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More Florida Prison Guard Suspensions

As the state continues to deal with a slew of allegations of abuse and corruption in its prisons, another round of complaints have been filed and two prison guards in Florida have been suspended.

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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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Records Show Scott Administration Is Shielding Public Records

Records obtained by The Miami Herald/Tampa Bay Times Tallahassee bureau show Gov. Rick Scott’s office has been using private email and text messages to discuss state business and then shielded that communication from the state’s broad public records law.

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Judge Orders Information On Private Emails Used By Scott, Staff

There is more public records news here in the Sunshine State. This week a judge ruled Google and Yahoo will have to turn over some information about private email accounts used by Gov. Rick Scott and his staff. The ruling is part of a lawsuit claiming Scott’s administration has been skirting the state’s broad public records laws.

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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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Florida Lawmakers Won’t Talk About Hunting Trips With Big Sugar

The Tampa Bay Times/Miami Herald published a great investigative story this week about the secrecy surrounding a series of hunting trips frequented by state lawmakers that were almost completely paid for by sugar companies.

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Judge Says Florida Legislature Broke Law When Drawing Congressional Maps, Legislators Won’t Appeal

Last week, a circuit court judge ruled that the Florida Legislature broke state laws when drawing up congressional districts in 2012. Since the decision was announced, Republican leaders announced they won’t be challenging the ruling.

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Inmate’s Gassing Death Latest In Complaints Against Florida Prisons

Florida’s Department of Corrections (DOC) is under fire again for another round of allegations of abuse and corruption in the state’s prisons.

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State Officials Struggle With Controversial Fracking-like Incident In Southwest Florida

Florida’s environmental agency has started testing groundwater in Collier County after a Texas-based oil company used an unapproved method of oil drilling similar to fracking.

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Grand Jury Accuses State Agency Of ‘Deliberately’ Undercounting Child Neglect Deaths

The Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) is in hot water, again. This time, a grand jury scolded the agency this week for under reporting child deaths in the state related to abuse or neglect.

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