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Capital Report: 09-06-2019

Floridians are no stranger to hurricanes. But for nearly a decade the state saw no direct landfall from a tropical cyclone. Now after consecutive years of major hurricanes, some citizens seem to have a kneejerk reaction when a storm system nears. That added to the intensity of recent storms has some questioning the accuracy of storm path projections. But as Blaise Gainey reports meteorologists say their technology is working better than ever.

Commissioners in coastal Wakulla County are asking North Florida Legislators for the funds to build a more secure hurricane shelter. Ryan Dailey reports the shelters it has in place can only withstand up to a Category 3 storm.

Jessica Bakeman from WLRN in Miami talked about storm induced school closure decisions with Broward County Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie following the close call from Hurricane Dorian.

As mass shootings continue to rock the country, Florida lawmakers say more needs to be done to ensure students are safe. For some that means allowing more guns on college campuses. But as Regan McCarthy reports for many students at Florida State University that proposal leads to more feelings of fear than safety.

Florida’s largest and oldest tax credit scholarship funding organization is on track to top a billion dollars soon. It’s got 200-thousand applications for scholarships from families looking to send their kids to private schools. It’s been at the forefront of Florida’s efforts to diversity school options, often putting it at odds with critics who see it as a drain on traditional public schools. Lynn Hatter sat down with Step Up For Students President Doug Tuthill, who says choice, isn’t going anywhere. The new question, he says, is one of equity.