Capital Report: 05-18-2012

May 21, 2012

Newly released details about the night Sanford teenager Trayvon Martin died at the hands of volunteer neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman, is shedding light on what may have happened leading to the February 26th Killing. NPR National Correspondent Greg Allen has been covering the case and breaks down the latest with Florida Public Radio’s Trimmel Gomes… 

Governor Rick Scott will soon say good bye to his current chief of staff, and welcome his third one since his 16-month term began. As Sascha Cordner reports, Steve MacNamara announced his resignation after media reports scrutinized some of the contracts he handled as well as how he did his job.

The scores on this year’s state writing test were so bad that state education officials voted to grade the test on a curve. The move comes after about 75-percent of students who took the test failed it. And as Lynn Hatter reports, those failing grades, coupled with the state board of education’s decision to lower the passing score on the test, have observers once again questioning the value of standardized testing.

Lawmakers passed a measure in 2009 imposing a 10-percent rate cap on Citizens Property Insurance Premiums. But Regan McCarthy reports the company is now saying it doesn’t think the caps apply to new policy holders.

Counting down to when all eyes will be on Florida for the Republican National Convention in August. Presumptive GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney continued his campaign with a swing through Florida this week. He spoke to supporters in Jacksonville on Thursday. Maggie Seppi from member station WJCT prepared this report.

Not long ago, food trucks were few and far between in Florida. Now, as Tom Flanigan reports, the “kitchens on wheels” are showing up all over the state and their numbers are growing….