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Florida Newspaper Wins Open Records Lawsuit

The Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville recently won a legal battle over Sunshine laws. According to the paper, city officials improperly held private meetings regarding pensions.

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Eric Barton Discusses Florida’s Controversial Toll Lane Projects on NPR Show

Eric Barton was a guest on “Here and Now” to discuss his story FCIR “Florida’s Toll Lane Boom.”

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Florida Court Charges Non-Profit News Org $132K For Public Records

A news organization seeking information about foreclosure policies in Florida got slammed with a prohibitively high fee for its public records request.

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Trevor Aaronson Returns to FCIR as Executive Director

Aaronson will be responsible for FCIR’s day-to-day operations, especially for growing the nonprofit organization’s journalism and revenue. This newly created position gives Aaronson an ex-officio seat on the board of directors.

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FCIR Awarded New Grant

For the fifth consecutive year, the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting has received a grant from the Ethics & Excellence in Journalism Foundation.

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New York Times: Florida Police Aren’t Being Prosecuted For Deadly Force

The New York Times reported last week that the state of Florida is not prosecuting police when they use lethal force. In fact, according to the Times, “in the past 20 years, not a single officer in Florida has been charged with using deadly force.”

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The Miami Herald Uncovers Secret Governor’s Mansion Project

Mary Ellen Klas of The Miami Herald has revealed another round of documents that shows Gov. Rick Scott’s office routinely used private email accounts, thus skirting the state’s public records laws. This time there’s a paper trail showing Scott’s people took a project out of the public eye.

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Treasure Coast Newspaper Delves Into Scott’s Environmental Record

A Scripps-owned newspaper covering Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin and Palm Beach counties published an in-depth look at Gov. Rick Scott’s environmental record during the past few years. The report looks at the effect of deregulation on the state’s ecology.

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Media Organizations File Amicus Brief In Public Records Case

Fourteen media organizations have filed an amicus brief backing the Brevard County Clerk in a case regarding whether a local public/private economic development agency’s documents are subject to the state’s public records laws.

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Miami Herald: DCF Hid 30 Child Deaths Reports During Investigation

According to The Miami Herald, a branch of the Florida Department of Children and Families began hiding a paper trial of 30 children’s deaths when the newspaper started reporting on the agency’s failures to prevent hundreds of deaths of children it was monitoring.

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