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Capital Report: 07-13-2018

Jul 13, 2018

Local governments are continuing their battle to hang onto home rule. Regan McCarthy reports that fight is centering around a court case fighting a law that largely preempts local ordinances on firearms.

The League of Women Voters of Florida is suing to block a constitutional amendment that could pave the way for more charter schools. The League says the ballot summary-which voters see on the actual ballot—is different from the language in the amendment, and is vague and misleading.

The five contenders for this seat talk about charter schools, a proposed constitutional amendment limiting school board member terms and the need to marshal more resources to prevent two troubled elementary schools in the district from being taken over by charter school management.  The incumbent in the race is Maggie Lewis-Butler.  The challengers are: Charles Antonio Williams, Lynn Jones (a write-in candidate who will appear on the Nov. 6 general election ballot), Dr. Donna Hayes-Austin and Darryl Jones.

Leon County School Board District One Candidates stand in WFSU Lobby with Tom Flanigan
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The three candidates for the school district that encompasses the northeastern section of Leon County (view district map) talk about their qualifications, their priorities and what they consider to be the major challenges facing the district:  challengers Patty Ball Thomas and Ricky Bell will face incumbent Alva Striplin in the August 28th primary election.




Leon County Commission District Three candidates and Tom Flanigan siting around the table in the studio
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Four of the five candidates for Leon County’s northwest area talk about the issues they believe are most critical to the region (view district map) and why their respective backgrounds and approaches to governance would be most effective at addressing those issues.  Those contenders were: Emily Fritz, Rick Minor, Carlos Rey, and Kyle Frost.  (Candidate Rex Rekstis called afterward to extend his apologies for missing the discussion.)

Tom and Jasmine sitting at the table in the studio
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Since 1996, Bill Proctor has been the Leon County commissioner representing District One (view district map).  In the upcoming November election, he’ll face a challenger, Florida State University student Jasmine Ali.  Mr. Proctor was invited to be on the program but did not attend.  Ms. Ali discussed her background, qualifications and views on the issues facing the district during the course of the program.

Sue Matthews, author of her memoir Paint Your Hair Blue, discusses the trials and demands of those coping with cancer in their teens.

Host: Dr. Liz Holifield

Original airdate: July 8, 2018 

Capital Report: 07-06-2018

Jul 6, 2018

Florida’s statewide teacher’s union is once again suing the legislature—this time over a new law that could directly impact its membership. Lynn Hatter reports it’s the latest in a line of lawsuits filed over the state’s education policies.

A new Florida law seeks to make it easier for people to get their mugshots removed from certain websites. As Sascha Cordner reports, it’s the only bill from the 2017 legislative session to take effect this month.

Perspectives: Prescribed Burns

Jul 5, 2018

The recent and devastating fire near Eastpoint in Franklin County has led to a larger discussion about prescribed burns.  Talking about it are: Kevin Hiers and Dr. Kevin Robertson from the Tall Timbers Research Station; and Dr. David Godwin with the Southern Fire Exchange at the University of Florida.

411 Teen: Green Amendment

Jul 2, 2018

Author Maya K. Van Rossum joins 411 Teen from Pennsylvania. She discusses her book, Green Amendment, and explores environmental issues both nationally and specific to the state of Florida.

Host: Dr. Liz Holifield

Original airdate: July 1, 2018 

Perspectives: Preventing a Local Opioid Crisis

Jun 28, 2018

In contrast to some other places, the Tallahassee area isn’t seeing widespread opioid addiction.  But to keep that relatively good situation from getting worse, a coalition of groups has joined in a well-coordinated preventive initiative.  To discuss that effort: Ellen Piekalkiewicz with the Florida State University College of Social Work; Captain Ed Cook, Criminal Investigations and Homeland Security Division supervisor with the Leon County Sheriff’s Department; Jordan Cowart with DISC Village; and Mike Watkins from Big Bend Community Based Care.

411 Teen: Hannah Lucas "NotOK" App

Jun 25, 2018

Hannah Lucas stuggled with depression to the point where she attempted suicide. In her desperation, and with the aid of her brother Charlie, Hannah created an app called NotOK for those who need someone, and discusses it on 411 Teen.

Host: Dr. Liz Holifield

Original airdate: June 24, 2018

Capital Report: 06-22-2018

Jun 22, 2018

Hurricanes and warming ocean waters have damaged Florida’s coral reefs over the years, But as Regan McCarthy reports now experts say the state’s corals are facing a new danger—an especially pervasive bacteria.

