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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 culture clash involving parents and local school boards has now expanded into the national organization realm; A Texas-style anti-abortion bill is being teed up in the Florida Legislature. But there are differences, especially because of Governor DeSantis’s political aspirations; Police want lawmakers to make changes giving them more power to step in when someone talks on social media about plans to commit a crime; Florida lawmakers expect redistricting litigation to fly after they complete the state’s new election maps in the spring. Still, they insist they’re trying to keep everything fair; The state’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is asking Florida lawmakers for money to pay for things to help the state’s manatees. Part of that funding would go towards facilities that care for the injured creatures; And we get firsthand accounts of how the pandemic has strained all health care personnel. Including medical students.
  • On tonight’s program: After failing to get their proposal on the 2020 ballot, advocates are once again collecting signatures to put before voters a move to legalize recreational marijuana use in Florida; A Florida doctor shares his experience treating COVID-19 patients; Today, misinformation seems to be everywhere. A university initiative arms students with the tools to help them spot it; The new director of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, who used to be an astronaut himself, talks of future spaceflights while recalling the U-S space program’s past glories; Scientists are learning lots more about how coral reefs protect coastal areas from storms; And environmental groups cheer a plan to cut down on Styrofoam use in Florida.
  • On tonight’s program: Florida’s new surgeon general says he’s in full agreement with those who say “follow the science” when it comes to pandemic policy; Hospitals heads say the coronavirus pandemic has stretched their workforce, now it’s stretching their bottoms lines as they attempt to fill in the gaps left by burnt out nurses; Florida lawmakers say they won’t draw the state’s election maps to intentionally benefit themselves this time. But only time will tell if this time, they really mean it; As Florida becomes an ever-more diverse state, it’s also becoming an ever-more Republican State. The state’s head Democrat will address that apparent disconnect; And Florida’s phosphate miners are eyeing new territory. And while many residents in those areas are worried, the industry insists it can do its thing safely and carefully.
  • On tonight’s program: Florida’s governor says after healthcare workers have devoted so much to helping people survive during the pandemic, he doesn’t think they should lose their jobs for refusing to be vaccinated; A university of Miami study suggests some ways in-person school attendance can be made safer in the age of COVID; Years ago, Florida was where the school testing boom got started. Now it may also be where that boom ends; A public corruption scandal in Florida’s Capital City leads to a larger discussion of what should and shouldn’t be considered ethical behavior by government officials; Florida’s manatee population has dropped by 10 percent as the sea cows are starving; And an elementary school helps reinforce positive self-image for its female students by helping them learn they are much more than just the way their hair looks.
  • On tonight’s program: The State of Florida’s on-again, off-again ban on public school mask mandates is off. Again. That follows the ruling of a circuit judge who lifted the stay the previous day; A former Tallahassee elected official and a business partner are headed for federal prison in connection with a years-long corruption probe; Florida ended additional jobless checks from the federal government in late June. So where are all the workers?; As the pandemic drags on, more adults are reporting feelings of anxiety. Healthcare professionals say that’s normal; There’s a medical marijuana operation in Florida that has no difficulty finding patients for its produce; And on this eve of the 9/11 anniversary, a story about a very unique band of brothers.
  • On tonight’s program: As Republican leaders say they expect Florida lawmakers to look into implementing Texas-style abortion legislation next session, groups like Planned Parenthood are preparing to push back; Florida’s back and forth between state officials and local school districts over mask mandates is turning into a bonanza for litigation lawyers; As the U-S Senate prepares to challenge states like Florida that have tightened voting laws, voting rights advocates rally in support of that federal intervention; Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried says the new trade agreement between the U.S. and Mexico is allowing what she calls “unfair trade practices,” which hurts the state’s farmers; And one of the Florida Capital Press Corps’ living legends is finally packing it in after more than four decades of covering state government.
  • On tonight’s program: An appeal is pending, but a parent group wins the first round in a legal challenge to Governor DeSantis’s mask mandate ban; There is a Florida precedent for power struggles between the governor and local school districts; Floridians remain politically divided on how to best respond to the pandemic, despite public health experts’ guidance to wear a mask and get vaccinated; Florida’s vaccination rates are starting to climb. But with the Delta variant surging, is it enough?; As Florida’s governor touts monoclonal antibodies, doctors say the treatment is effective, but is NOT the answer to slowing the spread of the coronavirus; And it looks like Apalachicola’s iconic wild oysters may be recovering. But is that process going fast enough?
  • On tonight’s program: Legal challenges to Governor DeSantis’s ban on school mask mandates are now in the judicial pipeline; The Florida Board of Education is holding onto billions of dollars in American Rescue Plan money meant for schools and Democrats are urging the state to dole out that money; Florida hospitals are running out of room for COVID-19 patients; While some Florida patients are leaving the state for last-ditch COVID-19 treatments; And two experts discuss how social media changes peoples’ attitudes about everything from politics to pandemic policy.
  • On tonight’s program: Doctors say pediatric COVID-19 cases are rising and the new Delta variant is hitting kids harder; As lawsuits loom, Florida’s governor backs away – a little – from his original mask mandate ban. Although the parents still claim young, unvaccinated kids are in jeopardy; We get a late-breaking report on what happened when the parents’ objection to Governor DeSantis’s “No Mask Mandate” order went before a judge for the first time; You think it’s hard to attract employees to restaurants and retail shops nowadays? It seems Florida schools are having an even tougher time finding enough workers; And another water wars ruling disappoints Florida environmentalists.
  • On tonight’s program: Experts say Florida’s current peak in COVID-19 cases could start trending down. But that means more people have GOT to get vaccinated; Florida’s Board of Education votes to uphold Governor DeSantis’s executive order banning school districts from mandating masks; The controversy over whether or not local school districts can mandate masks is now playing out in numerous school board meetings across Florida and the issue is almost certainly bound for the courts; Florida’s State Board of Education has adopted new standards to change how civics, government and history are taught in the state’s public schools. But some say the changes have little to do with what goes on in the classroom; There is still help for people facing eviction in Florida; And the state-sponsored college savings program for Florida parents has received some impressive enhancements.
  • On tonight’s program: Doctors are urging people to listen to the science and socially distant themselves, wear masks and above all, get vaccinated. Meanwhile Florida’s former health secretary weighs in on skyrocketing COVID-19 hospitalizations; Florida’s governor takes mandatory masking in schools off the table amid the pandemic spike; Since Florida’s eviction moratorium ended, there’s been relief for at least some of those involved in the rental housing market; Florida hemp stakeholders mull how to give that industry a boost; And we hear from those who’d like to see the prices of medicines bought by those on Medicare to be a LOT less expensive than they are now.
  • On tonight’s program: Florida again becomes a national hotbed for new coronavirus infections. We’ll see how that surge is impacting some hospitals just a few miles from the State Capitol; South Florida is also seeing a COVID surge and we’ll get the latest from there; The first - and some would say the most contentious - bill to make it through this year’s Florida lawmaking session will soon have its day in court; In the wake of the 2020 Census, Florida lawmakers get ready to redraw the state’s legislative and congressional district maps. And it seems they’re determined not to repeat the mistakes of the past; And the seismic shocks from a bizarre Capital City murder case continue to reverberate. The parents of the victim still mourn for him and the grandchildren they haven’t seen in years.