Capital Report: 06-03-2016

Jun 3, 2016

You’ve heard it before. Hurricane Season is here. And it’s time to get ready. But Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater says there’s more to hurricane prep than one might think. Regan McCarthy reports…

Hurricane season may have just started, but Florida officials are also warning Floridians about the increased risk of wildfire danger around this time of year. Sascha Cordner reports.

Bradenton homebuilding Carlos Beruff is a leading Republican contender to succeed U.S. Senator Marco Rubio.  Also the son of Cuban immigrants, Beruff has never held elected office but is a well-known campaign contributor.  He has also served on the Southwest Florida Water Management District, the State College Board, Governor Rick Scott’s health care commission and a regional airport authority.  He recently spoke with Florida Public Radio’s Jim Ash.

The Honorable Laura Johnson is getting a promotion—moving up to the circuit court in Palm Beach county.  But Nick Evans reports that leaves an opening on the county court bench, and the question of who gets to fill that seat could be headed to the state supreme court.

Courts throughout the country are debating the U.S. Constitution and blood alcohol level tests. On a state level, the Florida Supreme Court will decide if punishment for refusing a breath test violates the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution. Tori Whitley reports.

Researchers are looking into a new way to fight cancer.  And that living tool weighs thousands of pounds, has four legs and a trunk.  They’re elephants and they rarely get cancer.  The Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus’s elephant retirement facility in Central Florida teamed up with the researchers to figure out why.  As we hear from Topher Forhecz (TOE-fer FOR-hez), the hope is that research will help people.