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.

Lt. Gov. Lopez-Cantera’s relatives profited from his 2008 House campaign, probe found

Carlos Lopez-Cantera is sworn in as lieutenant governor on Feb. 3 as family members and Gov. Rick Scott look on.

By Francisco Alvarado
BrowardBulldog.org
When Lt. Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera was a state legislator in 2008 his campaign paid more than $20,000 to an electioneering firm run by his sister and her husband. The arrangement sparked a quiet public corruption probe. No criminal charges were filed, yet a prosecutor concluded that what happened “may not look good” to the public.

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Broward Health believes whistleblower is behind anti-kickback probe; Justice Department involved

By Karla Bowsher
BrowardBulldog.org
A whistleblower apparently sparked the ongoing federal anti-kickback inquiry into allegations of false Medicare and Medicaid claims at Broward Health.

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States have subsidized makers of assault weapons to tune of $19 million

By John Christie, Naomi Schalit, Theresa Sullivan Barger and Nathaniel Herz
Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting
Taxpayers across the country are subsidizing the manufacturers of assault rifles used in multiple mass killings, including the massacre of 20 children and six adults at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. last month.

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Broward Inspector General looks ready to ask prosecutors to investigate Hallandale grants

By William Gjebre
BrowardBulldog.org
The Broward Inspector General’s Office is poised to ask Broward prosecutors to investigate a Hallandale Beach group that received at least $25,000 in city funds, according to the attorney for the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency.

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Broward Health’s assets at “distressed” levels, “below book value” without tax levy, study says

By Karla Bowsher
BrowardBulldog.org
A new state-ordered study compares the value of Broward Health’s operating assets to those of a “distressed hospital” worth “significantly below book value.”

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Hallandale commission fires CRA boss; abrupt move avoids airing “dirty laundry,” mayor says

By William Gjebre
BrowardBulldog.org
Hallandale Beach city commissioners last night fired the executive director of the city’s embattled Community Redevelopment Agency after just two years on the job.

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After Sandy Hook shootings, NRA campaign clout still formidable

By Joe Eaton
The Center for Public Integrity
The National Rifle Association is keeping silent in response to calls for gun control measures in the wake of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Yet the massive trail of political money spent by the group shows the potent force any proposals for new restrictions will likely face when the anger and dismay over Sandy Hook recedes.

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More judges may have violated rules by working with company overseeing public health funds

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
Two more South Florida judges may have violated ethics rules by serving on the board of a private company that controls public health care spending.

Those Miami-Dade judges sit on the board of a nonprofit corporation that is paid by the Department of Children and Families to administer tens of millions of behavioral healthcare dollars.

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The other crucial civil rights case the Supreme Court will be ruling on

By Suevon Lee
ProPublica.org
On Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court said it would hear two cases challenging state and federal laws which prevent the legal union between same-sex couples.

But it’s not the only significant civil rights case the Court has decided to take up this term.

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How Cellphone Companies Have Resisted Rules for Disasters

By Cora Currier
ProPublica
In a natural disaster or other emergency, one of the first things you’re likely to reach for is your cellphone. Landlines are disappearing. More than 30 percent of American households now rely exclusively on cellphones. Despite that, cell carriers have successfully pushed back against rules on what they have to do in a disaster.

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