Capital Report: 06-24-2016

Jun 24, 2016

Senator Marco Rubio is running for reelection to the U.S. Senate. It’s a reversal from what the senator has been saying for months. And as Tori Whitley reports, both the senator’s supporters and detractors say he has to prove he wants the job.

A state board has narrowed the field to three in a bid to replace a statue of confederate general Edmund Kirby Smith in Washington D.C.  Nick Evans reports the state Legislature will now choose among a grocer, an environmentalist, or an educator.

Black bears won’t be on the menu this year for Florida hunters. But Regan McCarthy reports that doesn’t mean they’re off the table for good.

Gun control supporters aren’t too happy with how the week turned out. While some expressed their outrage over the U-S Senate’s rejection of several bills, others have held demonstrations in response to the House’s lack of votes. But, as Sascha Cordner reports, they’re still holding out hope that something can be done on the federal level to help curb gun violence.

Military style assault weapons like the one used in the Pulse nightclub shootings cause more serious injuries than routine handguns, medical experts say. Dr. Sam Ashoo, a veteran emergency room physician from Tallahassee, talks with Capital Report’s Jim Ash about the difficulties of treating those types of gunshot wounds.

Finally on Capital Report, The Gulf Coast is home to the most endangered sea turtle in the world: the Kemp’s Ridley. The fate of the turtles depends on the region’s coastal wetlands, where tropical storms, and oils spills have taken their toll. Kate Payne looks into the uncertain future of the delicate ecosystem.