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Health Care
7:50 am
Tue October 22, 2013

How Much Would It Cost To Legalize Medical Marijuana In Florida?

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The state is starting the process of figuring out how much it would cost to legalize medical marijuana. Private groups are gathering petition signatures to put a proposed constitutional amendment on next year’s ballot.

All citizen initiatives that propose changes to the Constitution must undergo a financial review.

Economists for the Florida Legislature will spend the next few weeks running the numbers.

Vesselka McAlarney with the Office of Demographic and Economic Research looked at data from other states that have legalized the drug. 

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Politics
11:17 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Ex-Aide To Miami Rep. Joe Garcia Headed To Jail In Absentee-Ballot Case

Jeffrey Garcia

Congressman Joe Garcia’s former chief of staff will head to jail for orchestrating a fraudulent, online absentee-ballot request scheme during last year’s elections.

Jeffrey Garcia, the Miami Democratic congressman’s longtime political strategist, will spend 90 days in jail as part of a plea deal reached with the Miami-Dade state attorney’s office, the Miami Herald has learned.

The deal, expected to be inked Monday, will require Garcia, 41, no relation to the congressman, to plead guilty to requesting absentee ballots on behalf of voters, a felony.

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Politics
10:50 am
Mon October 21, 2013

France, Mexico Latest Nations Reportedly Spied On By U.S.

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Le Monde has the scoop on allegations about NSA spying on French phone calls.
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Originally published on Mon October 21, 2013 9:42 am

The latest reports based on documents said to have been leaked by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden allege that:

-- France. "The U.S. National Security Agency recorded millions of French phone calls, including those involving individuals with no links to terrorism, Le Monde reported on Monday."

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Economics
7:24 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Economists Fear 'Flying Blind' Without Government Data

The Federal Reserve headquarters in Washington, D.C., where the federal government shutdown left policymakers without key economic data.
J. David Ake AP

Originally published on Thu October 17, 2013 4:51 pm

Talk to economists about the government shutdown's impact on their forecasts and you'll hear this phrase again and again:

Flying blind.

For economists and investors, "at this moment, we are flying blind," said Alan Greenspan, former chairman of the Federal Reserve and now president of Greenspan Associates LLC, a consulting firm.

Greenspan is not alone in feeling a little lost without the compass of government reports.

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Education
2:56 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

How The NRA's Role In Florida Extends Way Beyond Gun Lobbying

Paul Wages, a senior firearms instructor at Defensive Solutions in Powell, Tennessee, shoots a target at a local gun range.
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The National Rifle Association has helped shape Florida gun policy for a long time, most visibly by helping to craft the state's now famous Stand Your Ground law.

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Politics
7:24 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Congress Approves Bill To End Government Shutdown, Avert Default

Speaker of the House John Boehner pumps his fist after leaving a meeting of House Republicans at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.
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Originally published on Thu October 17, 2013 12:32 am

Bringing to an end an episode that once again exposed Washington gridlock at its worst, the House approved a Senate deal that will end a 16-day federal government shutdown and avert the first government default in U.S. history.

The 285-144 vote came at the eleventh hour, after weeks of partisan bickering and a very public airing of deep divisions within the Republican party. President Obama signed the bill into law after midnight Thursday.

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The Sunshine Economy
7:00 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Public Debt On TSE: Lining Up Lenders for Landing

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Click the play button above and listen to this segment from WLRN's hour-long episode, "The Sunshine Economy: Public Debt," 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.

The federal government may be partially shut down and flirting with an unprecedented debt default but the Broward County Aviation Department had no trouble borrowing $450 million this month.

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StateImpact Florida
6:20 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Shutdown Roundup: How The Budget Drama Could Impact Students And Schools In Florida

Schools and students in Florida are in trouble if the money runs out.

Originally published on Fri October 11, 2013 4:01 pm

Schools and students in Florida are in trouble if the money runs out.

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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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If I Were Mayor
4:30 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Why Doesn't Miami Have A Competitive Mayoral Race?

Miami residents will be voting in a mayoral election on November 5, and it looks like Mayor Tomas Regalado will skate to an easy win. Except for three unknown challengers, the popular Regalado will be alone on the ballot.
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Let's start with a smaller story about wasted words. Barry University political science professor Sean Foreman is editing a collection of articles by big city professors about mayoral campaigns in their own cities.

It's for a book he's writing called "The Keys to City Hall." Foreman wrote the Miami mayoral story himself. It starts like this:

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StateImpact Florida
7:57 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Florida Universities Cashing In On New Legislative Funding Sources

The University of South Florida and the University of Central Florida earned the highest scores on a new performance funding formula.

Originally published on Wed October 9, 2013 2:59 pm

The University of South Florida and the University of Central Florida earned the highest scores on a new performance funding formula.
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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
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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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Banking
4:24 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Obama Nominates Janet Yellen To Head Federal Reserve

President Obama claps during a press conference to nominate Janet Yellen to head the Federal Reserve in the State Dining Room at the White House on Wednesday.
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Originally published on Wed October 9, 2013 4:49 pm

Saying "American workers and families will have a champion in Janet Yellen," President Obama officially nominated her to chair the Federal Reserve, once Ben Bernanke completes his term in January.

Yellen "is the kind of person who makes everybody around her better," Obama said, adding that Yellen is "extremely well qualified" and "renowned for her good judgement."

Obama made the announcement at the White House on Wednesday, flanked by Yellen and outgoing Fed chief Ben Bernanke. If confirmed, Yellen will be the first woman to head the American central bank.

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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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Americas
2:01 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Argentina's Kirchner To Have Surgery For Brain Hematoma

Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner will undergo surgery to relieve a hematoma on her brain Tuesday. She is seen here last month, at the U.N. General Assembly.
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Originally published on Mon October 7, 2013 5:07 pm

Days after doctors said Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner must take a month off from work to recover from a brain hematoma, reports now indicate that she'll undergo surgery to relieve the condition Tuesday.

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