The Code Kristi program at Miami International Airport to spot human traffickers and their victims has been in place since 2012. It all came about when Ken Pyatt, the Deputy Director of Miami-Dade County's Aviation Department, and in charge of security, attended a fundraiser for Kristi House. Kristi House is the county's child-advocacy arm that focuses on getting help for sexually abused children. At the fundraiser was a young girl who once had been trafficked and exploited for sex. She described how she was be forced in and out of a
The U.S. House of Representative voted Wednesday to approve a new farm bill after a two-year standoff. It cuts $8 billion over the next decade from the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, also known as food stamps, but the brunt of those cuts won’t be felt in South Florida.
The food stamp program accounts for almost 80 percent of the current farm bill. With pressure to reduce spending, it was inevitable that the program would be scaled back.
Old technology — but new to many Miami-Dade County taxis — is coming to local cabs.
An overwhelming majority of county commissioners signed off Tuesday on sweeping legislation requiring all cabs to take credit cards and install SunPass transponders, GPS devices and digital security cameras.
Drivers will have six months to install SunPass. Credit-card machines will be required in two years. GPS and backseat security cameras will be required in 30 months.
Days after Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine was quoted in the Washington Post saying his city would never become a tech hub, a small-business group released a report that says entrepreneurs are attracted to the Miami area.
Allan Aunapu was 26 in 1967, when he went north from Miami to work on the Sloop Clearwater, which would be bound for the Hudson River. The sloop came from the imagination of legendary folk singer and anti-war activist Pete Seeger, who died Monday, Jan. 27, at 94 years old.
For years, animal-rights activists have been trying to win freedom for the captive orca known to Miami Seaquarium audiences as “Lolita.” A recent announcement by federal officials could be the first step.
A program aimed at shrinking billions of dollars in liability from Florida’s state-run insurance company launches Monday, Jan. 27.
Citizens Property Insurance is widely known as Florida’s insurance company of last resort. In actuality, it's become a major player in the insurance marketplace. State lawmakers felt that Citizens’ $500 billion of risk was too much for Floridians to shoulder. So they've been trying to shift policyholders from Citizens into the private market.
Elections officials certified on Friday, Jan. 24, that the campaign to legalize medical marijuana in Florida collected enough qualified signatures to put the proposed amendment on this November's ballot.
Campaign manager Ben Pollara says his organization, United We Care, gathered more than 1 million signatures to come up with the 683,149 needed to win a ballot spot.
He is now starting to fundraise for what he says will be an expensive and difficult campaign.
If you’re under 18 and try to buy a pack of cigarettes in Florida – well, you can’t.
And three Broward County cities have passed laws to ensure the same thing happens with the trendy new electronic alternative to a pack of “smokes.”
This week, Weston banned the sale of e-cigarettes to minors. The ordinance makes Weston the third Broward County city to try to regulate the sale of the increasingly popular devices where kids are concerned. Sunrise and Lighthouse Point recently passed similar ordinances.