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September 25, 2020

Governor Ron DeSantis wants to crackdown on what he calls “disorderly assemblies and make that a focal point of the coming legislative session, or possibly earlier than that. The move has resonated with some who want “law and order.” It’s also sparked outrage in those who say it’s an attempt to suppress the constitutional right to protest. Ryan Dailey has more.

Florida is beginning phase three of its reopening plan. Governor DeSantis says he is issuing an order today (Friday) that removes state-wide operating restrictions for bars and restaurants. Regan McCarthy has that.

Health experts are urging people to get their flu shots immediately to avoid catching both the flu and the coronavirus. Robbie Gaffney reports there are concerns those combined infections could lead to an overtaxing of the healthcare system.

Eighteen of Florida’s rural school districts are getting coronavirus relief dollars to help connect more students to online mental health services. Valerie Crowder reports schools may use the grant money for paying community providers or for purchasing video-conferencing software, devices and WiFi hot spots.

There are only days left to register to vote in the November Presidential Election. And that also goes for the nearly 800-thousand Florida felons who owe fines and fees as part of their punishment. A large scale fundraising donor has just run into a challenge that could prevent thousands from being able to register as we hear from Blaise Gainey.

Tomorrow (Saturday) President Trump will announce his nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court to succeed Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died last week. Federal appeals court Judge Barbara Lagoa of Hialeah remains in the running. Steve Bousquet reports on Lagoa’s rapid rise to prominence in Florida and beyond.