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30 Mar 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: 03-29-2017

    A rift has emerged on a now-familiar fault line in the Florida House and Senate Education spending plans. Lynn Hatter reports the chambers are again at odds over how to count what’s known as the required local effort to fund public schools. The Florida House is looking at allowing students to take a computer coding course to fulfill credit requirements in lieu of a foreign language. Catherine Buckler reports, the bill was amended before the vote. Florida’s universities say they need more money to hire additional mental health counselors and law enforcement officers. Sarah Mueller reports school officials say they’re seeing a dramatic rise in students who need help coping with anxiety, depression and academic stress. A Senate panel is discussing how to re-envision Florida’s affordable housing system. Nick Evans reports. Florida lawmakers want to set new statewide standards for public contracts. But local governments say the plan threatens their independence. Kate Payne reports. Florida

  • Posted on 30 Mar 2017

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    Capital Report: 03-28-2017

    The Florida House and Senate are planning big cuts to Florida hospitals and those groups say it will hurt medical care access for the poor and disabled. We get the latest on that story from Sarah Mueller. Florida State University could soon face a lawsuit following a shooting on campus that left one student paralyzed. Ronny Ahmed was shot multiple times by the man who opened fire in Strozier Library on a late night in November 2014. Lynn Hatter reports at issue is whether the school was negligent in its security. A bill increasing the penalties against someone who assaults Florida doctors, nurses, and other healthcare providers passed its first House panel Tuesday. Sascha Cordner reports. State lawmakers want to cut fees for the manufacturers of harmful pesticides. That could make it cheaper for chemical companies to sell their products in the state. Kate Payne reports one advocate is worried how the change could affect farmworkers’ health. The House Careers and Competition Committee

  • Posted on 29 Mar 2017

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    Capital Report: 03-27-2017

    A Senate education panel has temporarily postponed a school testing overhaul bill—putting one of the two major testing proposals in jeopardy. Lynn Hatter reports on the latest between warring testing philosophies in the legislature. Florida mayors have been ramping up the pressure on legislators. As Jim Ash reports, local governments are complaining about what they consider to be the biggest legislative power grab in modern history. Since the 1970s, Florida drivers have been required by law to carry something called “Personal Injury Protection” or “PIP” insurance. But now, amidst charges of widespread fraud, some Florida lawmakers would like to see the PIP coverage requirement dropped. We get more on that story from Sarah Mueller. A measure moving through the House aims helping Florida officials and home owners get a better handle on their septic tanks. Regan McCarthy have more... Craig Fugate is no stranger to many Floridians. He became a household name during the record-breaking

  • Posted on 28 Mar 2017

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    Capital Report: 03-24-2017

    The rate of overdose deaths from opioids went up 75 percent between 2014 and 2015. And it continues to climb. Florida isn’t alone—opioid addition is ravaging parts of the U.S. The situation is critical in South Florida, where WLRN’s Peter Hayden brings us this report. A note to our listeners, some parts of this story may be disturbing. This week Nevada's legislature ratified the Equal Rights Amendment. It's been 40 years since the last state approved the provision and the move raises questions about Congress' 1982 deadline. Today we'll hear from a reporter on the ground in Nevada and the Florida lawmaker sponsoring a ratification measure here. But first we're going to look back to a 2015 story from Nick Evans about passing an amendment that's just a little bit older.

  • Posted on 24 Mar 2017

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    Capital Report: 03-23-2017

    The abuse of both prescription and illegal Opioids are driving a national spike in overdose deaths. According to the Centers for Disease Control, these substances were involved in more than 33-thousand deaths across the country in 2015. Florida has seen a dramatic increase in opioid-driven overdoses, up more than 20 percent. Now as Lynn Hatter reports, state lawmakers are grappling with how to stop the tragedy. While the U.S. House of Representatives was voting down the Republican replacement for Obamacare today, the Florida Legislature had health care reform on its mind, too. Florida is asking for extraordinary power to revamp its Medicaid program. It’s prompting alarms from health advocacy organizations and policy analysts because it could cut off access to health care for millions of Floridians. Sarah Mueller reports they worry the process will exclude critical stakeholders. Several NRA-backed bills are now headed to the floor of the Florida House. As Sascha Cordner reports, they

  • Posted on 23 Mar 2017

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