Tainted water releases likely to continue even after Lake Okeechobee dike is refurbished

Crews install a partial cutoff wall in the middle of the Herbert Hoover Dike near Pahokee in 2012. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers installed 21.4 miles of cutoff wall in the southeast side of the dike surrounding Lake Okeechobee from 2007-2013. Photo: US Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District

By Ann Henson Feltgen
FloridaBulldog.org
While Floridians are anticipating the completion of the renovation to the 75-year-old Herbert Hoover Dike surrounding Lake Okeechobee during 2020, more water discharges, like those that occurred this winter, will likely be required after the work is complete, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

‘What’s going on?’ Broward airport contractor said to owe millions may win millions instead

Former Broward Aviation Department Director Kent George

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Five months after demanding that contractor Tutor Perini pay Broward more than $34 million in damages for costly airport construction delays, ex-county aviation boss Kent George instead wants the county to pay Tutor Perini $18.9 million.

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Hollywood Beach CRA the target of moves to cut its funding, or kill it

Rendering of Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort. Photo: City of Hollywood

By William Gjebre
FloridaBulldog.org
Hollywood City Commissioner Peter Hernandez says the Beach Community Redevelopment Agency should be abolished because it has had increasing property tax funds for its use — at times exceeding its needs — while the “rest of the city is starving” to pay for operations and needed improvements.

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A stonewall of secrecy hides many 9-11 records on 14th anniversary of terrorist attacks

Osama bin Laden, left, with his successor as al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Seven weeks after the end of the massive cleanup at Ground Zero in lower Manhattan in 2002, a legal investigator for the families of 9/11 victims requested a copy of an arrest warrant issued by Interpol for fugitive al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. The Justice Department replied that she’d first need bin Laden to sign a privacy waiver.

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Pipeline foes ask DEP to deny key permit; Cite ‘conflict of interest’ by Gov. Scott

Gov. Rick Scott

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Opponents of a proposed natural gas pipeline in North Florida are asking Florida regulators to reject the project, citing both dangers to the environment and a “conflict of interest” by the regulators’ boss, Gov. Rick Scott.

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Democracy inaction: old equipment and partisan battles threaten election integrity nationwide

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By Nicholas Kusnetz
Center for Public Integrity
The offices in a former Kohl’s department store here look inconsequential enough — linoleum floors, fluorescent lights and cookie-cutter furniture. But what happens in this strip mall, and other equally nondescript settings nationwide, could in fact be crucial to the struggle over America’s voting laws and apparatus — a struggle that may go a long way toward determining the outcome of next November’s presidential election.

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Convicted thief sets up South Florida super PAC with Federal Election Commission’s OK

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By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
Four years after being convicted of stealing $35,000 worth of textbooks from Ohio State University’s law school library, Christopher Brian Valdes set up a super PAC this month in South Florida with the blessing of the Federal Election Commission.

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Bury excess plutonium, don’t turn it into fuel, study says

The multi-billion dollar MOX plant under construction near Aiken, South Carolina in 2013

By Patrick Malone and Douglas Birch
Center for Public Integrity
A team of experts has confirmed what the Energy Department has been saying for two years — that burying 34 tons of weapons-grade plutonium would be far cheaper and more practical than completing a multibillion-dollar plant that would turn the radioactive material into commercial reactor fuel.

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Powerful medicine: Broward Health offers nearly $70 million to settle federal fraud probe

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By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Taxpayer-supported Broward Health offered Thursday to pay nearly $70 million to settle a four-year-old federal investigation into allegations of massive Medicare and Medicaid fraud.

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You don’t need X-ray vision to see through Gov. Rick Scott’s blind trust

Gov. Rick Scott, right, and blind trust executive Alan Bazaar

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Gov. Rick Scott keeps his $127.8 million stock portfolio in a blind trust, but the trust isn’t doing its job of preventing him from having knowledge or control of his investments. The blind trust keeps the governor’s assets out of sight of the public, but fails to blind him to his investments.

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Pipeline company with tie to Gov. Scott, and state backing, has history of accidents

With the Clinton Presidential Center in the foreground, this photo shows a Spectra Energy pipeline blowout beneath the Arkansas River in Little Rock on May 31. Photo Courtesy: Tony Cassady

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Spectra Energy, the company that state environmental regulators say should be allowed to construct a 267-mile-long natural gas pipeline in North Florida, has a checkered history of accidents and violations of federal safety rules in the U.S. and Canada dating back decades.

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