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Capital Report: 07-05-2013

School districts across Florida are bracing for another drop in student and school grades.  Lynn Hatter reports a task force made up of state and local education officials is now looking to revise the way grades are figured in an effort to stave off even more problems in the future.

A new law taking effect in Florida this week blocks certain mentally ill people from buying guns.  But Sascha Cordner reports that has prompted a shootout between two gun rights groups.

One new Florida law that took effect this week outlaws the sale of several kinds of drug paraphernalia, including smoking devices commonly referred to as bongs. Jessica Palombo tells us smoke shop owners say, the way the new law is phrased takes the teeth out of the legislation.

Another new Florida law taking effect this week gives school districts greater leeway in choosing which educational materials they use.  As Stan Jastrzebski reports, education leaders say it’s both a push toward more electronic learning and a possible instance of classicism in education…

As of this week, Florida animal shelters will have to keep better records than they used to.  Ryan Benk reports a new law requires them to keep public records of the animals they take in, adopt out, or put down.

The Florida oyster industry has suffered in recent years from fights over fresh water, the BP oil spill, and the impact of predatory species.  But as Nick Evans reports, a cultivation method new in Florida could help turn the industry around.

In March of 2012, the Museum of Florida History opened phase one of its “Forever Changed” exhibit.  The plan was to open phase two sometime in 2013.  But Regan McCarthy tells us museum officials weren’t able to get the money from state government to move ahead with the expansion until now.