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7:49 am
Wed December 5, 2012

NEWSCAST: State Investigates Election Problems in South Florida

Some voters waited for hours this year to cast a ballot.
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The man charged with overseeing elections in Florida got an earful from state Senators Tuesday in Tallahassee over the state's voting troubles.

Secretary of State Ken Detzner says most of Florida's 67 counties performed well during the general election.

But Detzner will begin an investigation next week in five counties, including the three largest in South
Florida.

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7:41 am
Wed December 5, 2012

NEWSCAST: Prayer Returns To Dais In Miami-Dade

Commissioners can now invite a religious leader to lead prayer before each meeting.
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Prayer is coming back to Miami-Dade County Commission meetings starting December 18.

In an 8-3 vote Tuesday, county commissioners signed off on a change to a current rule that only allowed for a moment of silence before meetings.

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Knight Arts Challenge
10:00 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Unexpected Art: Knight Foundation Announces Winners Of 34 Grants

Cash and opportunity are on their way to 34 winners of the Knight Arts Challenge, announced last night in Miami. The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation selected the winners from 1,100 applicants.

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7:15 am
Tue December 4, 2012

NEWSCAST: Commissioner Files Lawsuit Against Miami Mayor, State Attorney

Miami City Commissioner Michelle Spence Jones has filed a federal lawsuit alleging that her civil rights were violated.
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The lawsuit brought by Miami City Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones argues that Mayor Tomas Regaldo and Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle plotted to end her political career and ruin her reputation.

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6:33 am
Tue December 4, 2012

NEWSCAST: 'Obamacare' Opponents Meet in Tallahassee

The Florida Legislature must decide whether to create and run the state's own health care exchange from which individual Floridians may purchase health insurance.
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As the state decides how to implement the Affordable Care Act,  which is also known as Obamacare, opponents of the new law converge on Tallahassee.

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Awards
2:38 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

WLRN Wins Three Emmy Awards

WLRN Television won three Emmy Awards this week.
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WLRN Public Television won three Emmy Awards for two documentaries and one promotion video this week.

WLRN was granted these prestigious awards  by The Suncoast Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, a nonprofit organization committed to honoring excellence in television.

WLRN‘s documentary Out of Darkness, Into Light received an award in the Societal Concerns category. The award went to producer Mia Laurenzo, director Doug Clark and editor Jamie March.

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7:27 am
Mon December 3, 2012

NEWSCAST: Gov. Rick Scott Worries About 'Hurricane Tax'

Gov. Scott told the Florida Chamber of Commerce's Annual Insurance Summit that Citizens increases the chance Floridians will get hit with a hurricane tax.
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Governor Rick Scott says he's worried that Citizens Property Insurance could cost Floridians money when they can least afford it - after a major storm.


 

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6:39 am
Mon December 3, 2012

NEWSCAST: Florida's Unemployment Fund Close To Solvency

After Florida's unemployment fund was depleted, the state was forced to borrow money from the federal government with interest to cover unemployment claims.
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As more Floridians find jobs, the state's unemployment compensation trust fund is expected to have a surplus again in six months. The fund has been running a deficit for nearly four years.
 

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Florida Grand Opera
11:00 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Conducting Enhanced Moving 'La Bohème'

La Bohème At The Arsht: Tenor Arturo Chacóno-Cruz and soprano Aylin Pérez.
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WLRN contributor Celeste Fraser Delgado loved Florida Grand Opera's La Bohème with its moving performance by soprano Aylin Pérez in the title role.

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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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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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7:04 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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8:33 am
Tue November 27, 2012

NEWSCAST: Scott Challenges State Colleges To Cut Costs

Gov. Rick Scott says he wants to make education more affordable for Florida students.
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Governor Rick Scott has announced a challenge for state colleges. He wants them to offer a $10,000 bachelor's degree.

Last month, the colleges last month put out a plan to boost the number of Florida students who finish their degrees and stay in Florida.

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7:58 am
Tue November 27, 2012

NEWSCAST: Rilya Wilson Case Goes To Trial

Opening arguments were heard Monday in the case of the woman accused of killing her foster child, Rilya Wilson.
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The case that changed the way the state looks after foster children has now gone to trial as prosecutors in Miami Dade seek justice for Rilya Wilson.

Prosecutors say the five-year-old girl was killed by her foster parent, Geralyn Graham.

The girl was placed with Graham and her domestic partner in 2000. In 2002, the state discovered the child was missing. That was a year after Rilya was last seen.

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