Topher Forhecz

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Topher is a reporter at WGCU News. 

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


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State senate candidate Jason Maughan is campaigning on a message of clean water.

Maughan is challenging Fort Myers incumbent Lizbeth Benacquisto for senate district 27, which covers much of Lee County.  

The Sanibel lawyer wants to buy U.S. Sugar land south of Lake Okeechobee to help relieve harmful discharges into the rivers bordering it. U.S. Sugar has been critical of past plans to buy the land.

Charlotte County will choose its Republican candidate for sheriff on Aug. 30. The race includes an incumbent looking for a second term, a retired law enforcement veteran and a Punta Gorda police officer.

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Florida’s medical marijuana program took too long to start for the parents of some sick children.

Hear Gail tell their story in her own words:

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Gov. Rick Scott has been attacking Congress’ inability to pass a spending package for Zika virus prevention.  

But, POLITICO Florida recently took a look back at Scott’s own history with the state’s efforts to fight mosquitos.

Reporters Christine Sexton and Marc Caputo reported how Scott reduced state aid to mosquito-control programs by 40 percent in the year after he was elected.

Farmworker's Association of Florida

A national farm worker advocacy group is endorsing a campaign to boycott the fast food chain Wendy’s.

The National Farm Worker Ministry, a faith-based advocacy organization, is joining the Coalition of Immokalee Workers' push for Wendy’s to agree to what’s called the “Fair Food Program.”