Capital Report: 09-26-2014

Sep 26, 2014

Florida State University has picked St. Augustine Republican Senator John Thrasher as its next president. His selection follows months of discord as some FSU faculty and students demanded the role be filled by an academic instead. This week, those tensions boiled over at a turbulent final two search meetings. Florida Public Radio’s Jessica Palombo was there.

State Child welfare officials are looking into what went wrong in their handling of an investigation of a Florida man who shot himself and his family in North Florida. The Florida Department of Children and Families say they were actually investigating the man weeks before the mass shooting in Bell. So, as Sascha Cordner reports, in the wake of the deadly rampage, could lawmakers be considering another DCF legislative fix?

Three proposed state constitutional amendment are slated for Florida’s November ballot. So far most of the media and the public’s attention has been paid to two of them. But as Lynn Hatter reports the one proposal that could have the most impact on state policy, is the one many people are overlooking.

This month marks four years since the capping of the BP oil spill. And while some say Florida’s made a full recovery since the disaster. Regan McCarthy reports others are left waiting for the help they need to put their lives back together.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation commission has put restrictions on the Apalachicola bay oyster harvest this winter, but harvesting may need to stop altogether if stocks don’t improve.  Nick Evans reports government officials are calling for financial and educational support if the Commission closes the bay, but it’s not clear how useful that can be. 

Supporters of legislation that could dramatically reduce greyhound racing in the state will once again be making their case in next year’s legislative session.  As Jill Roberts of member station WQCS reports, supporters are working to raise grass root support for the proposal which has come close to passing in previous sessions…..