Caitlin Switalski

Caitie Switalski is a rising senior at the University of Florida. She's worked for WFSU-FM in Tallahassee as an intern and reporter. When she's in Gainesville for school, Caitie is an anchor and producer for local Morning Edition content at WUFT-FM, as well as a digital editor for the station's website. 
 
Her favorite stories are politically driven, about how politicians, laws and policies effect local communities. 
 
Once she graduates with a dual degree in Journalism and English, Caitie hopes to make a career continuing to report and produce for NPR stations in the sunshine state. 
 
When she's not following what's happening with changing laws, you can catch Caitie lounging in local coffee shops, at the beach, or watching Love Actually for the hundredth time. 
 

It’s been seven months since the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that killed 17 people. 

One Fort Lauderdale ice cream shop is getting ready to host a special limited-edition flavor. 

Yo Mama's Ice Cream on Fort Lauderdale Beach teamed up with Nova Southeastern University two months ago to help high schoolers in Broward County develop and market their own sugary concoctions. 

Now it's time to sell the stuff. 

In the back of Broward County’s Animal Care and Adoption Center, a tiny black kitten the size of a hand, squeaks for another bottle. 

She doesn’t have a name, but Meagan Nehls, who is a program coordinator at the shelter, just calls her, “Kitten.”

Fort Lauderdale City Commissioners will vote tonight to approve the city budget for the next year. 

The second - and final - public hearing for the budget happens at 6 p.m. in the Fort Lauderdale city commission chambers.

The hearing is the last chance for residents to give input about how the city of Fort Lauderdale should spend its money. 

There's a new person in charge of emergency management in Broward County.

Tracy Jackson started as the director of regional public safety and emergency services at the end of May, days before this year's hurricane season began. In addition to hurricane preparation, he now oversees Broward's regional 911 system. 

Jackson began his career as a firefighter in the  Miami Fire Rescue Department in 1982. He was the division chief of support services during and after Hurricane Andrew in 1992, heading up logistics.

At the entrance to Hollywood's Fire Station 31, on Hollywood Blvd., sits a tall statue of a fireman, in full gear, holding a baby. Below are names of local firefighters from the department who have died in the line of duty and after decades of service.

During a ceremony to remember the 9/11 terrorist attacks Tuesday, members of Hollywood's current fire rescue department unveiled 10 new names added to that memorial.

Phil Savery knew all of them well.

Toxic blue-green algae blooms have officially come to Fort Lauderdale.

The green, foul-smelling goop has been sighted in Intracoastal canals, near Annie Beck Park, and the Las Olas Isles neighborhood.  

Adam Weinstein lives on the 15th street canal, and noticed the green floating patches near the dock behind his house two weeks ago.

Commissioners investigating the Parkland school shooting said Thursday that law enforcement school resource officers, or SROs, should play a larger role at schools. 

Florida Sen. Lauren Book, who sits on the commission, asked the group to recommend that SROs be given access to students’ educational and disciplinary records. 

The state commission investigating the Parkland school shooting has conducted 300 witness interviews so far. But there's at least one more high profile witness to go: former Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School resource officer Scot Peterson. 

With a Republican majority in the United States Senate, the confirmation of conservative Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court may seem inevitable. 

But not to one U.S. Representative from South Florida: Debbie Wasserman Schultz. 

The state commission investigating the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting is almost ready to make its first round of recommendations for increasing school security and mental health systems.

The highly anticipated report from the 14-person panel will act as a statewide guide for schools and law enforcement. 

Broward County is about to get more money for programs helping people fight their opioid addictions. 

The federal government set aside nearly $1 billion to fight the opioid crisis nationwide this year. Florida is set to receive $49.3 million from those funds, of which  an estimated $7-10 million is going to Broward County.

County officials don’t know yet exactly how much they will get. 

The race for an at-large seat in the Broward County School Board is still unsettled after Tuesday’s election.

Ryan Petty, whose daughter Alaina was killed in the Parkland school shooting in February, challenged imcumbent Donna Korn for seat 8, which is a countywide seat.

Last year saw 1,642 opioid overdoses treated in Broward County emergency rooms. And 85 percent of those cases were overdoses on heroin.

This post was updated at 11:00 p.m., Aug. 28, 2018.

Democratic candidate for governor and billionaire businessman Jeff Greene threw his support behind Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum Tuesday, after Gillum secured the party's nomination for governor with over 34 percent of the vote.

"Nobody expected this," Greene said after the race was called. "[Gillum] was able to mobilize his base, he's a smart...very inspiring guy."

 

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