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27 Feb 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: 02-17-2017

    Florida lawmakers seem likely to approve unanimous jury sentences for death penalty cases in the opening weeks of this year’s legislative session. But Nick Evans reports some warn there could be another crisis around the corner. In the midst of perennial debates over abortion and gun control, Florida lawmakers paused briefly this week to contemplate a nearly utopian future…one where cars drive themselves and the mighty Gulf Stream provides most of our energy needs. Jim Ash has the look ahead. As part of assembling Florida’s budget for the next fiscal year, legislators are pushing local pet projects. But Sarah Mueller reports there’s a new vetting process for House members this year intended to bring more transparency to the process. A legal fight between the states of Florida and Georgia over water use has been tilted strongly in Georgia’s favor. As Lynn Hatter reports, that development is sparking a closer look at the policies of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which oversees water

  • Posted on 18 Feb 2017

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    Capital Report: 02-10-2017

    During a week when President Donald Trump was tweeting unprecedented personal attacks on federal judges, the Florida courts were coming under some fire of their own. Some conservative House members want to term-limit Supreme Court justices and Chief Justice Jorge Labarga (George La-BAR-guh) made a rare public response to the onslaught as we hear from Jim Ash. The Department of Health spent a week touring the state to get feedback on their draft rule for Amendment Two. Nick Evans reports the department’s cautious approach for implementing the medical cannabis initiative is raising the ire of would be patients. The battle between Florida’s home repair contractors and insurance companies is expected to continue during this year’s lawmaking session. Sarah Mueller reports both sides in the fight insist that they are the only ones looking out for homeowners. A bill requiring autism awareness training for law enforcement officers is starting to move in both chambers of the Florida Legislature

  • Posted on 11 Feb 2017

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    Capital Report: 02-03-2017

    The Trump administration is driving thousands of Floridians into protest marches and lawmakers’ offices, some for the first time. But will that anger and energy translate into a real impact? Kate Payne reports. Fear has only grown in the week since President Donald Trump signed an executive order banning entry into the U-S for refugees and travelers from certain Muslim-majority countries. Now other refugees and legal residents say there are worries they will be the next to lose their chance at the American Dream. Sarah Mueller has more. Florida’s governor, house speaker and senate president are circling one another looking for leverage on their own budget priorities. Nick Evans has more. Florida horsemen are looking to revitalize and elevate the industry with a new race. Regan McCarthy reports the Pegasus World Cup has been dubbed the World’s Richest Race and it’ set here in Florida. Senator Joe Negron’s hometown of Stuart has been continually hit by waves of toxic algae for the past

  • Posted on 04 Feb 2017

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    Capital Report: 01-27-2017

    Add fracking to the list of high profile issues that threaten to derail the Legislative Session, which begins March 7 th . Powerful Senate Republicans are calling for a ban on the controversial drilling method. But as Jim Ash reports, the more conservative, free-market House is in no mood to go along. Florida Senators showed their hand Wednesday when the chamber’s regulated industry panel approved a comprehensive gaming overhaul. Regan McCarthy has more… Recent reporting suggests Florida’s trial judges are more likely to give harsh sentences to people of color. Nick Evans reports two Florida lawmakers want the state to begin tracking the sentences handed down as a way to stamp out disparities. Will a Stand Your Ground-related bill starting to move through the legislature have a disproportionate impact on minorities? While opponents of the bill appear to think so, supporters insist the bill is “color blind.” Recruiting new public school teachers used to be a breeze. But not so much

  • Posted on 28 Jan 2017

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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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