A look at some of the top stories making the news today, April 13, across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida.

New reports say rents are rising rapidly in both Broward and Miami-Dade counties. Renters in Fort Lauderdale can expect to pay 45 percent of their income to housing, while renters in Miami Beach pay 56.9 percent. Renters throughout the tri-county area pay 43.8 percent of their income, compared to 28.5 percent before the housing bubble burst pre-2008.

Broward School superintendent Robert Runcie has rejected claims made in a Sun Sentinel report saying the county may have to pay back $23 million in federal funding for vulnerable schools, following a state audit questioning its expenditure. In an Op-ed letter, Runcie said the audit made no assertion that the district spent inappropriately, and that inconsistencies were caused by changes in school rankings after the district submitted its original application.

Jamaica’s First Lady of Jazz Myrna Hague heads to South Florida this Sunday for the special “Simply Myrna,” starting 7 p.m. at the Miramar Cultural Center. The Jazz singer will perform a repertoire of jazz classics, popular reggae and pop selections, and will be accompanied by local stars A. J. Brown of Third World, Ian Sweetness and the Eugene Grey Band.

In sports, 6 stars from the victorious West Indies Under-19 squad will play in the upcoming Caribbean Premier League. Players include Under-19 captain Shimron Hetmyer for Guyana Amazon Warriors, Anderson Phillip for Trinbago Knight Riders, and Oshane Thomas for Jamaica Tallawahs. South Florida fans will soon get a peak at the rising West Indies talent, when the league comes to Lauderhill for 6 games in July.

What’s trending:

Jamaican man Roland Jason Duckett faces 5 years in prison in a Charleston, South Carolina court, for using another person’s identity in an attempt to obtain a U.S. passport. Duckett said he entered the U.S. from Jamaica in 2007. When his visa expired, Duckett said he paid another individual for the use of identification documents. He will be sentenced in July.

For Today’s Weather Forecast:

Partly cloudy in Broward County with a high of 86 and a low of 68. For Miami-Dade, partly cloudy with a high of 83 and a low of 68.

For more information on these and other stories, visit caribbeannationalweekly.com. Remember to pick up this week’s copy of our Caribbean National Weekly at your nearest Caribbean outlet.

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