Investigating cyber-security at U.S. Central Command

While the college admissions scandal exposed students getting undue help on their exams, FOX 13 started hearing and investigating claims of a different kind of cheating in one of the most sensitive parts of our government. 

Legal resident faces deportation after overturned conviction

In the course of an investigation that spanned several years, FOX 13 uncovered evidence that freed a man from prison named Jean Claude Meus. A judge overturned his conviction 10 years ago. But while Meus is a lawful U.S. resident, the information in his court file caught the attention of federal immigration enforcement and resulted in a deportation case. 

FOX 13 investigation inspires bill to support disabled first responders

Florida voters gave disabled first responders a tax break. Then a Fox 13 investigation found state lawmakers added exclusions that disqualify many who need help the most. Now state lawmakers are responding to our reports with legislation to lift the restrictions and grant the tax relief as written on the ballot. 

With school lunch legislation, Florida lawmakers weaken protections for fire victims

When state lawmakers passed a bill to promote nutrition in school lunches, voters -- and perhaps some of the legislators -- may not have known the bill also included provisions that weaken protections for fire victims. Families who live in the town of Eastpoint say they are paying for it after a fire disaster wiped out their homes, and they say it could cost state taxpayers much more. 

Blue-green slime and red tide: An in-depth look at Florida's water crisis

Explorers discovered Florida's treasure. We cherished and preserved it for hundreds of years -- until now.   This is a story of water choked in slime.  A river sample that tested 10 times too toxic to touch. Dead fish, manatees, turtles, and sharks fouling the beaches.  And politicians pointing fingers or asleep at the wheel. 

How lawmakers tweaked amendment meant to help disabled first responders

In 2016, voters overwhelmingly passed Amendment Three to give a property tax exemption to totally and permanently disabled first responders living in Florida. Then, after it passed, the legislature disqualified many totally and permanently disabled first responders living in Florida.  

Legislature raids Florida's affordable-housing fund

A government fund called the State Housing Initiatives Partnership helps struggling families buy homes. It also helps the elderly and disabled stay in their homes. However, many of the people the program is intended to assist may lose out, because state lawmakers have been raiding the affordable housing trust funds.

Florida tax loopholes help big business

FOX 13 Investigates discovered several big businesses in Florida qualified for large tax breaks for projects that had been planned well before the legislation was passed.