Topher Forhecz

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Topher is a reporter at WGCU News. 

He formerly freelanced for WNYC radio in New York City. He holds a master's degree from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.

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Community organizations are suing Lee County over its decision to allow for development in the environmentally sensitive Density Reduction/Groundwater Resource area or DR/GR.

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The Florida legislature is rethinking how the state moves minors into adult court. A 2014 report by Human Rights Watch says Florida moves more children out of the juvenile system and into adult court than any other state. Advocates are pushing a campaign to reform a process called “direct filing” that gives state prosecutors the choice of moving forward with those charges. They say the system unevenly hands out penalties.

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A Sarasota-based medical marijuana company is developing a patch containing a chemical compound from the cannabis plant.  

The company – Alternative Medical Enterprises or AME – said the compound, known as CBD, has anti-inflammatory benefits that would help with conditions like arthritis.

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Former U.S. Senator and Florida Gov. Bob Graham has spent his life building a legacy in politics. But, no event so defined the last period of his career as the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11.  

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An advisory committee approved a draft for the Babcock Ranch Preserve’s 10-year land management plan on Wednesday. But, both members of the committee and the public said the process happened very quickly.