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The Sunshine Economy
7:00 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Broward County Isn't Bleeding Jobs Anymore But Hiring Has Stalled

Click the play button above and listen to this segment from WLRN's hour-long episode, "The Sunshine Economy: Public Sector Employment," with host Tom Hudson. The episode is part of an ongoing series examining key industries of the South Florida economy. Shows air Mondays at 9:00 a.m. on 91.3 FM.

Animals and transportation. Those are two areas Broward County Administrator Bertha Henry says residents would like to expand county services. And while the county has seen its finances improve as the housing market has recovered somewhat, the county is not looking to expand its workforce.

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Arts Season
6:30 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Here's What Not To Miss On Broward County's Arts Calendar

Cultural happenings are cropping up in full force this season in Broward County. The forthcoming arts calendar is brimming with so much to do and see you'd wish you were in two places at one time. 

We've compiled this series of events-- small and large, prestigious and homegrown--so you can plan ahead and not miss out on what intrigues you. From thought-provoking lectures with renowned artists to massive puppets on parade in downtown Fort Lauderdale, an array of cultural offerings exist in Broward County.

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Arts Season
6:00 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Symphonies To Sopranos: What To See, Hear In Classical Music

American Violinist Joshua Bell performs in both Miami and West Palm in March.
Credit Courtesy of the Adrienne Arsht Center

Between South Florida’s companies and performing arts centers, the classical music calendar can fill up fast.

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Arts Season
12:45 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Five Creative Ways To Experience Modern Dance In South Florida

Credit John Kane/Pilobolus

South Florida doesn’t (yet) have a modern dance company on the same scale as its ballet company, Miami City Ballet, but that doesn’t mean you have to leave the region to see some phenomenal contemporary dance.

Several dance heavyweights are coming to South Florida this season, and there’s a nice range in styles so you can get a sampling of not only the best of the best, but also the full spectrum of the art form. Whether you’re a connoisseur or a newbie, this guide will help you pick what shows to see.

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Arts Season
12:01 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

How Creative Types Survive And Thrive In South Florida

Overhead by Kevin Arrow
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Making the decision to become an artist, whether in South Florida or elsewhere, is sometimes not an option. Miami based visual artist Kevin Arrow explains, “every few months I promise myself to pack it up and take up knitting or building model cars.”

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StateImpact Florida
8:17 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Map: How Full-Time Support Staff Jobs Have Changed In Your County Schools

There are fewer custodians and support staff in Florida public schools than there were in 2007.
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A StateImpact Florida analysis of jobs in Florida public schools shows that while full-time staffing is almost back to pre-recession levels, one group of employees hasn’t come back: the support staff.

Since the recession began, Florida’s public school budgets have been hit with more than $2 billion dollars in cuts from state and federal funding, decreased property tax revenue and sequestration.

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The Sunshine Economy
7:00 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Why The U.S. Should Pay People To Dig Holes And Fill Them Up To Create Jobs

Prof. Paul Krugman
Credit Tom Hudson

Click the play button above and listen to this segment from WLRN's hour-long episode, "The Sunshine Economy: Public Sector Employment," with host Tom Hudson. The episode is part of an ongoing series examining key industries of the South Florida economy. Shows air Mondays at 9:00 a.m. on 91.3 FM.

Paul Krugman is a lightning rod for economic criticism. He's used to it. For several years Krugman has argued in his New York Times columns for more government stimulus spending, not less.

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Arts Season
6:30 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Can Bonnie Clearwater Integrate South Florida's Arts Scene?

Meet Bonnie Clearwater

It's often said that South Florida's arts scene is dispersed with cultural pockets nestled miles apart. In a car, art lovers can drive to West Palm Beach's Norton Museum, and then head south 50 miles or so to Miami Wynwood.

But there is yet to be an institution that serves as the region's art world anchor, a venue to meld South Florida's cultural gap into a cohesive whole to attract residents from north and south, east and west.

