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

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

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
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.

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

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By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
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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Hallandale mayor, ex-city managers defend millions in suspect spending to county agents

By William Gjebre
BrowardBulldog.org
Current and former top Hallandale Beach officials defended – or offered excuses for – the handling of millions of dollars in community redevelopment funds to county investigators who have now accused the city of “gross mismanagement.”

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Medicaid cuts top Broward Health’s concerns for the 2013 legislative session

By Karla Bowsher
BrowardBulldog.org
Broward Health could lose at least $6.5 million a year if Tallahassee lawmakers ignore their pleas not to reduce Medicaid health insurance payments. That’s on top of $179 million the north Broward public hospital system expects to lose to federal cutbacks over the next decade.

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Florida Senate passes sweeping ethics reform package

By Nicholas Kusnetz
Center for Public Integrity
The Republican-controlled Florida Senate unanimously passed a landmark ethics reform package on Tuesday, the first day of the legislative session, setting the stage for what could be the first major changes to the state’s ethics laws in decades.

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Broward Inspector General slams Hallandale for “gross mismanagement”; CRAs elsewhere eyed

By William Gjebre and Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
Broward’s Inspector General has found that Hallandale Beach officials “grossly mismanaged” millions of dollars in public funds “entrusted to the care of its Community Redevelopment Agency,” says report.

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Finkelstein to feds: “Please do something” about improper police interrogations in Broward

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
Broward Public Defender Howard Finkelstein has asked the U.S. Justice Department to investigate what he called the Broward State Attorney’s “long, distressing history” of condoning police use of “threatening, improper interrogation techniques.”

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Broward Sheriff Israel hires lobbyists to twist arms at county hall; no client conflicts, his lawyer says

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
New Broward Sheriff Scott Israel has shuffled his office’s outside lobbying team, signing $7,000-a-month contracts with a pair of well-connected lobbyists with clients whose interests sometimes conflict with BSO.

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Report points to cancer risk from chemicals used to treat drinking water

By Bridget Huber
FairWarning.org
Chemicals used to treat drinking water for millions of Americans may raise the risk of cancer and lead to other unintended health hazards, according to a report released today by the Environmental Working Group, an advocacy organization.

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No charges in Coconut Creek police misconduct case; prosecutors OK with enhanced interrogation

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
A Coconut Creek police officer who held an activated Taser stun gun at the ready while questioning a frightened 19-year-old theft suspect he made stand in a bathtub won’t be charged with a crime. Civil rights advocates call the police interrogation of Blake L. Robinson a disturbing example of police misconduct akin to torture. But Broward corruption prosecutors did not see it that way.

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Oops…Florida lawmakers scramble to repeal foreign driving law

By Lloyd Dunkelberger and Michael Pollick
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Gov. Rick Scott and state lawmakers said they will work to alter or overturn a new law that requires Canadian and other foreign travelers to obtain international permits to drive in Florida.

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