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Tania Ortega-Cowan

Mark Perry of Stuart, Florida is one of the voices advocating for our waterways to the Florida legislature and agencies, for both environmental and economic reasons.

MP: I’m Mark Perry. I’m the executive director at Florida Oceanographic Society.

It’s a non-profit that his own father helped found in the 1960s. We visit him at their campus, located along A1A in Stuart.

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The human body’s most vital function is one we basically never think of…


Until it stops working….


GP: I’m just the luckiest person there is, that’s all! (laughter)

That’s St Lucie County resident Gary Pettit. He is 72. In September, he was the 100th transplant patient to receive a healthy heart at Cleveland Clinic in the Weston/Ft Lauderdale-Miami area. We spoke to him by phone.

Tania Ortega-Cowan

When Indian River County resident John Engle made a 2-year commitment in Haiti to work with a small organization supporting education, he had no idea that he would end up staying for 20 years and dedicate his life to the Haitian people.  

JE: I’m John Engle, director of Haiti Partners.

Engle co-founded the nonprofit in Vero Beach in 2009.

JE: Our major focus is schools. We specifically articulate our mission as helping Haitians change Haiti through education.

(Haitian children singing)

Tania Ortega-Cowan

Here along the Treasure Coast, we’re quite familiar with power loss due to storms and hurricanes. It’s just a given that if the winds pick up and blow vegetation onto the lines, or lightning strikes, that we could very well lose power.

FPL – that stands for Florida Power & Light – is on a mission to change that. They’re currently in the middle of a 3-year pilot program to eliminate poles and overhead wires and replace them with underground cables.

We dropped in to see their latest installment in Jensen Beach on the NE corners of Indian Drive and Indian Court.

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Treasure Coast Happenings

Troubled Waters (America's Amazon) with John Nelson

Jan 16, 2020

This week on Treasure Coast Happenings Mike talks with John Nelson about his film Troubled Waters (America’s Amazon) The History of the St. Lucie River.  John will also be doing a three part lecture series talking about the river and a reshowing of his movie.

John will also talk about how the Audubon society has been a significant part of his life and helped shaped his long time interest that focuses on our waterways.

Martin County Open Studio Tour of Artists

Jan 9, 2020

This week on Treasure Coast Happenings Mike will be speaking with Brenda Leigh and Eduardo Gomez of the Martin Artisans guild to discuss the Martin County Open Studio Tour taking place next weekend on the 18th and 19th of January. The studio tours offers you an opportunity to meet over 40 artists, enjoy their work, and in some instances see where the artists create their artwork.

Archived Treasure Coast Happenings

From The NPR Newsroom

It wasn't just the fact that one of China's best universities had changed its charter last December to emphasize loyalty to the ruling Communist Party that raised eyebrows. Shanghai's Fudan University also deleted principles like freedom of thought, and did so publicly, as if expecting praise.

Furious students staged a rare and risky protest in the school cafeteria in December. They sang the school's anthem, which praises academic freedom.

The city of Richmond, Va., is under a state of emergency Monday morning as thousands of gun ownership enthusiasts and armed militia members gather at the Virginia State Capitol for a large rally aimed at quashing new gun laws. Gov. Ralph Northam has temporarily banned firearms from Capitol grounds, and some of Richmond's streets are barricaded as officials try to ensure the demonstration takes place peacefully.

The extradition hearing for Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer for the Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei, begins Monday in Vancouver, Canada. American officials want Meng sent to the U.S. to face federal fraud charges.

Sometimes, the approval of a new generic drug offers more hype than hope for patients' wallets, as people with multiple sclerosis know all too well. New research shows just how little the introduction of a generic version of Copaxone — one of the most popular MS drugs — did to lower their medicine costs.

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The United States now has 46 million people age 65 or older. That's a record number, according to a study by the Pew Research Center.

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When Heather Woock was in her late 20s, she started researching her family history. As part of the project she spit into a tube and sent it to Ancestry, a consumer DNA testing service. Then in 2017, she started getting messages about the results from people who said they could be half-siblings.

"I immediately called my mom and said, 'Mom, is it possible that I have random siblings out there somewhere?'" Woock says. She remembers her mom responded, "No, why? That's ridiculous."

How confident are Iowa Democrats in their choices, now two weeks out from the caucuses?

The response Renee Kleinpeter gave NPR when asked which candidates she's narrowed her choice down to could sum it up: four seconds of laughter.

"I'll go with anybody who could beat [President] Trump," she said after laughing. "I wish somebody could tell me."


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