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Capital Report: 04-17-2017

Jim Ash talks to Tom Flanigan about a late-called gubernatorial news conference today at the Capitol.

As the House and Senate prepare to begin hammering out their budget differences, some question whether those differences are too vast for the two chambers to come to a solution before the 60-day session’s end. But Regan McCarthy reports leaders in the House are confident it can be done.

Florida Senator Jack Latvala says he’s not ready to give up politics after he’s term limited in the Senate next year. But he won’t say what he’s eyeing next. As Sarah Mueller reports, Latvala made his remarks today before members of the Capital Tiger Bay Club in Tallahassee.

A group of military veterans is calling on Florida Senate leaders to hear a bill that would increase penalties for defacing any Veterans memorial across the state. Sascha Cordner reports.

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have drafted more than a million family members into caring for returning wounded and injured troops.  For the American Homefront Project, Bobbie O’Brien reports on the struggles encountered by those military caregivers – mostly spouses and parents – of post-9/11 veterans.

Besieged by critics on many fronts, America’s pharmaceutical industry is mounting a public information campaign, but Florida’s safety net hospitals remain skeptical.