News

Pages

Higher Education
8:20 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Second Florida Bill Allows In-State College Rates For Kids Of Undocumented Parents

RESIDENT RIGHTS: Bills in Tallahassee would grant in-state college rates to children of some undocumented parents.
Credit Florida Immigrant Coalition

Another relief bill is being offered by a Miami-Dade legislator for Florida residents who have been denied in-state college tuition rates because of their parents' immigration status.

Republican State Sen. Anitere Flores' bill (SB 180, filed Monday) is similar to a measure (HB 17) that Miami State Rep. Carlos Trujillo filed early in December.

Read more
Voting Problems
7:09 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Florida's 'Obvious' Voting Problem, The Long Ballot, May Have No Easy Fix

A LONG READ: Senate President Don Gaetz said the long, dense ballot was as daunting as the book of Leviticus.

When Gov. Rick Scott recently listed ways he thinks Florida could reduce voting difficulties and long polling lines, he drew the most attention for a change of course in suggesting that more early voting might help.

But another idea Scott raised may have more far-reaching implications for public policy in Florida, and might even be more difficult to accomplish than the politically volatile suggestion about early voting.

Read more
Haiti Three Years Later: Part III
6:00 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Slideshow: Fabienne Jean, Three Years After The Haiti Earthquake

Fabienne Jean sits contemplative at home.
Nick Kozak

All week long we've been bringing you the story of Fabienne Jean, a dancer who lost her leg in the earthquake in Haiti three years ago this month. 

A prosthetic technician from Boston heard her story and fitted Fabienne with a fake leg. He tried to help Fabienne recover in other ways too. He hatched plans to help her start her business, buy a house and open a dance studio to raise money for Haitian amputees. 

But as reporter Jacob Kushner discovered, Fabienne's recovery has been a slow, frustrating process. 

Read more
Little Havana
5:00 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

In ‘Etudes,’ The Whole House Dances

ETUDES: Performance space is everywhere at Little Havana's Red Velvet Theater.

For artburstmiami.com

When you walk into artist Pablo Cano’s Red Velvet Theater in Little Havana, you are greeted by the most elegant of ladies — Marie Antoinette herself. The larger-than-life marionette welcomes you with her tightly corseted waist, lifted bosom and fine European lips.

Read more
Environment
2:00 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Why Wading Birds Are Getting A Little Less Busy In The Everglades

Nesting numbers of wading birds are considered an important measure of the health of the overall system.
Credit Vlabed/Flickr

Breeding numbers were down for some bird species for the third straight year in a row in the Everglades.

Nesting numbers for wading birds fell by 38 percent compared to the past decade. That's according to an annual survey compiled by the South Florida Water Management District.

Read more
Dental Health
11:52 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Amazing Sealants Defeat Childhood Tooth Decay But Does Florida Care? Study Says 'No'

CHEAP AND PAINLESS: Dental sealants can reduce decay by 60 percent. A critical study says Florida needs more school-based sealant programs.
Credit Oral Health Florida

Florida is missing a cheap and easy bet for improving the dental health of its children, according to a new survey.

The Pew Children's Dental Campaign gives the state a "D," mostly because it does little to make sure kids have access to decay-fighting tooth sealant programs in public schools.

Read more
Florida Lottery
11:00 am
Tue January 8, 2013

A New Look For The Florida Lottery

This new logo was unveiled to celebrate the Florida Lottery's 25th anniversary.
Credit flalottery.com

The Florida Lottery is getting an image makeover to coincide with its 25th anniversary.

An audience of Bright Futures scholarship winners applauded as the new logo was unveiled at Lottery headquarters in Tallahassee.

Lottery leaders showcased the new logo, which prominently features a pink flamingo.

Florida Lottery Secretary Cynthia O’Connell says the redesigned brand should help lure new players.

Read more
StateImpact Florida
9:30 am
Tue January 8, 2013

How Florida Earned Second-Highest Grade On A National Education Policy Report Card

PARTNERS: StudentsFirst founder Michelle Rhee has advised Florida Gov. Rick Scott. Her group is recommending changes to Florida education policies
Credit Huffington Post

California-based StudentsFirst has released a report card grading states on their education policy.

