Broward News

Morning Juice: Tropical Storm to Merge With Oil Spill; Corruption Fighter Begins Work in Palm Beach County

The local news for this Monday morning:

  • Tropical Storm Alex is gaining strength and as it charges through the Gulf it looks bound to complicate the clean-up of the oil spill. [Palm Beach Post]
  • Josie Lou Ratley attended a bike race fundraiser Sunday morning, her first public appearance since the March 17 beating a Deerfield Beach school bus stop that nearly cost her her life. [WSVN-7]
  • A whistleblower has accused Memorial Healthcare System -- the South Broward Hospital District -- of conspiring with WellCare Health Plans to hide millions of dollars that WellCare is accused of stealing from the federal government. [Miami Herald]

  • In a narrow vote Sunday, members of First Baptist Church of West Palm Beach have given their five corporate officers the right to sell the chapel on Flagler Drive or the five acres of church property that lies just west. [Palm Beach Post]
  • Palm Beach County's Inspector General (i.e. corruption czar) begins work this week. Sheryl Steckler, who used to work for the Florida Department of Children & Families -- will get to hire eight staffers to help her find waste and fraud in government. [WPTV-5]

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Thomas Francis