Capital Report: 08-16-2013

Aug 19, 2013

Did the failure of a poll that could have triggered a special session lead to the Dream Defenders ending a month-long protest? Just how much support is there really for Florida’s "Stand Your Ground" Law? Sascha Cordner has the story.

The state continues its probe into a South Florida juvenile psych facility where a girl’s alleged abuse was caught on camera.  As Jessica Palombo reports, a Broward County state lawmaker is also calling for a legislative investigation of the facility.  Representative Katie Edwards says the incident is emblematic of Florida’s persistent failure to protect children in its care.

Several Florida Democratic lawmakers are facing questions about where they live. Some suspect the legislators are living outside of the districts they represent. It’s an issue that arose after lawmakers drew new voting district lines in 2011. And Regan McCarthy reports it’s raised the question of what it means to live somewhere.

In an increasingly partisan environment, Florida’s local, state and federal politicians are joining forces in support of the state’s troubled oyster industry.  As Ryan Benk reports, elected officials and activists stood shoulder-to-shoulder in Apalachicola this week a day after the federal government declared the North Florida area a "fishery disaster."

Florida A&M University’s Marching 100 will take the field Labor Day weekend in the school’s season opener. It will be the first time in nearly two years the group has been allowed to perform. The band was suspended following the hazing death of one of its drum majors. And as Lynn Hatter reports, the university says it will take work to prove times have changed.