Florida earned the second-highest grade in the country, a B-, behind only Louisiana. No state earned an A.

Read more
Energy
9:00 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Progress Energy's $100-Million Dilemma: Retire Or Repair Crystal River Nuclear Plant

PROBLEM PLANT: The Crystal River nuclear plant in Citrus County has been idle since an accident in 2009. Progress Energy may owe customers $100 million if it doesn't come back on line.
Credit Flaglerlive.com

Still undecided about whether to repair or permanently shut down an idled nuclear-power plant, Progress Energy Florida faces the likelihood of eventually refunding up to $100 million to customers.

The refunds stem from a wide-ranging settlement agreement that Progress reached in early 2012 with representatives of consumers and business groups. Under that settlement, the utility would not have been subject to refunding money if it started repairs on the Crystal River nuclear plant by Dec. 31.

Read more
Working
8:30 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Bill Aims To Bar Local Government From Ordering Employers To Offer Sick Leave

WORKING SICK: Tallahassee lawmakers this spring will decide whether to prohibit cities and counties from ordering employers to pay for sick days off.

Advocates for working folk haven’t had a lot of luck establishing a right to paid sick leave in Florida.

Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara Jordan's proposal was defeated last year and, in Orlando, Orange County commissioners found a way to avoid a sick time referendum, even though 50,000 residents had won a ballot spot, fair and square, with their signatures on a petition.

Read more
Florida Legislature
8:00 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Florida's Growing Stack Of Early Voting Bills

THE WAIT: Bills to re-expand early voting to eliminate lines like this one in Doral are accumulating in Tallahassee.
Credit Miami Herald

Republican  State Sen. Miguel Diaz de la Portilla of Miami was an early and enthusiastic supporter of cutting back Florida's early voting period from 14 to 8 days in 2011. He called it a "voter friendly" bill that would save money.

"Generally, early voting in Miami-Dade County has not been very efficient, " Diaz de la Portilla said at the time. "What you see more often than not is that there is a trickle of two or three people a day at a very high cost to keep those public libraries and polls open. ... We felt it was an efficiency measure."

Read more
Environment
7:00 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Why The Everglades National Park Is Handing Out Anti-Vulture Kits

Black vultures sometimes rip the rubber and vinyl parts off of cars.
Credit Brian Henderson/Flickr

Next time you go to the Everglades you'll have the option to pick up an anti-vulture kit.

The park is offering the kits so people can protect their cars against vultures during the winter months. The black vultures sometimes rip the rubber and vinyl parts--such as windshield wipers and sunroof seals--off of cars.

Read more
Haiti Three Years Later: Part II
6:00 am
Tue January 8, 2013

After The Earthquake: A Haitian Dancer's Highs And Lows As She Recovers From An Amputation

Fabienne Jean in the doorway of the part of her home where she cooks.
Nick Kozak

Yesterday we began the story of Fabienne Jean, a dancer who lost her leg in the earthquake that devastated Haiti three years ago this month. A prosthetic technician from Boston promised to help Fabienne dance again. But he didn't stop there. He wanted to help her put the rest of her life back together too. 

In the second part of our week-long series, Jacob Kushner tells us how difficult their task would become. 

Read more
BCS Championship
6:14 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Alabama and Notre Dame Show Their BCS Colors in Miami

Kickoff for the BCS championship game between Alabama and Notre Dame happens at 8:30 tonight. But fans from both teams have been showing their colors across Miami and South Florida all weekend.

Check out some of our favorite BCS tweets and trash talk below:

News
10:00 am
Mon January 7, 2013

After Mall Shooting Scare, Palm Beach County Official Wants Businesses To Beef Up Security

Credit FlickR/wallyg

A false alarm at a shopping mall has a Palm Beach County commissioner asking if local businesses are doing enough to protect the public.

Two days before Christmas, Commissioner Shelley Vana was shopping at the Boynton Beach Mall with her five-year-old granddaughter when she heard cries of "Get down!"

"I grabbed my granddaughter and pulled her down behind a planter,” says Vana.  “We were outside of the enclosed play area and I could see the people in the play area getting down behind stuff."

Read more

Pages