Gov. Scott had stake in pipeline firm whose $3 billion venture he and his appointees backed

Florida's existing and proposed pipeline routes. Gov. Scott invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in companies that own all three. Illustration: NextEra Energy

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
Shortly after Gov. Rick Scott was elected, a Florida Power & Light executive on his transition team pitched the idea of building a major new natural gas pipeline. Last year, Scott signed bills to speed up permitting for the project and the Public Service Commission approved its construction. Not known at the time: Scott owned a stake in the company that will build the $3 billion pipeline.

Audit: $1 million grant for Miami-Dade trade school wasted by mismanagement

Bay Point School in Miami-Dade County

By Francisco Alvarado
BrowardBulldog.org
A defunct youth offender program in Miami-Dade wasted a $1 million county grant building a vocational trade school that has sat empty for the last three years, according to a scathing audit by the Miami-Dade Inspector General.

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Hallandale city managers erased millions in code violation fines with little oversight

By William Gjebre
BrowardBulldog.org
Nearly $11 million in fines imposed for property code violations in Hallandale Beach in the past five years have been excused by city managers without the city commission’s review or approval, according to city records. The city collected only a fraction of the total.

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Tax-subsidized Broward Health in six-figure endorsement deal with Miami Dolphins QB

By Karla Bowsher
BrowardBulldog.org
The newest face of Broward Health hangs shoulder pads around his neck instead of a stethoscope. But like a doctor, he earns six figures a year from the tax-subsidized public health care system.

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Obama nonprofit not disclosing all donor data

By Dave Levinthal
Center for Public Integrity
President Barack Obama’s new nonprofit advocacy group wants to know what its donors do professionally and for whom they work. But don’t expect to ever see the information.

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Wal-Mart looks to enter Ft. Lauderdale market; eyes unprosperous area near downtown

By William Hladky
BrowardBulldog.org
Walmart wants to build its first store in Fort Lauderdale – a Neighborhood Market on a seven-acre site on the southwest corner of Andrews Ave. and Sunrise Blvd. If built, it will be the first Walmart store in east central Broward County.

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Split Hallandale commission votes to give Miami developer Tibor Hollo big break on fines

By William Gjebre
BrowardBulldog.org
Hallandale Beach city commissioners have let a prominent developer off the hook for nearly half-a-million dollars in fines for property code violations accumulated before it bought the land at a much lower price than paid by the former owners.

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Drilling Deeper: The Wealth of Connections for Obama’s Energy Pick

By Justin Elliott
ProPublica
President Obama’s energy secretary nominee Ernest Moniz is a nuclear scientist who spent the last decade serving on a range of boards and advisory councils for energy industry heavyweights, including some that do business with the Department of Energy.

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Don’t ask, don’t tell at the Broward State Attorney’s Office

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
Broward prosecutors who declined to charge a Coconut Creek policeman who pulled a Taser on a frightened theft suspect standing in a bathtub never asked the officer under oath why he hadn’t mentioned the incident in his police reports.

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Conflicts of interest run rampant in state legislatures, including Florida

By Nicholas Kusnetz
Center for Public Integrity
SANTA FE — On February 20, New Mexico’s House Energy and Natural Resources Committee gathered for one of its regular meetings in a drab room here at the capitol, a circular building known as the Roundhouse. On the agenda: a bill that would hike fees and penalties for energy companies drilling wells in the state.

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Hallandale mayor, ex-city managers defend millions in suspect spending to county agents

By William Gjebre
BrowardBulldog.org
Current and former top Hallandale Beach officials defended – or offered excuses for – the handling of millions of dollars in community redevelopment funds to county investigators who have now accused the city of “gross mismanagement.”

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