This summer, we asked Floridians about the biggest issues on their minds this election season. Over the next few weeks, public radio stations across the state will be looking at the top five answers to that question, in stories about the environment, education, the economy and more. Decision FL was brtoadcast live at 1pm on WQCS HD2, with a rebroadcast on WQCS and HD1 at 6pm. This election program is a state collaborative and originated out of the WLRN studios in Miami.

The Sweet Success Of Bananas Foster Has An Unsavory Past

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There's more to the story of Bananas Foster than flambeed fruit. While the enticing dessert is a sweet legacy of New Orleans' once-booming banana trade, there's also a less savory one: banana republics.

Today, the banana is America's favorite fruit, but it was once considered exotic. The fruit only became commonplace in the United States starting in the 1870s, thanks to improvements in shipping and botany. By the turn of the century, the banana trade was a million-dollar industry.

Federal investigators say they have recovered one of the "black boxes" from the commuter train that hit Hoboken Terminal in New Jersey on Thursday, as they work to discover why the train struck the terminal at a high speed.

The crash killed a woman and injured more than 100 people. The accident also caused structural damage to the century-old train station.

PATH trains and some New Jersey Transit trains have resumed service, but some rail services are still suspended, NPR's Hansi Lo Wang reports.

Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump renewed his attacks on a former Miss Universe winner Friday, heedless of the possible fallout with women and Latino voters.

In a series of early-morning tweets, Trump criticized Alicia Machado as "my worst Miss U." and described her as "disgusting."

Machado, who is now a telenovela actress, burst into political headlines during Monday's presidential debate, when Hillary Clinton described the way Trump had criticized the beauty contestant years ago for gaining weight after the pageant.

Anti-mafia police in Naples, Italy, have recovered two paintings by Vincent van Gogh that were stolen from a museum in Amsterdam more than a decade ago.

The Van Gogh Museum announced Friday that a curator inspected the two works, at the request of Italian authorities, and "drew a firm conclusion: 'They are the real paintings!' "

Job Filled. Swiss Locale Needed A Hermit

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This is the way the Rosetta ends: not with a bang, but with a slow-motion crash.

The historic spacecraft has transformed scientists' understanding of comets over the past two years, as it orbited the 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko comet and sent a stream of images and data back to Earth.

Now scientists have steered it into the comet for a "Grand Finale" of data-collection, and Rosetta has lost contact with Earth forever.

When trying to demystify wine, one of the most misunderstood challenges for consumers can be the fizzy stuff.

There are all sorts of foreign names for what's commonly known as sparkling wine: Cava (from Spain), Prosecco (from Italy), Crémant (from many different regions in France), Sekt (from Germany). But all too often if we see tiny bubbles racing to the top of a glass, our first assumption is Champagne.

But not all sparkling wines taste alike – or are made alike.

What does it mean to declare that #blacklivesmatter in education?

Last month the Movement for Black Lives, representing elements of the Black Lives Matter movement and related groups, issued a detailed policy platform denouncing what it called "corporate-backed," "market driven" "privatization" in school reform, and helped set off a furor over this question.

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Zika threatens

Sep 26, 2016

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about Zika fever. Martin County reported a case in early May.  Then more cases were reported there.  Then cases were reported in St. Lucie County.  The situation is more serious to the south.  Miami Beach has been especially hard hit.  Zika is transmitted usually by mosquitoes from one human to another.  Named for the Zika Forest in Uganda, it spread from Africa and Asia to the Americas.  For adults, the symptoms are mild.

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