Capital ReportAuthor: ssafran@npr.org
15 Aug 2018

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: 08-10-2018

    A dispute over a parking space turned deadly last month, triggering a new debate over Florida’s already controversial Stand Your Ground Law. Sascha Cordner takes a look at how that debate further accelerated this week, even impacting the state’s gubernatorial contest. Florida’s problem with algal blooms has taken center stage, and efforts to mitigate it are in high demand. A partnership between an engineering and a bioplastics company aims to bring a new type of solution to the market. Ryan Dailey reports one Florida county is already trying it out. One ruling found that the state can’t limit the number of medical marijuana treatment centers, known as MMTC’s. In other words – no caps on the number of dispensaries. Another involves an appeal over whether medical marijuana can be smoked. A judge ruled that patients should be able to smoke the drug, and the state is appealing that decision. Attorney John Lockwood of the Lockwood Law Firm in Tallahassee represents medical marijuana

  • Posted on 11 Aug 2018

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    Capital Report: 08-03-2018

    A Leon County circuit judge this week rejected a proposed amendment to the constitution that would ban greyhound racing in Florida, and the state quickly appealed. Gina Jordan reports the Florida Supreme Court is being asked to decide the case before the November ballots are printed. A Florida Panhandle man may be one of the first charged under a new law for posting threatening messages on social media. Sascha Cordner reports. Ryan Torrens is a candidate for Florida Attorney General running in the primary against Democratic Representative Sean Shaw. Recently, Shaw filed a lawsuit alleging Torrens didn’t properly qualify as a candidate, and violated campaign finance law. Torrens has come to his own defense, and has filed a motion to dismiss the case. It is set to be heard on August 22, just six days before the primary election. Torrens recently sat down with Florida Public Radio’s Ryan Dailey to give his side of the story. Heavy rain this summer means more mosquitoes for Floridians.

  • Posted on 04 Aug 2018

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    Capital Report: 07-27-2018

    Hundreds of dead sea turtles have washed up on Florida’s gulf shores this year. AnnMarie Welser reports. Once upon a time, the Red Wolf called the south and eastern United States, from Texas to Pennysylvania, home. Today, there are fewer than 40 wolves left in the wild. The species is what’s called “functionally extinct”— with most of the remaining 200 or so wolves in captivity. The Trump administration is proposing changes to the Endangered Species Act that conservationists worry, could end what little protection remains for the Red Wolves left in the wild. Lynn Hatter has more. Business owners in Florida are worried about the quality of the state’s workforce. A survey by the Florida Chamber’s Small Business Council shows an ongoing trend of employers being concerned about finding enough skilled and educated workers. Florida Public Radio’s Gina Jordan spoke with the Chamber’s Brittney Hunt about what the findings could mean for the state’s economy. Some blame the state legislature for

  • Posted on 30 Jul 2018

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    Capital Report: 07-20-2018

    Election watchers are trying to avoid a repeat of 2016—when Russian hackers tried to gain access to networks across the county. They didn’t get in—but it’s a cloud that continues to hover over the mid-term cycle. Lynn Hatter has more on the story. Florida’s Department of State has asked the one of the state’s universities for help in safeguarding the 2018 elections. Dr. Eman (Ee-MAN) El-Sheikh (El- SHAKE) directs University of West Florida’s Center for Cybersecurity. She has been essential in developing a curriculum that’s used to train Supervisors of Elections and their staffs. El Sheikh recently spoke with Florida Public Radio’s Ryan Dailey to talk about what went into developing The privatization of Florida’s prison health care system was supposed to save millions of taxpayer dollars. But as we hear from Julio Ochoa, reporting for Health News Florida from member station WUSF in Tampa, the cost to deliver care to the state’s 96,000 prisoners has instead increased over the past five

  • Posted on 23 Jul 2018

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    Capital Report: 07-13-2018

    Local governments are continuing their battle to hang onto home rule. Regan McCarthy reports that fight is centering around a court case fighting a law that largely preempts local ordinances on firearms. The League of Women Voters of Florida is suing to block a constitutional amendment that could pave the way for more charter schools. The League says the ballot summary-which voters see on the actual ballot—is different from the language in the amendment, and is vague and misleading. Attorney Ron Meyer is representing the League in the Lawsuit. He’s also representing the state teachers union in a case against a Florida law that targets the Florida Education Association. Lynn Hatter spoke with Meyer about both lawsuits, starting with the case against Amendment Eight. It’s comprised of three proposals—term limits for local school board members, and mandatory civics education. But it’s the language regarding school district oversight of public schools, that’s triggered the suit. President

  • Posted on 14 Jul 2018

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