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7:27 am
Thu November 29, 2012

NEWSCAST: Miami Dade Begins Probe Of Voting Problems

Some voters in Miami Dade waited hours to cast a ballot.
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Miami-Dade officials have begun their investigation into why voting in Florida's largest county was such a mess earlier this month.


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7:17 am
Thu November 29, 2012

NEWSCAST: Consumer Confidence Slips in FLA

Consumer confidence in Florida dropped this month, but retailers were busy over the Thanksgiving/Black Friday weekend.
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Consumer confidence takes a dip in the Sunshine State.  However, economists remain optimistic about Florida's future, and energy is one of the main reasons why.

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Birds At Risk
7:11 am
Thu November 29, 2012

As Birds Head South, They Often Run Into Trouble And Find Help In South Florida

This red shoulder hawk is being treated for a leg injury at the South Florida Wildlife Center. Nick Songonzi is an animal care technician at the center.
Credit Marva Hinton

This time of year, many birds from the north began migrating south for the winter. Some will stay here in South Florida while others will pass through the region on their way to the Caribbean. Increasingly, these birds are running into man-made obstacles that leave them with injured eyes, wings and beaks.

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6:20 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

NEWSCAST: Consumer Confidence Drops This Month

Holiday Shopping
Credit Suz Or Sooze

Consumer confidence in Florida dropped this month, but retailers were busy over the Thanksgiving shopping weekend. 

  Hear from an economist who isn't concerned about the decline in confidence… at least not yet.  

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4:54 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

How Cell Phones Are Fighting Poverty In Latin America

Alex Counts, Grameen Foundation CEO And President
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The stated goal of the Grameen Foundation is to help the world’s poorest  improve their lives and escape poverty by helping to provide access to financial services , such as small loans and savings account, to find  new ways to generate income and obtain important information about their health, crops and finances.

Grameen Foundation is a nonprofit founded in 1997 by friends of Grameen Bank to help microfinance practitioners spread the Grameen philosophy worldwide.

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Legalizing Marijuana
1:09 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Florida Groups Seek Legal Status For Pot

Reefer Madness: Times have changed and advocates for legal pot hope attitudes have, too.

Florida advocates for liberalizing marijuana laws  felt the rush on Nov. 6 when two states, Colorado and Washington, legalized marijuana and Massachusetts approved its use for medical purposes.

So they really like their chances for their own proposed measures, two for medical and one for out-and-out legalization.

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Art Basel 2012
12:07 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Seven Signs That Art Basel Miami Is Almost Here

A geodesic dome under construction in the Design District before Art Basel Miami 2011.
Credit Trina Sargalski

You may notice a growing buzz of activity--especially in Midtown, the Design District and Miami Beach--that signals that a week (or more) of art appreciation, parties and sensory overload is almost here. The height of activity is next Wednesday, Dec. 5 through Sunday, Dec. 9, but gallery openings and other events are already starting.

Below are are seven signs that Art Basel is upon us.

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11:52 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Post-Election, Pre-Session In Tallahassee

Steve Bousquet says the Florida Legislature hasn't changed much with the election.

Things are changing in Tallahassee, but how much?

Republicans have lost their supermajority control of the Florida Legislature after Democrats made modest gains in both chambers in this month's elections.

What will that mean for future policy decisions and the state's unpopular governor Rick Scott?  

Why will 2013 be his most important year, and is Florida's former Gov. Charlie Crist breathing down Scott's neck? Will Crist go after his old job?

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7:43 am
Wed November 28, 2012

NEWSCAST: Stand Your Ground Panel Faces Criticism

Stand Your Ground laws have been pushed by the National Rifle Association, but critics say the laws allow a shoot first, ask questions later culture.
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A group tasked by Governor Rick Scott with reviewing Florida's "Stand Your Ground" self-defense law is under fire from a local Democratic leader.

The panel was created to review the law after neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman fatally shot Miami Gardens teen Trayvon Martin in February.

But State Senator Chris Smith of Fort Lauderdale told Current TV host Eliot Spitzer the panel's draft report doesn't change much.

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7:15 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Historic? Atrocious? Herald's Home Is Divisive

Like A K-Mart? The Miami Herald's 1960s headquarters has staunch admirers and fierce critics.

The Miami Herald's  headquarters on Biscayne Bay has been sold to a developer who wants to tear it down. Historic preservationists are working to stop the demolition, saying the hulking, boxy building is a prime example of Miami Modern architecture from the 50's and 60's. NPR interviewed demolition proponents — including  some prominent architects — who say it's a clumsy building with no sense of style and not a "MiMo" design worth saving:

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7:04 am
Wed November 28, 2012

NEWSCAST: Mistrial Avoided In Rilya Wilson Case

A judge ruled Tuesday the murder trial of Geralyn Graham could continue despite the calls by Graham's attorney for a mistrial.
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A legal technicality nearly derails the prosecution's case against a Miami woman accused of killing her foster child.

A judge has denied a motion for a mistrial in the high profile case of a Miami-Dade woman, Geralyn Graham. She's accused of killing her foster child, Rilya Wilson.

Graham's defense asked for the mistrial after it was discovered that prosecutor Joshua Weintraub had his law license suspended for months after he failed to properly record legal education courses with the state bar.

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Florid Voting Law
6:36 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Democrats In U.S. House Want Federal Investigation Of Florida Voting Law

U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings and his Democratic colleagues in the House are asking the federal government for an investigation into Florida's voting law.
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Just this week, news circulated that former leaders of the Florida Republican Party have admitted that Florida's voting law was aimed at suppressing the vote this year during President Obama's reelection.

Democrats in the U.S. House are clamoring for a federal investigation.

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Climate Change
2:00 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Wind, Water Damage At Fort Lauderdale Beach Preview Era Of Rising Sea Level

Fort Lauderdale Beach: Experts say the same weather with a lower sea would have caused less damage.
Credit Broward County

Wind, waves and high tides have eroded the beach, wrecked the seawall and undermined the roadway along northern Fort Lauderdale beach this month and the damage is raising short-  and long-term issues for local officials.

Short, because the wave damage may require S. R. A1A north of Sunrise Boulevard to shrink permanently from four lanes to two with bad effects on tourism imagery and local convenience.

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Texting And Driving
1:45 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Senator Trying Again With Texting Ban

A state texting and driving ban could pass next year.
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For the fourth year in a row, state lawmakers are going to take a stab at passing a law that would ban texting while driving all around the state.

State Sen. Nancy Detert, R-Venice, has introduced the ban: Senate Bill 52. Her bill was among a small list of bills that have been introduced already for the upcoming Florida Legislative session, which starts in March 2013.

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Jeb Bush
12:46 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Experts Are Taking Another Look At Jeb Bush's Education Cred

Experts say that Jeb Bush's education gains in Florida deserve stricter scrutiny.
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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has been riding a wave of popularity in the last few years. Members of the Republican Party have been clamoring for him to seek higher office as he travels around the country taking on some of the more extreme positions recently taken by members of his party.

Among his credentials, which are currently prompting all the focus, is his popularity with the Latino community and his credentials as a successful education policy innovator.

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