Miami Dade

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Jada Page was shot in the head  in a drive-by shooting on August 28.  Two days later, she died from her injuries in the hospital. She was 8 years old.

The little girl who loved to dance and was the life of family gatherings was not the intended target.

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Tropical wildlife is a part of the landscape here in South Florida, but what happens when a certain nonnative bird makes a home for itself in a residential neighborhood?

 

 

That is the case in Coconut Grove, where peacocks have become a problem not just for residents but also for county commissioners, who are trying to find ways to relocate the birds without violating local laws.

 

Things have gotten so bad in the small Florida city of Opa-locka that the state has taken over its finances and city leaders are the subject of two corruption investigations.

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Attorney General Loretta Lynch is in Miami as part of a nationwide community policing tour.

Part of her visit is to highlight what’s working here with community and police relationships.

 

At a youth town hall at Booker T, Washington High, she spoke with student Peace Ambassadors -- a program at Miami-Dade Public schools in partnership with the U.S. State Attorney's Office in which students address violence and other social issues.  

 

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“My son name is Herbert Henderson. He was murdered on Nov. 7, 2012,” says Mary Henderson.

“My son was killed Sept. 10, 2015,"  says Neikole Hunt, her pain, still fresh, makes her voice crack. "His name is Randall Robinson.”

These moms belong to a group that calls itself Miami-Dade Parents of Murdered Kids.

They meet every month in the new North District county police station and they all share the same tragic story: They lost their children to gun violence.

The parents are focused on making changes to a system they say is broken.

Miami-Dade Residents Speak Up About Proposed Budget

Aug 12, 2015
Lisann Ramos

This month Miami-Dade County residents have the chance to voice their opinions on the county’s proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year. 

There are eight town halls that will take place in August throughout the county.

On Tuesday County Mayor Carlos Gimenez presented the budget to residents at the West Kendall Regional Library.

"I’m happy to report that Miami-Dade County has turned a corner and that better days are ahead because of the sacrifices that we made during some very difficult times and economic times that we had here in our county," said Gimenez.

The Debate Over Richmond Pine Rockland

Jan 23, 2015
Jessica Meszaros / WLRN

Protesters gathered at the Zoo Miami parking lot this past weekend to rally against development on Richmond Pine Rockland that neighbors the zoo. It’s one of the last intact pine rocklands in Miami-Dade County.

Jessica Meszaros / WLRN

The Miami Dade County Commission was supposed to decide on Thursday the fate of Ludlam Trail-- a six-mile corridor from Miami International Airport to South Miami that’s home to abandoned railroad tracks.

Florida East Coast Industries owns the property and was hoping for approval to build homes on the vacant land.

Rally Urges Miami-Dade Minorities To Vote Early

Oct 27, 2014
Jessica Meszaros / WLRN

To encourage early voting among South Floridians, “Souls to the Polls” held a gospel concert and rally Sunday at South Dade Regional Library in Cutler Bay.

The event didn’t just happen in Miami-Dade. Faith in Florida leaders hosted the rally in Tallahassee, Belle Glade, Lauderhill and Daytona Beach. “Souls to the Polls” urged black and Latino voters to vote early.