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The South Florida Roundup

The 2014 Florida Roundup

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Note: This is a pre-recorded episode of the Florida Roundup. 

  On the Florida Roundup, we look back at the year that was 2014. The year ends with the biggest change in U.S. - Cuba relations in almost two generations.

ELECTIONS

It was governor versus governor on the ballot between Gov. Rick Scott and former Gov. Charlie Crist, but the race was not an enthusiastic one -- a fan threatened to end one of their debates before it began. The redistricting process was brought under scrutiny. After the votes were counted, Floridians rejected a medical marijuana amendment but agreed to spend more on the environment.

IMMIGRANTS

The issue of immigration reform took a lot of attention this year. Since last fall, more than 50,000 unaccompanied minors have crossed the border, about double from a year ago. Pres. Obama announced executive action on immigration. In education, Gov. Scott signed a bill that provided in-state tuition rates for Florida's undocumented immigrants. 

CHILD DEATHS

Following the Miami Herald's investigation into more than 400 child deaths,  legislators passed a reform bill for the Department of Children and Families. But hurdles remain.

Host Tom Hudson is joined by Sergio Bustos and Carol Marbin Miller of the Miami Herald, and Rosemary O'Hara from the Sun-Sentinel.