The Florida primary, climate change and sex crimes at the University of Central Florida will be topics on local public-affairs programs this weekend. The lineup:
Orange County Supervisor of Elections Bill Cowles talks to "Political Connections" at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. Sunday on News 13. He discusses the March 15 primary and tells Joel Schipper what happened when some precincts ran out of ballots. Democrat Carlos Guillermo Smith talks about his run for State House District 49 in an interview with Ybeth Bruzual. PolitiFact's Truth-O-Meter rates a claim by presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, about the job situation under President Barack Obama. Former Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink and political analyst Chris Ingram look for common ground on whether Obama should have put forth a Supreme Court nominee. The hour program also looks at the presidential primaries and the candidates' reactions to the terrorist attacks in Belgium.
"Metro Center Outlook" examines Florida's vulnerability to climate change at 9 a.m. Sunday on WUCF-Channel 24. Host Diane Trees explores the difficulty of discussing the issue. Her guests are environmental anthropologist Kenny Broad of the University of Miami and Eric Rollings, elected Soil & Water Conservation supervisor in Orange County.
"Global Perspectives" looks at what's happening on the U.S.-Mexico border at 9:30 a.m. Sunday on WUCF. Host John Bersia welcomes Los Angeles Times reporter Richard Marosi for a discussion about border communities.
"Orlando Matters" focuses on identity theft at 7 a.m. Saturday on WRBW-Channel 65. John Brown hosts. The program explains why it's a big mistake to leave a boarding pass behind on a plane or throw it away at the airport. Information on that paper could give thieves access to a person's life story.
Greg Warmoth recaps WFTV-Channel 9 investigations at 12:30 p.m. Sunday on "Central Florida Spotlight." The reporters and their topics include Karla Ray on sex crimes at UCF; Jamie Holmes on a sex party house in Osceola County called "the Sausage Castle"; Nancy Alvarez on Muslim schoolchildren targeted online by terrorists; and Christopher Heath on violent conditions inside Florida's mental health hospitals. The program looks at Daralene Jones' reports on excessive overtime by some fire departments; overdoses attributed to fentanyl, which is often laced with heroin; and public officials double dipping by collecting pensions and a paycheck from the same office.