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January 25, 2022

Florida is jumping into an increasingly heated fray over what learning materials students should be exposed to in the classroom. A plan by Republican Senator and GOP Chairman Joe Gruters requires school boards to create and publicly post their processes for adopting items like library books—and to create ways for parents to request the removal of content they don’t like. – Lynn Hatter has the story.

About one-million Floridians lack access to high-speed internet. State lawmakers are moving forward with legislation to bring that number down. As Valerie Crowder reports, a measure to help internet service providers cover broadband infrastructure costs is advancing in the Senate.

A bill is back that would enable doctors to prescribe certain controlled substances via telehealth. Gina Jordan reports it’s getting bipartisan support.

Newborn babies in Florida typically get more than 50 tests and screenings to help doctors catch any ailments that can be quickly addressed early, but could --if left unchecked--have caused greater trouble down the road. Now, as Regan McCarthy reports, Florida lawmakers are looking to add one more test to the list.

In recent years, film and TV production companies have been shooting stories that take place in Florida -- EVERYWHERE but here. Industry experts say the lack of tax incentives in Florida makes it too expensive for them to film here. But now, there’s a major push at state and local levels to lure more film crews back. More on that story from WLRN’s Christine DiMattei.

Florida ranks near the bottom when it comes to the percentage of nursing home residents who’ve gotten the COVID-19 vaccine booster. Just last week, the CDC released data confirming that the booster shots confer powerful protection against hospitalization from the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, especially among seniors. WMFE's Joe Byrnes has more.