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Members of the union representing Florida’s corrections officers recently called on Governor Rick Scott, Senate President Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando, and House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island, to call an emergency legislative session to address problems in Florida prisons.  An independent audit of Florida’s prison system released last fall highlights chronic understaffing and points a finger at the state legislature for years of budget cuts that have resulted in poor facility conditions, low pay, high staff turnover, and high levels of inexperienced staff at the state’s 49 prisons.  

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The number of babies born physically dependent on drugs is on the rise in Florida and around the nation.  The condition, called neonatal abstinence syndrome occurs in newborns who were exposed to addictive opiate drugs like heroin, methadone and oxycodone in utero.  According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the number of babies born with NAS increased five-fold from 2000 to 2012.  

The U.S. experienced two high-profile shooting deaths of African-American men by police last week:  Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, La., and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, MN.  Following those deaths, a lone gunman in Dallas, TX killed five law enforcement officers  and injured nine others Thursday night at a Black Lives Matter protest that had otherwise been peaceful.  In the wake of these shootings we’ll get reaction from Florida’s law enforcement community, including regarding a legislative effort to add law enforcement officers and firefighters to the state’s hate crime law.  


The number of travel-related cases of the Zika virus in Florida is quickly approaching 300 with confirmed Zika infections and public health emergencies declared in 27 Florida counties including Charlotte, Collier, and Lee.  So far the state has seen more than 40 cases concerning pregnant women.  Zika has been linked to the birth defect microcephaly in infants born to women who’ve had the virus while pregnant.  

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Governor Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency for Martin, Palm Beach, St. Lucie and Lee Counties related to a toxic blue-green algae bloom that’s left portions of Florida’s Atlantic coast covered in a thick layer of foul-smelling algae muck.  In response the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has reduced the flow of water from Lake Okeechobee into the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie Rivers.