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January 28, 2015: Gov. Scott Announces $150 Million For Everglades Restoration

Today on WLRN-Miami Herald News, you heard:

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5:04 A new report says FL's lowest wage earners pay much more of their income in taxes than the state's top earners

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Florida's insurance regulator says homeowners should be reassured about all those private companies buying up state-run insurance policies.
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11:04 The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation will look into whether or not small craft brewers should continue to be allowed to sell the beer they make to customers on-site at a brewery.
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10:04 Drones are being used for almost everything, from modern warfare to filming weddings. And, in the Florida Keys, they're being used to combat a specific kind of buzzing, flying enemy.
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9:35 Cuban baseball players making millions in Major League Baseball either defected to the U.S. or were smuggled in. A lucrative smuggling business is growing, especially in South Florida, that trafficks in Cuban athletes. New relations between the two nations could help end that business.

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9:04 Opting out of required state tests is not an option for Florida students. That's what Education Commissioner Pam Stewart has told state lawmakers in a letter.
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8:43 So where do things stand after the opening round of talks to restore diplomatic ties between the U.S. and communist Cuba? The top U.S. negotiator briefs WLRN-Miami Herald News.

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8:30 Florida Governor Rick Scott wants to increase spending on Everglades restoration. The governor announced a plan yesterday to spend billions over the next couple decades to help restore the Everglades.

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8:20 A forum at the University of Miami yesterday focused on the problem of Human Trafficking in Florida. Miami Dade County State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle organized the event. She says Florida ranks among the highest in the country when it comes to the number of human trafficking victims.
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8:04 Governor Rick Scott paid a visit to Gator Park in Miami yesterday to announce that $150 million will go toward Everglades restoration this year with $5 billion slated for those efforts through the next 20 years.
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7:43 Cuban baseball players making millions in Major League Baseball either defected to the U.S. or were smuggled in. A lucrative smuggling business is growing, especially in South Florida, that trafficks in Cuban athletes. New relations between the two nations could help end that business.

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7:30 Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart has told state lawmakers that students cannot skip state-required tests, and teachers and schools can be punished for refusing to administer required exams.

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7:04 Opting out of required state tests is not an option for Florida students. That's what Education Commissioner Pam Stewart has told lawmakers in a letter.
2015-01-28_643843_TP.mp3
6:43 So where do things stand after the opening round of talks to restore diplomatic ties between the U.S. and communist Cuba? The top U.S. negotiator briefs WLRN-Miami Herald News.

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6:30 Florida Governor Rick Scott wants to increase spending on Everglades restoration. The governor announced a plan yesterday to spend billions over the next couple decades to help restore the Everglades.

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6:20 A forum at the University of Miami yesterday focused on the problem of Human Trafficking in Florida. Miami Dade County State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle organized the event. She says Florida ranks among the highest in the country when it comes to the number of human trafficking victims.
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6:04 Governor Rick Scott paid a visit to Gator Park in Miami yesterday to announce that $150 million will go toward Everglades restoration this year with $5 billion slated for those efforts through the next 20 years.