June 12, 2020
There is no body camera video available from the night earlier this year when Louisville police entered Breona Taylor’s home and shot her to death. Earlier this month, police failed to turn on their body cameras during an incident that resulted in the shooting death of David McAtee outside his restaurant. Also in Louisville. Now, in Tallahassee, Florida, Police Chief Lawrence Revell has indicated there could be that no body camera video is available in the case of Tony McDade’s death. Regan McCarthy looks into how body cameras are used in Tallahassee and why sometimes video isn’t released.
Protests against police brutality are ongoing. So is Florida’s efforts to reopen businesses shut down amidst the coronavirus. And the intersection of the two has epidemiologists increasingly concerned about a second wave of COVID-19 infections. Blaise Gainey reports there were nearly nine-thousand new cases reported in Florida during the past week.
Using money Florida received from the federal CARES Act, Governor Ron DeSantis says the state now has a “road map” to open schools for the fall. Ryan Dailey has the latest.
The Florida Legislature was surprisingly generous when it came to the matter of affordable housing during this year’s session. But billions of dollars in shrinking revenues due to the COVID-19 economic slowdown could endanger at least some of that funding as we hear from Tom Flanigan.
Florida’s business recruitment agency approved a spending plan this week that increases funding for international marketing. Gina Jordan reports the move is an effort to help revive the state’s economy amid the pandemic.
After a long career in public service, former Florida Senate President Tom Lee is stepping away from elected office. We get that story from Steve Bousquet.
Former Florida State Senator Gwen Margolis died on Monday of this week. She was the first women in the United States to serve as the president of any state’s Senate and she led that chamber between 1990 and 1992. In 2009, she was among the first group of women inducted into the newly-established Florida Women’s Hall of Fame. Lynn Hatter compiled this sonic montage of Margolis discussing her long career.
The voice of former Florida Senate President Margolis who passed away earlier this week at the age of 85.