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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Legislature asks Hallandale for answers about CRA spending; Subpoenas land at city hall

By William Gjebre
BrowardBulldog.org
The Florida Legislature’s joint auditing committee is wading into Hallandale Beach’s questionable spending of local redevelopment funds, demanding that city officials explain the use and handling of those funds.

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9/11 family members demand the FBI ‘come clean’ about Sarasota Saudis

By Dan Christensen and Anthony Summers
BrowardBulldog.org
A group representing 6,600 survivors and relatives of those killed and injured in the 9/11 attacks called on the FBI Thursday to “come clean” about its investigation of Saudis in Florida who may have aided the terrorist hijackers.

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Bob Graham: FBI hindered Congress’s 9/11 inquiry, withheld reports about Sarasota Saudis

By Dan Christensen and Anthony Summers
BrowardBulldog.org
Former U.S. Senator Bob Graham has accused the FBI in court papers of having impeded Congress’s Joint Inquiry into 9/11 by withholding information about a Florida connection to the al-Qaeda attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people.

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Mystery of Sarasota Saudis deepens as Justice moves to end FOI lawsuit citing national security

By Dan Christensen and Anthony Summers
BrowardBulldog.org
A senior FBI official has told a Fort Lauderdale federal judge that disclosure of certain classified information about Saudis who hurriedly left their Sarasota area home shortly before 9/11 “would reveal current specific targets of the FBI’s national security investigations.”

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Tobacco giant Reynolds American funded conservative nonprofits

By Dave Levinthal
Center for Public Integrity
Tobacco giant Reynolds American Inc. last year helped fund several of the nation’s most politically active — and secretive — nonprofit organizations, according to a company document reviewed by the Center for Public Integrity.

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As Factory Farms spread, government efforts to curb threat from livestock waste bog down

By Bridget Huber
Fair Warning
As factory farms take over more and more of the nation’s livestock production, a major environmental threat has emerged: Pollution from the waste produced by the immense crush of animals.

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Ft. Lauderdale police start enforcing background checks for buyers at gun shows

By William Hladky
BrowardBulldog.org
Fresh efforts to enforce two county ordinances should prevent cash-and-carry gun sales at guns shows in Broward County for buyers who have not already passed a state background check.

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Electric cars and the Department of Energy: Two giant loans, two different paths

By Ronnie Greene
Center for Public Integrity
They are two cutting-edge electric car makers, headquartered in California and backed by powerhouses of politics and money. In 2009, each secured half-billion dollar loan commitments from President Obama’s Department of Energy to help transform their clean-energy cars from drawing boards to showrooms. But this week, the fortunes of Tesla Motors and Fisker Automotive took sharply divergent turns.

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A prolonged stay: The reasons behind the slow pace of executions

By Raymond Bonner
Special to ProPublica
States that impose the death penalty have been facing a crisis in recent years: They are short on the drugs used in executions.

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