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

After floundering for years, a bill seeking to provide healthcare coverage for uninsured legal immigrant children has been approved unanimously by Florida’s House Health Innovations Subcommittee. If made law, up to $30 million in federal Medicaid funding would be available through Florida’s Kidcare program. Jamaican-born House Rep. Hazelle Rogers says she welcomes the long-anticipated decision.

Broward Public School Superintendent Robert Runcie says district schools still do not have enough permanent teachers, due to the surge of retirement and poor retention rates for new instructors. Runcie argues that more programs offering channels for STEM graduates and additional funding for better salaries may help boost numbers.

This Sunday, the City of Miami Gardens will be hosting a Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration, from 4 to 8 pm at the Betty T. Ferguson Recreation Complex. The event includes musical and spoken word performances, panel discussions, and a special “Take a Walk Through History” exhibit on the civil rights movement.

32 High school basketball teams across South Florida and the nation are suiting up for the 21st annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “Stop The Violence” Basketball Classic. The tournament begins today at the Coral Springs Arena, and ends on the 18th.The event is founded by Jamaican-American youth sports and education advocate, Wesley Frater.

What’s trending:

The Cowgirl hat touting U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson from South Florida will be featured on Sunday’s “Real Housewives of Atlanta.” Rep. Wilson welcomes the show’s stars to her office, and discusses the importance of mentoring young African-American boys.

For Today’s Weather Forecast:

Thunderstorm in Broward County with a high of 76 and a low of 63. For Miami-Dade, thunderstorm with a high of 76 and a low of 65.

For more information on these and other stories, visit caribbeannationalweekly.com. 

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