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.

Email: tforhecz@wgcu.org

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Carlos Beruff can pinpoint the day when the bottom fell out from under his real estate business.

“It was the Friday before Labor Day of 1991,” he said with a laugh. “The bank called me up and said ‘We’re not giving you any more money.’”

The southwest Florida homebuilder, then in his early 30s, was about $20 million in debt.

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U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-FL, was in Fort Myers  on Monday discussing solutions for the Lake Okeechobee water crisis. The lake’s freshwater releases have caused damage to both coasts, including the spread of algal blooms.

Sen. Rubio said there’s momentum in Congress to get central Everglades projects approved.

These storage and treatment plans are included in the Senate’s annual water bill.

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A circuit judge has ruled Hendry County did not violate Sunshine Law when it approved two primate breeding facilities in 2012 and 2013.

This comes after a lengthy legal battle filed by local residents and the Animal Legal Defense Fund.

They charged county staff made a policy decision behind closed doors.

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A new study points at Florida for Islamophobia in the nation. The report was prepared by University of California, Berkeley’s Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project.

It looks at things like anti-Muslim groups, state laws and political rhetoric.

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Florida ranks fifth for income inequality in the country, according to a study recently published by the Economic Policy Institute.

It looks at the gap between what the top 1 percent and what the bottom 99 percent make nationwide.

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