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Capital Report: 1-24-2020

Death Penalty watchers were thrown a loop recently after the Florida Supreme Court issued a ruling that could restart debate over capital punishment. Lynn Hatter reports the state’s high court says a unanimous jury is no longer needed to impose the death penalty.

Florida lawmakers say college athletes should get to reap of the benefits of their hard work. Several have floated plans this session dealing with athlete pay and compensation for the use of their name, image or likeness. Now, the Florida House has unveiled its plan—which its calling an “ athlete bill of rights.” Regan McCarthy has more….

Robbie Gaffney, Blaise Gainey and Ryan Dailey talk about some of the week’s most significant legislative happenings at the Capital Reporters’ Roundtable.      

For 42 years, Jack Levine has been one of Florida’s most active children’s advocates.  That persistence and dedication has now won his this year’s Lawton and Rhea Chiles Advocacy Award.

Monday, it’s back to the grind for Florida lawmakers. Here’s Gina Jordan.…

Coming up this weekend in Tampa, it's the Gasparilla Pirate Festival. The event has changed a lot over the years -- as has the food that accompanies it, says Andrew Huse [Hughs], an associate librarian at the University of South Florida in special collections. Speaking on The Zest podcast, Huse told WUSF's Robin Sussingham that the popular event -- now one of the nation's largest outdoor festivals -- started as a sedate and exclusive affair: