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6:48 am
Mon July 28, 2014

FDOT: Florida In Relatively Good Shape If Highway Trust Fund Goes Broke

The fuel tax makes up 90 percent of the Highway Trust Fund.
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While state transportation departments around the country have been scrambling in anticipation of a potential Highway Trust Fund insolvency, Florida officials aren’t sweating quite yet.

The U.S. Department of Transportation estimates that the Highway Trust Fund, which trickles down and helps pay for everything from highways to sidewalks, will run out of money in August. The U.S. House of Representatives has already passed a bill that would temporarily fix the problem.

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Norman Van Aken's A Word On Food
8:40 am
Sat July 26, 2014

Butter

A batch of home made butter.
Credit Norman Van Aken

BROKEN OLIVE BUTTER

Norman Van Aken. © Copyright 2014

The olives here are "broken" so we can remove the pits. Then we make a simple compound butter with them with plenty of herbs, garlic, and spices to serve on the beef. Allow the butter to soften a little before placing directly on meat or fish that are hot from the grill, pan or oven.

Yield: 1 ½ Cups

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News
6:55 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Rules In Favor of Gay Marriage

A Miami-Dade Circuit Judge ordered that six same-sex couples should be allowed to wed.
Credit Walter Michot / Miami Herald

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel ruled Friday afternoon that the six same-sex couples who sued county clerk Harvey Ruvin for marriage licenses should be allowed to wed. 

In the ruling, Zabel wrote that denying same-sex couples the right to marriage "is surely to deprive all the State's citizens of liberty without due process of law."

Zabel ordered an immediate stay until after the case is appealed. 

The ruling marks the second time in less than two weeks that a South Florida circuit judge declared the state's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional.

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StateImpact Florida
3:55 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Applications For New School Choice Program Higher Than Expected

An advertisement for the new scholarship programs.
Credit Step Up For Students

If you want one of the roughly 1,800 new scholarships for students with disabilities that allows parents to mix and match services for their children, you better get an application in soon.

More than 1,200 families applied for a Personal Learning Scholarship Account, or PLSA, in the first week of applications. The scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis and are intended for students autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and other significant learning challenges.

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Bicycle Safety
3:39 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Critical Mass Tonight In Miami and Fort Lauderdale

It's that time of the month again.

Tonight, the Critical Mass swarm of bicycles share the road with cars in Miami and Fort Lauderdale. The event usually happens at the end of every month -- to represent the Miami Bike Scene in Miami and to inspire road sharing.

While the ride is one of the largest social gatherings in South Florida, drivers and cyclists are warned to be cautious. Critical Mass has resulted in injuries and even deaths in the past. 

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News
12:28 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Miami Seaquarium Fined For No Barrier Between Trainers And Killer Whale

Lolita is a nearly-50-year-old killer whale at Miami Seaquarium. The park was hit with a $7,000 fine for not having a barrier between Lolita and her trainers.
Credit MiamiSeaquarium.com

The Miami Seaquarium is facing a $7,000 fine from a federal agency for not having enough protection between trainers and a killer whale.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined Miami Seaquarium this month for not having a physical barrier between trainers and the park's captive killer whale Lolita.

It’s considered a “serious” violation by the federal agency.

They’ve required these protections since the 2010 death of a SeaWorld trainer in Orlando.

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The Florida Roundup
10:59 am
Fri July 25, 2014

The Florida Roundup: Taking The "Affordable" Out Of The Affordable Care Act?

Health insurance subsidies are on shaky ground after two contradictory court rulings.
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This week on the Florida Roundup, we're exploring why subsidies to help nearly a million Floridians buy health insurance are on shaky ground.

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Religion
2:26 am
Fri July 25, 2014

As Ramadan Comes To A Close, Local Muslims Come Together To Break Fast

Volunteers at a local mosque prepare plates for iftar, the breaking of the fast at sundown.
Credit Constanza Gallardo / WLRN

The Islamic holy month of Ramadan is coming to a close. During Ramadan, Muslims fast during the day -- no food or drink. They break the fast with a meal after sundown called iftar. (See our Unique Eats: Ramadan Edition.)

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Politics
2:04 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Sholom & Mohamed: Brothers In Spite Of Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Sholom and Moe take a selfie together with their respective flags.
Credit Sholom Neistein

Mohamed Ghumrawi and Sholom Neistein have been friends for six years.

Sholom is Jewish. Mohamed is Muslim and of Palestinian descent. 

"I think it’s interesting how people perceive our friendship," says Mohamed, or Moe for short. "People see us and the first thing that comes to mind is, 'A Palestinian and an Israeli together? What? I must be in the "Twilight Zone".' ”

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News
1:57 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Sea-Level Rise To Be Discussed At Symposium

Great White Egrets flying off in the Everglades.
Credit Rasmus Bøgeskov Larsen / Flickr Creative Commons

The impact of sea-level rise on South Florida will be the topic of discussion at the Second Annual Sea Level Rise Symposium Friday.

Experts say Florida is ground zero for sea level rise, and the Southeast Florida region will be the most impacted.

Tara Bardi, senior scientist with the Arthur R. Marshall Foundation for the Everglades, says even with increased media coverage on sea-level rise, most people aren’t sure how it will impact them personally.

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Youth
12:48 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Programs Offers Inner City Youths Professional Field Training

Some youth in Miami's inner city are paid to learn code though FACE's summer program.
Credit Creative Commons / Flickr user Lindsey Bieda

FACE, a paid summer internship program for young adults, is wrapping up and showing off what its participants have been up to in the past six weeks.

The name of the program stands for film, arts, culture (and coding) and entrepreneurship. Participants choose an area of focus and pair up with industry professionals to develop and execute a project in that field.

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Restaurants
11:22 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Shucker's Waterfront Grill Reopens More Than A Year After Deck Collapse

The new deck at Shuckers is made of both wood and concrete. The old deck, which collapsed in June 2013, was made of wood.
Credit Carla Javier / WLRN

More than a year after its deck collapsed during a Miami Heat game, Shucker's Waterfront Grill is reopening with a new deck.

The restaurant, also known as Shucker's Bar & Grill before closing last summer, is located in North Bay Village. 

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Investigation
10:14 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Taxpayers Saddled With Miami-Dade Police Settlement For Botched Sting

Credit NBC 6

Miami-Dade County taxpayers are most likely on the hook for settlement payments in a county police sting operation where three alleged home invasion robbers were killed, along with the confidential police informant working with the department.

It happened in June 2011 in the Redland, and NBC 6 has an exclusive investigation.

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Documentary
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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