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WFSU Public Media reporters, as well as reporters from public radio stations across the state, bring you timely news and information from around Florida. Whether it's legislative maneuvers between sessions, the economy, environmental issues, tourism, business, or the arts, Capital Report provides information on issues that affect the lives of everyday Floridians.

  • On tonight’s program: The new speaker of the Florida House says there will be no talk of police defunding in HIS chamber during the 2021 Lawmaking Session; As state lawmakers face significant budget shortfalls tied to the coronavirus pandemic, the Senate’s newly installed president says tough decisions are likely on the way; Florida Democrats actually lost legislative ground during the recent election. But party leaders insist they’re not sitting around bemoaning their fate; Florida’s education commissioner promises distance learning will continue to be an option for the state’s public school students; While coronavirus cases are up in Florida, the state is actually seeing fewer deaths in this latest surge; Pandemic or no, Florida businesses are looking for a Black Friday revival; The Florida Housing Finance Corporation has some special deals worked out for the state’s veterans and active duty military personnel.
  • On tonight’s program: Florida has been known as a political swing state. But is the state still swinging in the wake of the 2020 election?; As Florida folks try to influence neighboring Georgia’s U.S. Senate runoffs, the question seems to be: is Georgia the new Florida when it comes to election drama?; The Florida Legislature is expected to soon tackle the pandemic head-on. The priority? Making sure customers who get infected with COVID in a place of business can’t come back and sue that business; The Florida Legislature is headed for reorganization. The new house leadership is already setting down rules of engagement; Affordable housing remains scare in the North Florida region racked by Hurricane Michael more than two years ago, but now there are local offices focused on solutions to that problem; LGBTQ advocates say Florida still has a long way to go when it comes to treating transgender and gender non-conforming students in higher education; One of the new members of the Florida Veterans Hall of Fame is an airman of color who saw the segregated past of America’s armed forces up close.
  • On tonight’s program: Florida is watching from the sidelines amid a tightening race for President. For the first time in nearly two decades, the state’s election was largely problem free; Voter turnout was higher-than-usual across the state. We'll hear more about how voters' family, friends and neighbors played a role in getting them out to the polls; And President Donald Trump’s decisive Florida win further cements the state in the Red; The election caps a long week for Florida and the nation. We’ll break it down tonight on Capital Report.
  • On tonight’s program: In presidential politics, Florida is a perennial swing state. But when it comes to state level races, not so much; With young African-American voters so key to Democratic success on election day, the push is on to get them to the polls; A very important North Florida state senate seat race has become surprisingly competitive; A newspaper expose reveals more problems within Florida’s child foster system, but there seems little consensus on how to fix the problems; A growing group of bipartisan Florida lawmakers uses social media to reconnect and revive their political influence.
  • On tonight’s program: With Florida a toss-up state, President Trump makes back-to-back visits today. But in a traditionally solid GOP stronghold, not everyone is on the Trump train; Famous election attorney Barry Richard, a key player in Florida’s 2000 electoral meltdown, says allegations of voter fraud should be taken with a heaping helping of salt; One hundred years after women got the right to vote, their voices are growing stronger and louder; Florida election supervisors take pandemic precautions for long-term care residents who want to vote; Florida’s pandemic-battered tourism industry is still struggling to get back on its feet; Governor Ron DeSantis insists Florida schools will stay upon regardless of what happens with the pandemic; Two North Florida counties, still recovering from devastating storm damage, have found ways to handle the election.
  • On tonight’s program: The November third election is just a little more than two weeks away. And as usual, the question is: “What about Florida?”; Voter accessibility advocates want Florida elections officials to consider making digital voting a reality; How can you assure the safety of the Florida Legislature as it soon starts meeting in the midst of the pandemic?; Hemp is okay; psychoactive marijuana is still illegal on the federal level. But now there’s a version of legal hemp that produces a potentially illegal high; The legendary Tupelo honey produced in the state’s remote Panhandle region is facing a dry spell.
  • On tonight’s program: Monday of this week was Florida’s voter registration deadline. And during the final hours, the online registration system collapsed; Many of Florida’s Hispanics are strongly opposed to the Black Lives Matter movement to to the point of supporting President Trump. We consider the question, “Why?”; Mexico Beach was ground zero for Category Five Hurricane Michael two years ago tomorrow (Saturday, Oct. 10.) The recovery has been slow and often painful; Two years after Hurricane Michael, affordable housing remains in short supply in Bay County as several subsidized complexes are under construction; Despite all the unresolved issues from Michael, a consortium of powerful people in Northwest Florida is determined to accelerate the recovery process.
  • On tonight’s program: If you’re concerned about election chaos now, you’ll want to hear from a man who sat on the Florida Supreme Court during the state’s electoral meltdown twenty years ago; University students in Jacksonville are demanding that elections officials return their on-campus polling places; Advocates are encouraging more people with disabilities to cast ballots; The pandemic is prompting more people to seek their health care through no-contact tele-medicine; A workforce initiative is pushing new skills for Floridians during the pandemic; The smelly, disgusting blue-green algae that afflicts so many water bodies in Florida may actually have valuable uses.
  • On tonight’s program: The November election is coming up. Meanwhile, many younger voters appear newly energized and on the march. But will they show up to vote?; A COVID test data dump leads to Florida ending its relationship with the lab responsible; As at least some Florida students head back to the classroom, that fact alone is revealing the inequities in the system; The police presence on Florida’s public school campuses has nearly doubled in the last two years; Florida’s tourist hot spots are encouraging more in-state tourists to come pay a visit.
  • On tonight’s program: The decision on whether or not to physically reopen Florida’s public schools now rests with the state’s individual school districts; We visit one Florida school district and talk with some of the teachers trying to juggle health and safety along with in-person and virtual classes; Florida colleges and universities are looking to crack down on large gatherings and students not wearing masks; As the concerns about the coronavirus continue, some businesses look for ways to move forward; There’s a reason Florida is considered a “purple” state. Now a new political action group aims to nudge the electorate in a “bluer” direction; As the deadline for voters to register for the presidential election draws near, voter registration groups worry about what will happen with felons who want to register, but are waiting on a ruling out of the Eleventh District Court of Appeals; The race is on for the U.S. Census to get everyone counted by the end of September. We’ll talk with one of the project’s managers for the Southeast region that includes Florida
  • On tonight’s program: Final arguments go before the judge in the case of whether the state can force the physical reopening of Florida’s schools; Governor DeSantis announces more housing assistance for hurricane-ravaged communities in the Panhandle; The recent primary election brought challenges for candidates and voters because of the coronavirus; The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association has launched a campaign against a state constitutional amendment to raise the minimum wage to fifteen dollars an hour; A North Florida community wrestles with itself over the most appropriate way to recall past sins as part of the healing process.
  • On tonight’s program: Some college students fear that moving to Florida will put them at risk of catching the coronavirus; Will college football kickoff as scheduled in Florida, or will the season be blown dead before the first snap?; Attorneys for the state’s largest teachers union have convinced a judge to hear the case over school reopening’s and a ruling came in a motion for dismissal this morning. The case stems from an executive order sent by the state requiring schools open before September or face penalties; Concerns about a post office slow down rise just as voters are being encouraged to send their ballots through the mail. We ask, how long does it really take?; A Florida film commissioner thinks film and TV productions could help boost the state’s post-COVID economy; The state of Florida suddenly backs away from a legal fight over how the state’s twenty-eight colleges handle the requirement their students learn civics.