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Capital Report: 07-19-2019

The Florida House wants a say in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of state medical marijuana regulations. WFSU’s Shawn Mulcahy reports the chamber's lawyers asked a Tallahassee appeals court Tuesday for a chance to intervene.   

Florida will soon have a new statue in Washington D.C.’s Statuary Hall.  Education advocate and civil rights pioneer Mary McLeod Bethune will have a place among American founders, explorers, inventors and presidents.  Bethune’s statue replaces that of Edmund Kirby Smith, a decision approved by the Florida Legislature last year, and recently agreed to by Governor Ron DeSantis.  Lynn Hater reports, as the changeover looms in D.C., the university that bears Bethune’s name is fighting for its life.

The standard line for hurricane preparation is to stockpile enough food and water to last at least a few days following a major storm. But as Regan McCarthy reports some say one important aspect is often left out of hurricane prep—mental health.

A man from Crawfordville – a small town just south of Tallahassee - is accused of physically, verbally and sexually abusing his two adopted daughters. The 22-year-old twins say 58-year-old Mirko Ceska and his wife, Regina have been abusing them for years up until their alleged escape on July first. Capital Reporter Blaise Gainey attended Ceska’s bail hearing Wednesday and has the details on the case.

On the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission that put men on the moon, one engineer who worked on the project is reflecting on what it meant for the country and spaceflight. Ryan Dailey recently spoke with Duane Mitchell, who turned 90 just a week ago. He was at his Tallahassee home with his daughter, Carol.