New majority on Hallandale commission wants to know: Where did CRA millions go?

By William Gjebre
FloridaBulldog.org
Update: Jan. 23 – Hallandale Beach city commissioners Monday night gave initial approval to hiring an accounting firm to conduct a forensic audit of the city’s long troubled Community Redevelopment Agency.

A curious search for justice amid Miami-Dade judges’ desire for new civil courthouse

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
The effort to build a new civil court building to replace the historic, but crumbling, Dade County Courthouse in downtown Miami recently took a bizarre turn that prompted a local judge to remove herself from a high-profile case involving prominent developer Russell Galbut and another local landmark, the Shelborne Hotel in Miami Beach.

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Broward Health commissioner quits amid governor’s inquiry into testimony in Jenne case

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
Broward Health Commissioner Kimberly Kisslan resigned Friday – two days after BrowardBulldog.org reported how she’d testified under a grant of immunity to the federal grand jury that investigated disgraced sheriff Ken Jenne.

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Governor’s choice for Broward Health board got immunity to testify in Jenne case

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
Gov. Rick Scott’s recent choice to serve on the governing board of Broward Health testified under a grant of immunity before the federal grand jury that investigated disgraced former sheriff Ken Jenne.

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Sudden turnover at the top, financial downgrade raise flags about state prison provider Corizon

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
The two top executives of a state vendor who negotiated a $1.2 billion contract with the Florida Department of Corrections to provide medical care for thousands of state prisoners were abruptly fired on Wednesday.

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Breaking away: Top public universities push for ‘autonomy’ from states

By Marian Wang
ProPublica
The chancellor of Oregon’s higher-education system currently oversees all seven of the state’s public colleges and universities. But as of July next year, she’ll be chancellor of four. The schools aren’t closing. Rather, Oregon’s three largest state schools are in the process of breaking away from the rest of the public system.

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Lagging in South Florida, Broward County has no on-demand video of public meetings

By William Hladky
BrowardBulldog.org
Unlike most local governments, the Broward County Commission limits the amount of sunlight that shines on its meetings. Broward is the only county in Southeast Florida, and the only major government in Broward County, that does not archive its recorded commission meetings for later on-demand viewing online by the public.

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Florida prison officials didn’t ask, companies didn’t tell about hundreds of malpractice cases

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
The Florida Department of Corrections awarded a five-year, $1.2 billion contract to provide medical care for thousands of state prisoners in north and central Florida to Corizon, a Tennessee company that was sued 660 times for malpractice in the last five years.

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Security clearance lapses stemmed from Washington’s emphasis on speed over quality

By Rebecca LaFlure
Center for Public Integrity
Efforts by the government to fix a notable problem sometimes create a new mess that turns out to be as insidious and troublesome as the first, or even worse. This is what happened when Washington attempted to improve the way its security agencies vetted hundreds of thousands of workers needed suddenly after the 9/11 attacks to pursue counterterror tasks and oversee heightened secrecy requirements.

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The impact and echoes of the Wal-Mart discrimination case

By Nina Martin
ProPublica
When the U.S. Supreme Court issued its 5-4 decision in Wal-Mart v. Dukes in June 2011, no one needed a Richter scale to know it was a Big One. In throwing out a mammoth lawsuit by women employees who claimed that they’d been systematically underpaid and underpromoted by the world’s biggest corporation, the ruling upended decades of employment discrimination law and raised serious barriers to future large-scale discrimination cases of every kind.

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Hallandale finds allies amid aggressive response to county’s request for CRA documents

By William Gjebre
BrowardBulldog.org
A group of Broward cities have reached an agreement with the county Inspector Genera’s Office to turn over financial documents from their redevelopment agencies, temporarily heading off a possible court battle over the county’s claim that it has jurisdiction to investigate those agencies.

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