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Capital Report: 05-04-2012

Most of the people charged in the hazing death of a Florida A & M University drum major have been taken into custody. Lynn Hatter reports the arrests come after state law enforcement authorities announced charges against 13 people on Wednesday. The arrests have some people beginning to wonder what’s next in the fate of FAM-U’s fabled band program.

 

The newly appointed interim police chief for Sanford says he’ll try to repair the department’s relationship with a community still uneasy in the wake of the shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin. From member station WMFE in Orlando, Matthew Peddie reports the chief is calling for residents of Sanford to help him do his job.

 

Despite lingering questions about the constitutionality of Florida’s new voting district maps, Regan McCarthy reports officials say they expect all the of the maps to stay the way they are for the coming 2012 elections.

 

Will a recent Supreme Court decision to allow more slot machines in South Florida lead to the expansion of gambling throughout the rest of the state? Sascha Cordner takes a closer look at what the decision might mean.

 

The 2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season officially begins about a month from now. Local, state and even federal emergency managers will be holding news conferences and other events, urging people to be ready. Tom Flanigan reports some of that drumbeat has already begun, as officials worry too many Florida residents have forgotten just how bad things can get in a major storm….

 

Volunteers in Martin County who are working to create nice homes …not for people, but for birds….Jill Roberts from member station WQCS in Fort Pierce explains why……