Capital Report: 07-21-2017

Jul 24, 2017

Education advocates went to court this week to argue that Florida isn’t complying with a 20-year-old constitutional mandate to provide a “uniform” and “high quality” education. But as Jim Ash reports, the legal tug of war is raising questions about the power of petition drives to effect meaningful change.  

Despite past failed legislative attempts, a bipartisan pair of lawmakers is vowing to continue their work on criminal justice reform—particularly within Florida’s prison system. Sascha Cordner reports.

A new Florida law makes it easier for cellphone companies to spread 5-G technology. But Regan McCarthy reports the move comes with a loss of local control and what some say is the potential for eyesores.

The eastern indigo snake is back in North Florida, at least that’s what a group of scientists is hoping. Nick Evans reports reintroducing the species caps off three decades off environmental restoration efforts.

Finally tonight, As Florida Public Radio's Stephanie Colombini reported last week, the opioid crisis in Manatee and Sarasota Counties is putting a strain on their foster care system. But the situation isn't entirely bleak. Now we'll hear from one mother who's relationship with her son's foster parents helped her reunify her family and overcome her addiction.