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21 Nov 2017

Capital Report

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WFSU/Florida Public Radio reporters, as well as reporters from public radio stations across the state, bring you timely news and information from around Florida. Whether it's legislative 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. Capital Report is broadcast each Friday at 6:30 pm and 9:00pm ET on 88.9FM - WFSU Tallahassee, 5:30 pm CT on 89.1FM -WFSW Panama City and on public radio stations across the state (check local listings). During Florida Legislative Session: Weekdays 6:30 pm & 9:00 pm ET - 88.9FM WFSU Tallahassee & Weekdays 5:30 pm CT - 89.1FM WFSW Panama City and on public radio stations across the state (check local listings).

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    Capital Report: 11-17-2017

    Automation. Development. Citrus greening. Florida’s agriculture industry is hurting and Hurricane Irma was only the most recent blow. Kate Payne reports lawmakers will be considering how to support the industry – second only to tourism – during the upcoming lawmaking session. Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush is heaping praise on state Republican leaders for approving a controversial education law now heading to the courts. Lynn Hatter reports Bush calls House Bill 7069 a bold move amid slumping state educational progress. The Florida Legislature is poised to make good on a 2016 decision to replace one of its entries in Washington D.C.’s statuary hall. Nick Evans reports Mary McLeod Bethune seems likely to get the nod. After years of failed attempts to expand Medicaid insurance coverage in Florida, one recently formed group is pushing for something more -- single payer. Normally that means complete government control of health insurance. But as we hear from Ryan Benk at member station

  • Posted on 20 Nov 2017

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    Capital Report: 11-10-2017

    Allegations of sexual harassment in Florida’s capitol are roiling the state legislature just as the lawmaking session is set to begin. Nick Evans reports the flying accusations are putting other elected officials in an uncomfortable position. The headlines have been full lately of stories about current and former government officials fighting accusations of poor behavior while in office. Some are facing investigations; others are facing time in jail. Now Regan McCarthy reports one committee is considering a number of new rules intended to help elected officials stay in line. Florida State University Greek fraternities and sororities are on indefinite suspension following the recent death of a pledge. Lynn Hatter reports FSU President John Thrasher is defending the decision, but not everyone is convinced he made the right call. A revived bill that wades into the abortion debate has passed its first Florida Senate Committee, but not without opposition. Sascha Cordner reports. Florida

  • Posted on 11 Nov 2017

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    Capital Report: 11-03-2017

    Local government leaders and members of the Florida House appear to be drawing their battle lines for the upcoming legislative session. Regan McCarthy has more.... The governor and state lawmakers are proposing new prescription limits to fight opioid abuse. But they also want to require physicians use a long-standing drug monitoring database—raising the question, why wasn’t it mandatory to begin with? Nick Evans has more. With the 2018 legislative session around the corner, Florida lawmakers as well as child welfare stakeholders are starting to dive into how to address the huge turnover of the state’s child protective investigators. As Sascha Cordner reports, their job is to look into cases called into the state’s child abuse hotline. Universities in South Florida are working to help Puerto Ricans affected by Hurricane Maria to continue their education. Some students have already taken advantage of discounts and other incentives. But as we hear from Jessica Bateman at member station

  • Posted on 03 Nov 2017

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    Capital Report: 10-27-2017

    Florida lawmakers are grappling with where one person’s rights end and another’s begin as debates over a texting while driving bill turn emotional. Regan McCarthy has more.... Late Friday (10/27) afternoon, Senator Jeff Clemons who was prominently featured in the preceding story by Regan McCarthy announced his resignation from the Florida Senate. This followed revelations of his affair with a Tallahassee lobbyist. Florida health officials are under fire for the slow roll-out of new medical marijuana licenses. Nick Evans reports state lawmakers are rejecting the department's excuses. The U.S. State Department considers child marriage a human rights abuse. Still, the practice continues not just in faraway places, but in the state of Florida. Kate Payne reports a coalition is walking the halls of the state capitol to change that. In the coming weeks, the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice will be putting the finishing touches on a newly created office where juveniles and their

  • Posted on 28 Oct 2017

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    Capital Report: 10-20-2017

    More than a dozen school districts are now challenging that part of a law that requires them to share their school construction money with charter schools. But as Lynn Hatter reports, some of those same districts are also getting a portion of the extra funding the new law provides. After Hurricane Irma hit Florida last month, many schools were out for days and even longer than that in the Keys. That also meant pre-schools, including child care centers that serve newborn babies and toddlers, were also closed. From member station WLRN in Miami, Nadege (nuh-DEDGE) Green tells us the economic toll on preschools after a storm affects families and the people who take care of their children. After spiking last year, worker’s compensation rates in Florida are set to decline. But Nick Evans reports some labor organizations contend the decrease doesn’t go far enough. You haven’t done anything wrong, but you’re pulled over anyway. The law enforcement officer asks to search your car. Should that

  • Posted on 21 Oct 2017

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