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Capital Report: 01-11-2013

Following the tragic school shooting in Newton Connecticut, Florida leaders are looking for answers about how to keep something like that from happening in their home-towns, but Regan McCarthy reports those answers span everything from tighter gun regulation to more guns in more citizens hands.

Primary Care physicians across the nation and in Florida are set to get more money for treating low-income patients as part of the federal healthcare overhaul law. But as Lynn Hatter reports, even though the increases went into effect at the first of the year, that doesn’t mean those payments will start flowing immediately.

Florida Public Radio’s Trimmel Gomes was in the Everglades this week.  In our first of two reports on the ongoing efforts to preserve this huge natural resource, Trimmel attended the 28th annual Everglades Coalition Conference in Coral Gables.

Federal officials and environmental leaders are also focused on the Everglades.  Sascha Corder tells us a bipartisan group of lawmakers in Congress is also focused on Florida’s River of Grass…

Governor Rick Scott wants to eliminate the state’s sales on the purchase of manufacturing equipment.  As we hear from Florida Public Radio Affiliate WJCT in Jacksonville, Kevin Meerschaert reports Scott says eliminating the tax will make the state more competitive.

Finally, this week, are you ready to watch some TV, maybe accompanied by a tasty snack?  And just possibly think about your next vacation at the same time?  Well a new TV show hosted by one of the biggest celebrity chefs could help bring more tourists to the Sunshine State. As Jessica Palombo reports, that’s what Florida’s official tourism marketing company is hoping, as it’s financing the show “Emeril’s Florida.”