News http://blog.wlrn.org en Peace is Common Demoninator For Local Palestine And Israel Protests http://blog.wlrn.org/post/peace-common-demoninator-local-palestine-and-israel-protests-0 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Saturday, hundreds of Palestinians and concerned citizens gathered in front of the U.S. Federal Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale to protest for peace in the Gaza Strip.&nbsp;</span></p><p>And on Sunday, thousands of Israelis and concerned citizens gathered in front of New World Symphony in Miami Beach -- to protest for peace in Israel.&nbsp;</p><p>While the protesters differed in ideas of how the&nbsp;Palestinian-Israeli conflict should be handled, both sides wanted to see one thing: p<span style="line-height: 1.5;">eace.</span></p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 23:40:32 +0000 Selima Hussain 35902 at http://blog.wlrn.org Peace is Common Demoninator For Local Palestine And Israel Protests Miami-Dade Reaches Out To Communities Affected By Gang Violence http://blog.wlrn.org/post/miami-dade-reaches-out-communities-affected-gang-violence <p><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15; background-color: transparent;">In Miami-Dade County, one organization is working to improve the quality of life for residents who live in neighborhoods affected by gang violence.</span></p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 23:33:39 +0000 Nadege Green 35900 at http://blog.wlrn.org Miami-Dade Reaches Out To Communities Affected By Gang Violence Environmental Group Threatens To Sue Army Corps Of Engineers About Dredging Near Corals http://blog.wlrn.org/post/environmental-group-threatens-sue-army-corps-engineers-about-dredging-near-corals <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">An environmental non-profit organization <a href="http://http://www.scribd.com/doc/234248707/60-Day-Notice-Letter-07-16-14-FINAL" target="_blank">has filed a letter that says it may sue the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.</a> &nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Biscayne Bay&nbsp;</span>Waterkeeper<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in Miami alleges the Army Corps violated the Endangered Species Act by not protecting coral reefs affected by dredging at PortMiami.</span></p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:33:51 +0000 Constanza Gallardo 35885 at http://blog.wlrn.org Environmental Group Threatens To Sue Army Corps Of Engineers About Dredging Near Corals Survey Concludes Miami-Dade's Treatment Of Homeless Is "Mixed Bag" http://blog.wlrn.org/post/survey-concludes-miami-dades-treatment-homeless-mixed-bag <p>A new national report&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">found a general trend toward criminalizing the homeless, and criticized the laws of some areas in Florida. The report, published by the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, looked at how municipalities treat the homeless.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It found more and more cities have banned activities like sleeping on sidewalks, sitting in public spaces or storing personal possessions outside.</span></p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:35:23 +0000 Wilson Sayre 35722 at http://blog.wlrn.org Survey Concludes Miami-Dade's Treatment Of Homeless Is "Mixed Bag" Despite Key West's Gay-Friendly History, Gay Marriage Took This Long http://blog.wlrn.org/post/despite-key-wests-gay-friendly-history-gay-marriage-took-long <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It only took a few hours for the state Attorney General’s office to appeal </span><a href="http://wlrn.org/post/attorney-general-files-notice-appeal-monroe-county-gay-marriage-approval" style="line-height: 1.5;">Thursday’s Monroe County <strong>ruling</strong> declaring Florida’s ban on same sex marriage unconstitutional.</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> The appeal means any marriage licenses for gay couples are put on hold.</span></p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 04:51:05 +0000 Nancy Klingener 35763 at http://blog.wlrn.org Despite Key West's Gay-Friendly History, Gay Marriage Took This Long Attorney General Files Notice Of Appeal In Monroe County Gay Marriage Approval http://blog.wlrn.org/post/attorney-general-files-notice-appeal-monroe-county-gay-marriage-approval <p><span style="color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 19.31999969482422px;">Monroe Circuit Judge Luis Garcia declared Florida's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional Thursday afternoon. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 17:22:18 +0000 Nancy Klingener & Maria Murriel 35720 at http://blog.wlrn.org Attorney General Files Notice Of Appeal In Monroe County Gay Marriage Approval What The County's Vote On Lyft And UberX Actually Means Right Now http://blog.wlrn.org/post/what-countys-vote-lyft-and-uberx-actually-means-right-now <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After more than a month of car impounds, citations and dense political squabbles, ride-sharing companies </span>Lyft<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and </span>UberX<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> may finally be able to function legally in Miami-Dade County.</span></p><p>But probably not anytime soon.</p><p>A preliminary vote to legalize the services was made during a county commission meeting, where 10 out of 12 commissioners voted "yes" to legislation proposed by Commissioner Esteban "Steve" Bovo. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 22:59:48 +0000 Selima Hussain 35620 at http://blog.wlrn.org What The County's Vote On Lyft And UberX Actually Means Right Now Some Homes May Be Too Old For Key West's Old Town http://blog.wlrn.org/post/some-homes-may-be-too-old-key-wests-old-town <p></p><p><span style="font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; line-height: 1; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">You can’t just tear down a house in Key West’s Historic District. Even if it’s in pretty bad shape. That’s why people were so surprised when the city -- which normally enforces the preservation rules -- came up with a list of five houses in Old Town that could be torn down.