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January 18, 2022

Tom Flanigan reports a bill favored by Governor DeSantis to ban “Critical Race Theory” in public schools and workplaces is moving ahead in the legislature.

Governor Ron DeSantis may soon have a large pot of money to pull from in emergencies. Gina Jordan reports a similar proposal -- to create an emergency fund for the governor - was vetoed last year.

Staffing shortages are placing a strain on Florida’s prisons. As Valerie Crowder reports, state lawmakers are looking at investing more money in the state’s prison system.

We are entering the third year of the COVID-19 pandemic and cases are surging in Florida – and across the country – like never before. The stress is particularly acute among front-line nursing personnel. Health News Florida’s Danielle Pryor in Orlando, Stephanie Colombini in Tampa and Veronica Zaragovia [zah-rah-GO-vee-uh] in Miami talk about it and what Florida lawmakers are doing to address the issue..

Lawmakers are looking into a bill they hope will better protect children during custody disputes with a potentially dangerous parent. Regan McCarthy reports the measure follows the murder of a 4-year-old boy whose mother turned to the courts for help, but says she was let down.

Earlier this month Florida LGBTQ leader and Tallahassee resident Jorge [GEORGE] Diaz-Johnston was found dead in a Jackson County landfill. Brett Rutherford reports the Tallahassee Police Department hopes to make an arrest soon.

A new report shows Floridians strongly support regulating single-use plastics. We get that story from WMNF’s Arielle Stevenson.