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Capital Report: 09-13-2019

A proposed Florida assault weapons ban would prohibit all semi-automatic shotguns and rifles that are capable of holding more than 10 rounds. State economists say that would affect around 71 percent of rifles and half of shotguns. Charlie Strickland, CEO of Tallahassee-based Talon Training Group, says it would leave a gaping exit wound in business. Capital Reporter Blaise Gainey spoke with Strickland to find out exactly how.

In recent weeks a common theme has emerged from two of Florida’s top education leaders: Addressing equity in education. Lynn Hatter sat down with Fed Ingram, President of the state’s largest teachers union, the Florida Education Association. She also spoke with Doug Tuthill, President of the biggest corporate tax scholarship program, Step Up for Students to discuss the issue. For people usually on different sides of education policy, both are deeply invested in promoting equity in public education. But what does equity look like?  Here’s part of those conversations.

Florida’s tourism numbers are growing. They’re high enough to make up for other industries—like construction that the state’s chief economist says are lagging. But as lawmakers stare down a tight budget year and a projected economic slowdown the questions becomes—how long can tourism compensate? Regan McCarthy has more

Some board members of the Florida Defense Alliance are irked they can’t get any face time with Governor Ron DeSantis. Ryan Dailey reports the issue came to a head during a Thursday conference call held by the group.

It's hard to picture Florida without palm trees. They line the state’s highways and beaches and are abundant at parks and resorts. Its difficult to imagine a Florida sunset without a palm somewhere along the horizon. An invasive bacteria is increasingly threatening Florida’s iconic palms, including the state tree, the Sabal Palm. WGCU’s Andrea Perdomo has more.  

We live in an information age -- and you can have all the information in the world, but it’s useless -- if you can’t understand it. And that’s the case for a lot of Guatemalan Mayans in Palm Beach County. WLRN’s Madeline Fox introduces us to a group of teenagers who are trying to bridge a language gap. They call themselves - the Mayan Girls.