Capital Report: 06-22-2018

Jun 22, 2018

Hurricanes and warming ocean waters have damaged Florida’s coral reefs over the years, But as Regan McCarthy reports now experts say the state’s corals are facing a new danger—an especially pervasive bacteria.

On Tuesday, U.S. Senator Bill Nelson and Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz were denied entry into a federal detention facility in Homestead that is housing an estimated one thousand minors who were separated from their parents at the U.S. border. Less than 24 hours later, President Trump signed an executive order ending his administration’s family separation policy, which – until that point – he had adamantly denied even existed. As WGCU’s Rachel Iacovone (YAH-ku-VOAN-ee) reports, the end of the policy separating children from their families IN THE FUTURE doesn’t necessarily mean the REUNIFICATION of those already-separated families now.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jeff Greene entered the race barely three months before the primary. Now, the billionaire real estate titan is coming out strong on education. In a recent interview with WFSU’s Ryan Dailey, Greene called for two years of public pre-Kindergarten and talked charter schools.

For many Floridians, slathering on the sunscreen isn’t just a summer thing or a beach thing – it’s an every day, all year-round thing. And for good reason: the American Cancer Society estimates that nearly 8,000 cases of melanoma -- the deadliest form of skin cancer -- will be diagnosed in Florida this year alone. Member station WLRN's Christine DiMattei interviews Dr. Mike Cusnir [KOOSE-near], an oncologist with Miami’s Mount Sinai Medical Center.

And finally tonight, One of Attorney General Pam Bondi’s top priorities is cracking down on drugs. During a recent Florida Cabinet meeting, she invited a young rapper to spread a similar anti-drug message. Sascha Cordner has more.