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Capital Report: 06-07-2013

Florida’s multiple systems of providing long-term care to people with disabilities and seniors in nursing homes are changing. That’s causing lots of heartburn for family members and loved ones trying to navigate the changes. Lynn Hatter reports on the story of one woman who had found herself caught between two very different systems of long-term care.

Florida Governor Rick Scott has taken action on more than 50 bills this week (last week). Some of those have been featured at bill signings across the state, but Regan McCarthy reports others have gotten more silent approval from the state’s leader.

The program that provides continuing education for Florida police officers is going into the next year with 40 percent less money. Jessica Palombo reports, that’s raised concerns about public safety, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement says, it’s working to restore the funding.

Florida Governor Rick Scott has been busy not only travelling the state, but to other countries as well. He just finished a trade mission in Chile, one of the state’s largest trading partners. And, as Sascha Cordner reports, he’s now setting his sights on Japan and France.

Boating is fun in Florida.  But the state’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission also warns it can be dangerous for the unwise and unwary.   Tom Flanigan speaks with a few of the agency’s boating safety advocates. 

Jury selection starts Monday in the second-degree murder trial of George Zimmerman.  He faces trial in Sanford, the same place where he shot and killed the unarmed teen Trayvon Martin last year.  Zimmerman says he did it in self-defense.  Five-hundred jurors have been summoned and, as we hear from member station WMFE in Orlando’s Amy Green, all will be anonymous.