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August 7, 2020

Florida’s statewide teachers union is challenging the state’s order to open brick and mortar schools in the fall. And the lawsuit is being moved to a Leon County court. Ryan Dailey reports the delay caused by the change in venue is a big deal according to the union, as the clock is ticking in the runup to the start of the semester.

As the Florida High School Athletic Association looks into pushing the start of fall sports to the end of November, Governor Ron DeSantis is urging schools to play on. Regan McCarthy has more.

Most Florida school districts will reopen with a mix of students learning from home and in person. But what happens when an outbreak of the coronavirus spreads through a school?(Health News Florida’s) Daylina Miller reports many district re-opening plans don’t address that.

Governor Ron DeSantis has announced the formation of Florida’s Task Force on the Safe and Limited Re-Opening of Long-Term Care Facilities.

The seven members of the task force will work together to develop guidelines on how to safely allow family members to visit their loved ones in facilities where visitation has been prohibited since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As Stephanie Colombini reports, fed up families are demanding the state allow some form of in-person visitation.

Vote by mail began this week in Florida for the primary election and thousands of ballots have already been cast. Not part of this election however is millions of felons who won’t be allowed to vote. Those given the right back through amendment 4 have been stymied by the courts most recent action, and those waiting for clemency likely won’t get a chance. Blaise Gainey reports.

More people are using e-scooter rentals for essential activities according to data from scooter companies like Lime and Spin. Robbie Gaffney reports the devices offer Floridians the ability to social distance amid a deadly pandemic.

Northwest Florida needs more phone numbers, so the region is getting a second area code starting later this month. Ultimately, it will require every call made to any number in the region to include the area code, as Tom Flanigan reports.