Capital Report

Fridays, 6:30 pm ET & 9:00 pm ET

WFSU/Florida Public Radio reporters, as well as reporters from public radio stations across the state, bring you timely news and information from around Florida. Whether it's legislative maneuvers between legislative sessions, the economy, environmental issues, tourism, business or the arts, Capital Report gives information on issues that affect the lives of everyday Floridians.

Capital Report is broadcast each Friday at 6:30 pm and 9:00pm ET on 88.9FM - WFSU Tallahassee, 5:30 pm CT on 89.1FM -WFSW Panama City and on public radio stations across the state (check local listings).

During Florida Legislative Session: Weekdays 6:30 pm & 9:00 pm ET - 88.9FM WFSU Tallahassee & Weekdays 5:30 pm CT - 89.1FM WFSW Panama City and on public radio stations across the state (check local listings).

Capital Report: 08-10-2018

Aug 10, 2018

A dispute over a parking space turned deadly last month, triggering a new debate over Florida’s already controversial Stand Your Ground Law.  Sascha Cordner takes a look at how that debate further accelerated this week, even impacting the state’s gubernatorial contest.

Florida’s problem with algal blooms has taken center stage, and efforts to mitigate it are in high demand. A partnership between an engineering and a bioplastics company aims to bring a new type of solution to the market. Ryan Dailey reports one Florida county is already trying it out.

Capital Report: 08-03-2018

Aug 3, 2018

A Leon County circuit judge this week rejected a proposed amendment to the constitution that would ban greyhound racing in Florida, and the state quickly appealed. Gina Jordan reports the Florida Supreme Court is being asked to decide the case before the November ballots are printed.

A Florida Panhandle man may be one of the first charged under a new law for posting threatening messages on social media. Sascha Cordner reports.

Capital Report: 07-27-2018

Jul 30, 2018

Hundreds of dead sea turtles have washed up on Florida’s gulf shores this year. AnnMarie Welser reports.

Once upon a time, the Red Wolf called the south and eastern United States, from Texas to Pennysylvania, home. Today, there are fewer than 40 wolves left in the wild. The species is what’s called “functionally extinct”— with most of the remaining 200 or so wolves in captivity. The Trump administration is proposing changes to the Endangered Species Act that conservationists worry, could end what little protection remains for the Red Wolves left in the wild. Lynn Hatter has more.

Capital Report: 07-20-2018

Jul 23, 2018

Election watchers are trying to avoid a repeat of 2016—when Russian hackers tried to gain access to networks across the county. They didn’t get in—but it’s a cloud that continues to hover over the mid-term cycle. Lynn Hatter has more on the story.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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....

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.

Capital Report: 05-18-2018

May 21, 2018

As races for statewide office heat up, two candidates have found common ground on criminal justice reform. Ryan Dailey reports Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Chris King was joined by fellow Dem and attorney general candidate Sean Shaw in kicking off a tour to roll out King’s platform.

Capital Report: 05-11-2018

May 14, 2018

Two months after it passed the state legislature, Florida’s latest gun reform law is still under scrutiny from gun control and pro-gun advocates alike. Sascha Cordner has the latest:

During this National Teacher Appreciation week, Florida’s Democratic gubernatorial candidates in the wide-open primary tried to score points with educators. Meanwhile, Ryan Dailey reports the GOP race settled into two candidates who are just beginning to hone their criticisms of each other.

Capital Report: 05-04-2018

May 4, 2018

Since February’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas school shooting, Florida’s school districts have been grappling with how to keep campuses safe without creating too much stress or disruption for students.  From member station WLRN in Miami, Jessica Bakeman reports that hospitals are now trying to strike that balance, too.  Hospitals in Broward County had to make some tough calls during the Parkland tragedy and the effects were felt well beyond the immediate community.

Capital Report: 04-27-2018

Apr 27, 2018

Florida voters will pick a slate of new state leaders, local legislative representatives, city and county officials, local referendums and toward the end, if they make it-- a dozen or so requests to change the state constitution. Yet some of those requests are likely to give voters pause upon a close read: do they want to ban indoor vaping while simultaneously banning offshore drilling? Lynn Hatter reports on why some of the amendments are bundled together with others.

