Plaza Health Network cited repeatedly by feds, state for nursing home violations

Plaza Health Network President and CEO Elaine Bloom and Chairman Ronald Lowy Photo: NBC 6

By Francisco Alvarado
Plaza Health Network, the embattled nursing home chain that six months ago agreed to pay $21.5 million to settle federal civil charges that it defrauded Medicare and Medicaid, has habitually violated state and federal healthcare regulations by providing inadequate, and at times negligent, care to residents at its facilities.

New union deal at Miami-Dade Schools to begin push toward $15 hourly minimum wage


By William Gjebre
A tentative agreement between Miami-Dade Public Schools and the union representing its general employees raises the minimum pay for some of district’s lowest paid workers to $10 an hour, marking what a top union official says is the start of a drive to obtain a minimum hourly wage of $15.

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Miami-Dade commissioners find $30 million to fix iconic courthouse

The Dade County Courthouse

By Francisco Alvarado
Last year, local judges and prominent attorneys led an unsuccessful campaign to convince Miami-Dade voters to foot the bill for a new $368 million civil court building, plus $25 million to fix up the iconic Dade County Courthouse. The measure failed 2-to-1. Now it turns out Miami-Dade County already had a pot of taxpayer money available for extensive repairs needed at the deteriorating, 87-year-old landmark.

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Jeb Bush’s missing emails detail his lobbying support for Bacardi as contributions flowed

A screen shot of the home page of

By Dan Christensen
The mass release of emails covering presidential aspirant Jeb Bush’s years as governor omitted at least a dozen emails documenting behind-the-scenes lobbying support he gave to liquor giant Bacardi.

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New Saudi king ran state charity that 9/11 victims say funded and armed al Qaeda

Saudi King Salman with President Obama at Erga Palace during a January 27 trip to Saudi Arabia. Photo: Pete Souza, official White House photo

By Dan Christensen
Saudi Arabia’s new king, Salman, “actively directed” a Saudi charity whose funding was “especially important to al Qaeda acquiring the strike capabilities used to launch attacks in the U.S.,” say new court papers filed by lawyers representing 9/11 victims and their families.

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Fort Lauderdale redevelopment project fails; $1 million in taxpayer funds at risk

Fort Lauderdale's Sixth Street Plaza

By William Hladky
Almost $1 million in taxpayer loans may never be repaid due to the forced sale of the Sixth Street Plaza, centerpiece of Fort Lauderdale’s ambitious plans to revitalize Sistrunk Boulevard corridor, at a public auction on May 5.

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FDLE’s Miami regional office ‘like ‘The Walking Dead'”

Miami FDLE Agent Addy Villanueva, former special agent in charge. Photo:

By Francisco Alvarado
The Miami regional office of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement was a dysfunctional, hostile workplace where the special agent-in-charge, Addy Villanueva, was in the dark about turmoil between rank-and-file officers and her abrasive second-in-command, Robert Breeden.

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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.

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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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Coconut Creek police botched 82 child rape and other cases; Dashed hopes for justice


By Dan Christensen
The Coconut Creek police botched dozens of criminal cases involving disturbing reports about children who were raped or abused and seniors who were neglected or exploited. But what happened has remained largely hidden from public view.

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Welcome to Florida Bulldog; News you need to know


Broward Bulldog has a new name, Florida Bulldog.
The change recognizes what you already know – that the Bulldog’s brand of nonprofit, nonpartisan watchdog news coverage often extends beyond Broward County.

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