Capital Report: 07-28-2017

Jul 28, 2017

South Florida is continuing its battle against the mosquitoes that carry Zika. The Florida Keys already has the region’s most intensive mosquito control programs. WLRN’s Nancy Klingenger reports the Keys are now holding Florida’s first trial of a NEW weapon against the insects

On national television and in international headlines Fort Lauderdale has been embarrassed by how it deals with its homeless population. A few years ago, the city arrested a 90 year old man for serving food to those living on the streets—that resulted in a lawsuit. As WLRN’s Wilson Sayre reports a recent raid of a homeless encampment has resulted in another lawsuit against the city.

What happens when a major supporter and political insider at a powerful university goes rogue? That’s at the heart of a recent story about the University of Florida published this month in the Chronicle of Higher Education.  UF alumnus and attorney Huntley Johnson has made a career of defending UF Athletes accused of bad behavior, but he’s recently turned on his alma mater, filing records request after records request that has exposed the power plays and politics at one of Florida’s preeminent institutions.  Lynn Hatter spoke with Chronicle reporter Michael Vasquez about this story.

Franklin County in the Big Bend has one of Florida’s highest rates for teen pregnancy, despite abstinence-only education. Jocelyn Beever has more.

A deepwater injection well proposed for Jackson County in North Florida is awaiting approval by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, but pushback from the local community is growing stronger. Morgan Danford has the story.