Greg Allen http://apr.org en Florida's Freshwater Springs Attract Vacationers http://apr.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 50187 at http://apr.org Developer To Preserve Ancient Tequesta Village In Heart Of Miami http://apr.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 21:46:00 +0000 Greg Allen 49838 at http://apr.org Developer To Preserve Ancient Tequesta Village In Heart Of Miami After Setbacks, Florida Governor Courts Latino Support http://apr.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 20:30:00 +0000 Greg Allen 49444 at http://apr.org After Setbacks, Florida Governor Courts Latino Support Greyhound Racing May Be Headed For The Finish Line http://apr.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 20:49:00 +0000 Greg Allen 49367 at http://apr.org Greyhound Racing May Be Headed For The Finish Line Bringing A 'Million Orchids' To Florida's Trees http://apr.org/post/bringing-million-orchids-floridas-trees Researchers at a South Florida botanic garden want to return the state's orchids to their former glory.<p>When railroads first came to Florida in the late 1800s, the plants were among the first resources exploited. Millions of orchids were plucked and sent north as potted plants. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 20:16:00 +0000 Greg Allen 49034 at http://apr.org Bringing A 'Million Orchids' To Florida's Trees Oil Industry Gets An Earful As It Eyes Florida's Everglades http://apr.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 21:46:00 +0000 Greg Allen 48388 at http://apr.org Oil Industry Gets An Earful As It Eyes Florida's Everglades In Closely Watched Congressional Election, GOP Wins In Florida http://apr.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 48241 at http://apr.org Big Investors Boosting Home Prices, And Not Everyone's Pleased http://apr.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 48097 at http://apr.org Big Investors Boosting Home Prices, And Not Everyone's Pleased Democrats Eye Long-Time GOP Seat In Florida Special Election http://apr.org/post/democrats-eye-long-time-gop-seat-florida-special-election Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>This is a midterm election year, and the jockeying for position and the mud-slinging have already begun ahead of the November vote. The calendar is much shorter in one district in Florida. Voters there go to the polls next month in a special election that some pundits see as a good preview for the fall.<p>The election is to fill a seat held for more than 40 years by one congressman, Republican Bill Young. Tue, 18 Feb 2014 10:03:00 +0000 Greg Allen 46988 at http://apr.org Technology Tracks Crews Through The Fog Of Wildfire http://apr.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 23:14:00 +0000 Greg Allen 46435 at http://apr.org Technology Tracks Crews Through The Fog Of Wildfire Another Florida Case Puts 'Stand Your Ground' Back In Court http://apr.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 23:29:00 +0000 Greg Allen 46363 at http://apr.org Another Florida Case Puts 'Stand Your Ground' Back In Court David Beckham Wants Miami To Embrace Soccer http://apr.org/post/david-beckham-wants-miami-embrace-soccer Soccer star David Beckham is bringing a Major League Soccer team to Miami. He made the announcement on Wednesday in downtown Miami, not far from a site he and his partners are looking at for a stadium. Miami, however, is a city where Major League Soccer has tried — and failed-- before. Thu, 06 Feb 2014 10:16:00 +0000 Greg Allen 46297 at http://apr.org Murder Trial Reminiscent Of Zimmerman Case To Begin In Florida http://apr.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 46100 at http://apr.org Artist Transforms Guns To Make Music — Literally http://apr.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 45593 at http://apr.org Artist Transforms Guns To Make Music — Literally Poll Findings: On Cuban-Americans And The Elusive 'American Dream' http://apr.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 10:05:00 +0000 Greg Allen 45381 at http://apr.org Poll Findings: On Cuban-Americans And The Elusive 'American Dream'