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For years, the Caribbean Marketplace in Little Haiti, also known as Mache Ayisyen, sat empty and in disrepair. 

Courtesy of Dimitri Largaespada

Some Nicaraguans in Miami who have been organizing to aid those opposing President Daniel Ortega are now focusing their efforts on the country's neighbor, Costa Rica.

Adrienne Arsht Center

One actress in South Florida is aiming to show people what it's like to be a Latina. 

There are no costume changes and 24 Latina characters in ¡FUÁCATA! or a Latina’s Guide to Surviving the Universe -- all played by Cuban-American actress Elena María García, who was raised in Broward. The idea is that whether audience members are from South America, Central America, Cuba, Puerto Rico or Mexico, they'll be able to relate.

Fernando Vergara / AP via Miami Herald

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Some thought it stunning last week when former Colombian President Alvaro Uribe announced he was resigning his Senate seat to defend himself in a criminal investigation.

But actually it was very fitting.

Jessica Bakeman / WLRN

Therapy dogs — and even a therapy pig named "Patches" — were popular at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School after the Feb. 14 shooting.

Parkland mayor Christine Hunschofsky said she was concerned students might feel isolated over the summer. So she invited the animals and their owners to attend "Therapy Dog Thursdays" at the Parkland recreation center.

Alexander Gonzalez / WLRN

Miami nightlife runs on music and DJs are the maestros of that scene. It’s an industry heavily represented by men. But a group of women in a DJ class wants to drop just as many beats.

Alejandra Martinez / WLRN

A Florida law now requires students new to a school district to disclose whether they have received mental health services. The controversial new requirement is one of several school safety measures passed after the February Parkland school shooting. 

The required disclosure is already raising privacy concerns. And parents say they're unsure about what qualifies as mental health services. 

National Weather Service

July this year was the hottest ever recorded in Key West — where officials have been keeping weather records since 1871.

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Updated August 2, 2018, 11 a.m.

An ordinance banning the sale and distribution of plastic straws in Hallandale Beach as well as their use on the public beach passed with a unanimous vote of five to zero at the Wednesday night city commission meeting, which spilled over into early  Thursday morning. 

It is expected to take effect on Jan. 1, 2019.

Robert Runcie
Charles Trainor Jr. / Miami Herald

Broward County's School Board has approved the first version of a budget for the 2018-2019 school year, with more than $15 million in cuts compared to last year. 

At the first public hearing for the budget on Tuesday evening, board members discussed the proposed budget - that would total just over $4 billion- with the Chief Financial Officer for Broward County Public Schools Judith Marte. 

Daniel Bock / Miami Herald

Over the past 20 years, a special team at the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department has rushed around South Florida, preventing venomous snake bites from turning fatal. 

Ariana Cubillos / AP

Last week we learned that Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro may be under investigation in the U.S. for money-laundering. But it turns out Maduro has more immediate problems – like keeping his country’s lights on.

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Pressure is growing against the private company in charge of handling SunPass fees and millions of Floridians are facing major headaches with the toll system's billing.

Conduent State & Local Solutions, the company SunPass contracts for payment processing, has been experiencing technical problems since June. Thousands of SunPass customers have received inaccurate bills and some have even been double-billed.

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Hank Henley for Nova Southeastern University / WLRN

Monday marked the first day of class for students in Nova Southeastern University's new medical doctorate, or M.D., program. It's the first such program in all of Broward County. 

At the main campus in Davie, the hallways were filled with students wearing new white coats. The class of 53 has been divided into two smaller groups, called learning communities. These groups that will study together and share a mentoring physician. 

The smaller community system is used predominantly in undergraduate programs, not in medical schools.

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