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Capital Report: 07-04-2014

A rash of domestic violence deaths from Palm Beach to Indian River County have raised a lot of questions about the issue. Jill Roberts reports...

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection says test results show there has been no water contamination from an exploratory oil well drilled near a wildlife sanctuary in Collier County. The well is part of a years-long fight over a renewed push to explore for oil in a reserve running from Fort Myers to Miami, called the Sunniland Trend. Now, as Lynn Hatter reports, residents of a Naples neighborhood are anxious about a recent decision by a judge and a looming decision by DEP that could bring an oil well into their backyards.

A report by the Center for Disease Control highlights some of the efforts Florida’s made to lessen the state’s image as the “Pill Mill Capital of the Country.” Sascha Cordner reports.                   

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife service announced Tuesday it is reviewing the Manatee’s status as an endangered species. As Matthew Stolpe reports, the result may have consequences for more than just the mammal.

A controlled burn in a North Florida park has cleared the way for a number of threatened or endangered wildflowers.  Nick Evans traveled two hours southwest of Tallahassee to the St. Joseph Bay Buffer Preserve to have a look at the new blooms. 

Summertime is usually a pretty quiet time at the Florida Capitol.  For the most part, lawmakers aren’t around.  Even the governor’s office and the cabinet member’s offices down the hall don’t seem to be as busy as other times of the year.  But that doesn’t mean there aren’t important public policy issues being discussed.  As Caitie Switalski reports, the legislative chambers have been filled with some very engaged and impassioned young women.