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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Florida Power and Light is asking to amend Hendry County's comprehensive plan. It would create a new process for approving power plants. That proposal was put before a county advisory committee Wednesday.

FPL has been eyeballing a piece of land in Hendry County as the site of a possible power plant for years. It borders the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation. Last year, the tribe won a victory in court that stopped the possibility FPL could build that plant.

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Craft breweries across the state are celebrating today as a new law takes effect allowing them to sell their suds in 64-ounce refillable containers known as growlers. The state failed last year to legalize what is considered the industry standard size.

One Fort Myers brewery started selling the growlers as the clock struck midnight.

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A representative from the National Institutes of Health wrote in an email HHS is currently investigating Primate Products.  

None of the Congress members who signed the letter accepted requests for an interview.  


Primate Products President Thomas Rowell said today a subdivision of Health and Human Services is already looking into the company.


The Florida Department of Environmental Protection may start cattle grazing in Myakka River State Park in Sarasota County.

Local community members are protesting any such plans.

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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission approved the first statewide bear hunt in more than two decades Wednesday.

The decision came after a heated meeting with opponents of the hunt who worry the commission is acting hastily.

The hunt will take place in late October and last seven days. By the FWC’s count there are roughly 3,200 bears in the state. The goal of the hunt is kill about 320.