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Capital Report: 06-01-2018

Florida’s 2018 hurricane season is underway and so is the disaster preparedness tax free holiday. Regan McCarthy has more....

A new campaign in Florida is offering up an alternative to what the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services calls the opioid epidemic.  The Florida Physical Therapy Association has launched a campaign called “PT for Pain.” The group is reaching out to lawmakers – and trying to get the public’s attention – about the easy access of physical therapy instead of going straight to pills for pain. Gina Jordan talked with Mark Bishop, an associate professor of physical therapy at the University of Florida.

Three men in red berets have stood outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School under a small tent for months.  They’ve been on patrol since the February 14th shooting.  Parkland Community members thanked those Guardian Angels at an event this week and Jessica Bakeman from member station WLRN in Miami was there, too.

The Education Estimating Conference takes a detailed look at factors that will influence enrollment, for better or worse, in Florida’s public schools. Ryan Dailey reports, at its most recent meeting, the committee found the state’s scholarship programs will have the biggest impact.

The Florida Department of Corrections is looking into changing the rules for prison visitations. But, as Sascha Cordner reports, they’re getting pushback from different families and friends of inmates currently behind bars.

Water releases are now underway from Lake Okeechobee due to recent rains.  Such releases always cause coastal residents to worry about toxic algae that may be in the released waters.  As we hear from Jill Roberts at member station WQCS, there will soon be a new way to monitor that algae.

The twelfth president of Florida A&M University is proud of his institution’s academic accomplishments as a pre-eminent Historically Black University.  But he’s also hoping the school’s graduates will be paragons of service to their communities.