Politics

Politics
8:05 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Governor Says He'll Sign Internet Cafe Ban

Cleopatra's Arcade in Boynton Beach may have to shut down. Gov. Rick Scott says he'll sign a ban on internet cafes that includes senior arcades.
Credit Christine DiMattei/WLRN

 Editor's note: This story was written by intern Jordan Michael. 

Internet cafes operate under loopholes in Florida gaming law -- loopholes that will be closed after Gov. Rick Scott signs a bill into law.

The bill will ban Internet cafes, but opponents say it will have unintended consequences like closing arcades tailored to seniors.

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Politics
6:00 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Survey: What South Floridians Think About Gun Control

Melissa Aptman was murdered in 1995. Her parents created the Melissa Institute to study the causes of violence and try to make communities safer.
Credit melissainstitute.org

The Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention commissioned a survey last month to measure South Floridians' attitudes about guns as opposed to the rest of the state.

Results show residents overwhelmingly support background checks for all gun purchases.

The institute in South Miami was founded by Lynn Aptman. Her daughter Melissa was shot to death during a carjacking in St. Louis two weeks before her college graduation in 1995.

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The Florida Roundup
12:00 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

What You Should Know From This Week's South Florida News: Yoani Sanchez, Miami Dolphins

Join us for an hour of conversation about the week's news on The Florida Roundup, live at noon today on 91.3FM WLRN:

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Urban Planning
7:00 am
Fri April 5, 2013

How Immigration And Urbanization Make Miami A Global City On The Edge

Design for Cities 2030
Credit University of Miami

The secret to why international cities like Miami continue to grow and thrive while others might wither and die is the subject of a day-long symposium today in Coral Gables.

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Politics
6:00 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Senator: 'There Is Clearly A Divide" In Florida Over Gun Policy

Sen. Chris Smith says most people like the Stand Your Ground law until they learn more about it.
Credit Jordan Michael/WLRN

Results from a Quinnipiac University poll last month show Florida voters like the idea of universal background checks for gun buyers.

They also like the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law.

Senate Minority Leader Chris Smith, D-Fort Lauderdale, isn't surprised by either of those results.

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Florida Legislature
7:00 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Nothing Says 'Miami' To Tallahassee Like A Vat Of Paella (And A Pitch For Funds)

A TON OF STUFF: The seafood, rice and chicken dish known as paella is dished up at the capitol to celebrate Miami-Dade County.
Credit Rick Stone

TALLAHASSEE -- If your plan is to manufacture paella on an industrial, thousand-meals-a-batch scale, first thing you need is a truck. And a trailer, with a heat source. A giant cooking pan, maybe a dozen feet across. And, of course, a ton of food.

Literally a ton.

"It's maybe two thousand pounds of stuff," said Chef Bijan, the official paella chef of Miami-Dade Days at the state capitol. "Chicken, crab, shrimp, saffron, peppers."

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Needle Exchange
4:00 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

University of Miami Medical Students Push For Needle-Exchange Program

These needles were found under an I-95 overpass in Overtown.
Hansel Tookes

A group of students at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine is behind an effort to get Florida to implement a syringe-exchange program in the state. A bill under consideration in the Florida Legislature would establish a pilot program in Miami-Dade  allowing intravenous drug users to turn in dirty needles and syringes in exchange for clean ones.

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Medical Marijuana
10:00 am
Wed April 3, 2013

What's Snuffing Out Medical Weed In Florida?

SURVIVING ON POT: ALS patient Cathy Jordan has outlived her prognosis by decades, she believes, because of marijuana.
Credit Rick Stone

    

A medical marijuana bill sponsored by two South Florida Democrats has reached the end of the line in Tallahassee.

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Life in Cuba
7:00 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Yoani Sanchez on Cuba-US Relations, Her Future And Life After The Castro Brothers

Sanchez says she would want exiled Cubans living in Miami to participate in the formation of the new government in Cuba after the Castro regime ends.
Credit Terence Shepherd

Famed Cuban blogger and dissident Yoani Sanchez visited The Miami Herald editorial board Monday morning. We spoke to her in our studios with translation by WLRN's Patricia Sagastume.

Sanchez discussed the way people in Cuba perceive Miami, how she hopes to change things in Cuba through her blogging and the future for Cuba after the Castro regime ends.

You can read full coverage of her visit at miamiherald.com.

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Marlins Park
11:00 am
Mon April 1, 2013

How The Marlins Stadium Deal Has Changed South Florida

Was it the Marlins stadium deal alone or the combination with the player purge that damaged the team's relationship with South Florida?
Credit Junior Henry / Flickr, Creative Commons

The public funding in the Marlins stadium deal has been called one of the biggest boondoggles in sports history. But hardly any stadium now is built with only private funds. Why do governments fund these facilities?

On April 1, opening day of Marlins' season, Rick Horrow with WLRN-Miami Herald News hosted a special roundtable, Foul Ball! The Future of the Marlins in Miami, a two-hour radio special on the impact of the Marlins stadium deal. Some of the guests included:

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Education
9:44 am
Mon April 1, 2013

New State Budget Would Boost Spending on Education, Teacher Pay

Originally published on Fri March 29, 2013 1:36 pm

The Florida House has released its proposed budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1.

Speaker Will Weatherford says education was prioritized over everything else.

“The big winner is education,” Weatherford said. “We invested over a billion dollars into our K-12 education system from last year.”

He said that amounts to a 6.2 percent increase in overall education funding.

Weatherford said they created “a silo of funds” to be funneled down to the districts, including up to $676 million available for teacher pay.

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Politics
9:00 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Chewing Gum, Sweat-Free Suits, And More: 5 Observations From The Capitol

The Florida Senate meets in an organizational session. This same group was recently caught doing the Harlem Shake in Senate Chambers.
Credit flsenate.gov

We're nearly halfway through the legislative session, and your roving Capitol bureau reporters are ready for a nap.

We'll need one, since the busiest days are still weeks away.

It was quiet at the Capitol in the days before Easter. So this seemed like a good time to share some observations made while covering the Florida Legislature.

Everybody chews gum. Lawmakers and lobbyists in particular can, in fact, walk and chew gum at the same time.

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Feral Cats in Florida
8:01 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Feral Cats Bill Pits Animal Welfare Advocates Against Conservationalists

Feral cats are a contentious topic in Florida.
Credit Austin Evan / Flickr Creative Commons

Animal welfare advocates are at odds with wildlife conservationalists as the Florida Senate prepares this week to look at a controversial feral cat bill. 

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The Florida Roundup
12:00 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

What You Should Know From This Week's South Florida News: Dueling Governors And Dolphins Stadium

The day before President Obama speaks at PortMiami about the economy, Governor Scott says the federal government hasn't given the state enough money to support the ports.
Credit interbeat / Flickr, Creative Commons

On The Florida Roundup, here are some of the items on our rundown:

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Yoani Sanchez
8:00 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Miami Is Final Stop On Cuban Blogger's World Tour

Yoani Sanchez
Credit Yoani Sanchez

Inspiring millions of virtual fans with heartfelt dispatches and persistent calls for greater political freedom, blogger Yoani Sanchez is the most visible symbol of both sweeping change inside Cuba and the modern power of social media to crack some of the world's most closed societies.

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