Topher Forhecz

Host, Reporter

Topher is the host of All Things Considered and 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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Government
5:08 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Summit Highlights Fair Housing Act

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Note: Audio to come.  

April is Fair Housing Month. It marks the enactment of the Fair Housing Act of 1968. The act protects against housing discrimination based on things like a person’s race or gender.  Local representatives are taking the opportunity to host the Southwest Florida Fair Housing Summit on Tuesday.

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Fate of Business Program for Blighted Communities
11:46 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Fate of Business Program for Blighted Communities Uncertain

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As the Florida legislature nears the end of its 2015 session, the fate of a tax incentive program aimed at boosting business growth in blighted communities remains unclear.

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Sunshine Law suit
6:22 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Sunshine Law Suit Against Gov. and Cabinet Heads Into Mediation

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A lawsuit filed against Gov. Rick Scott and the Cabinet over skirting the state's Sunshine Law is heading into mediation. News outlets across the state and others are involved with the lawsuit. They allege the Governor and the Cabinet violated the state’s open meetings law over the dismissal of former Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Gerald Bailey.

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Florida National Parks Face Millions
2:38 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Florida National Parks Face Millions in Delayed Maintenance Costs

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The National Park Service recently released a list of how much delayed maintenance projects cost for parks around the country.

In Florida, the amount comes to almost $192 million. At Everglades National Park, operators are trying to figure out what to do as that number grows.

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King Ranch Submission
1:11 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

King Ranch Submission Offers Take on Pine Island Development Rules

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Lee County is reviewing the rules behind what gives Pine Island its character such as stretches of mangroves, low buildings and controlled development. It’s happening in the wake of several lawsuits, one of which the county lost last summer.

One landowner, whose presence has been eyed suspiciously by some Pine Island residents, has floated its ideas to county officials as to how the rules should be changed. That landowner is the large agricultural producer King Ranch.

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