Capital Report - WFSU/FPRN

Capital Report - WFSU/FPRN


Weekly review of Florida statewide news. (Daily during Florida legislative session.) WFSU/Florida Public Radio Network reporters, as well as reporters from public radio stations across the state, bring you timely news and information from around Florida. Whether it's maneuvers between legislative sessions, the economy, environmental issues, tourism, business or the arts, Capital Report gives information on issues that affect the lives of everyday Floridians.More from Capital Report - WFSU/FPRN »

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Capital Report: 08-19-2016

Many of Florida's rural school districts are in trouble and nowhere is the crisis more apparent than in North Florida's Jefferson County. The district only has about eight-hundred students left and has been consistently at the bottom of the heap when it comes to academics. Now it's in financial trouble. But as Lynn Hatter tells us, this isn't the first time and this isn't the only rural school district in Florida that's at risk. Florida's insurance regulators are considering two major rate increases. Nick Evans reports the moves would raise rates for workers compensation insurance and property insurance with the state-backed company Citizens. Climate change in Florida is already taking its toll, in the form of rising temperatures, extreme weather events and shifting tides. The changes are sending archaeologists scrambling to protect the state's historical resources. Kate Payne traveled to the country's oldest city to tell this story. Final recommendations on a memorial for the

Capital Report: 08-12-2016

Tom Flanigan interviews Lynn Hatter about a troubled school district in rural North Florida that finds itself on the brink of being taken over by state government. If it were illegal, it would be the perfect crime: phony write-in candidates are stealing the franchise from thousands of Florida voters who don't even know they're victims. But as Jim Ash reports, a Jacksonville civil rights attorney is asking the Florida Supreme Court to do something about it. Florida's panhandle is a conservative stronghold that reliably sends Republicans and the occasional centrist democrats to Congress. Because of that, Nick Evans reports conventional party distinctions don't play out the same way they do in other parts of the country. If your local schools haven't already begun classes, they soon will. And Sascha Cordner reports state officials are taking county superintendents and classroom personnel to school on what they can do to inform parents and protect the students from the Zika virus. Lion

Capital Report: 08-05-2016

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's spat with a gold star family is putting Florida's top elected officials in an awkward position. Nick Evans has the story. Republican Senator Jeff Brandes of St. Petersburg is a prime author of Amendment Four, the legislature's renewable energy tax cut proposal on the August thirtieth ballot. The bi-partisan measure is backed by business and environmental groups. But don't expect a TV blitz in support of the amendment. Brandes assured Florida Public Radio's Jim Ash there was enough grass roots support to push the measure over the top. The number of Zika cases in Florida is on the rise and while government officials say local transmissions are under control some are wondering what the real picture of Zika in Florida looks like. Regan McCarthy has more... With tragedies at home and abroad, Florida has been inundated with bad news this summer, which can affect the public's travel plans. Kate Payne takes the pulse of the state's tourism

Capital Report: 07-29-2016

Florida has a big role to play in the upcoming Presidential election, and beyond. And as Lynn Hatter reports while the state's televised presence during the Democratic National Convention may have been limited, the state is still expected to keep its role as a national player. While this week was a big one for Democrats, it turned out to be big trouble for one particular Democrat and by extension a rocky start for the Florida delegation. Regan McCarthy reports.... Hillary Clinton is now the first female presidential nominee of a major American political party. Kate Payne looks at how her historic run could impact Florida's next governing generation. In Tallahassee, a race for country judge is already generating an elections commission complaint and anonymous dumps of opposition research. In rural Jasper, a judge faces suspension for running as an anti-abortion conservative. They're the latest examples of the pitfalls of Cannon 7, the guidelines that say judicial races should be plain

Capital Report: 07-22-2016

After a bruising primary, the GOP has officially settled on Donald Trump to lead the party into November. Nick Evans reports elected officials from Florida—likely one of the most important swing states come Election Day—were out in force to support the Republican candidate. Every four years, Democrats and Republicans hold elaborate conventions to celebrate their candidate of choice and stir up party support. But the events this month also offer an uninterrupted view into the country's partisan divides. Kate Payne reports. Now that the primaries are over, Republican Presidential Nominee Donald Trump and his Democratic Challenger, Hilary Clinton, are working to woo voters to their respective sides. There's a large amount of educated guessing going on about who will eventually win the presidency. And polling firms appear to often have their fingertips on the pulse about how Americans are feeling about their candidates. Or do they? Lynn Hatter reports. Florida's elections chief says he's

