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After 26 years in office, Perla Tabares Hantman, the chair of the Miami Dade County School Board says she won’t run for ...
04/29/2022
Miami-Dade school board chair will not run for re-election

After 26 years in office, Perla Tabares Hantman, the chair of the Miami Dade County School Board says she won’t run for re-election.

Hantman, who was first election in 1996, was the first Hispanic woman to lead the state’s largest school board.

After more than 25 years in office, the chair of the Miami-Dade County School Board says she won't be running for re-election. Perla Tabares Hantman's announcement com...

Many music scholars and historians believe that the musical traditions from which jazz emerged in the late 1800's and ea...
04/29/2022
Trumpeter Etienne Charles acquaints audiences with American jazz's West African roots

Many music scholars and historians believe that the musical traditions from which jazz emerged in the late 1800's and early 1900's have their roots in West Africa.

"Understanding our history is always an important tool for growth," says trumpet player Etienne Charles. "They say 'Without history, life is a mystery.' And I think it's the same with music."

A pair of concerts at Overtown's Lyric Theater will include talks on the influence of West African rhythms on American music.

Governor Ron DeSantis has vetoed legislation this week that would have ended subsidies for for people with rooftop-solar...
04/29/2022
DeSantis vetoes a controversial bill that would've ended subsidies for Florida's rooftop solar users

Governor Ron DeSantis has vetoed legislation this week that would have ended subsidies for for people with rooftop-solar systems. Opponents said the legislation was poised to wield a major blow to Florida’s rooftop solar industry.

In a win for the rooftop-solar industry and environmental groups, Gov. Ron DeSantis has vetoed a bill that would have made major changes in rules for rooftop-solar ene...

The city of Miami is one step closer to getting a major league soccer stadium after the Miami City Commission approved a...
04/29/2022
Miami approves soccer stadium in major win for Inter Miami

The city of Miami is one step closer to getting a major league soccer stadium after the Miami City Commission approved a 99-year lease to the owners of Inter Miami that includes a new stadium for the team.

The city of Miami is one step closer to getting a major league soccer stadium.Yesterday, the Miami City Commission approved a 99-year lease to the owners of Inter Miam...

"Instead of coming back with a huge focus on getting kids up to par emotionally [and] academically, and bringing parents...
04/29/2022
How social-emotional learning became a target for Ron DeSantis and conservatives

"Instead of coming back with a huge focus on getting kids up to par emotionally [and] academically, and bringing parents in as a support for kids who have lived through a lot the past two years, instead, we're seeing this huge focus in many communities on these culture war issues."

Florida officials recently rejected a slew of math textbooks, claiming they included "prohibited topics." Journalist Dana Goldstein theorizes the objections related to...

Young patients who have rare medical conditions at Joe DiMaggio's Children's Hopsital now have expanded access to a netw...
04/29/2022
Partnership between Joe DiMaggio, Boston Children’s Hospital aims to treat complex conditions

Young patients who have rare medical conditions at Joe DiMaggio's Children's Hopsital now have expanded access to a network of pediatric specialists. Under an alliance with Boston Children's Hospital, doctors can share medical records and co-manage treatment for patients.

Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital has launched a new initiative to help make it easier for families with kids who have rare and complex health conditions to find the sp...

The South Florida Sun Sentinel discovered thousands of emergency calls from Broward’s regional 911 communication center ...
04/28/2022
Mayors urge the Governor for a veto, Broward 9-1-1 is leaving calls unanswered, and Craig Baggs remembers his dad

The South Florida Sun Sentinel discovered thousands of emergency calls from Broward’s regional 911 communication center are going unanswered, leaving people without life-saving help. Local officials are now scrambling to find a solution.

Some South Florida mayors want Governor DeSantis to put local government before business, asking him to veto Senate Bill 620. Also, Broward County is having a lot of t...

WLRN News is being recognized with three National Headliner Awards in this year's competition. Our work was recognized i...
04/28/2022
WLRN News recognized with 3 National Headliner Awards

WLRN News is being recognized with three National Headliner Awards in this year's competition. Our work was recognized in the following radio categories: documentary/public affairs, breaking news or continuing coverage of a single news events and pandemic coverage.

