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Capital Report: 3-5-2020

Florida’s newest likely case of coronavirus is in the Panhandle county of Santa Rosa. Ryan Dailey reports Governor Ron DeSantis updated the media on COVID-19, including efforts to bring in testing kits.

A mother murdered her toddler in 2018, despite being under supervision stemming from previous abuse investigations. Now lawmakers say more needs to be done to keep the state’s children safe. A bill moving through the legislature would push for better communication between law enforcement and those working with The Department of Children and Families. It also requires more training. Regan McCarthy has more….

Florida is on the verge of turning the lights off on presidential searches at public colleges and universities. The move to shield most candidates who apply for the schools’ top job comes after years of battles on the issue. Lynn Hatter has more.

In 1920, African-Americans in Florida organized a voter registration movement ahead of a presidential election. In Ocoee, a white mob retaliated against black voters by killing some and burning their property, causing most black residents in the area to flee. Almost 100 years later, lawmakers want that history to be remembered and taught in Florida schools, museums and recognized in a state park. Robbie Gaffney reports.

A House bill would now put a 10 percent THC Cap on cannabis given to patients under the age of 21. The amendment falls in line with a priority of House Speaker Jose Oliva. Opponents say there’s a lack of proof the prohibition is necessary. Blaise Gainey has the details.

The postal system is a small miracle. Even though a lot of what we pull out of our mailboxes is junk mail or bills, it’s still kind of remarkable that a system of planes, trains and little postal automobiles bring letters around the country for less than a dollar.  It used to be much more difficult – and dangerous – to deliver mail in South Florida. at the end of the 19th century, mail was delivered from Palm Beach County to Miami-Dade -- on foot. WLRN’s Madeline Fox tells us about the Barefoot Mailmen.