Capital Report: 05-20-2016

May 23, 2016

Political candidates are wading into the growing fight over who can use which bathroom. The Obama administration says students can use the restrooms and locker rooms that correspond to their gender identity—not their biology. And that’s gotten some districts, and politicians, riled up. Lynn Hatter takes a look at what the politicians are saying.

While the bathroom has lately become the site of heated political debate, Florida’s school administrators are getting caught in the crossfire.  Nick Evans reports they’re facing opposition no matter what choice they make.

Funding deals to combat the Zika virus are causing some members of Florida’s Congressional delegation to work together. But, it’s also causing others to spar over the mosquito-borne disease. And, as Sascha Cordner reports, it’s an issue that’s even crossing party lines.

A British biotech company wants to release genetically modified mosquitos in Florida to slow the spread of the Zika virus. The fate of the program rests with the small community of Key Haven, and many residents are skeptical. Kate Payne reports.

In the U.S. Senate, Florida and Alabama are pressuring Georgia to join a water-sharing compact for the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river system.  But it could be too late downstream for scores of families who earned their livelihoods from the dying Apalachicola River.  Jim Ash has more.