In local public-affairs programming this weekend:
Legal analyst Bill Sheaffer will discuss headline-making cases on "Central Florida Spotlight" at 12:30 p.m. Sunday on WFTV-Channel 9. Sheaffer weighs in on the Casey Anthony deposition, George Zimmerman's post-verdict activity and Shellie Zimmerman's filing for divorce. Sheaffer also gives his thoughts on Mildred Fernandez's release from prison, the Allied Veterans trial and Bessman Okafor, who was convicted Wednesday in an Ocoee home-invasion case.
Former U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez is a guest on "Political Connections" at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. Sunday on Central Florida News 13. He and son John Martinez, a former Orange County commissioner, talk to Ybeth Bruzual about how family life plays into public life. They also discuss whether comprehensive immigration reform will be passed. Analysts Lou Frey and Dick Batchelor discuss the Navy Yard shootings in Washington and the deadlines facing Congress this year. The program turns to PolitiFact to assess a claim by Congressman Ted Yoho, R-Fla., about chemical weapons use in the Persian Gulf.
On "Flashpoint," Lauren Rowe looks at the water and land conservation constitutional amendment, which is proposed for the 2014 ballot, and concerns about polluting the Wekiva River Basin and ground water. The program airs at 8 a.m. Sunday on WKMG-Channel 6. Rowe's guests are Sen. David Simmons, who is proposing more regulations to prevent pollution, and Chuck O'Neal, chair of the Natural Resources Committee with the League of Women Voters of Orange County.
On "Orlando Matters," Seminole County Commissioner Lee Constantine discusses economic development and conservation efforts in the state. Keith Landry hosts the program at 7 a.m. Saturday on WRBW-Channel 65.
"Metro Center Outlook" offers a repeat at 9 a.m. Sunday on WUCF-Channel 24. Donald Robinson, president and chief operating officer for All Aboard Florida, discusses rail construction in Florida. He explains why he believes linking Central and South Florida is crucial to the state's economic development.