</span></p><p></p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 21:32:53 +0000 Nancy Klingener 35672 at http://blog.wlrn.org Some Homes May Be Too Old For Key West's Old Town South Florida Health Center Receives $2 Million Grant Under the Affordable Care Act http://blog.wlrn.org/post/south-florida-health-center-receives-2-million-grant-under-affordable-care-act <p></p><p><a href="http://www.chisouthfl.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Community of Health of South Florida</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> received a $2 million grant to train primary physicians. The center is the first in the state to receive funding from the Health Resource and Services Administration. &nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Thirteen medical residents started a training program this month to meet the needs of many patients newly insured under the Affordable Care Act.</span></p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 21:04:33 +0000 Constanza Gallardo 35499 at http://blog.wlrn.org South Florida Health Center Receives $2 Million Grant Under the Affordable Care Act Corps Of Engineers Hopes To Accelerate Permit Process To Protect Endangered Species http://blog.wlrn.org/post/corps-engineers-hopes-accelerate-permit-process-protect-endangered-species <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has a controversial history in Florida -- especially when it comes to the Everglades and the state’s wildlife. &nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But now, the agency wants Floridians to know they’re working harder to protect endangered species. &nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Each year the Corps of Engineers receives requests for various projects to build on regulated wetlands or the coast. &nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 19:49:55 +0000 Constanza Gallardo 35530 at http://blog.wlrn.org Corps Of Engineers Hopes To Accelerate Permit Process To Protect Endangered Species Florida First In Medicaid Coverage For Mentally Ill http://blog.wlrn.org/post/florida-first-medicaid-coverage-mentally-ill <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This month, Florida became the first state to offer a Medicaid plan dedicated to people who are diagnosed with severe mental health disorders.</span></p><p>It’s part of a larger move by the state’s Medicaid officials to move coverage towards a managed care system. It means one organization takes care of and coordinates all of a person’s health care needs: no more separate dental, vision, and internal medicine plans.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 19:22:45 +0000 Wilson Sayre 35603 at http://blog.wlrn.org Florida First In Medicaid Coverage For Mentally Ill Little Havana Development Gives Homes To Nearly 200 People http://blog.wlrn.org/post/little-havana-development-gives-homes-nearly-200-people <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Almost 200 people now have a place to call home in an affordable housing development just opened in Little Havana.</span></p><p>In addition to a roof, kitchens and beds for low-income and formerly homeless people, Amistad’s 89 apartments offer supportive housing services:</p><p>“We do case management, we do employment and training services, we do life-skills training, we do parenting-skills trainings, we do activities with the kids,” says Stephanie Berman, president of Carrfour Supportive Housing.</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 23:19:32 +0000 Wilson Sayre 35619 at http://blog.wlrn.org Little Havana Development Gives Homes To Nearly 200 People Liberty City Community To Protest Recent Shootings http://blog.wlrn.org/post/liberty-city-community-protest-recent-shootings <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; ">Miami's Liberty City community will </span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5;">rally in an anti-violence protest on Saturday. The residents will gather i</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5;">n response to a recent mass shooting that left two dead and five injured.</span></p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 22:58:58 +0000 Nadege Green 35602 at http://blog.wlrn.org Liberty City Community To Protest Recent Shootings FEC Unveils New Rail Assembly-Line Facility At Port Everglades http://blog.wlrn.org/post/fec-unveils-new-rail-assembly-line-facility-port-everglades <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Florida East Coast Railway unveiled its new assembly-line facility for making trains at Port Everglades on Monday.</span></p><p>The site will also serve as as a port for housing those trains.</p><p>The Intermodal Container Transfer Facility, or ICTF, is a public-private venture among Florida East Coast Railway, Broward County and the state of Florida.</p><p>The partners say it should be a more efficient train-assembly plant and operations at the train yard will start on Wednesday.</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 19:51:08 +0000 Jephie Bernard 35551 at http://blog.wlrn.org FEC Unveils New Rail Assembly-Line Facility At Port Everglades Climate Change: Environmental Group Asks "What's Your Plan, Gov?" http://blog.wlrn.org/post/climate-change-environmental-group-asks-whats-your-plan-gov <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The federal government released the third&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.globalchange.gov/ncadac" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank" title="Access to the report.">National Climate Assessment</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in May.</span></p><p>The report found that global sea level rose about eight inches in the last century and is projected to rise between one and four feet this century.&nbsp;</p><p>It names Miami as one of the cities most vulnerable to severe damage from rising sea levels.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 19:47:10 +0000 Gina Jordan 35556 at http://blog.wlrn.org Climate Change: Environmental Group Asks "What's Your Plan, Gov?"