Facing South Florida

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Facing South Florida: 2015 Florida Legislative Session Preview

State lawmakers convene the 60-day 2015 Florida Legislative Session on March 3rd. Jim sits down with State Senator Chris Smith (D-Broward) and State Representative Erik Fressen (R-Miami-Dade) for a preview of what might transpire in Tallahassee.

CBS4–02/23/2015

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Facing South Florida: One-on-One with Mayor Carlos Gimenez

Jim Sits down with Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez for a special half-hour to cover a variety of topics. During the one-on-one interview Jim and the Mayor discuss, among other things, the Mayor’s plans for the Liberty Square Housing Projects, his plans for the proposed Miami Skyrise tower, and Donald Trump’s recent comments about Crandon Park. Jim and Mayor Gimenez also talk about the fallout from Jim’s CBS4 investigation into the recent death of transit bus driver Laquita Alvin, who was killed by her own “runaway bus”, specifically the investigation the county has now launched to look into it.

CBS4–02/16/2015

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Facing South Florida: Runaway Buses

On December 5th, a Miami-Dade transit bus driver was run over and killed by her own bus. Our CBS4 News investigation revealed that county officials have known for years that they have a problem with so-called “Runaway Buses”. While investigator Jim Defede was looking into Laquita Alvin’s death, he learned the county failed to maintain the very warning device that would have saved her life, and they continue to send out buses without that device. Jim uncovers how Miami-Dade’s aging bus fleet could also be putting the public at risk, which leads Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez to launch an investigation into what’s being called “bus safety issues”. And, the chairman of the county commission’s transportation committee said he would initiate his own review of the transit department.

CBS4–02/09/2015

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Facing South Florida: One-on-One with Stephen Ross

Jim sits down for a rare one-on-one with Stephen Ross, the owner of the Miami Dolphins. The billionaire real estate developer isn’t used to failure, but during his six-year tenure with the team, the Dolphins have a losing record. And when the team does make the news it’s usually over something embarrassing, like locker room bullying. Jim talks to Ross about all of it, as well a variety of other topics from the U.S. economy to presidential politics to whether the Dolphins should acquire Ray Rice.

CBS4–02/02/2015

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Facing South Florida: Analyzing Changes To U.S.-Cuba Policy Part II

Jim speaks with Mimi Whitefield, Cuba and international business correspondent for the Miami Herald and Augusto Maxwell, the chair of Akerman’s Cuba Practice on topics surrounding the changes to the United States-Cuba policies.

CBS4–01/29/2015

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Facing South Florida: Analyzing Changes To U.S.-Cuba Policy Part I

Jim speaks with Mimi Whitefield, Cuba and international business correspondent for the Miami Herald and Augusto Maxwell, the chair of Akerman’s Cuba Practice on topics surrounding the changes to the United States-Cuba policies.

CBS4–01/29/2015

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Facing South Florida: One-on-One with Xavier Suarez

Jim goes one-on-one with Miami-Dade County Commissioner Xavier Suarez to discuss his future political plans. Will he run for mayor?

CBS4–01/26/2015

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Facing South Florida: Cyclists Struck

Two cyclists were struck and one was killed this week on the Rickenbacker Causeway by an alleged drunk driver. Walter Reyes, who was training for the upcoming Dolphins Cycling Challenge, is the third cyclist to be killed along the Rickenbacker in the past five years. The incident has the local bicycling community coming together to renew their push for safer streets. Jim focuses the half-hour on the incident with Miami-Dade County Commissioner Xavier Suarez, and Bernard Zyscovich, an architect behind Plan Z for Miami, which would transform the Rickenbacker and give cyclists, runners, joggers and walkers a safer alternative.

CBS4–01/26/2015

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Facing South Florida: One-on-One with Manuel Orosa

Jim sits down with the outgoing Miami police chief as he begins his last week as the city’s top cop.

CBS4–01/12/2015

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Facing South Florida: Gay Marriage in Florida

Jim examines the historic event of the past week and discusses what led up to Florida’s legalization of gay marriage.

CBS4–01/12/2015

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