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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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Guns
1:00 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Florida Gun Legislation

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This month, a Southwest Florida state lawmaker has reintroduced a bill that would permit conceal carry licensees to carry firearms on public college and university campuses. The measure, from State Rep. Greg Steube R-Sarasota, comes in the wake of last month’s shooting at Florida State University that resulted in the wounding of three students and the death of the lone gunman. Florida leads the nation in the number of concealed weapon permit holders with more than one million licensees. Gun control advocates oppose the bill citing a recent study from the group Every Town For Our Safety which found Florida has had the highest number of school shootings since the mass shooting at Sandy Hook two years ago.

Supporters of the measure point to last month’s FSU shooting incident as a reason why conceal carry licensees should be allowed to carry guns on campus. Some members of the group Students for Concealed Carry at FSU say the shooter in that incident could have been subdued more quickly if they’d been permitted to carry their firearms on campus. Supporters also argue it’s unconstitutional to prevent people licensed to carry guns from defending themselves in the face of danger. We’ll hear from both sides as we also explore another bill proposed by Rep. Steube that would allow public school districts in Florida to allow specifically designated staff to carry guns on school property. 

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Economy
1:00 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Southwest Florida Economic Outlook: 2015

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According to the latest data from the research firm RealtyTrac, Florida still leads the nation in home foreclosures with foreclosure filings on one out of 462 housing units in the state. However, foreclosures are trending downward significantly and experts predict home prices in Southwest Florida will continue rising. Meanwhile, the latest Manpower Employment Outlook Survey identifies Lee County as among the strongest markets in the nation for hiring demand going into 2015. We’ll explore the region’s current economic and employment conditions and predictions as we prepare to enter 2015. 

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Sexual Assaults
1:00 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Widespread Sexual Assaults Throughout the Country’s University System.

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A 2007 Department of Justice study says one out of five women experience an “attempted or completed sexual assault during their college years.”

These numbers can be difficult to clarify because – as a PunditFact article points out sexual assaults and rapes are underreported.

The federal government is currently investigating some 55 schools over how they handle sexual assaults. This includes Florida State University.

The problem also exists in Southwest Florida. A recent News-Press investigation found students reported 13 sexual assaults to campus police since 2010.

FGCU is not the only college in the region facing the issue. Sexual assault offenses and arrests have been reported at nearby schools including Florida SouthWestern State College and Ave Maria University.

We take a look at sexual assaults on college campuses, how schools and their students including those at Florida Gulf Coast University are trying to address the issue. 

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Redistricting
1:00 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Florida’s Redistricting Battle

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The legal battle over the drawing of Florida’s congressional and legislative district boundaries continues this week with the release of additional documents in the ongoing lawsuits challenging how lawmakers came up with the new maps. The Associated Press reports the Florida Supreme Court is unsealing documents of a two year old e-mail exchange between Republican political consultants indicating changes to state Senate maps were intended to limit Democratic gains in the 2012 election.

This follows the release in November of more than 500 pages of e-mails from GOP consultants related to redistricting that had been kept secret during a 12 day trial this past summer. Those e-mails were from the Gainesville-based Republican consulting firm Data Targeting. The League of Women Voters of Florida is leading a consortium of plaintiffs alleging that district boundaries were drawn to favor Republican candidates in political contests, which goes against anti-gerrymandering amendments Florida voters add to the state constitution in 2010. We explore what the unsealed documents reveal about the redistricting process and what’s next for plaintiff’s challenging the state’s political boundaries.

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Scams
1:00 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Avoiding Scams During the Holiday Season

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The holidays are a time that prompt many residents to open their hearts and pocketbooks in a season that sparks a lot of charitable giving. We’ll explore how to make sure your charitable donations are really going to organizations and efforts that use your dollars responsibly. We’ll also explore other ways scammers can use the holiday season to target new victims and how to protect your personal information when making purchases. 

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