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4:02 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Palm Beach County Is Slot Out Of Luck

Greyhound dogs racing at the Palm Beach Kennel Club
Credit Lisann Ramos

This legislative session  has toyed with the hearts of gaming aficionados who want more gambling, especially in Palm Beach County. 

Giants like Genting are pushing for casinos in Miami-Dade and Broward, but Palm Beach doesn't seem to be getting the same amount of love. 

Because of a vote that took place 10 years ago, Palm Beach doesn't allow slot machines in the county. 

This leaves gamblers there with no other option but to go south for slots. Elizabeth Paquette of West Palm Beach is one of those gamblers.

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Interview
3:57 am
Fri May 2, 2014

The "Eyes" Have It In Florida Grand Opera's "Thais"

Early Christian asceticism and pagan decadence go head to head in Barbe and Doucet's staging of Massenet's 'Thais'
Credit Jeffrey Dunn

The names Barbe and Doucet might not be as widely known as Wagner, Puccini or Verdi -- but their influence is felt in opera houses worldwide.

French director Renaud Doucet and Canadian set and costume designer André Barbe are partners in life as well as work.  And this month, they're bringing their combined talents back to the Florida Grand Opera for Jules Massenet's "Thais."

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Sunshine Edition
6:30 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Beckham Stadium Sparks Debate From PortMiami Protectors

A rendering of the interior bowl of the proposed soccer stadium at PortMiami.
Credit ARQUITECTONICA, 360 ARCHITECTURE AND VISUAL HOUSE

The gloves came off Wednesday morning in a debate on whether the Beckham soccer stadium should be built at PortMiami. One takeaway was just how complicated this issue has become.

With ads against the stadium filling the airwaves; it seems as though getting the port location won't be as simple as Beckham and his team originally anticipated. 

The ads, along with other opposition, come from the Miami Seaport Alliance. The alliance is a group of companies that believe the stadium will interfere with their business.

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Sunshine Edition
6:12 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

How Florida's In-State Tuition Bill Would Change The Life Of A Homestead Student

Mayra used to work on her father's farm when she couldn't afford to be a college student. Now that she attends Miami-Dade College, she still offers to lend a hand at the fruit stand her father manages.
Credit Mayra Rubio

Mayra Rubio was 3 months-old when she moved to Homestead with her brother and parents from Guadalajara, Mexico.

After she graduated from South Dade Senior High, she realized she could not afford the out-of-state tuition for public colleges and universities. Undocumented students do not get the opportunity to pay in-state tuition rates.

So instead, Mayra worked with her father in the fields and groves of South Miami-Dade County. She picked and packed avocados and mangos.

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Sunshine Edition
3:20 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Self-Medicating Floridians Call For Legal Medical Marijuana

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A bill was passed by the state Senate this week that would OK a very limited strain of medical marijuana.

The cannabis extract is known as Charlotte's Web, which is geared to help neurological conditions for a limited amount of epilepsy patients.

Dahlia Barnhart was 2 years old and living in Tampa when she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer. Her mom Moriah moved the family to Memphis so Dahlia could get treatment at St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

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Operatic Moonlighters
2:41 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

The Secret Lives Of Local Opera Singers

Here is Martin Nusspaumer as Ismaele in Nabucco for Florida Grand Opera in January.
Credit Courtesy of Martin Nusspaumer.

When you see someone singing onstage at the Florida Grand Opera or the Adrienne Arsht Center, do you think about what goes on behind the scenes -- not just the costumes or the sets, but in the singers' lives?

Believe it or not, some of South Florida's opera singers work in electrical and mechanical engineering, accounting, education and law enforcement during the day.

The Engineers

Husband and wife Martin Nusspaumer and Maria Antunez worked as engineers in their native Uruguay.

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The Sunshine Edition
9:57 am
Thu May 1, 2014

In-State Tuition For Undocumented Students Likely To Pass

The effort to allow undocumented students to pay in-state rates at Florida schools has been a top Republican priority for this law writing session.
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Homestead resident Mayra Rubio was in the audience during President Obama's 2014 State of the Union address and was hoping to hear about reforms that could change her life. She was an undocumented immigrant, though she is now a recipient of deferred action from U.S. authorities. While the president's speech said little about immigration, the state legislature is poised to pass a bill that will allow state colleges and universities to treat undocumented immigrants similar to in-state students and pay a lower tuition rate.

