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Capital Report: 2-25-2020

Lawmakers want public and charter schools to start using a panic alert system that can be activated through an app. The technology could be used if an active shooter goes on campus. This comes as a response to the 2018 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. Robbie Gaffney reports.

North Florida’s Apalachicola region remains the subject of ongoing lawsuits between Florida and Georgia over water use. This decades long water war has taken a toll: a decline in the health of the Bay has impacted the region’s key seafood industry and the health of the city that depends on it. Now, North Florida lawmakers Bill Montford and Jason Shoaf are trying to help by allocating millions of dollars to shore up the city and improve the water it depends on, But Lynn Hatter reports environmentalists are wary.

This Legislative Session began with several criminal justice reform bills poised to advance through the process.  But now, as Blaise Gainey tells Tom Flanigan, they’ve all been combined into one sweeping measure.

Democratic presidential front-runner Bernie Sanders has upset Cubans in South Florida with his recent remarks praising Fidel Castro. But WLRN’s Tim Padgett says it’s not just conservative Cuban-Americans who are dismayed by Sanders’ rhetoric.

Until recently, Ed McGinty says he was just a crazy old man with a sign.  Now the 71-year old Democrat is something of a political sensation and a rallying point for opponents of President Donald Trump in The Villages.  WMFE’s Joe Byrnes spoke with him in the largely Republican retirement community in Central Florida.

Let’s look into the future.  Here’s Gina Jordan.

For baseball fans, the first sign of spring comes in February.  That’s when professional baseball teams begin training for the upcoming season. May teams make South Florida their home during spring training, playing in the Grapefruit League.  WGCU’s Andrea Perdomo reports from the Boston Red Sox first preseason game.