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September 11, 2020

First up, a developing story: Governor Ron DeSantis has until Monday to appoint a new justice to the Florida Supreme Court. It’s a blow for the Governor, who has been defending his appointment of Renatha Francis. But Francis has not been a member of the Florida Bar for 10 years—a job requirement. Blaise Gainey reports the case has racial overtones, and has seen DeSantis attempting to pit Black Democrats against each other over the pick, after Democratic Rep. Geraldine Thompson sued. Blaise Gainey has the story.

After months of having to endure closures, Florida bars and breweries will be allowed to reopen at limited capacity starting Monday. Ryan Dailey has more.

Florida’s hospitality businesses, and especially restaurants, have been hit hard by coronavirus fallout. Restaurants closed in March as officials worked to stop the spread of COVID-19. They’ve reopened now, but at a reduced capacity and for many that means a reduced income and reduce hours for staff. But Governor Ron DeSantis says he’s hoping to raise the capacity limit soon. Regan McCarthy has more….

The latest clash over victim privacy rights and the state’s public records laws is occurring in Tallahassee. The City of Tallahassee is pulling body camera video from three officer-involved shootings from its website.

Universities are starting to see students test positive for COVID-19 as in-person classes continue. Robbie Gaffney reports colleges are working to quarantine students to prevent the virus from spreading.

All the political rancor around the upcoming election is creating questions about how exactly people can cast a ballot this year. WMFE's Matthew Peddie recently sat down to get the facts about voting in Florida with WUSF's Mary Shedden, who has been checking out the rules from the state Division of Elections.

It's 19 years today [Friday] – since the September 11th terror attacks. Many of the survivors and first responders are struggling with health problems that have come up over the years. After the attacks, Richard Yodice [yo-DEE-chee] spent 5 months working near Ground Zero to restore electricity to lower Manhattan. He worked for Con Ed for decades and is now retired in Boynton Beach. He's among the thousands of 9/11 survivors and first responders living in Florida. Last year, Yodice was diagnosed with prostate cancer. He shared his story with Luis Hernandez on Sundial and explained the problems COVID-19 poses for him too.