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Politics
8:00 am
Tue March 5, 2013

State CFO Objects Scott's Proposal to Expand Medicaid

Credit Vichaya Kiatying-Angsulee / freedigitalphotos.netChief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater said Florida cannot financially handle Gov. Rick Scott's Feb. 20 proposal to expand Medicaid. 'Floridians deserve better than a plan to double down on a system awash in fraud, that raises costs on everyone, burdens small businesses and yanks the rug out from under doctors,' he stated in his weekly newsletter posted online Friday.Edit | Remove

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Politics
5:00 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

On Last Day For Fundraising, Lawmakers Wine And Dine In Tallahassee

Andrew's Grill is the place to be for Capitol movers and shakers at lunch time.
Credit LaCrai Mitchell/WLRN

Let the last ditch fundraisers commence.

They’ve been going on for weeks now, but they're in high gear today.

This is the last day lawmakers can raise money before the Florida Legislature convenes for the regular session.

Session typically begins on the first Tuesday in March, and it means a 60-day moratorium on legislative fundraising. 

So the Monday before opening day is rife with wining and dining in downtown Tallahassee. Most of the "receptions" take place within a few blocks of the Capitol.

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Sinkholes
10:24 am
Mon March 4, 2013

At Florida Sinkhole, Demolition Continues

In Seffner, Fla., on Sunday, demolition crews and firefighters watched as a crane operator worked to bring down the home where a man was sucked into a sinkhole last week.
Scott Audette Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Mon March 4, 2013 10:54 am

The grim work continues at a home near Tampa, Fla., where a man apparently died last week when a sinkhole opened up under his bedroom.

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Politics
12:00 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Why Florida's Stand Your Ground Law Isn't Budging

State Senator Chris Smith (D-Fort Lauderdale), a strong proponent of changing Stand Your Ground, says constituencies outside of South Florida are particularly opposed to any conversation about amending the law or gun control regulations.
Credit Jessica Meszaros/WLRN
  • A conversation about Stand Your Ground and Gun Control at the WLRN - Miami Herald Town Hall.

On The Florida Roundup, here's what we're talking about from this week's news:

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Family Law
11:36 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Payers Pin Hopes On Alimony Reform Bill

WHO GOT THE MERCEDES? Florida alimony payers say current law allows too much unfairness and needs to be reformed.
Credit cherylsmith999 on flickr

  When WLRN's Public Insight Network asked for comments about the alimony laws in Florida, it tapped into a very deep vein of anger and resentment.

Commenters told us about ex-husbands who could no longer plan to retire because of their lifetime alimony obligations. We heard from second wives who worried that the courts could come after their own income if it increased their husbands' ability to pay.

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Haiti Recovery
8:55 am
Thu February 28, 2013

What Happened To The Aid Meant To Rebuild Haiti?

Many homes that were rebuilt after the earthquake in 2010 are even more dangerous than the original ones. This three-story home was put up after the quake but is already slated for demolition to make way for an 18-unit housing project.
David Gilkey NPR

Originally published on Mon March 4, 2013 4:39 pm

After a devastating earthquake hit Haiti in 2010, governments and foundations from around the world pledged more than $9 billion to help get the country back on its feet.

Only a fraction of the money ever made it. And Haiti's President Michel Martelly says the funds aren't "showing results."

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Politics
8:01 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Prosecutors Clear Cop Who Allegedly Threatened Suspect In Bathtub With Taser

Coconut Creek Police Officer James Yacobellis allegedly used the threat of a taser to interrogate a suspect.
Credit Photo via Wikipedia Creative Commons

A Coconut Creek police officer who held an activated Taser stun gun at the ready while questioning a frightened 19-year-old theft suspect he made stand in a bathtub won’t be charged with a crime.

Civil rights advocates call Officer James Yacobellis’ interrogation of Blake L. Robinson on Aug. 15, 2011, a disturbing example of police misconduct akin to torture.

But Broward corruption prosecutors did not see it that way.  In fact, their case closeout memo expressed tolerance for police use of the Taser as a technique to enhance an interrogation.

