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According to population data released by the U.S. Census Bureau in June, Florida grew by 1.46 million people from 2010 to 2015 and Hispanics made up 51 percent of that growth.  Registered Hispanic voters are also on the rise and now make up 2 million of the state’s 12.2 million voters.  As the country’s largest swing state, political strategists have their eyes on this crucial demographic.  

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The U.S., Cuban and Mexican governments began negotiations in July over how to divvy up a 7,700-square mile portion of the Gulf of Mexico known as the Eastern Gap.  The ocean floor beneath the Eastern Gap is believed to hold large amounts of oil, but with no clear owner, drilling hasn’t been occurring there.  Supporters of an oil drilling moratorium that covers much of the U.S. side of the eastern Gulf worry negotiations over the Eastern Gap could lead to Cuban oil drilling operations just on the other side of the country’s maritime border with the U.S. near the Tampa Bay area.  

Voters will select a new representative in the primary contest later this month to fill Southwest Florida’s Congressional District 19 seat.  The district extends from Fort Myers to Marco Island and the seat is currently held by Rep. Curt Clawson, R-Bonita Springs, who is not seeking re-election.  Those vying for the seat include former Secret Service agent and small-business owner Dan Bongino, Sanibel Councilman Chauncey Goss and Naples businessman and former U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See Francis Rooney.  With no Democratic candidate in the race, GOP voters will decide the election in the Aug. 30 primary election.  Candidates Bongino and Goss join us in studio for a closer look at their qualifications, priorities and ideas.

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A community is in mourning following the shooting death of Mary Knowlton, 73, on Aug. 9 during a “use of lethal force” role-playing exercise with the Punta Gorda Police Department.  The special event included about 35 members of the Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce taking part in a program similar to the department’s citizen police academy.  Knowlton was playing the role of the law enforcer while police officer Lee Coel played the role of an assailant.  That’s when Coel fatally shot Knowlton.  Punta Gorda Police Chief Tom Lewis says his department was unaware it even had ammunition for the revolver used in the role-play scenario.


The first endemic cases of the mosquito-borne Zika virus have now been confirmed in Florida, primarily in Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood.  We’ll hear from a journalist with Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX about a recent assignment which took her to Wynwood.  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Center for Veterinary Medicine has approved the experimental release of genetically modified mosquitos in the Florida Keys to help combat the spread of the virus.  We’ll learn about Lee County’s own expansive mosquito control efforts.  We’ll also talk with a pair of Florida Gulf Coast University virologists testing mosquitos for Zika and working to develop an antiviral treatment.