America’s Weed Rush

This report is produced by the Carnegie-Knight News21 initiative, a national investigative reporting project involving top college journalism students across the country and headquartered at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.
Gov. Rick Scott vetoed more than $427 million from the state budget. (Photo courtesy of Rick Scott.)

Scott’s Budget Vetoes Hit Florida Cities Hardest

The record budget cuts are most evident in Florida’s most populous counties -- Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Hillsborough, Duval, Orange and Pinellas -- which together will absorb more than $164 million in cuts to programs and infrastructure specifically intended for those counties.

The DEA’s Castoff

A former Colombian drug trafficker spent decades working undercover for the United States. Now, the government informant says he faces deportation, which could prove deadly.

The Sting

Trevor Aaronson of FCIR reveals in The Intercept how confidential FBI documents provide a rare glimpse inside a counterterrorism sting operation.

In Florida, Officials Ban Term ‘Climate Change’

State environmental officials ordered not to use the terms “climate change” or “global warming” in any government communications, emails, or reports, according to former employees, consultants, volunteers and records.
State government workers are dwindling and leaving the Sunshine state’s most vulnerable people and resources at risk. (Photo by Sara Brockmann, via FLGov.com)

Florida’s Shrinking Workforce, Part 4: The Overview

Over the last decade, Florida has shed thousands of state jobs and it is evident throughout a host of state agencies that these staff reductions have prevented Florida’s government from doing its job effectively.
South bound traffic on I-95 in Miami is at a standstill due to a traffic accident. The neighboring two express lanes are unaffected. (John Van Beekum / for FCIR)

Florida’s Toll Lane Boom

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.
Tallahassee attorney David Moye said attempts to dismiss the lawsuit are "unprecedented." (photo by Mark Wallheiser)

State Fingerprint System Flawed, More Expensive To Maintain Than To Build

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement's troubled five-year-old automatic fingerprint identification system (AFIS) has cost far more to maintain than it did to design and build because of technical problems. It is now so unstable that it is causing delays during investigations and arrests across the state.

Florida Leads Nation in Boating Deaths

Lax regulations on safety equipment and few mandates for formal boating safety education have made the Sunshine State’s world-famous waters hazardous.

Excerpt: The Terror Factory

FCIR Associate Director Trevor Aaronson's new book documents how the FBI has built a vast network of informants to infiltrate Muslim communities and, in some cases, cultivate phony terrorist plots.
(Photo by Gage Skidmore.)

New Laws Challenge Constitution and Coffers

Gov. Rick Scott and Florida’s Republican-led legislature have become the national vanguard for testing the boundaries of accepted constitutional protections.

School of Hard Financial Knocks

After burning through stimulus money, Florida's public school systems must learn difficult financial lessons.

Florida and Foreclosures

The Florida Center for Investigative Reporting identified the state's ZIP codes with the most foreclosures per square mile.

Mental Health Funding at Risk

Sen. Joe Negron, chairman of the Appropriations Committee, has discussed the possibility of cutting health care by as much as $1.5 billion, with $500 million squeezed from mental health. That’s two-thirds of the current mental health budget in Florida.

Security Breach

The U.S. government has deported thousands of non-criminal immigrants living in Florida through a program designed to round up violent offenders.

Virtually Worthless

With no government regulations, online high schools can be costly pursuits.

Fiscal Duplicity

Florida's congressional delegation used a behind-the-scenes process known as 'lettermarking' to bring home federal stimulus money.