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Town Hall
7:00 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Talk To Us: Florida Legislators & A Session 2013 Sneak Peek At WLRN - Miami Herald Town Hall

Audience members weighed in at our live Town Hall event. Now it's your turn.
Credit Jessica Meszaros

Redistricting, property insurance, Medicaid expansion and political transparency were among the topics covered during this week’s Town Hall event on Session 2013 of the Florida Legislature hosted by WLRN and the Miami Herald.  The second annual forum marks the beginning of WLRN's coverage of Session 2013, which convenes March 5 and continues through May 3.

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Live Event
3:40 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Couldn't Join Us Monday? See What You Missed At The Town Hall On Session 2013 At The Broward Center


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Tallahassee may be hundreds of miles away, but WLRN and The Miami Herald have brought it to you.

Tonight we will be holding our second annual Town Hall event on Session 2013 of the Florida Legislature.  Follow a play by play rundown of the show below, and join in by using the comment box, or by sending us a tweet to #FL2013.

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Community Contributor
2:02 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Lauren Book Tells Tale Of Tragedy To Help Other Sexual Abuse Survivors

Lauren Book, daughter of lobbyist Ron Book, is the founder and CEO of Lauren’s Kids.

The person who robbed me of six years of my childhood wasn't a stranger, or even an acquaintance. My abuser was my live-in female nanny, someone who my parents trusted implicitly.

I know what you’re probably thinking: this is unimaginable. This would never happen to my family, or to my child, or in my house. But 90 percent of sexual abuse victims know the perpetrator in some way. When the victim is a child, the abuser is likely someone they – and their parents – not only know, but trust.

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Health News Florida
8:38 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Fungal Meningitis Outbreak: How One Florida Woman Barely Survived And What Happens Next

Originally published on Tue February 19, 2013 6:23 am

  

WARNING: Pictures and video may contain disturbing images.

Roseann Fusco says the last thing on her mind when she agreed to get a steroid injection for back pain was where it came from, let alone whether it was made correctly.

After all, she says, her doctors had highly recommended she get it as a possible alternative to surgery.

“They kind of like begged me to do it. So I'm like, 'Okay, I'll try at least one shot,' "Fusco says.

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Immigrant Detention
7:45 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Because Of Budget Cuts, U.S. Releases Hundreds Of Illegal Immigrants

Karnes County Detention Center in Karnes City, Texas.
ICE

Originally published on Tue February 26, 2013 6:37 pm

The U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) says it released several hundred detainees in an effort to prepare for the across-the-board budget cuts scheduled to go into effect March 1. More people may be released in the coming days.

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Florida Property Insurance Rates
7:00 am
Wed February 27, 2013

How Will The Florida Legislature Tackle Property Insurance Rates? Good Question, Says Senator

Property insurance costs are high and on the rise in Florida.
Credit AMagill / Flickr Creative Commons

Getting a handle on property insurance rates is a top priority in the upcoming Florida Legislature 2013 regular session, but it's no easy task, according to popular consensus at Monday night's Town Hall session hosted by WLRN and the Miami Herald

"The legislature is in a terrible box," said Mary Ellen Klas, the capital bureau chief for the Miami Herald and a panelist at Monday's event. "This is one of the tough issues they have to grapple with."

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Community Contributor
2:02 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Texting-And-Driving Ban Likely To Get Driven Out Of Florida Legislature – Again

As I lean my motorcycle into the curve that takes me onto I-95, I roll the throttle to accelerate up to highway speeds. Up ahead I see a car going well below the minimum speed of 45 mph, with the left turn signal on but swerving to the right. I give this big unknown a wide berth, and as I pass, I see the person gabbing it up on a cell phone.

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Politics
1:57 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

WLRN Town Hall Tackles The State's Tough Issues Before The Legislature's 2013 Session

Attendees at Monday night's Town Hall session came prepared with hundreds of questions on everything from healthcare to gun control.
Credit WLRN

Education, voting reform, property insurance, and political transparency were among the topics covered during Monday night's Town Hall event on Session 2013 of the Florida Legislature hosted by WLRN and the Miami Herald.  The second annual forum marks the beginning of WLRN's coverage of Session 2013, which convenes March 5 and continues through May 3.

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