WLRN's work competed with news organizations of diverse sizes from around the country. The awards recognize outstanding work in journalism for the previous year.

Moderna announced Thursday that the company has asked the Food and Drug Administration to authorize a low-dose version o...
04/28/2022
Moderna asks FDA to authorize first COVID-19 vaccine for very young children

Moderna announced Thursday that the company has asked the Food and Drug Administration to authorize a low-dose version of its COVID-19 vaccine as the first vaccine for children younger than age 5.

The company says a low-dose version of its vaccine triggers an immune response in children ages 6 months to less than 6 years equivalent to what has protected older ch...

Lana and Lilly Wachowski — the writers and directors behind The Matrix — are auctioning off props and memorabilia from m...
04/28/2022
Filmmakers behind 'The Matrix' are auctioning off memorabilia to support trans kids

Lana and Lilly Wachowski — the writers and directors behind The Matrix — are auctioning off props and memorabilia from movies they've made to raise money to support trans youth.

The fundraiser comes as a wave of anti-trans policy has been moving through state legislatures across the country, including Florida.

The auction from Lana and Lilly Wachowski includes more than 180 items from The Matrix Revolutions, V for Vendetta, Sense 8 and Speed Racer, among other films.

A Miami judge on Wednesday vacated the life sentence of 55-year-old Thomas "Jay" Raynard James. Prosecutors said James w...
04/28/2022
Judge vacates sentence of Miami man wrongly convicted of murder

A Miami judge on Wednesday vacated the life sentence of 55-year-old Thomas "Jay" Raynard James. Prosecutors said James was wrongfully convicted because of mistaken identity in 1991.

A judge in Miami has vacated the life sentence of a 55-year-old Black man who prosecutors said was wrongfully convicted in 1991 because of mistaken identity.

04/27/2022
ZipOdes Finale

WLRN and O, Miami present an evening to celebrate the completion of the Ode to Your Zip Code.

Join us for a virtual reading with this year's spotlight poets on WLRN's YouTube and pages.

Sen. Manny Diaz, R-Hialeah has been tapped to replace outgoing Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran who steps down at...
04/27/2022
Diaz says he wants to change the tone around what it means to be a teacher amid statewide shortages

Sen. Manny Diaz, R-Hialeah has been tapped to replace outgoing Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran who steps down at the end of the month.

If chosen, Diaz — who is also a staunch supporter of school choice — is set to assume control of the Florida Department of Education amid an ongoing and deepening exodus of teachers from schools.

Soon-to-be Education Commissioner Manny Diaz has worn many hats in his career, starting with teaching geography, history, social studies and psychology at public high ...

Some changes are coming this election season in Florida after Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a new law on Monday that will cre...
04/27/2022
Gov. DeSantis signs controversial elections law

Some changes are coming this election season in Florida after Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a new law on Monday that will create a first-of-its-kind office to investigate voting irregularities. It will also ratchet up penalties for violating elections laws.

Governor Ron DeSantis has signed into law a measure that would create an elections’ investigations unit within the Florida Department of State.

Deputies protecting the confessed Parkland school shooter had to pull him aside and surround him Tuesday after a member ...
04/27/2022
Deputies protect Parkland school shooter after potential juror threat

Deputies protecting the confessed Parkland school shooter had to pull him aside and surround him Tuesday after a member of a jury pool mouthed possible threats toward him and caused other jurors to become “excited.”

Deputies protecting Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz had to pull him aside and surround him after members of a jury pool became potentially threatening.

We've received 1,188 #ZipOdes. 912 of which were from Miami-Dade, 118 from Broward, 52 from Palm Beach and 24 from the K...
04/26/2022

We've received 1,188 #ZipOdes.

912 of which were from Miami-Dade, 118 from Broward, 52 from Palm Beach and 24 from the Keys.

Tune in to hear our favorite 40 tomorrow night during our virtual Zip Ode finale.

Wednesday, April 27th
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Immediately after Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a new anti-WOKE law on Friday, plaintiffs challenged the measure in federal c...
04/26/2022
A lawsuit says Florida's new anti-WOKE law violates free speech rights

Immediately after Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a new anti-WOKE law on Friday, plaintiffs challenged the measure in federal court, arguing that it violates First Amendment rights.

