Greg Allen http://kasu.org en Legal Battle Looms Over Florida Congressional Districts http://kasu.org/post/legal-battle-looms-over-florida-congressional-districts With the midterm election a little more than three months away, a legal battle in Florida has cast uncertainty over the state's upcoming congressional races.<p>A state judge ruled this month that maps for two of Florida's 27 congressional districts violated the state constitution. He ordered the Legislature to redraw the maps.<p>The question now is when.<p>Like most states, Florida redrew the maps for its congressional districts after the 2010 census. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:27:00 +0000 Greg Allen 47247 at http://kasu.org Legal Battle Looms Over Florida Congressional Districts Fate Of Decades-Old Cigar Factory Dangles By A Phrase http://kasu.org/post/fate-decades-old-cigar-factory-dangles-phrase Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>AUSIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish. Tampa was once known as Cigar City. Today, there's just one cigar factory left. The J.C. Newman Company makes cigars in Tampa the way it has for more than 80 years on machines made in the 1930s. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 20:21:00 +0000 Greg Allen 47016 at http://kasu.org Miami Stores Enjoy Thriving Business From Cuban Shoppers http://kasu.org/post/miami-stores-enjoy-thriving-business-cuban-shoppers On the map, it's right next to Miami. But culturally speaking, Hialeah, Fla., is just as close to Havana. And now, more than ever, Cubans are flocking to Hialeah to shop, taking advantage of the relaxed travel restrictions.<p>"There are more Cubans here than any place besides Cuba," says Serafin Blanco, who owns a discount clothing store there.<p>Through these shopping expeditions, Cuba's emerging entrepreneurs can buy goods their customers need and can't find in their country — legally skirting the 50-year-old trade embargo.<p>Some stores, like Blanco's, specialize in trade with Cuba. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 19:09:00 +0000 Greg Allen 46671 at http://kasu.org Miami Stores Enjoy Thriving Business From Cuban Shoppers Goods Sold In Cuban Shops Often Come From Florida Stores http://kasu.org/post/goods-sold-cuban-shops-often-come-florida-stores Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>In recent weeks we've been reporting on changes in Cuba. One is Cuba's small but growing private sector. The government is letting entrepreneurs open their own businesses, which leaves many trying to find the goods their customers want. The U.S. trade embargo means you can't just order from a distributor in Florida. But Cubans can still get U.S. goods. NPR's Greg Allen visited stores in the Miami suburb of Hialeah.<p>GREG ALLEN, BYLINE: On the map, it's right next to Miami. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 09:01:00 +0000 Greg Allen 46643 at http://kasu.org Florida County Goes To Court Over 'Acid Fracking' Near Everglades http://kasu.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 21:31:00 +0000 Greg Allen 46447 at http://kasu.org Travel Freedom Raises Questions About U.S. Policies Toward Cuba http://kasu.org/post/travel-freedom-raises-questions-about-us-policies-toward-cuba After being away for decades, many members of the first generation of Cuban-American exiles are returning to their native land. But there are still many uneasy with the relaxed travel restrictions. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 10:58:00 +0000 Greg Allen 46211 at http://kasu.org With Cash And Fat Fryers, Americans Feed Cuba's Growing Free Market http://kasu.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 07:26:00 +0000 Greg Allen 46030 at http://kasu.org With Cash And Fat Fryers, Americans Feed Cuba's Growing Free Market Florida's New Regional Rail Service Raises Residents' Concerns http://kasu.org/post/floridas-new-regional-rail-service-raises-residents-concerns Florida East Coast Railway plans to start construction on an passenger line linking Miami with Orlando. Residents in towns through which the train passes worry about the impact on their communities Tue, 17 Jun 2014 11:26:00 +0000 Greg Allen 45722 at http://kasu.org Entrepreneurs Buzzing Over Medical Marijuana In Florida http://kasu.org/post/entrepreneurs-buzzing-over-medical-marijuana-florida Twenty-two states and the District of Columbia now have laws allowing for some form of medical marijuana.<p>Florida appears poised to join the club. Polls show that voters there are likely to approve a November ballot measure legalizing marijuana for medical use.<p>If it passes, regulations that would set up a market for medical marijuana in Florida are still at least a year away. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 21:24:00 +0000 Greg Allen 45709 at http://kasu.org Entrepreneurs Buzzing Over Medical Marijuana In Florida Orlando Steps Up To Make Its Streets More Pedestrian-Friendly http://kasu.org/post/orlando-steps-make-its-streets-more-pedestrian-friendly Semoran Boulevard in Orlando, lined with gas stations, strip malls and bus stops, is a good example of what's wrong with the roads in this busy Florida city.<p>It's the most dangerous street in a city that ranks No. 1 in the nation for pedestrian accidents, according to a recent national study. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 22:15:00 +0000 Greg Allen 45492 at http://kasu.org Orlando Steps Up To Make Its Streets More Pedestrian-Friendly An Underwater Race To Transplant Miami's Rare Corals http://kasu.