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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Altered rules let ex-Hallandale city manager’s son-in-law join lucrative pension plan

By William Gjebre
BrowardBulldog.org
Hallandale Beach officials altered city pension guidelines to enable the son-in-law of former city manager Mike Good to join a lucrative management-only pension plan after it was closed to additional employees.

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Insurance firm accused in smear told to pay $6 million to owners of Pompano Beach company

By Michael Pollick
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
A Broward County Circuit Court jury has levied a $6 million judgment against FCCI Commercial Insurance Co. for breaching a contract and maliciously prosecuting the owners of a Pompano Beach-based woodworking company, Custom Wood Creations Inc.

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Broward Health’s liability in federal kickback probe estimated at $100 million

By Karla Bowsher
BrowardBulldog.org
Broward Health faces $100 million in potential civil liability due to an ongoing federal anti-kickback investigation into whether it submitted false Medicare and Medicaid claims. “We’re looking at, I’ve heard, up to $100 million,” said Broward Health Commissioner David Di Pietro.

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Will Democrats sell your political opinions to credit card companies?

By Lois Beckett
ProPublica.org
For years, state Democratic parties have been gathering information about individual voters’ political leanings. They have noted down the opinions voters shared with canvassers — which candidates they said they supported or their positions on policy issues. Now, the record of what people told Democratic volunteers may go up for sale — and not just to political groups.

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Grand jury: Miramar police justified in brothers’ shooting deaths, but one’s death “inadvertent”

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
Two years ago, Miramar police shot to death two brothers in a residential parking lot during a nighttime drug investigation.
Now it turns out that one of the men – shot six times – was killed by mistake, according to a Broward County Grand Jury report.

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ATF’s weak enforcement; crippled oversight means troubled guns dealers can stay open years

By Fred Schulte
Center for Public Integrity
The federal agents who visited Scott Taylor’s rural Pennsylvania gun shop in early January 2010 — to conduct the store’s first inspection in more than three decades — found thousands of violations of firearm sales laws. But that wasn’t the end of the story.

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Hallandale sues ex-city manager’s son-in-law for unpaid debt, but may be left holding empty bag

By William Gjebre
BrowardBulldog.org
Hallandale Beach is suing the son-in-law of ex-City Manager Mike Good for failing to repay the city thousands of dollars in tuition reimbursements he received during Good’s tenure.

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At some schools, achievement lags behind opportunity

By Jennifer LaFleur
ProPublica
Some education experts say the opportunity to take advanced classes is critical to helping low-income students succeed later in life.
But opportunity doesn’t always equal achievement. Our new analysis of data from the U.S. Department of Education shows that, in some states, Advanced Placement exam passing rates remain lower in schools with more poor students.

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Coconut Creek cops won’t be prosecuted for passing law enforcement computer data to friend

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
The Broward State Attorney’s Office has declined to prosecute three Coconut Creek police officers mixed up in a scheme to improperly access confidential law enforcement databases for personal reasons.

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