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22 Jan 2017

Capital Report

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: 01-20-2017

    President Donald Trump’s pick to head the Department of Education is a conservative fundraiser and vocal critic of traditional public schools. While Betsy DeVos’ nomination could mean drastic change for some states, Kate Payne reports she has already made her mark on Florida’s education system. The Florida Department of Health and a Republican state senator are offering drastically different visions for the future of medical cannabis in the state. Nick Evans reports it could set the stage for a contentious rollout of last year’s amendment two. Gambling is shaping up to be a major issue this legislative session. A bill filed in the Senate touches nearly every aspect of the industry from fantasy sports to greyhound racing. And each of those issues carries its own set of implications. For some it’s about finding more money to fund state projects, for others it’s about entertainment or spending time with friends and as Regan McCarthy reports for those living in the city of Gretna it’s

  • Posted on 21 Jan 2017

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    Capital Report: 01-13-2017

    The Florida Legislature faces the difficult task of funding the country’s third largest state on a shoestring. Nick Evans reports lawmakers are putting their noses to the grindstone. The future could get a bit brighter for some Florida college students. There’s a growing consensus to increase awards for some of the state’s highest academic performers. Lynn Hatter reports legislative and state leaders seem to be of the same mind when it comes to lowering the cost of higher education. A philosophical debate is taking shape in the Florida capitol about what role the government should play in the economy. Kate Payne reports how lawmakers come down on economic development programs could have real consequences for Governor Rick Scott’s top priorities. Home Rule is based on the idea that the government closest to the people is the best government. Members of the constitutional revision commission added the idea to the state’s constitution in 1968 but since then, Regan McCarthy reports state

  • Posted on 14 Jan 2017

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    Capital Report: 01-06-2017

    Alarmed by a massive spill from a fertilizer plant and sewage dumps into Tampa Bay, Florida lawmakers want to force polluters to warn the public about toxic releases. And as Jim Ash reports, the same business interests that killed an emergency rule are watching closely. Last year’s Orlando attack—the worst mass shooting in modern American history—is prompting Governor Rick Scott to put millions of dollars in his proposed budget toward counterterrorism and intelligence efforts in Florida. And, as Sascha Cordner reports, law enforcement agencies around the state are praising Scott’s decision. Advocates of criminal justice reform in Florida expects the state legislature to address some of their top priorities in the upcoming legislative session. But big structural changes that could result in significant impacts on the state’s prison population and rate of recidivism will require more money, political will and years of effort. Sarah Mueller reports. While state officials debate the best

  • Posted on 06 Jan 2017

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    Capital Report: 12-30-2016

    It seems just about everyone knew this year’s election was going to be one for the history books. But what remains poorly understood, even by many political experts, is just how important the placement of election district lines is when it comes to who wins and who loses elections. In the run-up to the 2016 balloting, Florida Public Radio’s Kate Payne and Nick Evans teamed up to literally walk the line of one newly redrawn voting district in Florida’s Capital City. Here’s their story, which originally aired before the November election, followed by Kate and Nick’s postscript. The Pulse Nightclub tragedy in Orlando this year dominated national attention for a time as the worst mass shooting in modern American history. It left Floridians reeling and raised questions about the state’s readiness to handle major disasters, as we hear from Health News Florida’s Abe Aboraya. Now lawmakers and state leaders are working to ensure Florida is better prepared. Florida Sheriff’s Association

  • Posted on 31 Dec 2016

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    Capital Report: 12-23-2016

    The vitriol surrounding November’s election didn’t dissipate after the votes came in. If anything, it grew stronger. But… as Sarah Mueller reports…some of the focus turned from the presidential candidates to the members of the Electoral College. The Florida Democratic Party is scrambling to find a new leader in the wake of the 2016 elections. After some last-minute maneuvering, a group of contenders is emerging. Kate Payne reports. Florida’s high court has decided how it’s death penalty ruling will apply and outgoing justice James Perry is using what is probably his final opinion to declare his opposition to the entire practice. We catch up with Nick Evans for an update. Florida lawmakers are facing a difficult budget year. But state’s Government Efficiency Task Force says it has a plan that could help the legislature find an extra two billion dollars. Regan McCarthy has more Florida Senate President Joe Negron says he’s willing to fight for a two-point-four-billion-dollar reservoir

  • Posted on 23 Dec 2016

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