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6:59 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Hear From Children Seeking Refuge In Miami From Violence Below The Border

Sindy, 18, who came to the United States as an unaccompanied minor from Honduras in March, tells the story of her dangerous journey.
Credit Emily Michot / Miami Herald staff

As tens of thousands children from Central America have been fleeing for the United States, U.S. society is trying to figure out how to deal with the crisis -- at many different levels.

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News
6:02 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Same-Sex Couples Still Will Not Marry In The Keys

Plaintiffs Aaron Huntsman and William Lee Jones.
Credit Nancy Klingener / WLRN

  Wedding bells are not ringing yet for same-sex couples in Monroe County.

Aaron Huntsman and William Lee Jones had hoped to apply for a marriage license on Tuesday after last week Monroe Circuit Judge Luis Garcia ruled in their favor seeking the right to marry. But State Attorney General Pam Bondi immediately appealed Garcia’s decision, automatically putting the process on hold.

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Latin America Report
10:50 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Zahra Burton Of "18 Degrees North" Aims To Make A "60 Minutes For The Caribbean"

Zahra Burton, host of "18 Degrees North"
Credit 18 Degrees North

Eighteen degrees north is the latitude where Jamaica and much of the Caribbean sit. It’s also the name of a new television newsmagazine show, perhaps the first to take an unflinching look at the problems and potential of the Caribbean.

“18 Degrees North” is in its second season. It debuted in South Florida this summer, airing Sundays at 2:30 p.m. on CBS affiliate WBFS-TV, My 33. It’s hosted by former Bloomberg TV reporter Zahra Burton.

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Liberty City
10:29 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Despite Pioneering Integration, Jumbo's Did Not Survive

Jumbo's owner has decided to fry his last shrimp after almost six decades.
Credit Wilson Sayre

Jumbo’s, a fixture of Miami's Liberty City, will serve its last batch of fried shrimp Wednesday. The diner has been open almost every hour since its first shift in 1955.

The restaurant gained a reputation for its bold move to integrate its staff in 1967, and owner Bobby Flam once saw a bustling dining room filled with black and white patrons. But the past decade has seen slowing business and crumbling décor.

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Summer Safety
9:41 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

First Responders And Safety Advocates Raise Awareness of Child Deaths By Heatstroke In Cars

Firefighters demonstrate how they respond to calls of children left in hot cars.
Credit Carla Javier / WLRN

According to research at San Francisco State University, Florida is second in the nation in child deaths from heatstrokes in hot cars.

Reggie McKinnon lives in Cape Coral. He lost his daughter Payton to heatstroke in March 2010 after he left her in his car.

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Health Care
9:36 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Dueling Appeals Court Decisions Leave Obamacare Subsidies In Limbo

Credit Amenic181 / freedigitalphotos.net

Some Obamacare insurance subsidies were struck down by one court but upheld by another during a tumultuous day for the Affordable Care Act. One of the rulings is a direct threat to the tax credits that have recently helped thousands of Floridians buy health insurance.

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Politics
2:40 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Sen. Dwight Bullard Calls On Gov. Rick Scott To Investigate Prison Deaths

It's been two years since Darren Rainey's death at Dade Correctional Institute.
Credit Bob Jagendorf / Wikimedia

Miami-Dade County officials are calling on Gov. Rick Scott to investigate the death of a mentally ill inmate at Dade Correctional Institute.

Darren Rainey was found dead two years ago in a closet-size shower stall. He had been put there and left for two hours in scalding-hot water as punishment.

Sen. Dwight Bullard organized a press conference at Mount Sinai Missionary Baptist Church this week to address law enforcement misdoings.

He says people deserve the right to live, whether they are inmates, individuals looking for federal assistance or workers.

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Environment
2:31 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Scientist To Governor: Stop Spreading Doubt About Climate Change

Dr. Ben Kirtman is a University of Miami professor who sees the impact of climate change happening now in Miami Beach and other areas of South Florida.
Credit Carla Javier/WLRN

Gov. Rick Scott has been repeatedly quoted as saying "I'm not a scientist" when asked whether he believes in man-made climate change.

