Greg Allen http://www.kplu.org en Florida County Goes To Court Over 'Acid Fracking' Near Everglades http://www.kplu.org/post/florida-county-goes-court-over-acid-fracking-near-everglades In southwest Florida, county officials are fighting the state over a new oil drilling process that's known by many different names: acidification, acidizing, acid stimulation and acid fracking.<p>Collier County has charged that state regulators have been lax in their oversight of the drilling, jeopardizing public health and the environment.<p>Acid has long been used in oil drilling operations in Florida to dissolve and loosen the limestone bedrock. But a drilling operation near Naples, on the western edge of the Everglades, was something new. In December, Texas-based Dan A. Hughes Co. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 21:37:26 +0000 Greg Allen 17547 at http://www.kplu.org With Cash And Fat Fryers, Americans Feed Cuba's Growing Free Market http://www.kplu.org/post/cash-and-fat-fryers-americans-feed-cubas-growing-free-market Every day, you can see signs of a subtle change in relations between Cuba and the U.S. at Miami International Airport.<p>More Cubans than ever before are coming to the U.S. to visit, and the number of Cuban-Americans traveling back to the island is also at record levels. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 16:16:10 +0000 Greg Allen 17343 at http://www.kplu.org With Cash And Fat Fryers, Americans Feed Cuba's Growing Free Market An Underwater Race To Transplant Miami's Rare Corals http://www.kplu.org/post/underwater-race-transplant-miamis-rare-corals A lab just off Florida's Miami River has become the base for an unusual lifesaving operation.<p>A group of scientists there is on an urgent mission to save as many corals as it can before the marine creatures are destroyed as part of an underwater excavation of Miami's shipping channel. The channel — set to be dredged and deepened on Saturday — is home to a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6VJ_2qvHWWI&feature=youtu.be" target="_blank">thriving coral reef</a>.<p>Coral reefs are protected throughout the Atlantic and Caribbean. Wed, 04 Jun 2014 21:49:43 +0000 Greg Allen 16967 at http://www.kplu.org An Underwater Race To Transplant Miami's Rare Corals Developer To Preserve Ancient Tequesta Village In Heart Of Miami http://www.kplu.org/post/developer-preserve-ancient-tequesta-village-heart-miami In downtown Miami, amidst the office buildings, shops and high-rise condos, visitors will soon be able to see a site historians are calling Miami's birthplace.<p>The spot where the Miami River meets Biscayne Bay used to be home to the Tequesta tribe, which is where Spanish explorers who first arrived in Florida in the early 1500s encountered them. Today, that spot is the heart of downtown Miami.<p>A developer began making plans last year to build on one of the last pieces of undeveloped land there. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 21:37:01 +0000 Greg Allen 15810 at http://www.kplu.org Developer To Preserve Ancient Tequesta Village In Heart Of Miami After Setbacks, Florida Governor Courts Latino Support http://www.kplu.org/post/after-setbacks-florida-governor-courts-latino-support In Florida, where Republican Gov. Rick Scott is running for re-election, he's got a few things going for him. The state's economy has rebounded from the recession and he's on track to raise at least $100 million for his reelection bid.<p>But Scott's campaign has recently run into trouble with an important group of voters — Hispanics.<p>Latinos make up just 14 percent of Florida's electorate. But, as a bloc of voters, they have the power to swing elections statewide.<p>Although Scott has not formally announced his re-election bid, he is working to court the Hispanic vote. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 20:42:14 +0000 Greg Allen 15578 at http://www.kplu.org After Setbacks, Florida Governor Courts Latino Support Greyhound Racing May Be Headed For The Finish Line http://www.kplu.org/post/greyhound-racing-may-be-headed-finish-line On a weekday afternoon at the Mardi Gras Casino near Fort Lauderdale, Fla., most guests are inside at the relatively new card tables and slot machines. Outside, at the 5 p.m. post time, only about a dozen people are in the grandstand.<p>This is what they're waiting for: The handlers lead out the greyhounds. The dogs are loaded into their starting boxes. Then eight greyhounds run in the first of 18 races.<p>Greyhound racing, a sport in decline, is still hanging on, mostly in Florida. But a bill gathering steam in the Legislature may hasten its demise.<p>Sponsored by Democratic state Sen. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 20:59:18 +0000 Greg Allen 15514 at http://www.kplu.org Greyhound Racing May Be Headed For The Finish Line Oil Industry Gets An Earful As It Eyes Florida's Everglades http://www.kplu.org/post/oil-industry-gets-earful-it-eyes-floridas-everglades As oil production goes, Florida isn't much of a player. The state produced less than 2 million barrels last year, which is how much oil Texas pumps from its wells each day.<p>That's about to change as the revolution in oil drilling technology comes to Florida.<p>One of the areas targeted for oil drilling is at Jaime Duran's doorstep in the southwestern part of the state. A retired engineer, Duran lives in a cottage with his wife, Pamela, and the chickens they raise on a 5-acre plot. