Amy GreenReporter and Producer
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Amy Green is a general assignment reporter. She specializes in the environment and science.
Amy has worked as a regular contributor to PEOPLE, Newsweek, The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor and many other publications. She is a former Associated Press reporter in the Nashville, Tenn., bureau.
Amy is a Florida native. She lives in Orlando with her husband and daughter.
Recent Stories from Amy Green
NASA’s announcement of the winners of its Commercial Crew competition is a boost to Florida’s Space Coast. Boeing’s CST-100 and SpaceX’s Dragon capsules are set to start flying from Florida to space in 2017. Boeing will base its operations at Kennedy Space Center, in an old shuttle processing facility. The company has promised 550 jobs. Lynda Weatherman of the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast says the news breathes life into the region, which has suffered since the last shuttle launch in 2011. “While we have unmanned launches and people come and they see it, there’s something obviously humanistic about having an astronaut. And we get so much, every hotel room is filled. People from all over the country … Read More →
Boeing’s CST-100 and SpaceX’s Dragon capsules will be the first new space crafts in a generation to fly astronauts to the International Space Station. NASA announced Tuesday the companies that will share a $6.8 billion contract to replace the shuttle program. Boeing gets $4.2 billion. SpaceX will receive $2.6 billion. Kathy Lueders, manager of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, says each space craft can carry four astronauts. “This means we can double the amount of scientific research performed on the station today.” The highly anticipated announcement sharpens the future of American space exploration, which had been adrift since the shuttle program ended in 2011. Since then American astronauts have flown with Russia. The Dragon and CST-100 will launch from Florida’s Space … Read More →
An attorney for the family of 14-year-old Lamar Hawkins says he’ll investigate the school where the boy ended his life. The attorney says the family had talked to school administrators several times before their son’s death about alleged bullying they say had persisted for years. Lamar was found dead last week at Greenwood Lakes Middle School in Lake Mary. He had shot himself in the head. Matt Morgan says he wants to know how the school addressed the family’s concerns about allegations of bullying before the boy committed suicide. “Lamar was pushed down a flight of stairs. He was shoved out of his cafeteria seat onto the ground. And just an overall mental abuse, emotionally, that they would target him … Read More →
Experts from a range of state agencies gathered Wednesday to share their research on sea level rise. Parts of Florida could face sea level rise of up to five feet by the end of the century. The threat is most acute in low-lying South Florida but extends statewide. In Central Florida rising seas could threaten the Kennedy Space Center. A Department of Health report raises concerns about health problems associated with tainted water and damaged infrastructure. The Panhandle is one of the regions most at risk because there’s less access to public water and sewage disposal. The Department of Environmental Protection is partnering with Florida’s five water management districts to explore how sea level rise might endanger the water supply. … Read More →
The nation’s largest federation of unions is focusing on Central Florida this election season. The president of the AFL-CIO says the group is rallying voters along the vital I-4 corridor in support of important issues to workers like the minimum wage. The AFL-CIO represents 56 labor unions and 12.5 million workers. President Richard Trumka says Florida is vital as the group advocates for a higher minimum wage, immigration reform and other issues important to the middle class. “The economy is not like the weather. The economy is just a bunch of rules. Those rules decide who the winners are and who the losers are, and those rules are made up by men and women we elect. That’s why elections matter.” … Read More →
Gov. Rick Scott is promising a billion-dollar tax cut over the next two years. Scott campaigned for re-election Monday in Winter Park and Kissimmee. In Winter Park the governor was relaxed and surrounded by an energized crowd of supporters that included the incoming state Senate President Andy Gardiner of Central Florida. Talking to reporters afterward, the governor explained his rationale for the billion-dollar tax cut. “As people move to the state, as people have gotten jobs, as home prices have gone up our state revenues are growing. Our sales tax revenue is growing. Around the state our revenues are growing, and so now we’re just making good investments.” Scott also criticized his gubernatorial challenger Charlie Crist and President Barack Obama … Read More →