Hallandale commissioners cash-in on new travel allowance policy they approved

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By William Gjebre
BrowardBulldog.org
Hallandale Beach’s new travel reimbursement policy has paid big dividends to city commissioners less traveled. Five Hallandale Beach city commissioners pocketed nearly $35,000 of their unspent travel allowances last month under the new policy they enacted last year. Previously, unspent travel funds were returned to the city’s general budget.

Not yet sworn in, Curbelo facing FEC’s questions about campaign finances

Miami Congressman-Elect Carlos Curbelo

By Francisco Alvarado
BrowardBulldog.org
After running a campaign promising to restore public trust and integrity to the seat he won on Election Day this month, Congressman-elect Carlos Curbelo is already drawing scrutiny from federal regulators.

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With two huge contracts up for grabs, the plotting quickens at the Broward Sheriff’s Office

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
Two of the biggest contracts that Broward Sheriff Scott Israel will ever get to hand out – worth as much as $350 million to the winning bidders – are scheduled for award this summer.

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Unhappy Broward commissioners want more control over city CRAs

By William Gjebre
BrowardBulldog.org
Broward County commissioners vowed to seek changes in state law to give them more oversight over municipal redevelopment agencies after learning they cannot audit alleged misspending by Hallandale Beach’s Community Redevelopment Agency.

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The NSA black hole: 5 basic things we still don’t know about the agency’s snooping

By Justin Elliott and Theodoric Meyer
ProPublica
Last week saw revelations that the FBI and the National Security Agency have been collecting Americans’ phone records en masse and that the agencies have access to data from nine tech companies. But secrecy around the programs has meant even basic questions are still unanswered. Here’s what we still don’t know:

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Legislature asks Hallandale for answers about CRA spending; Subpoenas land at city hall

By William Gjebre
BrowardBulldog.org
The Florida Legislature’s joint auditing committee is wading into Hallandale Beach’s questionable spending of local redevelopment funds, demanding that city officials explain the use and handling of those funds.

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9/11 family members demand the FBI ‘come clean’ about Sarasota Saudis

By Dan Christensen and Anthony Summers
BrowardBulldog.org
A group representing 6,600 survivors and relatives of those killed and injured in the 9/11 attacks called on the FBI Thursday to “come clean” about its investigation of Saudis in Florida who may have aided the terrorist hijackers.

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Bob Graham: FBI hindered Congress’s 9/11 inquiry, withheld reports about Sarasota Saudis

By Dan Christensen and Anthony Summers
BrowardBulldog.org
Former U.S. Senator Bob Graham has accused the FBI in court papers of having impeded Congress’s Joint Inquiry into 9/11 by withholding information about a Florida connection to the al-Qaeda attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people.

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Now, you can’t ban guns at the public pool

By Lois Beckett
ProPublica
If you feel unsafe at a public pool in Charleston, W.Va., you may soon have the right to lie there on a towel with a handgun at your side. For 20 years, Charleston has been an island of modest gun restrictions in a very pro-gun rights state. But its gun laws are now likely to be rolled back…

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Mystery of Sarasota Saudis deepens as Justice moves to end FOI lawsuit citing national security

By Dan Christensen and Anthony Summers
BrowardBulldog.org
A senior FBI official has told a Fort Lauderdale federal judge that disclosure of certain classified information about Saudis who hurriedly left their Sarasota area home shortly before 9/11 “would reveal current specific targets of the FBI’s national security investigations.”

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Tobacco giant Reynolds American funded conservative nonprofits

By Dave Levinthal
Center for Public Integrity
Tobacco giant Reynolds American Inc. last year helped fund several of the nation’s most politically active — and secretive — nonprofit organizations, according to a company document reviewed by the Center for Public Integrity.

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