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 21:04:00 +0000 Greg Allen 45170 at http://kasu.org An Underwater Race To Transplant Miami's Rare Corals Koch Foundation Criticized Again For Influencing Florida State http://kasu.org/post/koch-foundation-criticized-again-influencing-florida-state Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>In Florida, there are questions about whether a conservative political group has too much influence at a public college. Florida State University rewrote its agreement with the Charles Koch Foundation after some on campus complained that the relationship undermined the school's academic integrity. But critics say it still gives donors with their own agendas too much influence in the classroom. Fri, 23 May 2014 09:28:00 +0000 Greg Allen 44612 at http://kasu.org States Swap One Drug For Another, And Botched Executions Follow http://kasu.org/post/states-swap-one-drug-another-and-botched-executions-follow Oklahoma's botched execution of Clayton Lockett is prompting other states to question their use of the drug midazolam in lethal injections. The Lockett execution is fueling new calls to re-examine how states put inmates to death. Mon, 05 May 2014 20:02:00 +0000 Greg Allen 43824 at http://kasu.org Amid New Details Of Botched Execution, A Timeline Of Final Hours http://kasu.org/post/amid-new-details-botched-execution-timeline-final-hours Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel. Oklahoma has released new details about the botched execution this week of convicted murderer Clayton Lockett. It took 43 minutes for Lockett to die, and his death came from a heart attack after the execution was halted. In a moment, we'll hear about how lethal injection became the standard method of execution in the U.S. Fri, 02 May 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Greg Allen 43715 at http://kasu.org Tampa Hosts Bollywood's Biggest Stars At Annual Awards Show http://kasu.org/post/tampa-hosts-bollywoods-biggest-stars-annual-awards-show India's Bollywood film industry is known for romantic, over-the-top musicals that increasingly are reaching a world-wide audience. To highlight the international appeal, the industry holds its annual awards ceremony every year outside of India.<p>This year, Bollywood, its glittering stars and its legions of fans, have come to Tampa, Fla. It's the first time the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards have ever been held in the U.S.<p>At nearly all of the events held this week in downtown Tampa, the soundtrack has been throbbing Indian pop. Fri, 25 Apr 2014 07:15:00 +0000 Greg Allen 43379 at http://kasu.org Tampa Hosts Bollywood's Biggest Stars At Annual Awards Show Florida's Freshwater Springs Attract Vacationers http://kasu.org/post/floridas-freshwater-springs-attract-spring-breakers Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>All right. If I say Florida and Spring Break, you might be conjuring images of beaches, cocktails, theme parks. Well, some of our reporters have been sending suggestions for more off-the-beaten-path destinations and NPR's Greg Allen takes us to Florida and the state's fresh waters springs.<p>GREG ALLEN, BYLINE: There are several hundred springs in Florida. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 09:17:00 +0000 Greg Allen 42912 at http://kasu.org Developer To Preserve Ancient Tequesta Village In Heart Of Miami http://kasu.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 21:08:00 +0000 Greg Allen 42626 at http://kasu.org Developer To Preserve Ancient Tequesta Village In Heart Of Miami After Setbacks, Florida Governor Courts Latino Support http://kasu.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 21:03:00 +0000 Greg Allen 42333 at http://kasu.org After Setbacks, Florida Governor Courts Latino Support Greyhound Racing May Be Headed For The Finish Line http://kasu.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 20:52:00 +0000 Greg Allen 42270 at http://kasu.org Greyhound Racing May Be Headed For The Finish Line Oil Industry Gets An Earful As It Eyes Florida's Everglades http://kasu.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 21:54:00 +0000 Greg Allen 41516 at http://kasu.org Oil Industry Gets An Earful As It Eyes Florida's Everglades In Closely Watched Congressional Election, GOP Wins In Florida http://kasu.org/post/closely-watched-congressional-election-gop-wins-florida Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>A special election for a congressional seat on Florida suggests trouble ahead for Democratic candidates who backed Obamacare in swing districts. Republican David Jolly claimed victory last night in a congressional district that includes part of St. Petersburg, beating a strong Democratic candidate, Alex Sink. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 09:09:00 +0000 Greg Allen 41423 at http://kasu.org Big Investors Boosting Home Prices, And Not Everyone's Pleased http://kasu.org/post/big-investors-boosting-home-prices-and-not-everyones-pleased It's taken several years, but in many parts of the country, home prices are nearly back to where they were at the peak. In places like Florida, where the housing recession hit hard, home prices rose last year by one-fifth or more.<p>A major factor in the price rise is hedge funds, private equity firms and other large investors. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 06:58:00 +0000 Greg Allen 41312 at http://kasu.org Big Investors Boosting Home Prices, And Not Everyone's Pleased Technology Tracks Crews Through The Fog Of Wildfire http://kasu.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 23:53:00 +0000 Greg Allen 40170 at http://kasu.org Technology Tracks Crews Through The Fog Of Wildfire Another Florida Case Puts 'Stand Your Ground' Back In Court http://kasu.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. Thu, 06 Feb 2014 23:54:00 +0000 Greg Allen 40118 at http://kasu.org Another Florida Case Puts 'Stand Your Ground' Back In Court Murder Trial Reminiscent Of Zimmerman Case To Begin In Florida http://kasu.org/post/murder-trial-reminiscent-zimmerman-case-begin-florida Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>And I'm Steve Inskeep. Good morning. A trial begins today in a case that once again puts a spotlight on Florida's Stand Your Ground self-defense law. That's the law that allows people to use deadly force to defend themselves without first trying to retreat. Mon, 03 Feb 2014 10:01:00 +0000 Greg Allen 39936 at http://kasu.org