Lynn Hatter

Senior Features Producer/Reporter

Lynn Hatter is a  Florida A&M University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Lynn has served as reporter/producer for WFSU since 2007 with education and health care issues as her key coverage areas.  She is an award-winning member of the Capital Press Corps and has participated in the NPR Kaiser Health News Reporting Partnership and NPR Education Initiative.  When she’s not working, Lynn spends her time watching sci-fi and action movies, writing her own books, going on long walks through the woods, traveling and exploring antique stores. Follow Lynn Hatter on Twitter: @HatterLynn.

Phone: (850) 487-3086

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Health & Science
5:03 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Nursing Home Tort Reform Heads To Governor's Desk

A years-long effort to revamp the rules for nursing home lawsuits is now before the Governor to sign, veto or let become law without his signature.  The proposal marks a compromise among varying groups that don’t normally agree on litigation issues.

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Education
7:01 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Effort to Revive Immigrant In-state Tuition Bill Thwarted By Senate Panel

A Florida Senate panel has rejected several attempts to revive a plan giving the children of undocumented immigrants in-state tuition.

Efforts to revive the proposal failed in the appropriations committee Tuesday as the bill sponsor, Sen. Jack Latvala’s (R-Clearwater) attempts to get the language amended onto other education bills were thwarted by Senate Rules Chairman John Thrasher. Thrasher ruled the language didn’t relate closely enough with the other proposals. 

After the votes, Governor Rick Scott talked with reporters and repeated his support for the proposal:

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Education
6:55 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Fla. Education Commissioner Stewart Threatens To Fine Pearson Over FCAT Glitches

Florida state Education Commissioner Pam Stewart says she plans to fine the testing company Pearson after more than two dozen school districts reported problems administering the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test.

Twenty-six Florida school districts report problems with Pearson’s online FCAT and end-of-course exams. The glitch prevented students from accessing the test once they were logged in to the system. According to the Florida Department of Education, Pearson officials said the underlying problem was a national issue with Internet service.

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Education
6:03 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Corporate Tax 'Voucher' Expansion Proposal Gets Second Wind With Senate Revival

A proposal to expand the state’s so-called school voucher program has been revived in the Senate. The move comes in the waning weeks of the legislative session but doesn’t quite match with what the House wants.

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State News
3:52 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Rep. Dane Eagle Arrested On Suspicion Of DUI

Rep. Dane Eagle (R-Cape Coral) was arrested on suspicion of DUI Monday morning.
Credit Leon County Sheriffs Office

Florida state Rep. Dane Eagle (R-Cape Coral) was arrested early Monday morning in Tallahassee on suspicion of driving under the influence.

The Associated Press reports Rep. Eagle was spotted driving erratically around 1 a.m. on East Tennessee Street.  According to the probable cause report, Eagle's vehicle left a Taco Bell, nearly struck a curb and ran a red light.
 
In a statement, Eagle refuted the account.

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