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  • Florida whistle-blower says she's been shunned

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The whistle-blower who sued and alerted the U.S. Department of Justice about wrongdoing at Halifax Health Medical Center says she's been shunned by some of her co-workers. Elin Baklid-Kunz and her attorneys are set to receive a $20.8 million settlement for blowing the...

  • New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez's directive upsets lawmakers

    SANTA FE, N.M. — Gov. Susana Martinez has clamped down on the Legislature's watchdog committees in what some lawmakers consider an attempt to limit their oversight of the Republican governor's agencies. At the direction of the governor, administration agencies are telling the Legislative...

  • Department of Education revives Florida Bright Futures probe

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights has revived a probe into Florida's Bright Futures scholarship program, which critics charge is increasingly out of reach for the students who need it most. A spokesman for the department told The Miami...

  • Ex-border inspector to be sentenced for corruption

    SAN DIEGO — Lorne Jones received praise from supervisors for seizing large loads of marijuana and other drugs during a long career as a U.S. border inspector. Now he faces a judge for helping smuggle drugs himself. Jones faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison when he is sentenced...

  • San Diego invites feds to probe police misconduct

    SAN DIEGO — San Diego's new mayor and newly appointed police chief have invited the federal Department of Justice to investigate the city's police department after allegations of officer misconduct. Mayor Kevin Faulconer and police Chief Shelley Zimmerman were set to reveal details about the...

  • Louisiana court: Give contractor records about cancellation

    BATON ROUGE, La. — Louisiana must give a fired contractor records about cancellation of its $200 million contract to process Medicaid claims, the state appeal court in Baton Rouge ruled in response to an open records request. The Jindal administration canceled Client Network Services Inc.'s...

  • Court: Give contractor records about cancellation

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana must give a fired contractor records about cancellation of its $200 million contract to process Medicaid claims, the state appeal court in Baton Rouge ruled in response to an open records request. The Jindal administration canceled Client Network Services...

  • Rhode Island speaker to step down after FBI raids

    Rhode Island House Speaker Gordon Fox is resigning from his leadership post and will not run for re-election, he said Saturday, a day after federal and state authorities raided his Statehouse office and home as part of a criminal investigation that they would not detail.

  • Federal employees using government aircraft for hundreds of non-official missions, GAO says

    Senior federal officials use government airplanes for many non-official purposes, but agencies don't track the trips, according to the Government Accountability Office. More than 1,700 aircraft are owned or leased by the federal government and are used to "accomplish a wide variety of...

  • New Mexico sued over public-school financing

    SANTA FE, N.M. — Parents of public school students have sued the state to increase funding for education and target more assistance to disadvantaged students who are living in poverty or learning English. The lawsuit was announced Thursday by the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty, which...

  • Pittsburgh medical center settles False Claim Act allegations for $1.5M

    Hickton PITTSBURGH (Legal Newsline) – West Penn Allegheny Health System in Pittsburgh has entered into a $1.5 million settlement agreement with the federal government over claims that it violated the False Claims Act, according to prosecutors in western Pennsylvania. The U.S....

  • Senator seeks Hawaii health exchange information

    HONOLULU — State Sen. Sam Slom is asking the state to provide information on more than $200 million in federal grants it received to set up Hawaii's health insurance marketplace. Slom sent a letter to the Department of Health seeking copies of grant applications and other documents. He...

  • Government seeks restitution of $7.7M from Mississippi attorney

    GULFPORT, Miss. — A Biloxi attorney has pleaded guilty covering up evidence connected to a scheme to defraud two banks and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court. The government says in a news release that it is seeking restitution on behalf of the victims in the amount of $7.7 million. Stephen Richard...

  • Mississippi man gets prison time for oil spill fraud

    GULFPORT, Miss. — A 46-year-old Gautier man has been sentenced to prison for five months and ordered to repay $26,000 for oil spill recovery money he received by fraud. The Sun Herald reports Vester Ray Bassham also was sentenced this week to five months of home confinement with...

  • Ex-Nebraska fire chief guilty of theft from department

    LINCOLN, Neb. — A former fire chief has been convicted of stealing from his fire department in southeast Nebraska. Forty-seven-year-old John Porter pleaded no contest on Thursday in Lancaster County District Court to theft and attempted possession of a firearm by a prohibited person. His...



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