Capital Report: 07-13-2012

Jul 16, 2012

Florida A&M University is preparing to launch another presidential search. It will be the third time the in the last decade the school has had to look for a new president, after James Ammons announced he is resigning from the post. FAMU is still dealing with the fallout from a hazing scandal in its famed marching band following the death of a drum major. But as Lynn Hatter reports, those problems are only the tip of the iceberg facing the university.

The State Attorney’s office has released more documents in the case against the neighborhood watchman charged with killing a teenager in Sanford, Florida. Ronald J Ebben reports the information shows conflicting accounts about the degree of George Zimmerman’s injuries he sustained in a confrontation with 17-year old Trayvon Martin.

The American justice system is flawed and the only way to change that is at the voting booth. That was the message from Martin Luther King the Third and many other civil rights advocates at a rally in downtown Jacksonville today (Friday). From member station WJCT Scott Kim reports, the rally was inspired by the case of Marissa Alexander, but organizers say much more is at stake.

After a federal judge struck down parts of a Florida law that made it more difficult for voter registration groups to register voters, registration drives are starting back up. The groups organizing the drives are well-behind where they were at this same time in 2008, they say they’re working hard to catch back up. But Regan McCarthy reports there’s a chance they won’t make it. State officials have made the first move to appeal the judge’s ruling and get the law back.

Pill mills busts have become a familiar sight over the past year, as state and local agencies try to stem the illegal flow of controlled substances from clinics that had popped up across Florida. But, as Jessica Palombo reports, chronic pain sufferers are having a hard time getting their pain medicine prescriptions filled, and they say the crackdown has gone too far.

Audubon of Florida’s Director of Advocacy Charles Lee was at the Disney Wilderness Preserve near Kissimmee, Florida for the announcement by Tom Vilsack, Assistant Secretary of US Department of the Interior about $80 million dollars in additional funding for Everglades restoration.