Miami-Dade County

Newscast
6:43 am
Fri October 10, 2014

October 10, 2014: Miami Beach Fares Better During Latest King Tide, Dade Loses Jobs

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Health Care
2:23 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Miami-Dade Moms Among The Highest In C-Section Rates

Karolina Salas had two unplanned C-sections because the doctor told her it was necessary for the baby.
Credit Constanza Gallardo / WLRN

Although the World Health Organization recommends Cesarean rates stay between 10 and 15 percent, last year almost half of all babies born in Miami-Dade County were delivered by C-section.

That’s a 49-percent rate.

According to the Florida Department of Health, the cesarean rate in Miami-Dade County has been steadily growing during the past decade. 

Karolina Salas had her first baby two years ago. She had planned with her doctor for a relaxed atmosphere with no drugs and, most importantly, no surgery.

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Politics
11:18 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Miami-Dade County Commission Approves $54 Million For Public Libraries

The new budget allows Miami-Dade County's 49 libraries to stay open, extend hours of operation and invest in new books and materials.
Credit Jessica Meszaros / WLRN

The Miami-Dade County commission voted eight-to-four to approve a $54 million budget for the county's public libraries Thursday night.

Terry Murphy, board member with Friends of the Library, says it was an 81-percent increase from what Mayor Carlos Gimenez first proposed in July.

"This is a real symbolic victory that says when the community speaks out and says what the priorities are, the county commission listens," he said. "This was a tremendous victory for the people of Dade County tonight."

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Newscast
6:25 am
Wed September 17, 2014

September 17, 2014: Miami-Dade Moves Forward With Transgender Protections

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Literacy
5:34 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Miami-Dade Program Gives Needy Kids Free Books, But It's Running Out

The Read to Learn Books for Free program distributes 3,000 books every week.
Credit Read to Learn Books for Free staff

A program in Miami-Dade County that gives kids and parents free books to keep and read together is in the midst of a big push for donations.

The Read to Learn Books for Free program is having trouble keeping up with demand. The program distributes 3,000 books at more than 30 locations around the county every week in an effort to increase literacy among some of the county's most vulnerable children.

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News
12:59 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Miami-Dade Voters Will Decide Future Of County Fairgrounds

The Miami-Dade County Youth Fair and Expo
Credit Miami Herald

On the Nov. 4, Miami-Dade County voters will decide whether Florida International University can gain access to 64 acres of land from its neighbor, the Miami-Dade County Youth Fair and Exposition.

FIU has been trying to get hold of the fairgrounds for over three years, but can only do so if the county terminates the fair’s lease, or if the fair and FIU come to an agreement on the site and price of relocation.

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Miami-Dade Budget
9:26 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Cops Keep Jobs And Library Service Expands In Miami-Dade Budget Town Hall

Carlos Gimenez surprised residents at a town hall in Miami Gardens with more resources than previously reported in the Miami-Dade budget.
Credit Emily Michot / Miami Herald

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez was interrupted by applause more than once as he laid out the $6.2 billion budget to a crowd of about 150 at the sixth and final town hall in Miami Gardens. 

Fire services would remain intact, Gimenez says. No cops would lose their jobs. The grass would be cut on time and county library services would actually be expanded.

North Dade Regional Library, where the town hall took place, will now go from 48 hours-a-week to 56 hours-a-week and will also open on Sundays.

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Testing
12:24 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Miami-Dade Schools Test All Year Long

Out of the 180-day academic year, Miami-Dade County schools will administer standardized tests on every day but eight.
Credit Roberto Koltun / el Nuevo Herald

  The testing doesn’t stop.

Out of the 180-day academic year, Miami-Dade County schools will administer standardized tests on every day but eight.

Though not every student will take every test, the number and consequences of testing are facing a growing backlash from parents, teachers and even some district officials.

The Miami Dade School Board on Wednesday will approve its assessment schedule for the next school year — a calendar with dozens of different exams that start at preschool and even eat into summer vacation.

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Animal Services
6:02 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Miami-Dade Starts Building Bigger Animal Shelter

Rescue dogs like this one will have a new home in the Fall of 2015.
Credit Wilson Sayre

  Stray animals in Miami-Dade county will soon have a new home come fall of 2015. County Animal Services broke ground Friday on a new facility that would double the amount of space it has now.

Every year, Animal Services cares for more than 27,000 homeless dogs and cats, but that volume has pushed the current facility to its capacity.

Getting to this point, though, has been a bit of a battle.

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Zoo Miami
7:57 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Why Zoo Miami Kept Donors Of Millions Secret

Zoo Miami Communications Director and Goodwill Ambassador Ron Magill helps move flamingos.
Credit Miami Herald

Zoo Miami Communications Director Ron Magill is an expert in animal behavior. But it was the behavior of two humans that has had a profound effect on his life.

A husband and wife, seemingly of average means, were drawn to help rebuild the facility after it was nearly obliterated by Hurricane Andrew in 1992.

The husband came up to Magill after a speech he gave in Coral Gables about the destruction left by the storm.

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Newscast
6:18 am
Thu August 21, 2014

August 21, 2014: Poor Miami-Dade Kids More Likely To Have Inexperienced Teachers

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Miami-Dade Budget
12:01 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez Hosts Online Town Hall About The Budget

Mayor Carlos Gimenez will answer questions about the proposed budget on Facebook and Twitter.
Credit Emily Michot / Miami Herald

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez kicked off a series of budget town hall meetings this week, starting with a Facebook and Twitter discussion on Wednesday.

From noon to 1 p.m., locals submitted questions on the mayor's Facebook page and from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Twitter using #MDCBudget.

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Newscast
6:18 am
Wed August 13, 2014

August 13, 2014: Hundreds Of Miami-Dade Cops May Lose Their Jobs

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News
7:47 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Northside Miami-Dade District Welcomes New Police Station

The new Northside District station will open officially on Friday.
Credit Google Maps

Miami-Dade police officers are enjoying some much-needed desk space at the new Northside District station.

The new $9.6 million building, at 799 NW 81st St., features a circular bullet-proof reception, four jail cells, several conference rooms and houses the only cold-case squad in the county.

“It says something to know that you’re coming to a new facility," says Adrian Cummings, the administrative lieutenant at the station.

He says the building offers more space for the 214 police and civilian staff.

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News
6:55 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Rules In Favor of Gay Marriage

A Miami-Dade Circuit Judge ordered that six same-sex couples should be allowed to wed.
Credit Walter Michot / Miami Herald

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel ruled Friday afternoon that the six same-sex couples who sued county clerk Harvey Ruvin for marriage licenses should be allowed to wed. 

In the ruling, Zabel wrote that denying same-sex couples the right to marriage "is surely to deprive all the State's citizens of liberty without due process of law."

Zabel ordered an immediate stay until after the case is appealed. 

The ruling marks the second time in less than two weeks that a South Florida circuit judge declared the state's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional.

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