Capital Report: 08-08-2014

Aug 8, 2014

Florida offers public funds to help state-wide candidates pay for their campaigns and Regan McCarthy reports while some have chosen to accept that money others have turned it down citing either personal qualms or a desire to raise more than the public funding caps would allow.

Florida insurance officials expect the cost of health insurance plans sold on a federal exchange to increase by an average of 13-percent next year. But not everyone agrees price hikes will be that steep.  As Lynn Hatter reports, critics are questioning the state’s methods for calculating the increases.

The recent identification of the first set of remains of a boy buried on the property of the now-closed Dozier School for Boys in Marianna has helped bring one family closer to closure—some 70 years after the death. And, as Sascha Cordner reports, it’s also helping to keep hope alive for other families awaiting similar answers.

In the wake of 2010’s B-P oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, coastal areas affected by the tragedy were promised billions of dollars in compensation.  As Bob Barrett with member station WUWF in Pensacola reports, the refrain remains….the money’s coming….someday.

A new craft beer brewery in coastal Apalachicola is a point of pride and an economic driver for a community that was hit hard by the oyster industry's recent decline. [Florida Public Radio’s] Jessica Palombo visited the historic Panhandle town this week as the community celebrated the opening of Oyster City Brewing Company.

Florida’s Legislature has returned to the capitol to revise the state’s congressional districts.  Government workers make up a big part of Tallahassee’s local economy, but as Nick Evans reports, the special session’s impact is less clear.