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17 Feb 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: 02-16-2018

    In the wake of the deaths of 17 people from a shooting at a Broward High School, people are once again focusing on school safety. Administrators and elected officials alike are pushing for more funding to shore up infrastructure, but some are beginning to wonder if that’s enough. A bill allowing certain Florida officials to make announced and unannounced visits to the state’s juvenile justice facilities is now heading to the House floor. Sascha Cordner reports. Despite high graduation rates and increases in awarded degrees, a bill in the Senate looks to give Florida’s Community College System a governing facelift. This has led many community college leaders to warn of the unnecessary and unintended consequences that may result from such a bill. Andrew Quintana reports. Florida A&M University President Dr. Larry Robinson gives his take on how the Legislature is treating state universities like his, especially when it comes to performance-based funding. An effort to end child

  • Posted on 17 Feb 2018

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    Capital Report: 02-15-2018

    Once again, Florida has been the site for a tragic mass shooting. Wednesday’s massacre at Broward County’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, resulted in seventeen deaths. This is the eighteenth mass shooting in the United States so far this year and it took place in what the National Council for Home Safety and Security called the “Safest City in Florida” last year. From member station WGCU, Rachel Iacovone (yah-ku-VOAN-ee) spoke with an alumna of the school just after the news broke. In the wake of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas School mass shooting that left seventeen people dead, politicians on the state and national level are weighing in on what can be done legislatively. Sascha Cordner reports. After being delayed twice a proposal restricting physician prescribing powers for opioids is once again moving in the senate. It’s part of a wide-ranging proposal to address overdose deaths, which have jumped in Florida and across the nation in recent years. Lynn Hatter has more. The Florida

  • Posted on 16 Feb 2018

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    Capital Report: 02-14-2018

    First up tonight—a debate. One that’s played out over the course of the 2018 legislative session and got some extended time in the spotlight Tuesday—with House Speaker Richard Corcoran debating Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum over immigration. The two have sparred over the issue via social media and as Regan McCarthy reports, both used Tuesday night’s debate to double down on their positions. All day care vans must include a safety alarm, under a bill that passed its first Florida Senate committee earlier this week. As Sascha Cordner reports, the measure stems from the death of a young boy left in a hot van last year for almost half a day. Tuesday in Tallahassee was a day for love and awareness. Governor Rick Scott marked the day as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day. Andrew Quintana reports advocates took it as their cue to ask for their legislative priorities this Valentine’s Day. More than a decade ago, Shelly Baer was working with an organization that supports people with

  • Posted on 15 Feb 2018

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    Capital Report: 02-13-2018

    An education bill is sparking debate about how universities receive performance funding. Shawn Mulcahy reports lawmakers are facing an important decision about the future of the program. Florida students who find themselves with excess credit hours might soon catch a tuition break. Lynn Hatter reports, a move is underway to roll back a policy that could charge them double-tuition. And the sponsor herself, is a college student. A bill that would allow sex trafficking survivors to sue hotels that turn a blind eye to their abuse is moving in the Florida Senate. Some lawmakers worry that measure would create a new area of the law, or grounds for fraud. But this week, as Margie Menzel reports, the testimony of four survivors moved the Senate Committee on Children, Families and Elder Affairs to a unanimous vote in favor of the measure. A number of child welfare bills are continuing to move in the Florida Legislature. Sascha Cordner reports. Florida lawmakers want first responders to get

  • Posted on 14 Feb 2018

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    Capital Report: 02-12-2018

    While the Florida House and Senate have both declared gambling positions that seem at odds with one another, the two sides are continue to work to move closer together. Regan McCarthy has more... An addiction recovery specialist says he and his colleagues will be denied a powerful opioid addiction-fighting tool if the Florida House’s version of the budget – which does away with fiscal support for the monthly injections – survives. Tom Flanigan has that. A legislative effort to allow pharmacists to issue flu tests to sick Floridians is on hold for now. As Sascha Cordner reports, it comes at a time when health officials say this year’s flu season is just as bad as the swine flu epidemic nearly a decade ago. Amidst the aftermath of Hurricane Maria’s devastating effects on Puerto Rico, Florida lawmakers believe the State has been inactive when tackling the issue of Puerto Rican refugees. This has opened the floodgates for an issue Florida has been dealing with for years, as Andrew Quintana

  • Posted on 13 Feb 2018

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