Capital Report: 06-22-2012

Jun 22, 2012

A months-long debate between Florida Governor Rick Scott and the state’s public universities over tuition increases came to a head this week, and the result disappointed both sides. Students will pay more for their classes this year, and as Lynn Hatter reports, negotiations over HOW MUCH more they will pay, reveal divisions within the board that oversees the schools.

For Florida residents, making payments or filing papers at the courthouse is about to get tougher. As Jessica Palombo reports, that’s because clerks of court are facing a budget shortfall that’s forcing them to cut back hours and full-time staffers. 

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has cleared Governor Rick Scott of any wrong doing associated with the loss of governor’s transition emails. Regan McCarthy reports the investigation led to the recovery of more than 30-thousand pages of documents that are now available to the public online.  

Florida is now facing a third lawsuit challenging the Department of State’s efforts to purge ineligible voters from the rolls. Ronald J. Ebben reports a group of voter and civil rights organizations are filing a lawsuit alleging the purge is discriminatory. 

Area lakes in North Central Florida are at record lows as dry conditions continue in the area and throughout the state.  Florida Public Radio's Kelsey Peck reports on how the low water levels in the Keystone Heights region just Northeast of Gainesville have business owners and residents hoping for rainfall for more reasons than one…. 

As dry as things are, Florida is still plagued by mosquitoes.  But as bad as the bugs may seem, Florida Public Radio’s Jill Roberts in Fort Pierce reports things could be a lot worse…