John Davis

John Davis has been a full-time Reporter/Producer for WGCU since 2009. He is the local host for NPRââââ

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.

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. 

The term ‘elder abuse’ typically brings to mind victimization by family members or neglect on the part of nursing home staff. However, a new study from Weill Cornell Medical College finds that hostile and aggressive behavior between nursing home residents is a growing problem throughout the U.S. that tends to go under reported.

Nearly one in five nursing home residents involved in the study reported experiencing some form of elder-to-elder mistreatment ranging from invasion of privacy to verbal and physical abuse to inappropriate sexual behavior. We’ll talk with the study’s lead author for a closer look at the findings and recommendations on how nursing homes can better identify and address the problem. 

In the wake of President Obama’s announcement last week of executive action to temporarily shield some four million undocumented immigrants from deportation, Redlands Christian Migrant Association is planning to begin offering an Immigration Assistance Program. Immigrant advocates applaud the President’s action, but say they’re worried con artists have already begun using the newly announced national immigration policy to target Florida’s 632,000 undocumented immigrants.

As November marks both National Adoption month and Florida Adoption month, the Children’s Network of Southwest Florida is holding a series of mass adoption finalizations throughout the region. Yet, despite the agency’s success in finding permanent homes for kids, the need for foster and adoptive parents is on the rise throughout the state and particularly in Southwest Florida where there are currently about 500 children living with licensed foster parents. We’ll take a closer look at efforts to find permanent, stable and loving homes for children in need, how to go about fostering or adopting a child, and how recent changes to state adoption laws by the Florida legislature are impacting kids in foster care. 

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