Rick Scott and allegations of corporate spying and theft by a company he helped oversee

Rick Scott celebrates his Republican primary victory over Bill McCollum at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina on Aug. 24, 2010. One month earlier, Envestnet, a company where Scott was an investor and board member, settled civil charges of corporate espionage and theft.

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
Most Floridians know that before Rick Scott was governor he headed a hospital chain that paid $1.7 billion to resolve criminal and civil charges of healthcare fraud. Less known is the story of Scott’s involvement as an investor, director and paid consultant at another firm that settled civil claims of corporate spying and theft a month before Scott’s 2010 victory in the Republican gubernatorial primary propelled him towards the governor’s mansion.

Amid rising inquiries, Gov. Scott files and makes public 2013 income tax return

Former Gov. Charlie Crist, left, and Gov. Rick Scott

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
A day after aides refused to say whether Gov. Rick Scott had filed his 2013 federal income tax return, or say whether he would release it, the governor made the 34-page document public Wednesday afternoon.

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A prolonged stay: The reasons behind the slow pace of executions

By Raymond Bonner
Special to ProPublica
States that impose the death penalty have been facing a crisis in recent years: They are short on the drugs used in executions.

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Killer’s wife set to inherit victim’s money; “a travesty,” Broward prosector says

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
Ten years ago, killer Robert Burkell bludgeoned to death his 81-year-old tenant Charles Bertheas. The motive: money. Today, Burkell is in prison for life. But his wife Susan, who authorities say did not participate in the slaying but knew what was happening, is set to inherit the victim’s money.

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On Victory Drive, soldiers defeated by debt

By Paul Kiel, ProPublica and Mitchell Hartman, Marketplace
Seven years after Congress banned payday-loan companies from charging exorbitant interest rates to service members, many of the nation’s military bases are surrounded by storefront lenders who charge high annual percentage rates, sometimes exceeding 400 percent.

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A problematic model: Hallandale Beach CRA under city manager’s thumb

By William Gjebre
BrowardBulldog.org
After a brief period of independence, the Hallandale Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) is once again under the thumb of the city manager.

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IRS nonprofit division overloaded, understaffed; 2012 banner year for nonprofit applications

By Dave Levinthal
Center for Public Integrity
Amid withering accusations the Internal Revenue Service targeted tea party and other conservative groups with enhanced scrutiny, the agency faces another problem: it’s drowning in paperwork.

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Broward Auditor looks at Hallandale Beach CRA with eye toward recovering misspent funds

By William Gjebre
BrowardBulldog.org
The Broward County Auditor’s Office has begun looking into whether Hallandale Beach should be required to repay some of the millions in tax dollars allegedly misspent due to “gross mismanagement” by city officials.

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Is Obama delivering on his promise of a ’21st Century’ approach to drugs?

By Christie Thompson
ProPublica
When the Obama administration released its 2013 Drug Control Strategy recently, drug czar Gil Kerlikowske called it a “21st century” approach to drug policy. “It should be a public health issue, not just a criminal justice issue,” he said. But a recent government report has questioned his office’s impact so far.

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Hidden owner of ‘news’ site gave $120,000 to group that paid sheriff’s campaign manager

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
The registered owner of an online Broward “news” operation contributed over $120,000 to a political group that made payments to a firm owned by Sheriff Scott Israel’s campaign manager, Amy Rose, and to her husband.

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Everything we know about what’s happened under sequestration

By Theodoric Meyer
ProPublica
When the annual White House Easter Egg Hunt faced cancellation this year due to the package of mandatory budget cuts known as sequestration, the National Park Service kicked into high gear. It rescued the event — held since 1878 — with money from “corporate sponsors and the sale of commemorative wooden eggs,” according to the Washington Post. But other programs haven’t been so lucky.

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