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August 21, 2020

Earlier today (Friday, Aug. 21,) both sides rested their case and the final arguments were heard in the legal challenge to Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran’s order requiring brick and mortar schools to operate in the fall. Ryan Dailey has the latest on what’s played out in the virtual courtroom over the past three days.

Florida is re-launching a housing loan program that could benefit hundreds of home buyers in the state’s Panhandle. Gina Jordan reports the money is for hurricane-impacted communities.

Campaigning and voting during the primary election looked different this year, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. Robbie Gaffney took a look on the changes endured by both candidates and voters.

Florida’s current minimum wage is $8.56 an hour. That works out to a person earning that full time earning just under $18,000 a year. Workers making that amount say it’s not a livable wage. Now Floridians have the chance to decide whether to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. The proposal is on the November ballot. But as Blaise Gainey reports, an opposition campaign emerged this week.

A twenty-three year old African-American man named Claude Neal was tortured and killed outside of Marianna, Florida in 1934. His body was later hung on an oak tree outside the Jackson County Courthouse. Nearly a century after one of the nation’s most brutal spectacle lynchings, the community is calling for healing. Valerie Crowder reports - for Neal’s descendents - that includes reparations. For community members, it means erecting an historic marker and cutting down the lynching tree. And neither side can agree on which direction to take.