Capital Report: 05-25-2018

May 25, 2018

Gov. Rick Scott is touting a 47-year low in the state’s crime rate after the Florida Department of Law Enforcement released its annual statistics. Ryan Dailey reports the Governor said he is ‘disappointed’ in the legislature over cuts to the Department of Corrections.

A special session to address education funding this year doesn’t appear likely. Regan McCarthy reports Florida Democrats gained enough support to cause the Florida Secretary of state to poll members of the legislature on their interest in a session, but that effort fell short.

While the first named storm churns toward Florida, an early hurricane season appears to be underway. Officials are warning the damage from storms is often compounded by fraud cases following the storm. Noah Hertz reports hurricane fraud is a widespread concern throughout the state.

May is Lupus Awareness Month. Allison Wiman is the Executive Director of Big Bend Area Health Education Center AND the Big Bend Rural Health Network, which serves several counties in the Florida Panhandle. She spoke with Florida Public Radio’s Sascha Cordner about how her group is working toward a statewide initiative to get more data on Lupus and bring more awareness to the hard-to-diagnose disease.

On Monday, the nation observes Memorial Day and honors all those who have died in the course of military service.  A week and a half later, the world will mark the seventy-fourth anniversary of the Allied invasion of Normandy, which is remembered as “D-Day.”  Tom Flanigan spoke with Kurt Piehler (PEEL-er), associate professor of history and director of the World War Two Institute at Florida State University about this pivotal point in the conflict.

Reporter Bobbie O’Brien takes us to the Bay Pines National Cemetery in St. Petersburg for a remembrance of veterans who have died but with no family by their side.