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January 8, 2021

Businesses open during the pandemic remain at risk of lawsuits if someone were to claim they caught COVID-19 due to negligence on the part of the business. Florida lawmakers are now taking things into their own hands since the federal government hasn’t addressed the issue, as we hear from Blaise Gainey.

Black faith leaders are trying to combat vaccine hesitancy. Robbie Gaffney reports some people of color and those living in rural areas are more hesitant to take the vaccine due to safety concerns and misinformation.

Florida’s vaccine distribution is beginning to pick up after a sloggy and confusing start. Lynn Hatter spoke with the state’s nursing home association and the Safety Net Hospital Alliance about that encouraging trend.

The riot at the U.S. Capitol this week has reinvigorated a Republican-backed effort to crack down on protests in Florida. Governor Ron DeSantis initially pitched the idea following last summer’s nationwide demonstrations against police brutality. It was originally met with skepticism by Democrats and even some Republicans. But as Valerie Crowder reports, some GOP lawmakers are now saying the bill is needed more than ever.

Florida’s Democratic Party was trounced in the 2020 election. Party leaders meet tomorrow (Saturday) to choose a new leader. WMNF’s Daniel Figueroa IV reports candidates met in a virtual forum this week and presented a stark choice: follow a centrist path, or the more progressive route that flipped Georgia blue.

Within the next few years, hemp farming in Florida is projected to grow to about half the size of the state’s citrus industry. Regan McCarthy reports less than a year after getting an official go-ahead from state lawmakers, the new crop is taking off in a big way.

A Florida entrepreneur is urging state and local governments to make more tracked chairs - kind of a cross between a wheelchair and a bulldozer - available to folks with disabilities. Tom Flanigan has that story.