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June 18, 2021

The many controversial changes to Florida’s voting laws are under attack in the courts and under close examination by county elections officials. Steve Bousquet reports on the annual conference of election supervisors who are being forced to implement a law they did not support.

Florida lawyers are required to take approved continuing education courses in order to keep practicing law. But a new rule from the state supreme court banning any courses whose presenters were determined by “diversity quotas” has the Florida Justice Association, which represents the state’s lawyers, concerned. Tom Flanigan spoke with the Association’s general counsel about it.

Governor Ron DeSantis plans to send law enforcement officers from Florida to Arizona and Texas to help with border patrol. The decision comes after the governors in those states asked for help controlling the border. Blaise Gainey reports officials say the extra protection at the border is expected to help curb a North Florida drug problem.

Wakulla Springs is the world’s largest and deepest freshwater spring. It was once famous for its crystal-clear waters. Tourists flocked to what’s now Wakulla Springs State Park for a chance to look deeply into that water on glass-bottom boat tours. But the water has since darkened and the tours haven’t run in years. But now, as Robbie Gaffney reports, the waters are clear again. At least for now.

Every decade or two, the water in Tallahassee’s Lake Jackson drains away through a sinkhole into the Floridan A quifer below, leaving a mostly dry lakebed behind. The latest dry down began just a few weeks ago. Some worry it’s a sad marker of the changing climate. But as Regan McCarthy reports, scientists say it’s actually a sign of a healthy lake.