Greg Allen http://kcur.org en Legal Battle Looms Over Florida Congressional Districts http://kcur.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 59209 at http://kcur.org Legal Battle Looms Over Florida Congressional Districts Miami Stores Enjoy Thriving Business From Cuban Shoppers http://kcur.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 58557 at http://kcur.org Miami Stores Enjoy Thriving Business From Cuban Shoppers Goods Sold In Cuban Shops Often Come From Florida Stores http://kcur.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 58520 at http://kcur.org Travel Freedom Raises Questions About U.S. Policies Toward Cuba http://kcur.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 58026 at http://kcur.org With Cash And Fat Fryers, Americans Feed Cuba's Growing Free Market http://kcur.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 57809 at http://kcur.org With Cash And Fat Fryers, Americans Feed Cuba's Growing Free Market Florida's New Regional Rail Service Raises Residents' Concerns http://kcur.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 57446 at http://kcur.org Orlando Steps Up To Make Its Streets More Pedestrian-Friendly http://kcur.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 57181 at http://kcur.org Orlando Steps Up To Make Its Streets More Pedestrian-Friendly Koch Foundation Criticized Again For Influencing Florida State http://kcur.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 56206 at http://kcur.org Amid New Details Of Botched Execution, A Timeline Of Final Hours http://kcur.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 55150 at http://kcur.org Tampa Hosts Bollywood's Biggest Stars At Annual Awards Show http://kcur.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 54741 at http://kcur.org Tampa Hosts Bollywood's Biggest Stars At Annual Awards Show Florida's Freshwater Springs Attract Vacationers http://kcur.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 54201 at http://kcur.org Developer To Preserve Ancient Tequesta Village In Heart Of Miami http://kcur.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 53876 at http://kcur.org Developer To Preserve Ancient Tequesta Village In Heart Of Miami Greyhound Racing May Be Headed For The Finish Line http://kcur.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 53481 at http://kcur.org Greyhound Racing May Be Headed For The Finish Line Oil Industry Gets An Earful As It Eyes Florida's Everglades http://kcur.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 52618 at http://kcur.org Oil Industry Gets An Earful As It Eyes Florida's Everglades In Closely Watched Congressional Election, GOP Wins In Florida http://kcur.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 09:10:00 +0000 Greg Allen 52505 at http://kcur.org Big Investors Boosting Home Prices, And Not Everyone's Pleased http://kcur.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 52367 at http://kcur.org Big Investors Boosting Home Prices, And Not Everyone's Pleased Technology Tracks Crews Through The Fog Of Wildfire http://kcur.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 22:39:00 +0000 Greg Allen 50960 at http://kcur.org Technology Tracks Crews Through The Fog Of Wildfire Another Florida Case Puts 'Stand Your Ground' Back In Court http://kcur.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 50913 at http://kcur.org Another Florida Case Puts 'Stand Your Ground' Back In Court Murder Trial Reminiscent Of Zimmerman Case To Begin In Florida http://kcur.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 50673 at http://kcur.org Artist Transforms Guns To Make Music — Literally http://kcur.org/post/artist-transforms-guns-make-music-literally Pedro Reyes says being Mexican is like living in an apartment where an upstairs neighbor has a leaking swimming pool.<p>"Just what is leaking," says <a href="http://www.pedroreyes.net/" target="_blank">Reyes</a>, "is hundreds of thousands of guns."<p>He wants people to think about the availability of guns in the United States, and the impact that has in Mexico.<p>At the University of South Florida in Tampa, he recently held a series of workshops and a performance, using theater to encourage a discussion about guns. Sat, 25 Jan 2014 10:23:00 +0000 Greg Allen 50244 at http://kcur.org Artist Transforms Guns To Make Music — Literally Poll Findings: On Cuban-Americans And The Elusive 'American Dream' http://kcur.org/post/poll-findings-cuban-americans-and-elusive-american-dream Among Latinos, no group may have achieved the American dream as fully as Cuban-Americans.<p>Since arriving here, as a community, they've prospered. Surveys show they graduate from college at greater rates and have higher levels of homeownership than most other Latino groups.