Amid probe, Broward Health’s top heart doctor takes pay cut; “Every bit about the money”


By Dan Christensen
A prominent Fort Lauderdale cardiologist at the center of a federal investigation into alleged Medicare and Medicaid fraud at Broward Health has signed a new contract featuring a hefty pay cut and an unfamiliar requirement that he treat poor people.

Top two FDLE agents in Miami are out; Turmoil amid takeover of police shooting probes

Addy Villanueva, former special agent-in-charge of the FDLE's Miami regional office Photo: CBSMiami

By Francisco Alvarado
The abrupt replacement of Gerald Bailey as Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner wasn’t the only major shake-up at the state’s top law enforcement agency in December. Also out amid reports of internal intrigue: the first woman to lead FDLE’s Miami Regional Operations Center, Addy Villanueva, and her number two, Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge Robert Breeden.

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How many railroad crossings will close for new downtown passenger train service?


By Ann Henson-Feltgen
New downtown passenger train service that will speed users from Orlando to South Florida and back may sound like a tourism dream come true, but there’s a potentially unexpected cost to local residents.

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A conservative judge rebukes FBI as he orders it to find and turn over 9/11 documents

U.S. District Judge William J. Zloch

By Dan Christensen and Anthony Summers
Fort Lauderdale U.S. District Judge William J. Zloch has a reputation as a no-nonsense, conservative judge who can be short on patience, but is long on courtroom preparation and does not recoil from speaking his mind. On Friday, after months of legal wrangling, Zloch spoke his mind for the first time on the FBI’s handling of a Freedom of Information lawsuit about 9/11.

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Skeptical U.S. judge gives FBI two weeks to conduct better search of 9/11 records


By Dan Christensen and Anthony Summers
UPDATE 4/4/14 — Troubled by “inconsistencies” and the government’s sometimes “nonsensical” legal arguments, a federal judge on Friday ordered the FBI to conduct a detailed search of its records for information about apparent terrorist activity in Sarasota prior to 9/11.

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Gov. Scott’s blind trust deviates from U.S. model; Florida law omits federal safeguards

Gov. Rick Scott

By Dan Christensen
When Florida’s Commission on Ethics OK’d Gov. Rick Scott’s blind trust last September it acted after being told by the governor’s lawyers that it was “modeled on the blind trust of the federal Office of Government Ethics.” But the governor’s blind trust – packed with more than $70 million in Scott’s stocks, bonds and other financial assets – deviates substantially from the federal model.

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Inside the Koch brothers’ campus crusade; Billionaire industrialists investing in students

David, left, and Charles Koch

By Dave Levinthal
Center for Public Integrity
Billionaire industrialists David and Charles Koch may rank among the nation’s biggest bankrollers of conservative causes and Republican campaign vehicles. But Koch proselytizing of government deregulation and pro-business civics is increasingly targeted not just at creatures of Capitol Hill, or couch sitters in swing states, but at the hearts and minds of American college students, as well.

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Citing broad public interest, newspapers ask judge to deny U.S. bid to block 9/11 lawsuit


By Dan Christensen and Anthony Summers
Two Florida newspapers have asked a Fort Lauderdale federal judge to deny the Justice Department’s effort to shut down a Freedom of Information lawsuit seeking records from an FBI investigation into apparent terrorist activity in Sarasota shortly before 9/11.

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Wireless companies fight to control your cell phone as rare frequency auction looms


By Allan Holmes
Center for Public Integrity
The setting was ornate, the subject esoteric, but the implications huge. The crowd that filed last month into the wood-paneled room 226 in the Dirksen Senate Office Building included lawmakers, lobbyists, company executives, and a few mystery guests — a roster that reflected the enormity of the issue at hand: nothing less than control of the growing wireless market and the hundreds of billions of dollars that go with it.

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Gov. Scott chose a familiar face to manage his $72 million blind trust

Alan Lee Bazaar, left, and Gov. Rick Scott

By Dan Christensen
Most Floridians have never heard of Alan Lee Bazaar. Yet as chief executive of the New York investment advisory firm that serves as trustee of Gov. Rick Scott’s blind trust, Bazaar is the keeper of an important public trust for Florida’s citizens.

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A modern day ‘Harvest of Shame’: Today’s blue collar temp laborers face abuses in Florida, elsewhere

A photo from the CBS documentary 'Harvest of Shame, left, and Chicago temp workers on a bus in the early morning hours of Jan. 18, 2013 Photo: CBS News, Sally Ryan for ProPublica

By Michael Grabell
CRANBURY, N.J. – Half a century ago, the legendary journalist Edward R. Murrow came to this pancake-flat town in central New Jersey to document the plight of migrant farmworkers. But today, an old way of labor persists here. Temporary workers who migrate here daily on buses face face similar conditions.

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