Capital Report: 06-14-2013
A week into George Zimmerman's second-degree murder trial, attorneys are starting to narrow down the pool of potential jurors. Zimmerman is the former Neighborhood Watch volunteer in Sanford who says he shot and killed the unarmed black teen Trayvon Martin in self-defense. It's been a highly anticipated week in the high-profile trial, and as we hear from Amy Green with Florida Public Radio Station WMFE in Orlando, it's tough to find jurors who aren't familiar with the case.
All is fair in love and business. Or at least it seems that’s the stance Florida governor Rick Scott is taking when it comes to growing jobs in the state. The governor has been writing letters to businesses other states in an attempt to woo them into moving to Florida. But Regan McCarthy reports the leaders in those other states aren’t happy with the governor’s overtures.
Governor Rick Scott says creating a business-friendly environment in Florida is his top priority. That vision is also shared by members of the Florida Cabinet, such as Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Adam Putnam. But, as Jessica Palombo reports, Putnam’s agency has locked horns with the owners of a small family farm. They say that dispute is costing them business and could ultimately drive them out of business all together.
Governor Rick Scott has handed out forty awards honoring “Great Floridians” so far this year. That recognition is given to those who have made significant contributions to the state. In the past, the average number of Great Floridians each year has been around seven. The sudden avalanche of honorees under Governor Scott has a few folks wondering why this is so.
A new band director at Florida A&M University has students and staff hoping that the famous “Marching One-Hundred” may march again and soon. The band has been sidelined since the 2011 hazing death of one of its drum majors. And while the legal issues are far from resolved, Lynn Hatter reports there are rumors the legendary band could once again take the field in the fall.