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Capital Report: 11-02-2018

Panhandle schools hit hard by Hurricane Michael are re-opening, and many students are experiencing a “new normal” as they return. Ryan Dailey reports some districts are having to get creative to get all students in the classroom. He recently spoke with two superintendents who are having to do just that.

Weeks after Hurricane Michael made landfall in the panhandle, some displaced residents say FEMA has been slow to respond.

Former Florida Emergency Management Director Bryan Koon says – it’s not that simple.  Koon was one of Governor Rick Scott’s first appointees in 2011. He may be best known for the controversy surrounding the Scott administration’s unofficial edict banning the term “climate change” from official communications.  Koon left his post after Hurricane Irma last year and is now an emergency management consultant. He still lives in Tallahassee, and he told Florida Public Radio’s Gina Jordan we should expect that hurricanes may increase very rapidly in intensity from now on….

Republicans and Democrats may seem all fired up for this election cycle.  But will that excitement actually be translated into votes?  Florida Public Radio’s Lynn Hatter spoke with P-B-S News Hour’s Yamiche Alsindor (YAH-meesh Al-SIN-door) about what’s at stake in this year’s mid-terms.

As America marks National Adoption Month, Tom Flanigan spoke with some Floridians who have adopted children, as well as one young lady who spent years as a young child waiting to BE adopted.

You might not give your clean clothes a second thought.  And if you’ve just lived through a Category Four hurricane, doing a load of wash might not be a priority or even possible.  In Port Saint Joe, member station WUFT’s Sofia Millar (so-FEE-uh mill-LAR) visited the Laundry Basket.  As the only operational laundromat for miles, it’s doing a brisk business, while also doubling as a social gathering place.

People weren’t the only victims of Hurricane Michael. Eleanor Clark reports endangered woodpeckers are in trouble following the storm and biologists are racing to keep the species alive.