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Miami International Airport’s steady passenger traffic in 2009 despite a full-year of economic recession worldwide made it the busiest airport in Florida and the second-leading airport in the U.S. for international passengers.

MIA was one of the few U.S. airports to maintain stable passenger traffic levels last year, serving 33.9 million passengers in 2009 - down only half a percentage point from 2008.

MIA’s steady traffic moved it ahead of Los Angeles as the second-leading airport in the U.S. for international passengers after JFK. MIA also regained its top spot as the busiest airport in Florida after trailing Orlando the last five years. MIA continues to be Florida’s leading international gateway, handling 69.5 percent of the state’s arrivals from abroad – more than all the other airports in Florida combined.

Thirty days after the catastrophic earthquake that killed more than 170,000 people in Haiti, the Pan American Development Foundation renewed its call for financial support as the nonprofit and its partners are implementing plans to get Haitians to work, to rebuild their homes and to take care of their families. www.PanAmericanRelief.org
As of January 2010, Broward County has received more than $584 million in federal stimulus funding as a result of the Federal government's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Of that total, in excess of $50 million has been awarded directly to Broward County government in the form of twelve stimulus grant projects. A recovery Web Site has been created atwww.broward.org/recovery to track and update the implementation of the various stimulus projects.

New America Media, Commentary, Doris Meissner

Given the jockeying that goes on to get mentioned in a State of the Union speech, it is not surprising that insiders pushing the immigration reform agenda celebrated success. Their issue made it into the speech, reaffirming that the president’s commitment remains alive and well.

Outsiders, however, were disappointed and displeased because the call “to continue the work of fixing our broken immigration system” fell far short of the rallying cry they wanted to hear. The blogosphere kicked into high gear, mostly pronouncing immigration legislation dead for 2010.

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