Buying a house in Tallahassee can be a daunting task. There’s the question of getting loan, selecting a location and figuring out a budget. Add to that a housing market that experts say is suffering from a lack of supply--especially for those hoping to purchase mid-range homes. That’s all coming up on this week’s Perspectives

Joining our conversation in studio are:

Ron Byrom, a national sales manager with University Lending Group

Will Shepherd, president of the Tallahassee Board of Realtors

Cristic Henry, Managing Broker at Kingdom First Realty

411 Teen: Things We Haven't Said

Jun 18, 2018

Things We Haven't Said is an anthology of stories written by individuals who have suffered sexual abuse. Two of the authors talk about their lives on 411 Teen.

Host: Dr. Liz Holifield

Original airdate: June 17, 2018 

Capital Report: 06-15-2018

Jun 15, 2018

Recent polling shows there are four constitutional amendments poised for approval on Florida’s November ballot. Three of those deal exclusively with the issue of taxation. But as Lynn Hatter reports there’s ongoing concern that determining tax policy through constitutional referendum isn’t in the public’s best interest.

Perspectives: Paloma Rambana

Jun 14, 2018

Since the age of nine, a young Tallahassee lady with a visual impairment has been lobbying the Florida Legislature, speaking with members of Congress, winning awards for her advocacy and now, at the age of twelve, has written a book about her experiences.  Paloma Rambana hits the highlights of her book and also conveys her conviction that even a middle school student – given proper motivation, conviction and sufficient support network -can change the world.

411 Teen: Students For Justice In Palestine

Jun 11, 2018

The FSU chapter of Students For Justice In Palestine join 411 Teen to discuss what is happening in Jerusalem, including the relocation of the US Embassy.

Host: Dr. Liz Holifield

Original airdate: June 10, 2018 

Capital Report: 06-08-2018

Jun 8, 2018

The commission charged with improving school safety is looking into the effectiveness of school resource officers—a school’s main line of defense that critics say failed students at Marjory Stoneman Douglass High School amid a Valentine’s Day shooting. Seventeen students died, more than a dozen others were injured. Lynn Hatter has more.

Even though the Capital Region’s overall incidence of infant mortality is declining, the rate remains alarmingly high in certain populations.  To discuss the issue: Capital Area Healthy Start Coaltion Executive Director Tomica Smith; Board Chair Glenn Robertson; and Dr. Fran Close, full professor of Behavioral Science and Health Education in the Institute of Public Health in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at Florida A&M University.

Capital Report: 06-01-2018

Jun 4, 2018

Florida’s 2018 hurricane season is underway and so is the disaster preparedness tax free holiday. Regan McCarthy has more....

411 Teen: Lynette Gustaferro

Jun 4, 2018

Middle school is a period of transition. Lynette Gustaferro, Executive Director of Teaching Matters shares strategies for parents to assist in their childrens' transition to middle school.

Host: Dr. Liz Holifield

Original airdate: June 3, 2018

Perspectives: Post High School Pathways

May 31, 2018

There are SO many options for a rewarding, fulfilling life after graduation.  Or even for those who don’t graduate.  It’s just a matter of discovering what resources are available.  To talk about that are:  Todd Clark, Director of the Office of Articulation with the Florida Department of Education; Kevin Smith, Research Alliance Manager REL-Southeast, FCRR; Shelly Bell,| Director of Career Technology & Adult Education at Lively Tech; and Karen Wells, Associate Career Center Manager with CareerSource Capital Region.

411 Teen: Sports-Related Injuries

May 28, 2018

Students from Florida High School discuss football and other sports that have a high incidence of traumatic injuries, and debate whose responsibility it is - the school, the parents, etc.

Host: Dr. Liz Holifield

Original airdate: May 27, 2018

Capital Report: 05-25-2018

May 25, 2018

Gov. Rick Scott is touting a 47-year low in the state’s crime rate after the Florida Department of Law Enforcement released its annual statistics. Ryan Dailey reports the Governor said he is ‘disappointed’ in the legislature over cuts to the Department of Corrections.

A special session to address education funding this year doesn’t appear likely. Regan McCarthy reports Florida Democrats gained enough support to cause the Florida Secretary of state to poll members of the legislature on their interest in a session, but that effort fell short.

Tallahassee has a larger tree canopy than most comparable cities. And as the state's capital it's filled with spaces that represent important moments in our history. Many would argue that's what gives Tallahassee the unique character that drew them here in the first place. But as more people are drawn to the city, more space for growth is needed.

Joining us to talk about that in the studio today are:

Mindy Mohrman Tallahassee's new urban forester.

Devan Leavins Director of Special Projects for the Tallahassee/Leon County planning office.