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7:25 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Online Medical Checkups And Other Telemedicine Services Moving Through Legislature

Senate staffers say the University of Miami instituted the first telemedicine services in 1973.
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Your next check up may be done in the comfort of your living room.

A bill to enable more doctors to offer their services via the Internet or other technology passed a Senate committee Tuesday.

In addition to doctors, the bill now includes as those who can practice telemedicine physician assistants, advanced registered nurse practitioners, and pharmacists.

Even doctors who aren’t licensed to practice in Florida can provide remote services. They just have to be affiliated with a Florida hospital or health care plan.

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Addiction Recovery
6:27 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Legislature Wants To Tighten Scrutiny Over South Florida's Multitude Of 'Sober Houses'

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Rules to govern the so-called "sober houses" that proliferate in Palm Beach and Broward counties have survived one gauntlet of committees in the Legislature and they're ready for a full House vote.

The bill aims to protect the sober houses' complaining neighbors as well as the recovering addicts themselves. Listen to the full story below.

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Transportation
6:13 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

How Miami's Cute New Trolleys Led To A Civil-Rights Investigation

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In recent years, snazzy trolleys painted like old-timey street cars have been rolling on Miami-Dade streets. They're free to ride and hit hotspots from Miami’s Midtown to Coral Gables.

But what's gotten the county, and some of its cities, in trouble with the federal government is where the trolleys don’t go: the West Grove, a predominately black neighborhood in the city of Miami.

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Immigration
5:46 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Uh, Senators? You Know We Already Get In-State Tuition At Miami's FIU, Right?

FRIDA'S SURPRISE: Senators learned from Miami resident and FIU grad Frida Ulloa that state resident tuition is already available for some undocumented immigrants.
Credit The Florida Channel

The Florida Senate Judiciary Committee got a big surprise this morning. Turns out in-state university tuition rates are already available for some undocumented immigrants, at least at Florida International University.

It may have strengthened the hands of opponents of the in-state tuition bill, but not enough to defeat it.

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Regional Awards
4:07 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Young South Florida Theater Companies Take Home Carbonells

Island City Stage’s ‘The Timekeepers’ won a half-dozen Carbonell Awards, including best production of a play and best actor for Michael McKeever (standing behind table).
Credit Robert Figueroa

Broward Center for the Performing Arts hosted the 38th annual Carbonell Awards ceremony Monday, March 31. The awards go to regional theater groups. And this year, young groups took home plenty of awards.

Island City Stage is less than two years old, and it took home half a dozen awards. Michael McKeever won best actor for a play called "The Timekeepers" -- an Island City Stage production. Slow Burn Theater is a 4-year-old company and it was nominated for 10 awards.

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Health Care
3:15 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Miami Nurses In Tallahassee Find Legislation Has No Desire To Extend Medicaid

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The campaign to expand Medicaid for Florida's uninsured poor continued in Tallahassee last week with a mass lobby conducted by doctors and nurses from Miami's Jackson Hospital. They went from office to office in the Capitol seeking legislative support, but got basically nowhere.

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Voting Rights
2:40 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Locals Testify On Florida's Election Issues

The commissioners from left to right: Leon W. Russell, Dr. Daniel A. Smith, The Honorable Dan Gelber and Lida Rodriguez-Taseff.
Credit Jessica Meszaros / WLRN

The National Commission on Voting Rights met Monday at the University of Miami. 

National and local experts on voting law heard witness testimony on topics ranging from felon disenfranchisement, to long voting lines, to restroom access at polling places.

The goal of this commission is to create reports out of the testimony in hopes that Congress will make changes to voting laws. 

Hear what some Florida voters would like to see changed for the 2016 election.

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Technology
10:31 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Miami’s Not A Top Start-Up City, Says Silicon Valley Leader

Sam Altman will be president of Y Combinator, a Silicon Valley tech start-up incubator, which has funded over 600 companies.
Credit Diego Saldana-Rojas

Hundreds of entrepreneurs and start-up enthusiasts gathered Monday for Start-Up City: Miami. The Atlantic magazine organized the conference to promote South Florida’s potential as a great place to start a tech company.

