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Gulf Coast Live! is a live, locally produced, call-in radio show focusing on issues that matter to Southwest Floridians. It's your chance to share your thoughts and connect to your community, live on the radio.

Whether produced on location, with a live audience or in our radio studio, Gulf Coast Live! invites you to interact with experts, decision makers and each other via phone calls, emails, texts, on Facebook and blogs

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Hot Car Deaths
1:00 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Preventing Children From Being Left in Hot Cars

Dean Wissing via Flickr

Since the beginning of 2013, the state Department of Children and Families says seven children in Florida have died after being left in hot cars. According to San Francisco State University’s Department of Geosciences, at least 18 heat stroke deaths have been reported in children left in a car so far this year alone.

As July 31st marks National Heatstroke Prevention Day, we’ll explore campaigns to end the practice, efforts to help parents understand it can happen to anyone and helpful prevention tips. We’ll also hear from one Southwest Florida man whose daughter died after being left in a car, and his efforts to prevent other families from experiencing that tragedy.

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Politics
1:00 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Democrat Larry Aguilar Sues After Being Left Off the Ballot for Florida House Race

Democrat Larry Aguilar had been campaigning to represent Florida’s State House District 79 which includes Lehigh Acres and portions of North Fort Myers. Incumbent Matt Caldwell faces Republican challenger Matt Miller in the August 24th primary election.

Whoever wins the primary would have had to face Aguilar in the November general election, but the Florida Division of Elections has kept Aguilar’s name off the ballot, saying his qualifying paper work didn’t reach Division of Election staffers before the June 20th deadline. Aguilar has filed a lawsuit against Sec. of State Ken Detzner alleging his qualifying documents were received on time and were mishandled by elections staffers. We’ll take a closer look at the case and prospects Aguilar getting his name back on the general election candidate roster.

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Documentary
1:00 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Teens Serving Life Without Parole: POV Documentary ‘15 to Life: Kenneth’s Story’

woodleywonderworks via Flickr

We explore the practice of sentencing juveniles to life in prison without parole in the U.S. More than 2,500 inmates in America’s prison system are serving life terms for crimes committed as juveniles. We’ll talk with the filmmaker behind the POV (Point of View) documentary “15 to Life: Kenneth’s Story” which premieres August 4th on PBS. The film documents the story of one Tampa-area man charged with four back-to-back life sentences for his role in a string of robberies committed when he was 14 years old at the behest of his mother’s 24 year old crack dealer.

The 2010 U.S. Supreme Court decision in the case of Graham v. Florida finds that life sentences for juveniles for crimes other than murder are unconstitutional, which could make Kenneth eligible for early release. Through Kenneth’s story, we’ll explore whether society is served by sentencing juveniles to life in prison and other revelations about our justice system.

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Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
1:00 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Ongoing Impacts of the BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico

U.S. Geological Survey via WHOI

It’s been four years since the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that took the lives of 11 people and caused the discharge of an estimated 4.9 million barrels of oil into the Gulf resulting in the largest environmental disaster in U.S. history.

Researchers with Ocean Alliance recently teamed up with the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society for ‘Operation Toxic Gulf.’ The marine expedition has been documenting the ongoing impacts of the spill on the Gulf ecosystem and on marine life with a particular emphasis on Sperm whales which are considered an indicator species for the overall health of the ecosystem.

We’ll also explore the legal and policy side of environmental restoration efforts for the Gulf of Mexico.

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Politics
1:00 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Write-in Candidates Closing Primary Elections

Credit Alex Lee via Wikimedia Creative Commons

In 1998, Florida voters approved an amendment to the state constitution intended to open up primary elections to all voters when the candidates in a given race are all from the same political party. In 2000, then-Secretary of State Katherine Harris wrote a Division of Elections opinion stating that if a write-in candidate qualifies for the general election, the primary must remain closed to the voters of that party.

We’ll explore how this loophole in Florida’s ‘open primary’ rule could impact Florida House races in the 2014 election, including the contest for Cape Coral’s state House District 77 seat currently held by Rep. Dane Eagle-R, and previous legislative efforts to end the practice and keep such primary elections open to voters of all parties.

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