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Capital Report: 07-27-2018

Hundreds of dead sea turtles have washed up on Florida’s gulf shores this year. AnnMarie Welser reports.

Once upon a time, the Red Wolf called the south and eastern United States, from Texas to Pennysylvania, home. Today, there are fewer than 40 wolves left in the wild. The species is what’s called “functionally extinct”— with most of the remaining 200 or so wolves in captivity. The Trump administration is proposing changes to the Endangered Species Act that conservationists worry, could end what little protection remains for the Red Wolves left in the wild. Lynn Hatter has more.

Business owners in Florida are worried about the quality of the state’s workforce. A survey by the Florida Chamber’s Small Business Council shows an ongoing trend of employers being concerned about finding enough skilled and educated workers.  Florida Public Radio’s Gina Jordan spoke with the Chamber’s Brittney Hunt about what the findings could mean for the state’s economy.

Some blame the state legislature for not fully funding Florida’s corrections budget. Prison officials say that led to them making some hard choices. Among those choices: cutting funding to programs helpful to inmates trying to transition back into society—as we hear in the last installment of Sascha Cordner’s two-part series.

A coalition of representatives from political, religious, academia and nonprofit groups hopes to reignite the conversation on legislation protecting DACA recipients. Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum recently hosted a forum discussion in tandem with lobbying firm FWD. us (Forward Dot- U.S.). Its intention is to bring advocates together in a push for what they say is an “urgency” for Congressional action. What they want, in their words, is a “long-term legislative solution for Dreamers.”

Ted Hutchinson is FWD.us’ (Forward Dot-U.S) Organizing Director in Florida. He joined Florida Public Radio’s Ryan Dailey to explain why he feels the legislation is in limbo, and what’s next.

A Leon County Circuit Judge is deciding whether voters will get a say in whether greyhound racing should continue in Florida. Regan McCarthy has more….