Capital Report: 11-29-2013

Dec 4, 2013

Florida is known for its produce – it’s not uncommon to see roadside stands selling it. The state even features the image of an orange on its license plates.  But amidst all this plenty, Regan McCarthy reports many Floridians have little or no access to fresh fruits and vegetables.

It’s no secret a successful major college sports team means big business for its university. But when a Florida State University lobbyist earlier this fall suggested to the school’s trustees that a successful football team could mean more money from state lawmakers, eyebrows were raised. But, as Stan Jastrzebski reports, even those pushing for FSU to get every dollar it can say there’s little chance football – either its scores *or* its scandals -- will change the school’s appropriation.

As Florida looks to make sure released inmates don’t return to prison, should the Sunshine state look to other states, like Georgia, to learn about their criminal justice reforms? Sascha Cordner reports.

Not all home-based instruction is home schooling. That’s at the center of a Leon County case that has galvanized Florida’s homeschooling communities. Lynn Hatter reports many parents use what’s commonly called an “umbrella” school, but you won’t find that term in any state law.

Florida citrus  growers are desperate for relief from a disease blamed for killing about half their crops in less than a decade.  As Jessica Polombo reports, many in the multi-billion dollar industry hope to plant experimental trees they’d consider highly risky under normal conditions.  But hurdles remain before they’ll have the chance.