But a Silicon Valley investor whose company funded DropBox and Reddit says Miami has a long way to go. Listen to Y Combinator's incoming president Sam Altman on his impression of Miami as a start-up city.*

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Links
9:28 am
Tue April 1, 2014

What Everyone Is Reading March 23-29

Credit Courtesy Of The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints

What's more adorable than a little girl complaining about spiders and her mayor? Nothing. Which is why you decided it would be our top story this week. Honorable mentions include: South Florida's first Mormon temple and Obamacare concerns.

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Urban Planning
8:35 am
Tue April 1, 2014

West Grove Trolley Garage Unearths Vulnerabilities Of Low-Income Neighborhoods

West Grove resident Dorothy Henry's house backs up against the trolley garage property.
Arianna ProtheroWLRN

Miami’s West Grove residents, unhappy a trolley garage servicing Coral Gables was built in their neighborhood, may soon be able to claim a small victory. After a series of legal battles including a civil-rights investigation, Coral Gables and the garage's developer are now looking to pull out of the West Grove.

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Politics
7:11 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Report Examines Political Power Of Florida Utility Companies

Florida Power and Light's Turkey Point nuclear power plant on Biscayne Bay
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A report by government watchdog Integrity Florida examines how the state's four largest utility companies are able to yield considerable political power. 

The findings conclude that the Florida Legislature sets its agenda and policy outcomes based on the needs of large political donors rather than the public interest. In the last five elections, the report says Florida utility companies were among the largest donors to state-level campaigns.

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Latin America
7:07 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Lack Of Reforms During Latin America's Economic Boom Will Hurt The Region

Soybean harvest in Mato Grosso, Brazil. The South American giant is now the world's largest soybean producer.
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For more than a decade, much of Latin America has enjoyed an economic boom. But at its annual meeting in Brazil over the weekend, the Inter-American Development Bank indicated the party is ending. And the situation may be worse because the region didn’t make productive reforms when times were good.

Hear the full story below.

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Diversity in EDM
5:49 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Why Do Ravers Wear Their Countries' Flags To Ultra?

Diego Saldana-Rojas

At a festival dedicated to a genre of music that does not rely on lyrics, it's interesting that many attendees chose to represent their nationalities: Ultra Music Festival goers came in flying the flags of their home regions, from Northern Ireland and Catalonia to France and Australia.

Some wore them as capes over their backs, others as skirts and a few as bandanas over their heads and faces. Click through the slideshow above and see how many flags you can identify.

Did you go to Ultra? Why do you think people like to wear their flags?

The End of the Road
2:26 pm
Sun March 30, 2014

PHOTOS: Highway Landscaping May Have Squelched Your Road Rage

Ponds, palms and poincianas. The roughly $6M makeover of the I-95/595 interchange is one of Florida's biggest highway beautification projects. Click through the images to see more highway landscaping.
Kenny Malone

There’s a good chance you’ve seen the work of Elisabeth Hassett and an equally good chance you didn’t really notice it. Hassett is the landscape architect for the Florida Department of Transportation’s District 4, which includes Broward and Palm Beach Counties. When there’s a need for highway-side landscape design, Hassett has almost definitely had a hand in choosing the plants and the layout -- a far more complicated art than you might imagine.

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Overseas Ravers
4:27 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Why Europeans Come All The Way To Ultra Despite EDM Fests At Home

Ultra-goers waiting to be let into the festival.
Credit Diego Saldana-Rojas

Starting today, thousands of electronic dance music aficionados will take over Bayfront Park in downtown Miami for the Ultra Music Festival. If you happen to find yourself in the middle of that scene, you'd hear a lot of German, French, British English, a panoply of European voices.

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