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Capital Report: 03-13-2014

A fight over pharmacy staffing levels may be cooling down under a proposed compromise in the Florida Senate. But as Lynn Hatter reports, whether the deal sticks is another issue entirely.

Lawmakers in the Florida House are considering a plan that would let citizens hold all the cards when it comes to changing Florida gaming law. Regan McCarthy reports that’s one part of the House proposal for a Florida gaming overhaul.

With more than 50 vacancies on the boards that nominate Florida judges, a task force is trying to answer the question of how to make the judiciary more diverse. As Jessica Palombo reports, the group aims to help reverse what the Florida Bar calls a “concerning” recent trend: that the state’s judicial nominators have been looking less and less like the overall population.

Spring break is already underway for many Florida schools.  Spring Break also brings many thousands of out-of-state visitors to Florida.  But, as Amy Kiley with member station WMFE in Orlando reports, beneath the legitimate business of attractions and hotels lies the darker economy of human trafficking.

The United States, like many nations, struggles with its trade gap.  That’s the difference between the number of products it imports and those it exports.  But one product that might not seem like it needs to be imported is the American flag.  That would seem to hold true especially for flags that flap atop government buildings.  As Ryan Benk reports, one Florida lawmaker has filed a bill that attempts to ensure those flags are all-American made.