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Capital Report: June 7, 2024

Hurricane season started on June first, and experts are predicting an extremely active season. Tristan Wood spoke with emergency management experts about how Floridians can stay prepared.

Researchers from the University of Miami and NOAA - the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration – have developed a new system for forecasting hurricanes. WLRN’s Caitie Muñoz talked about it with Bill Ramstrom. He is a Senior software engineer at the University of Miami NOAA Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies.

Pharmacists across the state are facing tough times, whether it’s more of their patients ordering prescriptions online or lower profits on the drugs they dispense. As Margie Menzel reports, independent pharmacists are worried about staying in business.

In 2022, the Florida Legislature authorized a program to encourage more fathers to stay connected with their children. The head of the organization tasked with making that initiative work provides Tom Flanigan with a progress report.

There’s a new era in amateur sports, where student-athletes as young as 14, could soon land lucrative endorsement deals. That’s true in at least 30 other states. And Florida could soon follow. The Florida High School Athletics Association recently adopted a policy that would let high schoolers be paid for their name, image, and likeness. However, as Adrian Andrews reports, there are concerns about how that move might impact schools.

The Florida High School Athletic Association has taken the first step toward permitting Name, Image, and Likeness deals for high school athletes. Under the NIL proposal, teens can profit from their name, image, and likeness without risking their athletic eligibility. Brandon Scobey spoke with members of the community to get their thoughts on the potential change.

The price of oranges is skyrocketing. Florida’s orange harvest season is wrapping up, and numbers from the Department of Agriculture show orange production in Florida is down more than 90 percent from the peak in 2003. A major factor in this drop is a tree-killing disease with no cure, called citrus greening. Molly Duerig reports, researchers in Central Florida are leading the search for solutions with genetic engineering technology.