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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Gov. Rick Scott ordered the state to immediately investigate all Florida Planned Parenthood offices that perform abortions on Wednesday.

The order comes after the release of secretly recorded videos. They show Planned Parenthood officials talking about tissue from aborted fetuses used for research.

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Lee Memorial Health System is preparing to build a hospital without beds. The company bought land in Estero about a decade ago. It was originally intended to be an 80-bed facility. But, the state denied its plans. Now, the plans have changed. 

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State wildlife officials are rethinking their policy when it comes to conserving the endangered Florida panther.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s position statement says much of the federal plan to recover the panther population is “aspirational rather than practical.”

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The City of Bonita Springs banned the controversial oil and gas extraction method called hydraulic fracturing or fracking within its city limits Wednesday. The process involves injecting fluid into rock formations. Bonita Springs is now the second city in Florida to ban fracking.

The decision was a win for environmental activists. But, oil and gas representatives on both state and local levels expressed their concerns about the ordinance.

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Hendry County Commissioners signed off on the first step Tuesday of a new process for approving power plants. Florida Power and Light submitted the proposal. The company has been looking at a piece of land in the county as the site of a potential power plant for years.