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Miami's Top 5 stories for Jan. 30

Miami's Top 5

In case you missed the news, a quick roundup of Miami's Top 5:

1. In front of hundreds of her peers, Myrna Betancourt, a former Chicago social worker-turned chef-turned teacher, won the 2015 Francisco R. Walker Miami-Dade County Teacher of the Year award. Upon learning she’d won, the South Dade Educational Center culinary arts teacher hugged her principal, wiped away tears, then delivered a message to the crowd at the swanky Trump National Doral Miami about adult education.

2. A passenger stepping into a taxicab in Miami-Dade County will soon be able to track the route electronically, whiz down expressways without stopping for tolls and, at the end of the trip, pay with a credit card.
3. A  Pentagon plan to reduce the size of the Army would lose the Florida National Guard about 1,000 troops, or about a 10th of the force.
4. A newly issued report sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse has determined that a heroin epidemic is underway in South Florida.
5. House flipping has been on the rise. Buying and selling a home within six months accounted for 5.83 percent of all single-family sales in Miami-Dade County in 2013 and 5.82 percent in Broward County, according to RealtyTrac.



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