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January 14, 2022

A new bill in the Florida legislature would ban most abortions after 15 weeks. Regan McCarthy reports the measure hasn’t yet had a committee hearing, but already advocates and lawmakers are lining up to fight for their side of the issue.

The Florida Senate’s state and congressional electoral maps are moving to a floor vote. As Valerie Crowder reports, voting rights advocates argue lawmakers failed to fully account for the state's population growth -- particularly when it comes to Hispanic voters. John Kennedy, Capital reporter with Gannett’s Tallahassee Bureau, shares his take on the session’s opening days with Tom Flanigan.

Florida’s public universities are governed by 13-member boards of trustees that are supposed to help the schools with developing an overall mission and setting strategic goals. They also approve new programs and assist with key hires. Trustees are appointed by the governor, as well as the Board of Governors—which oversees the 12 public institutions. But as Lynn Hatter has found, more than two-thirds of Florida’s public universities have sitting trustees whose terms are expired. And there are no new appointments in sight. The result: that’s causing problems for some schools trying to run the day-to-day business of educating students.

Tallahassee resident and Florida LGBTQ leader Jorge [GEORGE] Diaz-Johnston recently was found dead in a Jackson County landfill. Brett Rutherford reports the Tallahassee Police Department is investigating his death as a homicide.