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July 31, 2020

As the start of the school year nears for many students, not all college professors are ready to head back to the classroom. The United Faculty of Florida, a union that represents college and university faculty and staff, is calling on the governor to move all classes online for the next semester. Regan McCarthy has more.

Tom Flanigan has the latest on Hurricane Isaias.

Florida’s statewide primary election is less than three weeks away. More primary voters than ever are voting by mail as a result of a high-profile outreach effort prompted by the outbreak of the coronavirus. Steve Bousquet has a report on how counties are managing the unprecedented surge in voting by mail.

For some counties across Florida, early voting for the primary election starts Monday. But as Robbie Gaffney reports, things will likely look different this year. Health concerns due to the coronavirus are changing how voters approach the ballot box.

It seems most of the inmates being held in Florida’s 67 county jails remain eligible to vote. But Tom Flanigan reports new research at Florida State University shows vast differences on how those counties give those inmates access to the voting process.

A Florida lawmaker says one of the state’s newly appointed supreme court justices isn’t qualified for the job. Windermere Democratic Representative Geraldine Thompson is suing Governor Ron DeSantis and the state’s judicial nominating commission. She says the appointment of Justice Renatha (WREN-nah-tha) Francis is against the rules, as we hear from Blaise Gainey.

Live entertainment venues in Florida and across the country remain closed, or are operating at limited capacity. As Cathy Carter reports, owners are sounding the alarm and asking congress for help.