Capital Report: 04-20-2018

Apr 20, 2018

The need for gun reform is top of mind for the four Democratic candidates running for Governor. Sascha Cordner followed some of the discussion during their first televised debate.

On the nineteenth anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting, students in Florida’s capital joined their counterparts across the nation in a school walkout calling for gun reform. Ryan Dailey reports students also congregated in the Capitol courtyard joined by Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum after the school day.

Capital Report: 04-13-2018

Apr 16, 2018

While state lawmakers made changes this legislative session to improve gun safety following the school shooting in Parkland, local governments are more limited in the steps they can take. Regan McCarthy reports a number of cities and counties are pushing for more legal leeway to increase firearm safety.

Capital Report: 04-06-2018

Apr 6, 2018

Days after Attorney General Pam Bondi filed an appeal of District Judge Mark Walker’s ruling the Clemency Board must overhaul Florida’s voting rights restoration process for felons, Bondi and Gov. Rick Scott are unflinching in defense of their position. Ryan Dailey has more.    

Capital Report: 03-30-2018

Mar 30, 2018

After the February mass shooting that left 17 people dead in Parkland, are the voices of black students being heard fully in the gun violence debate?  Sascha Cordner digs into a complex issue to bring us more on that story.

The Presidents of Florida’s 28 state colleges have unified in support of a Constitution Revision Commission proposal that recognizes the college system in the constitution. Ryan Dailey reports college system stakeholders feel the move is long overdue.

Capital Report: 03-23-2018

Mar 23, 2018

Once again, the latest effort to reform Florida’s gun laws failed. It was in response to last month’s deadly mass school shooting in South Florida. As Sascha Cordner reports, as some clamored for an assault weapons ban and more background checks, Florida’s Constitution Revision Commission refused to take up any measures that would do that.

Four key Constitution Revision Commission proposals that could impact K-12 education are a step closer to being in front of voters in November. Ryan Dailey has the latest.

Capital Report: 03-16-2018

Mar 19, 2018

Within one week, Governor Rick Scott not only signed a gun safety bill into law, he also approved the budget, which includes millions of dollars for school safety purposes. Still, that didn’t prevent the National Rifle Association from filing a federal lawsuit against a provision in the new safety law. And, on the one month mark of the Parkland mass school shooting, thousands of kids across the nation walked out of their schools.

Capital Report: 03-09-2018

Mar 9, 2018

After passing the Florida legislature this week, Governor Rick Scott decided to sign the gun safety legislation into law. As Sascha Cordner reports, earlier in the week, he told reporters he’d wait before signing it, until he talked to the families who were impacted by the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High school.

Tom Flanigan wanders the Florida Capitol’s fourth floor to gauge the mood of this final scheduled day of Session.  He talks about it with the head of the state’s largest police union and a former veteran lawmaker.

Capital Report: 03-08-2018

Mar 8, 2018

Not all bills will make it through the annual legislative session, but this year, the impending failure of several high-profile measures is raising eyebrows both among lawmakers themselves, and others. Lynn Hatter reports.

Florida lawmakers are heading to conference in a last ditch effort to hammer out the differences in their gambling overhaul bills. Regan McCarthy has more....

Capital Report: 03-07-2018

Mar 7, 2018

The Florida legislative session is heading into overtime after a disagreement over how to fund hospitals stalled negotiations. But Lynn Hatter reports the two chambers reached an agreement Wednesday how to reimburse the facilities for treating low income and uninsured patients.

A measure to address Florida’s growing opioid crisis is nearing completion with just days left in the legislative session. Regan McCarthy has more....

Capital Report: 03-06-2018

Mar 6, 2018

The Florida House has now started discussions on gun safety legislation, in response to last month’s mass shooting at a South Florida high school. They agreed Tuesday to take up the Senate version of the bill that narrowly passed Monday. As Sascha Cordner reports, while language was stripped from that bill to exclude most classroom teachers, opponents argue the “compromise” could still arm school staff, like coaches.