Capital Report: 08-28-2015

Sep 1, 2015
Originally published on August 28, 2015 6:37 pm

Politicians and activists are taking the fight for Florida’s congressional borders to court.  Again.  Nick Evans reports the courts are weighing whether to take over or leave the next draft in the hands of lawmakers.

Florida has about 650 charter schools. They’re part of school districts but are privately managed and largely free of many of the rules governing their traditional public schools.  But as enrollment in charters has increased, so has the financial cost. Lynn Hatter reports Tennessee and Georgia are also struggling to find ways to support their charter school movements as well.

In the past few months, there’ve been a slew of arrests of Florida correctional officers—three just this week. As Sascha Cordner reports, many have dealt with gassing inmates, and state officials say it’s finding these so-called bad apples is proof of recently implemented prison reform policies.

Instead of selling out to developers, more Florida farmers are turning to so-called “agri-tourism” to save their traditional way of life. As Jim Ash reports, things like country weddings, you-pick-it operations and Halloween festivals are saving the day. But local governments are concerned.

As birds fly south for the winter some are worried they could bring Avian Influenza with them. It crippled the poultry industry in the Midwest, but Regan McCarthy reports experts says it’s not likely to be such a concern in Florida.

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