Lynn Hatter

Lynn Hatter is a  Florida A&M University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Lynn has served as reporter/producer for WFSU since 2007 with education and health care issues as her key coverage areas.  She is an award-winning member of the Capital Press Corps and has participated in the NPR Kaiser Health News Reporting Partnership and NPR Education Initiative.  When she’s not working, Lynn spends her time watching sci-fi and action movies, writing her own books, going on long walks through the woods, traveling and exploring antique stores. Follow Lynn Hatter on Twitter: @HatterLynn.

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Florida’s Wildlife Commission will decide in June how to manage future bear hunts. Last year, the state held its first hunt in more than 30 years, with more than 300 bears killed.

Governor Rick Scott has approved a controversial bill restricting state funding to organizations that provide elective abortions. The measure is similar to a law in Texas pending before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Changes could soon be on the way when it comes to how the state administers dental services in its Medicaid Managed Care program.  Dental care could be re-established as an independent service in the state’s Medicaid program.

Florida is poised to become the first state to allow computer coding to fulfill a foreign-language requirement in high school. In a competitive job market, the thinking goes, computer skills are as important as speaking another language.

At SAIL High School in Tallahassee, a 3-D printer whirs away. It's turning PVC pipe into a red, Lego-like piece for a robot.

This is the OctoPiRates robotics club. These students will soon compete in a national contest with their hand-built robot. It features a square, metal frame with eight rubber wheels and a scooping arm.

It’s the second time around for a bill that would allow Florida students to attend the public school of their choice. But unlike last year, when the measure was first introduced, this year’s effort is bringing sharp critiques from Democrats.

Former Senate president Don Gaetz says Medicaid Expansion is a dead issue for the next three to five years.  The Senator says lawmakers are now focused on what he calls second tier healthcare plans.

Supporters of the state’s corporate tax scholarship program will gather at the Capitol. They’ve pushed the state teachers union to drop its lawsuit against the program that gives scholarships to low income kids to attend private school. Florida has become one of the nation’s hot spots for school choice programs. While many ideas may have originated in other states, Florida has adopted them and created a massive alternative system.

Recent racial unrest and turmoil is causing states and municipalities, mostly in the South to reconsider their Confederate flag displays. Now Florida lawmakers have introduced bills curtailing where the Confederate battle flag can be shown. But  not everyone wants that flag taken down.

Federal health officials are making their final push to get more people signed up for subsidized health insurance.  So far more than 8.6 million new and returning consumers have applied for health insurance on federal exchanges.

Congresswoman Corrine Brown is planning to move out of a redrawn Congressional District Five, and former state Senator Al Lawson is looking to move in.

The Florida High School Athletics Association is fighting for its survival. State lawmakers have proposed measures that could transform the organization and those for it and against say it’s time to strike a compromise on changes.

Florida Governor Rick Scott is opposed to allowing more than 400 Syrian refugees to re-settle in Florida. Several other state governors are taking a similar stance after terrorist attacks in Paris last week.

Florida lawmakers want to curb rising costs in healthcare. But they’re at odds over how to do that. Several plans have been put forth to improve patient access, but it’s not certain whether they’ll do much to help the bigger issue of cost.

Florida lawmakers are bracing for budget holes despite figures showing the state could end up with another year of surplus.  The cost driver: healthcare.

Healthcare concerns, more specifically cost problems—are starting to take over conversations at the capital.

Marijuana bills are piling up ahead of the upcoming lawmaking session and one North Florida Democrat is sponsoring an effort to legalize the plant for all users.

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