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South Florida Leads State In Arrests For Panhandling, New Lawsuit Alleges

Thousands of homeless residents across Florida have been arrested in recent years on charges of asking for money in public spaces without government authorization. A lawsuit filed this month by the Southern Legal Counsel alleges that those thousands of arrests are violating the First Amendment -- a stance that has previously been upheld by U.S. District Courts for the Middle and Northern Districts of Florida.

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DeSantis Keeps Valenstein As Environmental Chief

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Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Friday he intends to keep Noah Valenstein as the state’s environmental secretary, a move that quickly drew praise from a number of conservationists. 

We all need symbols to navigate the world.

Some of them are very clear, like a stop sign or a green light.

Some are not quite as apparent — like these hilariously confusing toilet signs.

And people who work in specialized fields also benefit when there are efficient icons that tell them what's going on.

If Congress votes to disapprove President Trump's declaration of a national emergency, Trump is prepared to veto it, White House senior adviser Stephen Miller said on Sunday.

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Sen. Marco Rubio, in Colombia to tour the U.S. humanitarian aid sent to help Venezuelans, said Sunday that the Venezuelan armed forces are about to make “the most important” decision of their lives.

“The moment of truth is approaching, when they will have to decide whether they will issue orders to their soldiers that will not be obeyed, and that they themselves know are bad,” Rubio said in an interview with el Nuevo Herald. “And they will have to make the most important decision of their lives.”

When Ryan Zinke, a former Navy SEAL, left his post as U.S. Interior Department secretary on Jan. 2, he was under fire on multiple fronts.

The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund is cutting its payouts in half for some and by as much as 70 percent for others, as the fund faces a surge in claims ahead of its expiration date in December 2020.

The fund, which was opened in 2011, compensates for deaths and illnesses due to exposure to toxins at the sites of the Sept. 11 attacks. The $7.3 billion fund has already paid out about $5 billion to 21,000 claimants. But it still has about 19,000 additional unpaid claims to address.

Fernando Llano / AP via the Miami Herald

From massive shortages of food and medicine to an interim president and possible U.S. intervention, the situation in Venezuela has been complex and fast moving in recent months.

We asked readers and listeners to share their questions about what's going on in Venezuela to let us help you make sense of it all.  

Here are some of the frequently asked questions, answered by WLRN's Latin American correspondent Tim Padgett. 

Q: Why does it matter to America what happens in Venezuela?

Pedro Portal / Miami Herald

A federal judge on Friday terminated a consent decree that has been in effect for over 20 years, which prevented police in the City of Miami from arresting "homeless people for being homeless" and from taking their personal belongings. The landmark "Pottinger agreement" was part of a class action lawsuit brought on behalf of the city's homeless population by the American Civil Liberties Union in 1988, but it only went into effect in 1998.

DeSantis Pursues New School Voucher Program

Feb 15, 2019
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Gov. Ron DeSantis said Friday he wants to create a new “equal opportunity” voucher program to eliminate a waiting list of about 14,000 low-income students seeking to use state-backed scholarships to attend private schools.

The governor is asking lawmakers to create a “supplement” to the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program, the state’s largest voucher-type program, which serves nearly 100,000 students but has about 14,000 others stuck on a waiting list.

Katie Lepri / WLRN

One year ago, a gunman entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and, within six minutes, took the lives of 17 people and injured 17 others.

In the following months, survivors turned into activists, rallying Florida and the country to get serious about gun control.

“Never again” was the rallying cry.

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