<p>But <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2014/01/21/263502571/a-new-poll-takes-a-look-at-views-from-latino-america">a new poll</a> suggests that, for many Cuban-Americans, the dream is becoming elusive. Wed, 22 Jan 2014 10:23:00 +0000 Greg Allen 50085 at http://kcur.org Poll Findings: On Cuban-Americans And The Elusive 'American Dream' Florida Bill Would Allow Medical Marijuana For Child Seizures http://kcur.org/post/florida-bill-would-allow-marijuana-extract-child-seizures Florida may soon become the latest state to allow doctors to prescribe marijuana. Advocates there are gathering signatures to put a medical marijuana referendum on the fall ballot.<p>But Florida's Legislature may act sooner to allow residents access to a particular type of marijuana. Thu, 16 Jan 2014 08:25:00 +0000 Greg Allen 49838 at http://kcur.org Florida Bill Would Allow Medical Marijuana For Child Seizures Months After 'Blackfish' Release, Controversy Over SeaWorld Grows http://kcur.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 23:19:00 +0000 Greg Allen 49832 at http://kcur.org Months After 'Blackfish' Release, Controversy Over SeaWorld Grows Defying GOP Leaders, Rep. Trey Radel Won't Resign After Rehab http://kcur.org/post/defying-gop-leaders-rep-trey-radel-wont-resign-after-rehab It was November when Republican Trey Radel, a first-term congressman from Fort Myers, Fla., was charged with cocaine possession — a misdemeanor in Washington, D.C. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to a year's probation.<p>A few days before Christmas, fresh from a month in rehab, Radel held a news conference with his wife by his side. He apologized and said that alcohol, not cocaine, is his main problem, and that's what he was treated for.<p>But the main point of his news conference was to say that he would not step down from Congress.<p>"I love what I do," Radel said. Thu, 02 Jan 2014 22:52:00 +0000 Greg Allen 49198 at http://kcur.org Defying GOP Leaders, Rep. Trey Radel Won't Resign After Rehab Time Is Running Out To Save Florida's Oranges http://kcur.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 21:43:00 +0000 Greg Allen 48957 at http://kcur.org Time Is Running Out To Save Florida's Oranges In Florida, A Turf War Blooms Over Front-Yard Vegetable Gardening http://kcur.org/post/florida-turf-war-blooms-over-front-yard-vegetable-gardening In tropical South Florida, it's growing season. Mon, 16 Dec 2013 21:20:00 +0000 Greg Allen 48431 at http://kcur.org In Florida, A Turf War Blooms Over Front-Yard Vegetable Gardening USDA Steps Up The Fight To Save Florida's Oranges http://kcur.org/post/usda-steps-fight-save-floridas-oranges The citrus industry is facing a crisis. It's called citrus greening — a disease that has devastated orange production in Florida since it first showed up eight years ago. Now the U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced a new effort to try to control the disease before it destroys the nation's citrus industry.<p>Citrus greening is carried by psyllids, tiny insects no bigger than a pinhead. It is caused by a bacterium that makes the fruit bitter and unmarketable. Fri, 13 Dec 2013 09:48:00 +0000 Greg Allen 48274 at http://kcur.org USDA Steps Up The Fight To Save Florida's Oranges For Miami, A New Art Project, Complete With Drama http://kcur.org/post/miami-new-art-project-complete-drama Outside the glittering new Perez Art Museum Miami, finishing touches were still being applied late last month to the spacious plazas and gardens surrounding the $220 million building. Next door to the art museum, a new science museum is also going up. When it's all complete, the 29-acre Museum Park will provide a focus and a gathering spot on Biscayne Bay for those who live in, work in and visit downtown Miami.<p>The Perez building, designed by the Pritzker Prize-winning Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron, has been described, and often, as stunning. Tue, 03 Dec 2013 08:19:00 +0000 Greg Allen 47712 at http://kcur.org For Miami, A New Art Project, Complete With Drama Florida Tribe Re-Creates Daring Escape From The Trail Of Tears http://kcur.org/post/florida-tribe-re-creates-daring-escape-trail-tears This week, a group of Seminole Indians in Florida is commemorating an important historical event — when a Seminole named Polly Parker organized and led an escape from federal troops more than 150 years ago.<p>It came at a time when Indians were being deported to the West in what became known as the Trail of Tears. Mon, 02 Dec 2013 22:39:00 +0000 Greg Allen 47707 at http://kcur.org Florida Tribe Re-Creates Daring Escape From The Trail Of Tears Once An Ancient Village, Soon An Entertainment Complex? http://kcur.org/post/once-ancient-village-soon-entertainment-complex As work began on one of the last pieces of undeveloped ground in Miami's fast-changing downtown, archaeologists uncovered the site of an American Indian village. It was already centuries old by the time Columbus arrived in the New World.<p>The question now for the city and the developer of the planned <a href="http://www.metropolitanmiami.com/home.html">entertainment complex</a> is how much of the site will be preserved.<p>To the untutored eye, the site doesn't make much of an impression at first. Fri, 15 Nov 2013 19:58:00 +0000 Greg Allen 46913 at http://kcur.org Once An Ancient Village, Soon An Entertainment Complex?