Too many heroin addicts, too few treatment beds; The runaround in Miami-Dade

By Francisco Alvarado
BrowardBulldog.org
As a heroin epidemic builds in South Florida, one drug interventionist is finding it difficult to get Miami-Dade County’s assistance to open a long-term treatment facility.

FBI’s attempt to water down judicial order denied; 9/11 documents begin to flow to judge

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By Dan Christensen and Anthony Summers
BrowardBulldog.org
A Fort Lauderdale federal judge Friday gave the FBI another week to produce tens of thousands of pages from its massive 9/11 investigation for his inspection, but forcefully denied government requests that he water down his own previous order requiring disclosure.

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Medicaid contracts, a close friend, big money and Gov. Scott’s re-election campaign

Gov. Rick Scott

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
Before the Legislature convenes in Tallahassee next Tuesday, Coral Gables healthcare tycoon Miguel B. “Mike” Fernandez will host a Sunday afternoon BBQ with Gov. Rick Scott, his wife Ann, and key members of the governor’s campaign finance team.

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A psychiatric hospital for North Ridge site? Oakland Park commission set to decide

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By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
UPDATE: FEB. 21 — With anxious residents watching at city hall and at home on computers and cable television, Oakland Park has put off for two weeks a decision on whether to approve a controversial psychiatric and drug rehabilitation hospital. The reason: Wednesday night’s hearing ran too late to finish the hearing.

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Judge: Deerfield Beach pump maker MWI doesn’t have to pay millions sought by U.S.

MWI Headquarters

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
After a bitter, 16-year fight with the Justice Department, Deerfield Beach pump maker MWI scored a big victory last week with a federal judge’s ruling that the company isn’t liable for any damages for its violations of the False Claims Act.

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Payments to CEO raise new conflicts at top health quality group

Dr. Cristine Cassel, President and CEO of the National Quality Forum, speaking before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions. Dr. Cassel was paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in additional outside compensation after she was hired in December 2012. (help.senate.gov)

By Marshall Allen
ProPublica
The top executive at the country’s pre-eminent health care quality organization is being paid hundreds of thousands of dollars by two large medical companies that have a stake in the group’s work.

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Florida ethics bill: Lobbyists at independent taxing districts must register, disclose

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By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
A government ethics bill introduced in the Florida Senate would for the first time require lobbyists before many large independent special districts to register and disclose their clients, areas of interest and general compensation.

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Ex-U.S. Rep. Deutsch stirs the pot in Hollywood; New school plans upset neighbors

Ex-Congressman Peter Deutsch

By William Gjebre
BrowardBulldog.org
Five weeks after receiving approval for a middle-senior high school in Hollywood, Ben Gamla charter school officials are exploring “substantive” changes to the project, sparking renewed controversy.

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Broward commissioners tell Henry to come up with a plan for video-on-demand of meetings

The Broward County Commission. Lois Wexler is second from right. Chip LaMarca is at the far left.

By William Hladky
BrowardBulldog.org
UPDATE: FEB. 5 – The Broward County Commission has directed the county administrator to prepare a cost analysis and implementation plan to create an on-line, video archive of commission meetings.

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As Broward commission races take shape, LaMarca, Keechl fear nasty re-run

Broward Commissioner Chip LaMarca, left, and challenger Ken Keechl

By Buddy Nevins
BrowardBulldog.org
Broward County Commissioner Chip LaMarca and former Commissioner Ken Keechl approach their upcoming race for the commission like a child approaches the first day of school — with anxiety and trepidation.

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Post traumatic stress crisis ignored: Americans wounded in their own neighborhoods

A shooting victim is rushed to the hospital in Miami. Photo: CBS4

By Lois Beckett
ProPublica
Chicago’s Cook County Hospital has one of the busiest trauma centers in the nation, treating about 2,000 patients a year for gunshots, stabbings and other violent injuries. So when researchers started screening patients there for post-traumatic stress disorder in 2011, they assumed they would find cases. They just didn’t know how many.

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