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Capital Report: 3-27-2020

As some leaders in other states have issued universal shelter-in-place orders, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has pushed the decision down to local governments, some of which are doing so. Ryan Dailey reports DeSantis is facing partisan pressure to lock the state down.

Governor Ron DeSantis has temporarily removed some requirements to file for unemployment, but the AFL-CIO believes major changes need to be made to the entire system. The group held an online press conference with recently unemployed workers to stress the need for an update. Blaise Gainey has the details.

In a state full of retirees, Florida officials are working to figure out how to keep seniors safe from coronavirus, while still ensuring they have access to the services they need. Regan McCarthy has more….

As Florida schools switch to distance learning, districts are planning how to keep providing special services to students with disabilities. Robbie Gaffney reports that may be challenging in the new, digital landscape. 

As the stock market has plummeted in recent weeks amid coronavirus fears, retirement accounts have also plunged. Certified Financial Planner Terri Jackson has seen nearly 30 years of economic roller coasters. She is president of Jackson Financial Group in Tallahassee. She told Gina Jordan she’s been working with a lot of small business owners and employees.

Panama City Beach’s sandy shore will remain off-limits for at least two more weeks. Valerie Crowder reports local leaders extended the closure on Thursday to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Finally this week….Gun sales across the country are surging and in Florida, there have been several record-setting days in the past few weeks. Tallahassee-based Red Hills Arms is struggling to keep up with demand. Lynn Hatter reports the store says many of its buyers are first-time gun owners.