Governor Rick Scott says he wants to protect Floridians from hospital price gouging. The governor said this week he wants hospitals to post their prices and average payments, in an easily accessible spot on their websites. The hospitals say he went too far with that statement- they're calling it mean spirited. Should there be more transparency in hospital pricing? What's your experience of paying for care... have hospitals been upfront about what they're charging? Then- Florida's congressional redistricting hearing wraps up. A judge now has to decide which map to go with. Will anyone be happy with the result? And- Orange County Public schools says the just released data from the Florida Standards Assessment Tests... don't add up to a whole lot. It's the Friday news round up with Orlando Sentinel columnist Beth Kassab, Daytona Beach News Journal editor Pat Rice, Orlando Political Observer editor Frank Torres, and Nick Evans from WFSU in Tallahassee.
Florida ranks near the top for the number of calls made to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline. Trafficking victims are forced into prostitution or made to work against their will. And in Florida, Orlando is a trafficking hub. We'll hear from a 19-year-old who was lured into sex trafficking - how it happened and how she escaped. Law enforcement, faith groups and social workers are uniting to find these women and men and help them out of a life of drugs and prostitution. We'll talk to Tomas Lares from the Greater Orlando Human Trafficking Task Force; Sarah Webb from Victim Service Center of Central Florida; Abi Mills from Northland Church, and Dave Allmond from the Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation. Fighting human trafficking and helping its victims in Central Florida.
Florida Governor Rick Scott went to Kentucky to announce he's bringing jobs back to the sunshine state — but was that trip necessary? Has Scott's grab for jobs gone too far? A string of church vandalisms in Melbourne has drawn the FBI's attention it's calling the graffiti and property damage hate crimes. The chair of the Volusia County commission says he should get a pay raise if he's re-elected in 2016. Are local elected officials paid enough for the work they do? What's the cost of corruption? Matt Reed writes in Florida Today that it costs taxpayers millions- and it's built into the cost of government- that's to cover bid rigging, bribery, fraud and waste. Reed wants to pass an anti-corruption bill. These stories and more on the Friday news round table on Intersection.
More kids aged 5-10 get arrested in Orange and Osceola Counties than any other county in Florida. That's according to public defender Robert Wesley, who says more of those arrests are happening during the school year than in the summer months. Troubled kids are being turned over to school resource officers rather than counselors or psychologists, and Wesley wants to know why. Ahead on intersection- a conversation with Robert Wesley, Osceola School Board member Kelvin Soto and Orange County School Board member Linda Kobert about the arrest rate. Later in the program, Orange County Public Schools superintendent Barbara Jenkins joins intersection to talk about how the Florida Standards Assessment test went in her district. That's after the statewide roll out of the new test was met with computer glitches and protests from some parents and teachers. We'll also hear from Cindy Hamilton of Opt Out Orlando- a group of parents opposed to high stakes testing.
The gloves came off for the second round of the GOP primary debate. Eleven candidates jostled for attention- former Florida Governor Jeb Bush sparred with front runner Donald Trump... and Senator Marco Rubio took the opportunity to highlight the story of his immigrant family- and air some of his foreign policy ideas. How presidential were the two Florida candidates in this debate? Then- lawmakers in the Florida House and Senate approved bills to allow gun owners the right to carry concealed weapons on college campuses. But the bills still face more committees before they can become law- and they're opposed by college presidents. And- Jeff Bezos payed a visit to the space coast. The Amazon founder is bringing his private space company Blue Origin to Cape Canaveral, where he plans to build and launch spacecraft by the end of the decade.
Intersection: Central Florida's Simulation Industry
Computer simulation is a multi billion dollar industry in Central Florida. Simulators can help trainee air force pilots learn to fly fighter planes without ever leaving the ground; new doctors can practise their skills without the risk of harming a patient, and simulation is now an important part of how theme parks design new rides. Tomorrow, thousands of experts head to Orlando for the start of the Florida Simulation Summit. Intersection talks with a panel of experts about what's driving the simulation industry and how it's being used in everything from defense to Disney. We'll talk to Tom Baptiste from the National Center for Simulation, Dr Shiva Kalidindi from Nemours Childrens Hospital, Walt Disney's Michael Tshanz, and Robert Abascal of AVT Simulation. And- Intersection's producer Brendan Byrne gets a tour of the flight simulators at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.
Orange and Osceola Counties lead the state in arrests of children aged 5 to ten. The public defender for those counties wants to know why. Florida gets another dubious first- the state tops the list for cyclist fatalities... even as the rate of cyclist deaths declines. Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush had a few minutes on late night television with comedian Stephen Colbert. And Space Florida is pressing on with plans for a commercial spaceport inside the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge at a site called Shiloh It's the Friday news round table with Matt Reed for Florida Today, Erin Sullivan, Orlando Weekly and Frank Torres, Orlando Political Observer.
Orlando is growing fast. Tourism is booming, the airport's adding new international flights and more people are moving to Central Florida. And as the population grows- so does job creation. The Chair of the Central Florida Expressway Authority, Welton Cadwell talks about transportation and jobs, then a panel of experts – UCF Economist Sean Snaith, Michael Zaharious from the Florida High Tech Corridor, and Dale Ketcham from Space Florida talk about entrepreneurship, aerospace and the economy.
Medical marijuana is one step closer to the ballot in 2016- the amendment failed last year after it fell just shy of 60 percent of voters needed to put it in the consitution- but supporters now have enough signatures to trigger a supreme court review. Can it make it all the way back to the ballot? Then- there's a proposal to change the way drivers' licenses are issued move them from the county tax collector's offices to a centralized system that would mail the license out. And- bears have been getting a lot of attention in Florida- but what about the Florida panther? The state wants more federal involvement in managing the iconic animal- but what does this mean for the animal's survival? The Friday news round up on intersection with Darryl Owens, Rhetta Peoples and Jason Garcia.
Orlando's got theme parks. But that's not all: there's a vibrant arts community in the city beautiful- with everything from classical music to break dancing. Today on Intersection- we'll introduce you to some of Central Florida's most talented: the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra's principal flute and clarinet Colleen and Nikolay Blagov; Slam poet Curtis Meyer; break dancing champion Victor Montalvo; and up and coming band Beemo.