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Music
9:17 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Lebos Says "Turn It Up," But Plays Us A Rare, Quiet Solo Tune

The new album

Miami native Aaron Lebos says his new album, "Turning Point," is meant to be played loud. 

It's a mix of rock, jazz and influences from around the world, fusing a jam-band sound with some of the sonic complexities of jazz. Lebos is a trained -- very trained -- musician, having attended an alphabet soup of South Florida's academic institutions. 

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The Sunshine Edition
1:56 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Why Florida Lawmakers Can Negotiate The State Budget In Private

Florida House of Representatives
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The Florida Legislature will pass a flurry of bills this week. But the only thing they’re constitutionally required to do is pass a state budget.

Lawmakers settled on a budget worth slightly more than $77 billion – the largest in state history. They’ll vote on the spending plan Friday night to close out the legislative session.

In spite of Florida’s laws regarding open government, much of the budget negotiations have taken place in private.

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The Sunshine Edition
1:48 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

LISTEN: Rep. Gaetz On Marijuana, His Mugshot, And Political Culture In Tallahassee

Rep. Matt Gaetz goes over notes before his next meeting at the Capitol.
Credit Gina Jordan/WLRN

Ft. Walton Beach Republican Representative Matt Gaetz is helping carry on the family name in politics.

One week shy of 32 years old, he’s one of the state’s youngest lawmakers. He’s now running for the state Senate. His dad is Senate President Don Gaetz, also a Panhandle Republican.

But Matt Gaetz is an attorney who is not just sitting in his dad’s shadow.

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Art Battle
12:55 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

North Miami: MOCA Suit, Actions Are A Breach

Attorney Olivia Benson, legal counsel advising the city of North Miami, discusses the city’s next steps at a press conference Tuesday announcing the city has filed a countersuit against the Museum of Contemporary Art. MOCA sued the city earlier this month for breach of contract. MOCA is planning to move its collection to the Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach.
Credit Walter Michot / Miami Herald

The battle between the city of North Miami and the board of the Museum of Contemporary Art continued Tuesday as the city filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit filed by the MOCA board earlier this month, claiming that it is “legally deficient.”

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The Sunshine Edition
8:43 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Could Marijuana Determine Florida Governor's Race?

This fall, when Florida voters consider legalizing medical marijuana, what can they learn from other states that already have it?
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Medical marijuana. Same-sex marriage. These used to be taboo political subjects but no more.

Almost half of Florida voters support gay marriage. 70 percent are okay with legalizing medical marijuana. Those are significant swings of support from just a few years ago. How are Floridan attitudes toward cultural issues changing? What’s the political impact at the ballot box in this gubernatorial election year? Former governor Bob Graham and George LeMieux, who spearheaded Charlie Crist's gubernatorial campaign, give us their take.

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The Sunshine Edition
11:59 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Confederate Flags On Display At Florida's Capitol

A Confederate flag used to fly over the Capitol from 1978 to 2001, until then-governor Jeb Bush had it taken down.
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Last week, Florida's Capitol hosted confederate flags in its rotunda. 

The Sons of Confederate Veterans group got clearance to display the flags in commemoration of their ancestors, who died during the Civil War. April 26 was Confederate Memorial Day, an official state holiday since 1895.

Kelly Crocker is one of the Sons of Confederate Veterans who put up the display. 

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News
11:52 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

House That Hosted Beatles May Not Have 'Any Time At All'

The Beatles waded in the pool of this bayside home near the La Gorce Golf Course in Miami Beach.
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  A home that provided the backdrop for a 1964 photo shoot with the Beatles is up for demolition, according to a notice placed in the Miami Herald this month. That possibility has some people reminiscing about old times and others whispering "historic preservation."

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Latin America Report
11:21 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Why Miami's Tech Scene Shouldn't Try To Compete With Silicon Valley

Miami often embraces trends later than other U.S. cities, as has been in the tech-industry boom. But as Latin America's tech hub, Miami is leading.
Credit Ines Hegedus-Garcia / Flickr CC

A lot of people have been throwing a lot of cold water lately on the notion of Miami as a high-tech “Silicon Beach.”

Even Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine this year called it “the dumbest idea in the world.”

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