Capital Report: 09-30-2016

Sep 30, 2016

A massive sinkhole under a phosphate plant in Central Florida is dumping millions of gallons of contaminated water into the ground. West in Tampa, that city’s mayor is facing questions about his handling of a sewage spill into the bay. And in North Florida, a fight over a proposed wastewater pipeline, has surrounding counties picking sides. Lynn Hatter tells us about the latest in Florida’s ongoing water fights.

Rising workers compensation rates could strain Florida businesses—especially in hands on industries.  And Nick Evans reports the increase will likely test loyalties in the state legislature.

A report that Donald Trump’s company violated the Cuba Trade Embargo in the late 1990s was more than a political bombshell.  It’s also a reminder of the crucial role Hispanic voters play in must-win Florida.  Jim Ash has more.

With a little over a month until Election Day, it can be difficult to concentrate on anything but the presidential election. But of course Clinton, Trump, Johnson and Stein are not the only names on the ballot. Kate Payne has this take on why those smaller races matter.

A measure signed into law by President Obama includes money to help combat the Zika virus. Florida is expected to be one of the areas to get a large amount of the funds. That’s in addition to the millions of dollars in state money Governor Rick Scott has already set aside in the Zika fight. But, as Sascha Cordner reports, questions now remain about when and how the funds will be distributed to help affected Floridians.

It’s been about a month since Hurricane Hermine blew through North Florida, and made a direct hit on Tallahassee.  That tested state and local storm responses for the first time in more than a decade. Regan McCarthy talked with citizens and officials about what they thought went well and what needs improvement.