wildlife <P><A href="http://youtu.be/g-LkNFihm8o">http://youtu.be/g-LkNFihm8o</A></P> <P>On January 17, 2012, 3 people&nbsp; kicked off a 1000 mile expedition to increase public awareness and generate support for the Florida Wildlife Corridor project.&nbsp; It began in the Everglades National Park and they trekked forward to the&nbsp;Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge in southern Georgia. Mon, 08 Apr 2013 12:53:56 +0000 James March 12060 at http://blog.wlrn.org Florida’s Dark History Revealed http://blog.wlrn.org/post/florida-s-dark-history-revealed <p>03/05/13 - Tuesday's<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.facebook.com/TopicalCurrents"><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Topical Currents</strong></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;is with journalist T.D. Allman.&nbsp; His latest work is a ten-year project to create&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><strong><a href="http://amzn.to/12pzEvj"><em style="line-height: 1.5;">FINDING FLORIDA:&nbsp; The True History of the Sunshine State. &nbsp;</em></a></strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The 500-year recorded history of the Sunshine State is rife with myths and outright deceit. &nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Ponce de Leon did not “discover” Florida, nor did he search for a “Fountain of Youth.”&nbsp; He sought gold . . . but there wasn’t any. &nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The revered Seminole figure, Osceola, was actually a mostly white man, named William Powell. &nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Allman says Florida’s legacy is mostly “sugar-coated.” &nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">That’s&nbsp;</span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Topical Currents</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Tuesday at 1pm, rebroadcast at 7pm on <a href="http://wlrn.org/schedule/wlrn-hd2">WLRN-HD2</a>.</span></p><p><em><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">T.D. Allman South Florida Appearances:&nbsp;</span></strong></em></p><p> Tue, 05 Mar 2013 18:00:00 +0000 Joseph Cooper, Bonnie Berman & Paul Leary 10331 at http://blog.wlrn.org Florida’s Dark History Revealed