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  Poverty is up in Miami-Dade County and wages are about the same as they were back in 2010 when adjusted for inflation.

Those are just a few of the findings of a new comprehensive study of prosperity in the county coming out Wednesday from the Florida International University Metropolitan Center that paints a picture of the region that in many ways looks worse than during the height of the last recession.

Marsha Halper / Miami Herald

Miami-Dade County Commission Chairman Jean Monestime recently hosted a summit called “The State of Black Miami”

The summit addressed economic opportunities and quality-of-life issues. 

Here is an edited excerpt of his conversation with WLRN's Nadege Green about the state of black Miami:

What is the state of black Miami as you see it in 2016?

FIU Panel Offers Reassurance On Zika

Feb 3, 2016
Cynthia Goldsmith / Centers for Disease Control via Wikimedia Commons

There's no need to panic about zika, experts told concerned South Florida residents at a panel discussion at Florida International University on Wednesday.

 

Although nine cases of the virus had been confirmed in Florida as of Wednesday morning, all of those cases were contracted outside the United States, said Matthew DeGennaro, an FIU mosquito researcher.

Juan Uranga smoked menthol cigarettes for 15 years. Five months ago, the Doral resident started vaping.

“Now that I switched to this, I just can’t stop smoking it, he said while shopping at the Vapor Shark smoke shop in South Florida, where he buys his ‘go to’ e-juice – a tobacco-free liquid that serves as a replacement for nicotine. His favorite flavor: custard.

Carlos Barria

South Florida is seeing little rain during its rainy season this year.

Eastern Miami-Dade and Broward counties are drying up and are now considered to be in extreme drought conditions, according to water managers.

So far this year, Miami-Dade was 7 inches below average rainfall and Broward was down more than 8 inches.

Gerald Herbert / AP via Miami Herald

New York. Los Angeles. Aventura, Miami-Dade?

The county may soon be joining a dozen cities and counties around the country that offer residents a local ID to help them access public services.

Commissioner Juan C. Zapata sponsored a resolution to study the feasibility and benefits of a county ID, and to develop a plan for adoption within 180 days. The resolution was approved in committee last week and could head to the Board of County Commissioners for a vote as early as Tuesday.

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Miami Herald Staff

Miami-Dade Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava toured the county's Coordinated Victims Assistance Center Monday. She wanted to showcase how $7 million in tax funds from the county are spent to help domestic violence victims.

Violet Felipe-Diaz, a domestic violence victim advocate for CVAC, says about 350 victims sign in per month in Miami-Dade -- and 85 percent of those victims are women.

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ALEX CASTRO / AP FILE

Six weeks after President Barack Obama announced efforts to normalize relations with Cuba, former Cuba leader Fidel Castro writes a letter of reserved-approval for the plan.

Cuba President Raul Castro said this week that relations with the United States can only be rehabilitated if  the U.S. returns Guantanamo Bay to the island and the embargo is lifted.

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  On January 12, cyclists, county officials and Dutch cycling experts convened at HistoryMiami in downtown for ThinkBike2015, a four-day workshop focused on making Miami a more connected and safer place for cyclists.

Dutch officials went through a slideshow of road projects that have made the Netherlands one of the safest places in the world to ride a bicycle and showed a short film illustrating cycling culture in the low-lying European kingdom.

Another short video drew “aahs” and gasps.

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