Capital Report: 11-24-2017

Nov 27, 2017

A bipartisan group of Florida legislators is making noise about criminal justice reform ahead of the 2018 session.  Nick Evans reports the group wants to lift the felony threshold for certain crimes, and give judges more flexibility in sentencing.

Lawmakers are considering a move that could limit the ability of local governments to make rules about where powerlines should go. Regan McCarthy has more.

This month is Diabetes Awareness Month and a bipartisan push is underway to do more to treat the disease that’s among the leading causes of death for Floridians. Sascha Cordner prepared this report.

The impacts of hurricanes on people are well documented, and can scar communities for years. But the ecological effects of storms aren’t as obvious. Kate Payne brings us this report as we approach the end of the 2017 hurricane season.

A new report says Florida is leading the nation in solar permits for homes. This comes after years of the “Sunshine State” languishing behind northern places like New Jersey. WUSF’s Steve Newborn looks at why residential solar power is finally taking off in Florida—as well as two new co-ops being formed to take advantage of the power of group buying.   

Finally tonight: Satellite images this month show a Red Tide—a harmful algal bloom festering in the Gulf of Mexico mere miles away from the shorelines of Southwest Florida. But as WGCU’s Quincy Walters reports, birds have been sounding the alarm for weeks.