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Politics
5:09 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Lawmakers Crack Down On Unlicensed Assisted Living Facilities

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A Florida Senate panel Tuesday instructed the Agency for Health Care Administration to draft legislation --- fast --- that would allow the state to shut down unlicensed assisted-living facilities as quickly as possible.

"Tell them to hustle," said Sen. Alan Hays, a Umatilla Republican and vice-chairman of the Senate Children, Families and Elder Affairs Committee.

Hays was addressing AHCA Secretary Liz Dudek, who briefed senators as they consider a third attempt in three years at tightening oversight of Florida's assisted-living facilities.

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Law
4:16 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Why Changing Florida's 'Stand Your Ground' Law Remains Elusive

Prompted by a national outcry over George Zimmerman's acquittal this summer in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, a Florida Senate committee gave approval Tuesday to minor changes in the state's "stand your ground" law.

But whether a Legislature dominated by gun-loving lawmakers will ultimately sign off on a bipartisan compromise remains a long shot, despite a seemingly indifferent National Rifle Association, which helped write Florida's first-in-the-nation law.

The law's 2005 sponsor, Sen. David Simmons, defended the current law while conceding it could be better.

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Arts Season
4:04 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Here Are Miami's Can't-Miss Arts & Culture Happenings For 2013-2014

Credit Claudia H. Munoz

Editor's Note: This online series breaks down the Arts Season in South Florida that begins in late September and October and runs through the spring. The series highlights various art forms, venues, shows and attractions that can be found across the region. This post is a calendar of must-see events for the Miami arts scene.

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The Sunshine Economy
11:33 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Miami-Dade Mayor: Some County Workers Are Overpaid, Underworked

The view looking south from Mayor Gimenez's office at Government Center in Miami. He has a view of the booming Brickell neighborhood, one of the hottest real estate areas in South Florida.
Credit Tom Hudson

Click the play button above and listen to this segment from WLRN's hour-long episode, "The Sunshine Economy: Public Sector Employment," with host Tom Hudson. The episode is part of an ongoing series examining key industries of the South Florida economy. Shows air Mondays at 9:00 a.m. on 91.3 FM.

Mayor Carlos Gimenez started his career as a government employee in 1975. He's still one today, but with a very different perspective. From a firefighter to mayor of Miami-Dade County, he now leads over 25,000 full-time public sector employees.

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Politics
8:44 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Q&A: An Interview With Florida Gun Lobbyist Marion Hammer

Marion Hammer
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Marion Hammer is one of Florida's most-influential lobbyists. She served as president of the National Rifle Association from 1995 to 1998, is a member of the NRA board and has been the executive director of the Unified Sportsmen of Florida, the state's NRA affiliate, since 1976.

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Arts Season
7:00 am
Wed October 9, 2013

How Shakespeare Is Bringing Together U.S., U.K. Talent At GableStage

Playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney will adapt and direct Shakespeare’s “Antony and Cleopatra” as part of a collaboration between Miami’s GableStage, The Public Theater in New York City and the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Credit George Schiavone

When Shakespeare’s “Antony and Cleopatra” goes up at Miami’s GableStage in January, audiences will be watching the work of three great theater companies instead of just one.

They'll also see a ravishing Haitian ruler defending her homeland against French colonizers, not an Egyptian queen squaring off against her Roman conquerors.

The production, directed by Miami-native Tarell Alvin McCraney is an international collaboration between GableStage, New York City’s Public Theater and England’s Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC).

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Americas
6:30 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Why So Many Latinos Are Becoming Muslims

Latino Muslims marching in New York. The sign they're carrying says in Spanish: Reclaiming our Islamic Heritage.
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Click the play button above to hear the radio version of this post by WLRN Americas Editor Tim Padgett.

Most Latinos know the country is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month right now. What far fewer Latinos know is that next week marks Eid al-Adha, one of Islam’s most sacred holidays.

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