The law, HB 7, will limit the way race-related issues can be taught in schools and in workplace training.

Continuing a crusade by Republican state leaders against critical race theory, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday signed a bill that will limit the way race-related issues ca...

Jury selection for the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High school shooter is starting over. The judge overseeing jury selectio...
04/26/2022
Dismissed Parkland jurors are expected back at court — but no one has told them

Jury selection for the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High school shooter is starting over.

The judge overseeing jury selection conceded that she should have questioned 11 potential jurors who said they would not follow the law before she dismissed them.

Nearly a dozen prematurely dismissed jurors are supposed to return to court Monday to be screened for the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School mass shooting trial. The...

Despite all the tools and treatments available, the HIV epidemic has not ended in the U.S. And public health experts fea...
04/26/2022
Despite effective treatments, HIV drags on. Experts warn COVID may face the same fate

Despite all the tools and treatments available, the HIV epidemic has not ended in the U.S. And public health experts fear the same mistakes and the same lack of political will in the fight against HIV will happen once more – with COVID-19.

One clinician explained it this way: Scientific discoveries alone won’t save lives.

HIV remains a problem in the U.S. because people don't use life-saving prevention and treatments. COVID is heading down the same path. Here are insights from people fi...

It took just two days to ring up the first domestic violence fatalities of 2022, a murder-suicide. In the ensuing months...
04/25/2022
Domestic violence deaths are on the rise in Miami-Dade even as overall murders decline

It took just two days to ring up the first domestic violence fatalities of 2022, a murder-suicide. In the ensuing months, there have been more gut-wrenching examples.

Although Miami-Dade has bucked the national trends of sharp increases in homicides, domestic homicides have nevertheless increased, alarming victim advocates who point...

“The fallout from that tower collapsing has now changed the guidelines of what these [insurance] companies are doing, an...
04/25/2022
Condo insurers are leaving Florida or increasing prices following Surfside collapse

“The fallout from that tower collapsing has now changed the guidelines of what these [insurance] companies are doing, and what they’re now doing going forward,” said Mike Clarkson, president of All Lines/Hilb Group Insurance in Clearwater.

“If you’re over four stories and built prior to ‘95, they won’t write you a policy. Just flat and simple: those are their new guidelines.”

Even before legislative proposals to reform condo safety post-Surfside died on the doorstep of the Florida House last month, a reaction was brewing in the marketplace.

"This was a legal decision — not a scientific decision," says Joshua Santarpia, a microbiologist at the University of Ne...
04/25/2022
Here's why you might still want to wear masks on public transport

"This was a legal decision — not a scientific decision," says Joshua Santarpia, a microbiologist at the University of Nebraska Medical Center who studies aerosol transmission of disease. "People should not take this as a sign that something has magically changed overnight."

Sure, you don't have to wear a mask on airplanes, buses and ride shares anymore, but you still might want to depending on the circumstances. Here's what experts say ab...

04/24/2022

April 24, 2022 Uncle Scotchy on Folk & Acoustic Music witn Michael Stock

The new bill stripping Disney World of its status as an “independent special district” will formally take effect on July...
04/23/2022
DeSantis wanted to punish Disney. Repealing its tax status may hurt taxpayers instead

The new bill stripping Disney World of its status as an “independent special district” will formally take effect on July 1. But its sweeping changes wouldn't come into force until next summer. That's when the six special districts targeted by lawmakers are slated to be dissolved, giving Orange and Osceola counties new responsibilities and new debts.

Orange and Osceola counties could take on a massive debt held by Disney now that Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed a bill revoking Disney World's special regulatory status.

A circuit court judge in Miami-Dade says he won't stop an upcoming Formula One race at the Hard Rock Stadium because of ...
04/23/2022
Judge won’t stop Miami Grand Prix despite residents’ pleas

A circuit court judge in Miami-Dade says he won't stop an upcoming Formula One race at the Hard Rock Stadium because of concerns over noise levels.

A judge has denied a request by Miami Garden residents who were concerned about the noise level associated with a Formula 1 race set for next month at Hard Rock Stadium.

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