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What's the Story?
10:56 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Why Doesn't The Sunshine State Use More Solar Energy?

A solar panel installation at FPL's Martin County Next Generation hybrid natural gas and solar energy plant.
Credit Julia Duba

As far as solar energy goes, the Sunshine State is third in the country for potential -- and 18th in actual installation.

In Florida, there’s no financial assistance for installing solar panels on your roof. Solar energy users can only take a federal tax credit.

Florida Power and Light powers the state using mostly natural gas. Out of all the energy FPL provides, only 0.06 percent comes from solar energy.

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Middle East
7:40 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Peace Is Common Denominator For Local Palestine And Israel Protests

Courtesy of Nader Jaffal

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. 

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. 

While the protesters differed in ideas of how the Palestinian-Israeli conflict should be handled, both sides wanted to see one thing: peace.

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Crime
7:33 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Miami-Dade Reaches Out To Communities Affected By Gang Violence

A law enforcement agent and his dog search for evidence at the scene of a shooting in the 6500 block of Northwest 12th Avenue in Liberty City.
Credit Walter Michot / Miami Herald

In Miami-Dade County, one organization is working to improve the quality of life for residents who live in neighborhoods affected by gang violence.

On Monday, the Miami-Dade Anti-Gang Strategy focused its efforts in Miami’s Liberty City neighborhood after a spate of shootings in the past two months left four dead.

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The Governor's Race
6:19 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Gov. Rick Scott Wants Job Training, Teacher Internships To Develop STEM Workers

Gov. Rick Scott stopped in Boca Raton on July 21 to talk about his ideas for encouraging more students into science, technology, engineering and math jobs.
Credit John O'Connor / WLRN

Gov. Rick Scott spent Monday touring high-tech South Florida companies looking to hire.

He wants to make sure firms like Boca Raton's Modernizing Medicine, which designs electronic medical record systems, have workers ready.

“I’ve got kids and even... grandkids – the jobs of the future are going to be science, technology, engineering and math-related," said Scott, a Republican. "So we need to do workforce training in those areas.”

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Environment
3:33 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Environmental Group Threatens To Sue Army Corps Of Engineers About Dredging Near Corals

Biscayne Bay Waterkeeper claims the ships working for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are leaking sediment which harms coral reefs near the dredging project. The group says this image was taken on June 25, 2014.
Credit Dan Kipnis / Biscayne Bay Waterkeeper

An environmental non-profit organization has filed a letter that says it may sue the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  

Biscayne Bay Waterkeeper in Miami alleges the Army Corps violated the Endangered Species Act by not protecting coral reefs affected by dredging at PortMiami.

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StateImpact Florida
10:35 pm
Sun July 20, 2014

What We Learned From A Year Watching Schools Prepare For Florida's New Standards

Darlene Paul, principal of West Defuniak Elementary, speaks to a student during a visit to a third-grade classroom. Paul says she has been impressed with the academic success of young students who have been taught only using the new Florida Standards.
Credit Jackie Mader / The Hechinger Report

For the past year the Hechinger Report and StateImpact Florida have taken you into two schools to hear what preparations for Florida’s new Common Core-based standards sound like. The standards outline what students should know in math and language arts. When classes start this fall every grade in every Florida public school will use them. But are schools ready?

Now, we share with you what we've learned along with the Hechinger Report's Jackie Mader.

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The End of the Road
7:38 pm
Sat July 19, 2014

Free Rides In 95 Express Lanes Coming To An End For Hybrid Drivers

Self-loathing Prius owner Bobby Wells bought his car for the free rides in 95 Express.
Credit Kenny Malone

To be perfectly honest, Bobby Wells, a Harley-riding, python-owning Miami lawyer, doesn’t really like his Toyota Prius.

But he does love that red and blue “95 Express” registration decal on the bottom left of his hybrid car’s windshield.

“Yeah,” said Wells, “the reason I bought this car was to get that sticker.”

I-95’s express lanes — where the price of admission ranges from 50 cents to $10.50 depending on traffic — are free to registered hybrids. But that’s not going to last forever.

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