Capital Report: 07-15-2016

Members of the law enforcement community are weighing in on a so-called "Blue Lives Matter Act" that may be filed in the 2017 legislative session. As Sascha Cordner reports, the proposal would expand Florida's definition of a hate crime to include law enforcement officers and firefighters—similar to a bill filed last year. Law enforcement agencies across the state are undergoing implicit bias training to re-evaluate the way they interact with minority communities. But what does the training entail? Kate Payne reports. Hearings have concluded in a nursery's bid to be the seventh medical marijuana grower in the state. Meanwhile Nick Evans reports nurseries approved earlier in the process are beginning to harvest their first crops. William, "Bill," Schifino (shif-FEENO,) Jr., a 56-year-old Tampa attorney, has just been named president of the 100 thousand-member Florida Bar. Schifino faces a profession struggling with gender bias, access to justice, and a Republican effort to impose

Capital Report: 07-08-2016

Following the Thursday night deaths of five police officers in a hail of sniper fire in Dallas, the head of the Florida Police Benevolent Association is accusing President Barack Obama and others of demonizing law enforcement. Longtime Florida Congresswoman Corrine Brown is facing federal conspiracy and fraud charges. Lynn Hatter has the story. A massive toxic algae bloom that can be seen from space is fouling South Florida beaches. From member station WLRN in Miami, Christine DiMattei (DEE-ma-tay) talks with Ed Killer, a columnist who covers water issues for TC Palm/Treasure Coast Newspapers. A recent ruling by the U-S Supreme Court means 4 million undocumented immigrants nationwide will not receive federal protections from deportation. Kate Payne looks into what the ruling means for Floridians. Two unions are gearing up to fight over who will represent state correctional and probation officers during the next legislative session. Sascha Cordner reports. This Fourth of July visitors

Capital Report: 07-01-2016

Three provisions in a wide ranging abortion measure passed earlier this year are on hold after a federal judge intervened late Thursday evening. Nick Evans reports the case comes on the heels of a major abortion ruling in the U.S. Supreme Court. With the 2016 Summer Olympics right around the corner, some state officials are worried that will cause an increase in travel-related cases in Florida. And, as Sascha Cordner reports, with Congress still not acting on any Zika funding bills, it's causing even more worry as officials continue to monitor the impact the mosquito-borne disease has during these summer months. It's a brand new month and July first means a slew of bills goes into effect today (went into effect Friday) and Regan McCarthy reports among those measures is the so-called Pastor Protection Act. Lawmakers across the country are demanding action in response to the Orlando shooting earlier this month. Kate Payne looks into some of the gun control measures being considered in

Capital Report: 06-24-2016

Senator Marco Rubio is running for reelection to the U.S. Senate. It's a reversal from what the senator has been saying for months. And as Tori Whitley reports, both the senator's supporters and detractors say he has to prove he wants the job. A state board has narrowed the field to three in a bid to replace a statue of confederate general Edmund Kirby Smith in Washington D.C. Nick Evans reports the state Legislature will now choose among a grocer, an environmentalist, or an educator. Black bears won't be on the menu this year for Florida hunters. But Regan McCarthy reports that doesn't mean they're off the table for good. Gun control supporters aren't too happy with how the week turned out. While some expressed their outrage over the U-S Senate's rejection of several bills, others have held demonstrations in response to the House's lack of votes. But, as Sascha Cordner reports, they're still holding out hope that something can be done on the federal level to help curb gun violence.

Capital Report: 06-17-2016

Here's a sonic portrait of how Floridians across the state have been uniting in a show of support for victims and community members impacted by the devastating attack in an Orlando club. Regan McCarthy prepared this audio montage. Human drama was everywhere the night of the Orlando shooting. Patience Carter and her friend had made it out of Pulse. But as the shots rang out in the night they realized a third friend was missing. Together they went back inside. Amy Green from member station WMFE in Orlando reports on what happened next. Experts say very young children shouldn't be exposed to graphic coverage of the Orlando mass slaying, but they also urge the kids get straight answers. Karen Lockard, a licensed clinical social worker and grief therapist in Tallahassee, talks with Florida Public Radio's Jim Ash about the best way to discuss the tragedy with children. Even though some individual Muslims and mosques in Florida have been the target of death threats following the Orlando

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