Appeals Court Sends Redistricting Battle Straight to Florida Supreme Court

Appeals Court Sends Redistricting Battle Straight to Florida Supreme Court

October 2, 2014

A divided state appeals court sent the the battle over Florida's newly drawn congressional districts to the state Supreme Court in Tallahassee.

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Published in Blog, Government, Open Records, Politics

Governor’s Inspector General Didn’t Act When Alerted To Prison Issues

Governor’s Inspector General Didn’t Act When Alerted To Prison Issues

September 28, 2014

The Miami Herald broke more news this week regarding the ongoing scandal in the state prison system. According to recent documents obtained by the Herald, Gov. Rick Scott's inspector general received a letter about two years ago alleging corruption, cover-ups and abuse in some of the state's prisons. Instead of looking into the allegations, the inspector general asked the very people accused of covering-up the deaths to look into the matter.

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Published in Blog, Government, Justice, Open Records, Politics

Trevor Aaronson Returns to FCIR as Executive Director

Trevor Aaronson Returns to FCIR as Executive Director

September 25, 2014

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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Published in Blog, Journalism

DCF Had Contact with Family Two Weeks Before Man Killed His Daughter and Six Grandchildren

DCF Had Contact with Family Two Weeks Before Man Killed His Daughter and Six Grandchildren

September 24, 2014

Tragic news surfaced this week that a 51-year-old man in Bell, Florida killed his daughter and her six children. The incident also highlights ongoing issues with Florida’s Department of Children and Families (DCF). According to reports, DCF had been alerted to problems in the family about two weeks before the deadly killing spree.

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Published in Blog, Government, Health, Open Records

GOP Redistricting Docs Go Before The Florida Supreme Court

GOP Redistricting Docs Go Before The Florida Supreme Court

September 22, 2014

A legal challenge over whether documents related to the Florida Legislature’s 2012 effort to redraw the state’s congressional districts can be made public is now before the state’s Supreme Court justices. The first hearing on the matter began Friday.

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Published in Blog, Government, Justice, Open Records, Politics

Koch Foundation Proposal to FSU: Teach Our Curriculum, Get Millions

Koch Foundation Proposal to FSU: Teach Our Curriculum, Get Millions

September 19, 2014

When the Charles Koch Foundation considered giving millions of dollars to Florida State University’s economics department, the offer came with strings attached.

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Published in Education, Government, Politics

Times/Herald: Rick Scott Is Appointing Fewer Black Judges Than Charlie Crist And Jeb Bush

Times/Herald: Rick Scott Is Appointing Fewer Black Judges Than Charlie Crist And Jeb Bush

September 18, 2014

This week, The Tampa Bay Times/Miami Herald published a story looking at the number of African-American judges appointed under the Scott Administration compared to administrations before him. In short, Gov. Rick Scott is falling short of his predecessors.

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Published in Blog, Government, Justice, Politics

FCIR Awarded New Grant

September 17, 2014

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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Published in Blog, Journalism

Big Sugar Plans Development In Potential Everglades Restoration Land

Big Sugar Plans Development In Potential Everglades Restoration Land

September 16, 2014

Environmental groups around the state are alarmed at U.S. Sugar's plans to potentially develop huge tracts of land it owns in Hendry County, which might affect Everglades restoration efforts.

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Published in Blog, Environment, Government, Politics

Florida’s Toll Lane Boom

Florida’s Toll Lane Boom

September 14, 2014

An analysis by the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting shows that the toll lane projects began thanks to state-funded reports produced by a think tank funded in part by toll lane developers.

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Published in Economy, Government, Transportation

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