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September 4, 2020

The 18-25 year-old demographic is one of the largest voting blocks. But how much of that group actually casts ballots? Blaise Gainey spoke with elections supervisors and a political science professor to find out how much influence the so-called “youth vote” really has.

On Tuesday of this week, Florida recorded a jump in new COVID-19 cases after the lab Quest Diagnostics uploaded tens of thousands of test results. Some dating back to April. The state cut ties with Quest almost immediately. To understand the fallout of all this, WLRN’s Veronica Zaragovia spoke to two infectious disease epidemiologists, starting with Cindy Prins (PRINZ) from the University of Florida.

Students in Florida’s Capital City and in other districts across the state went back to school this week. The Department of Education’s school reopen order required districts to begin operating brick-and-mortar schools by Monday of this week. Ryan Dailey has more on what that’s been like.

The number of police in Florida schools has nearly doubled since the Parkland shooting. That’s according to a new report from the University of Florida. It comes as school districts around the country are cutting ties with police departments. As we hear from Jessica Bakeman at WLRN, that would be illegal in Florida because of a state law passed just weeks after the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Governor Ron DeSantis is backing Visit Florida’s decision to encourage in-state tourism.Robbie Gaffney reports the agency is hoping its new marketing campaign will boost local economies hit hard by the pandemic.