Chris Remington

Chris Remington knew he wanted to work in public radio beginning in middle school, as WHYY played in his car rides to and from school in New Jersey. He’s freelanced for All Things Considered and was a desk associate for CBS Radio News in New York City. Most recently, he was producing for Capital Public Radio’s Insight booking guests, conducting research and leading special projects at Sacramento’s NPR affiliate.

South Florida is at the intersection of Latin American politics, has become a start-up capital and is a cultural beacon for the world. As a producer for Sundial, Chris wants to spotlight the stories of the diverse community that makes the region shine. Send him your pitches at Sundial@wlrnnews.org.

College graduation is here. And you've probably been seeing a lot of photos of recent graduates from the class of 2019 with their caps, gowns and smiles. But what happens to South Florida graduates after they receive their diploma?

Some will continue their education into graduate school. Others are heading into the job market. Some will be staying in South Florida to build their lives and careers. And others will leave to try and find their dreams in another place. And many will be leaving with student loan debt.

The 2019 legislative session has come to a close. Reporter Elizabeth Koh has been covering this year’s legislative session for the Miami Herald and Tampa Bay Times. She joined Sundial to give a recap on the state’s budget, the sanctuary cities bill, and the guardian program.

Miami residents face the highest housing cost burden of any large metro area in the country. Last year the city of Miami passed an inclusionary zoning measure for the Omni housing development downtown. It would require a portion of the apartments in those developments to be designated affordable.

On today’s episode of Sundial, WLRN Broward County reporter Caitie Switalski fills in for host Luis Hernandez.

A controversial bill (HB 19) that would allow for the importation of pharmaceutical drugs from Canada into Florida now sits on Gov. Ron DeSantis' desk.

Scientists have long been tracking the melting of polar ice caps. Many have attributed their melting across the globe to rising CO2 emissions warming the planet's waters. Dr. Jennifer Francis is a senior researcher with the Woods Hole Research Center in Massachusetts. She told WLRN's Sundial, "Over the last three or four decades, the amount of arctic sea ice [in the world] has been cut in half." 

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has tracked the health of thousands of firefighters and found cancer rates are much higher for this group than the general population. Recently, the Florida House and Senate approved a bill that would expand healthcare benefits for firefighters who are diagnosed with 21 types of cancer. The bill’s author Rep. Matt Willhite, a Wellington Democrat and a firefighter, joined Sundial to talk about the bill. It is awaiting a signature from Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, on average Americans spend $1,200 a year on prescription drugs, which is more than any other developed country in the world.

On today’s episode of Sundial, WLRN reporter Nadege Green fills in for host for Luis Hernandez.

The last time you were at the airport or getting off a plane, did you notice the people cleaning your plane's seats? Have you wondered how your bags get from the plane to your carousel?
 

Employees with Eulen America are responsible for these jobs for several airlines at Miami and Ft. Lauderdale International.

Deputies from the Broward County Sheriff’s Department were captured on video slamming a teen’s head into the ground while responding to an after-school call near J.P. Taravella High School two weeks ago. Broward County Sheriff Gregory Tony announced a full investigation earlier this week and WLRN has requested comments from the sheriff and Broward County Sheriff’s Office, but has not received a response.

The Trump Administration has plans to auction off Florida's coastal waters to search for oil and natural gas.  Democratic Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced legislation on Monday that would  offshore drilling along Florida’s coasts. Sun Sentinel reporter Anthony Man joined Sundial to take a closer look at the issue.

The Miami Herald investigation “Perversion of Justice” takes an in depth look at how a Palm Beach County multi-millionaire Jeffrey Epstein, along with a group of associates, ran a sex trafficking ring to lure young women, minors between the ages of 13 and 17, to perform sexual acts on him. A recent report by reporter Julie Brown, focuses on Maria Farmer, who alleges she and her sister were sexually assaulted by Epstein when they were teenagers. Brown joined Sundial for an update.

South Florida has long been a target for Medicare fraud. Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice announced 24 people had been charged in a $1.2 billion telemarketing Medicare fraud scheme. Two of the individuals charged in the case were from Boca Raton. 

Last week the Justice Department announced a sweeping investigation that charged 24 people in a $1.2 billion Medicare fraud scam. Among those charged were Elliot Loewenstern and Creaghan Harry, both from Boca Raton. The men are accused of deceiving Medicare patients into buying unnecessary medical equipment.

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