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Miami State Attorney's Office Never Told Prosecutors How Charity Fund Worked, Says Former Staffer

Since 2009, the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office has given more than $5 million it collected from defendants to nonprofits in the county. The money was collected from defendants seeking to lessen their charges, or even make their cases completely disappear, as WLRN reported following a year-long investigation . But a former prosecutor for that office told WLRN that prosecutors were never told the Denise Moon Memorial Fund charity was created and controlled by the State Attorney’s Office.

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Coping With The Coronavirus: Resources For South Florida

Getting through the coronavirus pandemic is a challenge on almost every level. We hope these links can help you find the information or help you're looking for. If you have suggestions for information we should include here, email us at talktous@wlrnnews.org.

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DeSantis Lifts Travel Restrictions On New Yorkers

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TALLAHASSEE --- New Yorkers and their neighbors from the tri-state region no longer have to self-quarantine for two weeks after entering Florida.

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California Congresswoman Karen Bass offers a spot-on reason Americans should object to President Trump sending shadowy federal agents to break up racial justice protests.

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When a Salvadoran woman grabbed her 4-year-old daughter and fled their home country in February, the coronavirus wasn't yet a global pandemic.

By the time they reached the U.S.-Mexico border a month later, that had changed. She crossed the Rio Grande, planning to ask for asylum. But Border Patrol agents took her and daughter right back to Mexico, despite her pleas.

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The attorney general of New York took action Thursday to dissolve the National Rifle Association following an 18-month investigation that found evidence the powerful gun rights group is "fraught with fraud and abuse."

Attorney General Letitia James claims in a lawsuit filed Thursday that she found financial misconduct in the millions of dollars and that it contributed to a loss of more than $64 million over a three-year period.

President Trump is attacking Democrats on a new front: suburbia.

"They want to eliminate single-family zoning, bringing who knows into your suburbs," Trump said on a July campaign call.

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Broward County Public Schools has paused its weekly meal distributions, taking a weeks-long break from handing out free breakfasts and lunches to families until the first day of school as the COVID-19 pandemic rages in South Florida.

Colorado State University (CSU) released its final Atlantic hurricane season forecast for 2020, raising the number of tropical storms and hurricanes from their previous forecasts and now calling for an “extremely active” hurricane season.

Doctors Look For Break On State Fees

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Saying the COVID-19 pandemic has put a strain on doctors, leaders of the state’s largest physicians association are asking the Florida Board of Medicine to waive licensing fees for the next two years.

Leaders of the Florida Medical Association sent a letter to Board of Medicine Chairman Zachariah Zachariah, a South Florida physician, asking that the board consider a request to “reduce licensure and renewal fees to 0” for 2021 and 2022, a move that would help about 73,000 in-state and out-of-state doctors with active Florida licenses.

With early voting in the primary underway, the Trump and Biden campaigns are sharpening their strategies in the key battleground state that is Florida.

Last week, President Donald Trump stopped in Tampa, giving a short speech to media flanked by local law enforcement officers.

“As long as I’m president, I will never defund your police, that I promise you,” Trump said, later posting a video clip of the Tampa appearance to Twitter.

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Ordinarily when people lose their job, they spend less money. But something unusual happened this spring when tens of millions of people were suddenly thrown out of work by the coronavirus pandemic.

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How a National Health Crisis Fell On The Backs Of Local Leaders

On Friday, March 13, President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence stood in the White House Rose Garden to declare COVID-19 a national emergency. But the risk of the disease, Pence told the nation, remained low. “We don’t want everybody taking this test; it’s totally unnecessary,” Trump assured Americans. “This will pass.”

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