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Capital Report: 04-14-2014

There are classic conflicts all over the place….between nations….between spouses….and between local and state governments.  Every year Florida lawmakers come to Tallahassee and some of the bills they back would reduce the authority of cities and counties.  At the same time, these local governments mount defensive strategies to stave off what they see as improper power grabs by state government.  Lynn Hatter’s been following the latest tussle in Tallahassee..

One bill that some say would preempt local rules has anti-tobacco groups demanding it to be killed. As Jessica Palombo reports, health advocates say the measure banning the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors also undoes local restrictions in more than 50 cities and counties.

Is a measure meant to modify Florida’s Stand Your Ground law dead this year?  Sascha Cordner reports, while some believe that effort is over, others – including the law’s main author – say “Not so fast”….

This is the last time that any public school student in Florida will have to take the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test or FCAT.  It’s been a looming presence in the state’s school system for years, generating equal amounts of anxiety and controversy.  Sammy Mack has this obituary.

It’s been eight months since Florida State University graduate teaching assistants wrapped up negotiations with university officials over health coverage.  Today (Monday) they took to the streets to protest what they say is unfair compensation.  As Ryan Benk reports, it was a rally that took them from the home of the Seminoles to the home of state government.