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 22:07:13 +0000 Greg Allen 14817 at http://www.kplu.org Oil Industry Gets An Earful As It Eyes Florida's Everglades Technology Tracks Crews Through The Fog Of Wildfire http://www.kplu.org/post/technology-tracks-crews-through-fog-wildfire For crews fighting wildfires, the ability to get accurate information quickly is crucial. A breakdown in communication was one factor in a fire that killed 19 firefighters in Arizona last year, and in the deaths of two Florida firefighters in Arizona in 2011.<p>Florida officials hope to address some of those communication problems with a new tracking system designed to keep tabs on crews in the field.<p>In the West, crews fight wildfires with shovels and chainsaws. Fri, 07 Feb 2014 23:35:33 +0000 Greg Allen 13396 at http://www.kplu.org Technology Tracks Crews Through The Fog Of Wildfire Another Florida Case Puts 'Stand Your Ground' Back In Court http://www.kplu.org/post/another-florida-case-puts-stand-your-ground-back-court They're events that took just several minutes, but in a courtroom in Jacksonville, Fla., on Thursday, prosecutors and the defense laid out different versions of how Michael Dunn, who is white, came to shoot and kill Jordan Davis, a black teen.<p>It was in 2012, the day after Thanksgiving, that Davis, 17, and three friends stopped at a gas station and convenience store in Jacksonville. They were in an SUV and were playing their music — loud.<p>Dunn and his girlfriend pulled into the parking space next to them. Dunn, 47, asked them to turn down their music, and at first they did. Fri, 07 Feb 2014 17:46:55 +0000 Greg Allen 13375 at http://www.kplu.org Another Florida Case Puts 'Stand Your Ground' Back In Court Months After 'Blackfish' Release, Controversy Over SeaWorld Grows http://www.kplu.org/post/months-after-blackfish-release-controversy-seaworld-grows The<em> </em>documentary <em>Blackfish</em> made a splash at the Sundance Film Festival when it premiered last January, and got more attention when it was released in theaters over the summer. But it didn't reach its largest audience until October, when millions watched it on CNN.<p>It's a powerful documentary that focuses on Tilikum, the male orca who pulled trainer Dawn Brancheau into the water and killed her at SeaWorld Orlando in 2010. In telling the story, <em>Blackfish</em> relies heavily on interviews with former SeaWorld trainers like Samantha Berg.<p>"It's time to stop the shows. Wed, 15 Jan 2014 22:54:24 +0000 Greg Allen 12635 at http://www.kplu.org Months After 'Blackfish' Release, Controversy Over SeaWorld Grows Time Is Running Out To Save Florida's Oranges http://www.kplu.org/post/time-running-out-save-floridas-oranges It's not been a good year for Florida's citrus industry. The U.S. Fri, 27 Dec 2013 22:06:45 +0000 Greg Allen 12120 at http://www.kplu.org Time Is Running Out To Save Florida's Oranges Robot 'Olympics' Test Machines On Human Skills http://www.kplu.org/post/robot-olympics-test-machines-human-skills Under throbbing loudspeakers at a NASCAR track south of Miami, vaguely humanoid robots with two legs, four legs and tank treads take up garages that normally house race cars.<p>The robots, along with researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Lockheed Martin, NASA and <a href="http://www.theroboticschallenge.org/teamlist">13 other teams</a> from around the world, are in Homestead, Fla., for the robot Olympics on Friday and Saturday.<p>OK, it's not really a sanctioned Olympics event, but the DARPA Robotics Challenge is a world-class competition sponsored by the U.S. Fri, 20 Dec 2013 23:44:35 +0000 Greg Allen 11968 at http://www.kplu.org Robot 'Olympics' Test Machines On Human Skills Florida's New Battleground: The State Supreme Court http://www.kplu.org/post/floridas-new-battleground-state-supreme-court In Florida, Supreme Court justices are nominated by a commission and appointed by the governor. Every six years, they're up for retention. Tue, 06 Nov 2012 13:46:55 +0000 Greg Allen 7012 at http://www.kplu.org Florida's New Battleground: The State Supreme Court Campaigns Targeting Hispanics, But With Tight Focus http://www.kplu.org/post/campaigns-targeting-hispanics-tight-focus <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GCURhy5MIhk</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MafJwFXpf_I</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51HX5erTjHo</p> Tue, 02 Oct 2012 23:03:50 +0000 Greg Allen 6567 at http://www.kplu.org Campaigns Targeting Hispanics, But With Tight Focus GOP Platform Anti-Abortion Language Includes No Exceptions For Rape, Incest http://www.kplu.org/post/gop-platform-anti-abortion-language-includes-no-exceptions-rape-incest In Tampa, Fla., a week ahead of their national convention, Republicans are drawing up their party platform. There are muted disagreements over a few issues, such as immigration and same-sex marriage. But at least within the platform committee, one of the least controversial issues discussed this week is abortion.<p>With little discussion, the committee on Tuesday adopted the same anti-abortion language it included in GOP platforms in 2004 and 2008. Tue, 21 Aug 2012 23:41:39 +0000 Greg Allen 6056 at http://www.kplu.org GOP Platform Anti-Abortion Language Includes No Exceptions For Rape, Incest