Curbelo’s campaign blames glitch for missing $90,000 in PAC contributions

U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia, D-Miami, left, and Republican challenger Carlos Curbelo Photo: Univision 23

By Frank Alvarado
Miami Republican Carlos Curbelo’s congressional campaign was forced to resubmit its most recent quarterly finance report after failing to disclose $90,000 in contributions from 40 political action committees.

Broward PD Finkelstein says bond court judge Hurley must go; Chief judge says no

Broward County Court Judge John "Jay" Hurley Photo: NBC6 Miami

By Dan Christensen
John “Jay” Hurley, a Broward County judge who’s gained a measure of online celebrity for his brand of televised justice, will keep his post in bond court despite a call for his removal by Broward Public Defender Howard Finkelstein.

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Ex-U.S. Rep. Deutsch stirs the pot in Hollywood; New school plans upset neighbors

Ex-Congressman Peter Deutsch

By William Gjebre
Five weeks after receiving approval for a middle-senior high school in Hollywood, Ben Gamla charter school officials are exploring “substantive” changes to the project, sparking renewed controversy.

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Broward commissioners tell Henry to come up with a plan for video-on-demand of meetings

The Broward County Commission. Lois Wexler is second from right. Chip LaMarca is at the far left.

By William Hladky
UPDATE: FEB. 5 – The Broward County Commission has directed the county administrator to prepare a cost analysis and implementation plan to create an on-line, video archive of commission meetings.

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As Broward commission races take shape, LaMarca, Keechl fear nasty re-run

Broward Commissioner Chip LaMarca, left, and challenger Ken Keechl

By Buddy Nevins
Broward County Commissioner Chip LaMarca and former Commissioner Ken Keechl approach their upcoming race for the commission like a child approaches the first day of school — with anxiety and trepidation.

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EPA abandons major radiation cleanup in Florida, despite cancer concerns


By Douglas P. Guarino
Center for Public Integrity
The Environmental Protection Agency is walking away after a decades-long battle with Florida politicians and industry officials over cleaning up phosphate-mining waste in an area that could expose more than 100,000 residents to cancer-causing radiation levels.

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Amid rising deaths, a warning that heroin epidemic has begun in South Florida


By Dan Christensen
A new report sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse has determined that a heroin epidemic is underway in South Florida. “The key issue identified in 2013 is the outbreak of a heroin epidemic in South Florida and particularly in Miami-Dade County,” the report says.

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Guards may be responsible for half of prison sexual assaults

State prison inmates
Photo: Florida Department of Corrections

By Joaquin Sapien
A new Justice Department study shows that allegations of sex abuse in the nation’s prisons and jails are increasing — with correctional officers responsible for half of it — but prosecution is still extremely rare.

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Senate leaders want special districts covered by state lobbyist registration laws

Senate President Don Gaetz, right, and Sen. Jack Latvala, chairman of the Ethics and Elections Committee

By Dan Christensen
Key lawmakers in Tallahassee say they will introduce reform legislation this session to require lobbyists at independent special districts to publicly register and disclose who they work for and how much they’re being paid.

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Independent special districts: Where lobbyists ride free and the public is in the dark

Florida's sprawling water management districts spend hundreds of millions of dollars every year, but do not require lobbyists to register. Photo: Florida Department of Environmental Protection

By Dan Christensen
Nearly 1,000 special-purpose governments across Florida that raise and spend billions of dollars in public funds every year do not require lobbyists who appear before them to register, pay fees or disclose any information about themselves or their clients.

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Oakland Park commissioners likely to decide soon on controversial psychiatric hospital

The former North Ridge Medical Center Photo:

By Dan Christensen
UPDATE: Jan. 16 — Shot down unanimously by Oakland Park’s planning and zoning board on Monday, a Delray Beach drug rehab operator’s controversial plan to develop a 300-bed psychiatric hospital on the site of the old North Ridge Medical Center is expected to go before the city commission soon for a final decision.

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