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Capital Report: 08-29-2014

This week a state teachers union, school board association and other groups filed a lawsuit over Florida’s tax credit scholarship program. The program has been in place for nearly a decade, but as Lynn Hatter reports, the groups say the state has gone too far with it.

This week’s Florida primary election attracted lower turnout than the midterm primary did in 2010. Jessica Palombo takes a look at factors keeping people away from the polls, what some counties did to buck the trend —and why Democrats might need to worry heading into November.

After getting a recent scolding from the Florida Cabinet, Citizens Property Insurance is getting praise from the Office of Insurance Regulation. Regan McCarthy reports the insurer is proposing a rate decrease for most of its customers.

Just days after Lee County’s school board voted to opt out of state-mandated testing, officials there may be having second thoughts.  Ashley Lopez with member station WGCU in Fort Myers reports a new vote has been scheduled that could possibly overturn the district’s attempt at educational rebellion.

You may know that Google is building the self-driving car.  But a team of engineering students from Florida Atlantic University is working on a self-driving boat.  They’re traveling to Singapore in October for the Maritime RobotX Challenge.  And they’re one of just three teams from the United States chosen for the competition.  We get the latest on their progress from John O’Connor with member station WLRN in Miami.

Traditionally, this weekend is considered the last gasp of the summer vacation season.  Perhaps, not as much as in past years, because so many school districts across the nation are already back in session.  Still, in advance of the Labor Day holiday, the Florida Highway Patrol is highlighting the first week of September as Drowsy Driving Prevention Week to make sure motorists are not driving while they’re sleepy. As Sascha Cordner reports, the inspiration behind the week is an eight-year-old girl who lost her life to a drowsy driver in Tallahassee.