SunRail, FCAT: Weekend talk topics

Staff writer

SunRail, FCAT testing and Tallahassee politics will be topics for local public-affairs programs this weekend.

SunRail is explored by Greg Warmoth on "Central Florida Spotlight" at 12:30 p.m. Saturday on WFTV-Channel 9. His guests are Noranne Downs, District 5 (Central Florida) secretary for the Florida Department of Transportation, and Tawny Olore, SunRail project manager. The show examines the new commuter line's costs, ridership and longer-term plans to extend south into Osceola and north into Volusia. The guests also discuss plans for a connection at Orlando International Airport.

The problems with FCAT testing this week will discussed on "Orlando Matters" at 7 a.m. Saturday on WRBW-Channel 65. Host John Brown welcomes Dr. Barbara Jenkins, superintendent of Orange County Public Schools. They discuss the half-cent sales tax on the fall ballot; Common Core's impact on the district in the next few years; and OCPS' status as a finalist for the Broad Prize.

"Metro Center Outlook" looks at disabilities and the workforce at 9 a.m. Sunday on WUCF-Channel 24. Host Diane Trees' guests are Patrick Scott, executive director of Two-6 Resources, and Rogue Gallart, president of the Central Florida Disability Chamber. Scott talks about job opportunities and placement for people with disabilities. Gallart discusses resources available to help those with disabilities start their own businesses.

News 13's "Political Connections" offers an interview with well-known Tallahassee political advocate Brian Pitts. The program airs at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. Sunday. News 13's Tallahassee bureau chief Troy Kinsey interviewed Pitts, a constant presence at committee meetings in Tallahassee. Analysts Lou Frey and Dick Batchelor discuss campaign finance and the recent Supreme Court decision that will ultimately put more money into the campaign system. The program uses PolitiFact's Truth-O-Meter to rate a claim by Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., about Florida's population standing in the country.

On "Flashpoint," investigative reporter Mike Holfeld looks back at some recent WKMG-Channel 6 reports. The program airs at 8 a.m. Sunday.

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