Greg Allen http://ualrpublicradio.org en Legal Battle Looms Over Florida Congressional Districts http://ualrpublicradio.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 26848 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Legal Battle Looms Over Florida Congressional Districts Fate Of Decades-Old Cigar Factory Dangles By A Phrase http://ualrpublicradio.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 26555 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Miami Stores Enjoy Thriving Business From Cuban Shoppers http://ualrpublicradio.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 26123 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Miami Stores Enjoy Thriving Business From Cuban Shoppers Goods Sold In Cuban Shops Often Come From Florida Stores http://ualrpublicradio.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 26086 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Florida County Goes To Court Over 'Acid Fracking' Near Everglades http://ualrpublicradio.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 25840 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Travel Freedom Raises Questions About U.S. Policies Toward Cuba http://ualrpublicradio.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 25530 at http://ualrpublicradio.org With Cash And Fat Fryers, Americans Feed Cuba's Growing Free Market http://ualrpublicradio.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 25311 at http://ualrpublicradio.org With Cash And Fat Fryers, Americans Feed Cuba's Growing Free Market Florida's New Regional Rail Service Raises Residents' Concerns http://ualrpublicradio.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 09:33:00 +0000 Greg Allen 24936 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Entrepreneurs Buzzing Over Medical Marijuana In Florida http://ualrpublicradio.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 24924 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Entrepreneurs Buzzing Over Medical Marijuana In Florida Orlando Steps Up To Make Its Streets More Pedestrian-Friendly http://ualrpublicradio.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 21:40:00 +0000 Greg Allen 24663 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Orlando Steps Up To Make Its Streets More Pedestrian-Friendly