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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People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals or PETA recently launched a campaign warning Hendry County residents that local primate breeding facilities could be a hotbed for the Zika virus.

The virus causes birth defects in the babies of pregnant women.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via Flickr

A new organization is not waiting around for state and local governments to conserve environmentally sensitive lands.

The Cypress Cove Conservancy is made up of local activists and they want to preserve land by buying it themselves.


Visit Florida, the state’s tourism marketing arm, has seen record numbers of visitors in recent years. But, it’s also a public/private agency that’s recently received attention for secret contracts and footing the bill for vacations of foreign journalists.

Florida led the country in the number of new HIV cases in January. The Herald/Times Tallahassee Bureau wrote that during this time Governor Rick Scott and then state Surgeon General John Armstrong faced criticism for cutting staff and were accused of not taking the increase seriously.

Shortly after, the Tampa Bay Times reported the Florida Department of Health adjusted those 2014 numbers moving the state out of the lead spot.

The move caused a stir.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via Flickr

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking public comment on Tuesday for a proposal that would allow landowners to develop thousands of acres in eastern Collier County.

The agency is evaluating how this proposed development would impact federally listed animals in the area like the Florida panther.