Greg Allen http://wuwm.com en Florida's Freshwater Springs Attract Vacationers http://wuwm.com/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 29186 at http://wuwm.com Developer To Preserve Ancient Tequesta Village In Heart Of Miami http://wuwm.com/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 28735 at http://wuwm.com Developer To Preserve Ancient Tequesta Village In Heart Of Miami After Setbacks, Florida Governor Courts Latino Support http://wuwm.com/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 28212 at http://wuwm.com After Setbacks, Florida Governor Courts Latino Support Greyhound Racing May Be Headed For The Finish Line http://wuwm.com/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 28119 at http://wuwm.com Greyhound Racing May Be Headed For The Finish Line Bringing A 'Million Orchids' To Florida's Trees http://wuwm.com/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 27694 at http://wuwm.com Bringing A 'Million Orchids' To Florida's Trees