State News

Fort Myers is known as The City of Palms. We're checking back in with historian Jim Powers from the IMAG History and Science Center to find out the backstory behind the nickname.

There has been an arrest in the Clearwater 'stand your ground' case.

The State Attorney's office is charging Micheal Drejka with manslaughter in the death of Markeis McGlockton.

According to a press release, an arrest warrant was issued this Monday morning and Drejka is being booked into the Pinellas County Jail. His bond has been set at $100,000.

Citrus greening is a disease caused by a bacterium that is spread by a small insect called an Asian citrus psyllid. It first turned up here in Florida in 2005, and since then has caused major impacts to the state’s citrus industry -- reducing production numbers by more than half since it first arrived. Researchers estimate that more than 75% of citrus trees in the state are infected. During this year’s legislative session, Florida lawmakers approved funding for a dozen projects that are looking for short, and long term solutions that growers might be able to use to grow bigger fruit, reduce production costs, and produce more resistant trees. We're joined by Dr. Michael Rogers, he’s statewide director of citrus programs, and director of the Citrus Research and Education Center in Lake Alfred, to get an overview of the current state of citrus greening research.

Whoever becomes the state's next governor will inherit a transportation system bogged down by crowded roads and a lack of mass transit options.

Thousands of people joined hands along Florida beaches Sunday for the "Hands Along the Water" demonstration.  They're calling for state leaders to stop future red tide outbreaks and to address releases of nutrient-laden water from Lake Okeechobee, which is contributing to thick blue-green algae conditions choking local waterways.

Residents are headed to early voting sites across Tampa Bay this week, while politicians and elections officials try figure out whether Florida's voting system has been hacked.

The November election ballot will have 13 constitutional amendments, including one to increase the property tax exemption.

Amendment 1 is effectively a tax cut for homeowners. A July poll by the Florida Chamber of Commerce found the amendment has overwhelming support from voters, but many local governments are afraid they will be negatively impacted by it. 

When Jamarah Amani sent her daughter to a one-week STEM summer camp at the University of Miami, she expected her 12-year old to come home excited to share all of the cool things she was learning about science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Instead, on the second day of camp, Mahoro Amani told her mom that she was called the n-word and a derogatory term for lesbian by a white camp participant.

“She didn't come home and tell me, ‘This is what I learned in camp today.’ She came home and said,  ‘I was called a n----r to my face.”

Across Florida, school is starting with new attention to school safety and security. In the Keys, that means more than increased police protection.

A NASA spacecraft is on its way to the sun after launching from Cape Canaveral on a Delta IV Heavy Rocket. It will be the closest object to ever whiz by the sun and stands to become the fastest human made object, clocking in at around 480,000 miles per hour.

WLRN News took home three first place awards at this year's National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Salute to Excellence Awards Gala, the only awards program that honors exemplary coverage of African and/or African American people or issues.

The Salute to Excellence Awards honor work from print, television, radio, online, photojournalism, and public relations. Winners for the 2018 edition were announced on Saturday, Aug. 4, during NABJ's 43rd Annual Convention and Career Fair in Detroit, the largest annual gathering of journalists of color in the country.

Last month’s killing of a man during a dispute over a parking space has revived the conversation about a repeal of Florida’s Stand Your Ground law. The overall debate surrounding the controversial self defense law is also having an impact on Florida's elections.

The head of Florida’s child welfare agency is stepping down.

Capital Report: 08-10-2018

Aug 10, 2018

A dispute over a parking space turned deadly last month, triggering a new debate over Florida’s already controversial Stand Your Ground Law.  Sascha Cordner takes a look at how that debate further accelerated this week, even impacting the state’s gubernatorial contest.

Florida’s problem with algal blooms has taken center stage, and efforts to mitigate it are in high demand. A partnership between an engineering and a bioplastics company aims to bring a new type of solution to the market. Ryan Dailey reports one Florida county is already trying it out.

Democrat Jeff Greene’s campaign bus pulled up to Jacksonville’s Northwestern Middle School a few weeks ahead of the start of school. The Palm Beach billionaire came to the low-income area to give backpacks to kids.