Capital Report: 08-05-2016

Aug 5, 2016

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s spat with a gold star family is putting Florida’s top elected officials in an awkward position.  Nick Evans has the story.

Republican Senator Jeff Brandes of St. Petersburg is a prime author of Amendment Four, the legislature’s renewable energy tax cut proposal on the August thirtieth ballot.  The bi-partisan measure is backed by business and environmental groups.  But don’t expect a TV blitz in support of the amendment.  Brandes assured Florida Public Radio’s Jim Ash there was enough grass roots support to push the measure over the top.

The number of Zika cases in Florida is on the rise and while government officials say local transmissions are under control some are wondering what the real picture of Zika in Florida looks like. Regan McCarthy has more...

With tragedies at home and abroad, Florida has been inundated with bad news this summer, which can affect the public’s travel plans. Kate Payne takes the pulse of the state’s tourism industry.

There’s only one meeting left, before final recommendations are made on a memorial for the unclaimed remains of boys who died at the Dozier School for Boys in the Florida Panhandle. So far, there’ve been a lot of disagreements among Dozier Task force members.  Sascha Cordner reports that, during their first meeting, there was at least one memorial all sides did agree on.