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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The Florida House is moving forward with a big healthcare agenda at the direction of Speaker Jose Oliva. But  that agenda clashes with healthcare providers who say it could lead to worse, not better care.

The city of Tallahassee will explore the idea of creating another utility to offer internet services. But members of the commission are split on whether it’s a good idea. 

The National Weather services has upgraded the strength of tornados that struck North Florida and South Georgia over the weekend. 

Firefighters are at a greater risk of developing cancer than others. According to federal research, they’re also at greater risk from dying from it. But cancer isn’t explicitly part of their insurance coverage in Florida. An effort in the state legisalture is underway to change that and momentum is beginning to build. 

Florida’s insurance industry has tried for years to reign in a practice known as assignment of benefits—where a property owner signs over payment of a claim directly to a contractor or service provider. The fight is back. This time, spearheaded by state Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis.

Florida A&M University is partnering with Duke Energy to build a 600-800 acre solar farm on the school’s property near Tampa. FAMU stands to get up to 680,000 a year once the project is operational.

Tallahassee Mayor John Dailey says it’s not the city commission’s duty to get involved with personnel decisions. This comes after County Commissioner Bill Proctor called for police Chief Mike DeLeo to be suspended.

Leon County Commissioner Bill Proctor wants the city of Tallahassee to suspend Police Chief Mike DeLeo. Proctor accuses DeLeo of racially discriminating against TPD employees and cites a complaint accusing the police chief of disrespecting members of the city and county commission among other current and past Tallahassee employees. 

Prostitution charges for the owner of the New England Patriots and the former CEO of Citibank are just the surface of an investigation into a human trafficking ring in Central and South Florida. The arrests of 25 men including the two businessmen is once again drawing attention to sex trafficking in massage parlors.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has rescinded even more of Governor Rick Scott’s appointments. So far, more than 200 people have taken off of state boards and commissions by the new governor. 

Triumph Gulf Coast has approved $15 million  to help four Hurricane battered North Florida counties deal with property tax losses. 

Florida State University is getting $8 million  to study how to revive the Apalachicola Bay. The Board overseeing a settlement with BP from the 2010 oil spill approved the proposal Monday.

Florida State University could get $8 million to come up with a plan to revitalize Franklin County’s Apalachicola Bay. A decade of natural and man-made disasters have crippled it, and by extension the community that depends on it. 

Tallahassee Mayor John Dailey is nearing the end of his first 100 days in office and he’s trying to change the way the city is run. 

Sex trafficking survivors and their advocates are divided on a measure aimed at identifying victims. Lynn Hatter reports the proposal requires hotel staff and law enforcement officers undergo training to recognize trafficking and for hotel workers to report potential cases.

Florida lawmakers have stripped language out of a sanctuary city bill that would have penalized local officials who favor such policies. But the measure’s sponsor,  Republican Senator and state GOP Chairman Joe Gruters, says its goal is still the same.

An effort to ban fracking in Florida is moving through the legislature. The proposal cleared its first two committees Wednesday. But the House’s plan is drawing concerns.

Two years after being forced to become the state’s first and only Charter School District, North Florida’s Jefferson County is being touted as a model for improvement. Now Jefferson Somerset Academy is sharing what its learned so far with members of a House Education Committee.

The board controlling billions of dollars from a settlement over the 2010 BP Oil Spill meets Friday to decide whether to establish a separate fund for Hurricane Michael. There’s momentum building for leveraging the oil spill money to help the panhandle recover from the storm.

Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis is floating the possibility of using money from a settlement over the 2010 BP Oil Spill as leverage to help North Florida recover from one of the strongest Hurricanes in a generation. The discussion comes as the region  faces a recovery that could take a decade or more.

Northwest Florida is the site of two of the worst natural disasters in U.S. History: the 2010 BP Oil Spill and last year’s devastating Hurricane Michael. State lawmakers are floating the possibility of using some of the oil spill settlement money to help the region recover from the storm.

Bay County is trying to speed up its recovery from Hurricane Michael and it's reaching out for recommendations from businesses. 


Two Leon County students have been arrested for threatening to shoot their classmates. The Leon County Sheriffs office says the teens discussed the idea through an internal school app.

Last year, a judge ruled the Florida legislature ran afoul of a constitutional amendment directing a certain amount of money be set aside for environmental spending. It seemed like a victory for environmentalists.  the amendment’s backers have filed a brief in an appeal of the case, saying the judge may have overstepped.

The City of Tallahassee has issued a traffic advisory for Monday and Tuesday, as Inauguration events for Governor-Elect Ron DeSantis get underway. Several downtown roads will be shut down.

The Florida Supreme Court has rejected a lawsuit over whether the legislature is upholding its constitutional obligation to provide a high quality system of education. That means the long-running fight spearheaded by the group Citizens for Strong Schools, is over.

The Tallahassee City Commission has named Elaine Bryant as its newest member. Bryant fills the seat Scott Maddox previously held prior to his suspension from office.

The Florida Supreme Court said the panhandle needs two more circuit court judges. The recommendation is included in the court’s latest review of the judiciary’s workload.

Denise Williams’ attorney Ethan Way says there is  “not enough evidence” to support a guilty verdict against his client, Denise Williams. Williams was found guilty of murder, conspiracy and accessory after the fact on Dec. 14 in the death of her first husband Mike Williams 18 years ago. In court documents, Way is asking for a new trial.

Florida Governor-elect Ron DeSantis is crafting his policy agenda and has turned to a group of thinkers from across the state to help. One of those groups, the Education and Workforce Transition Committee, is working on its proposals for the incoming administration.

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