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February 23, 2022

Senate President Wilton Simpson says he’ll keep trying to allocate state money for long-acting reversible contraception for low income women and girls. Simpson put nearly 2-million dollars in the budget last legislative session for the program, but Governor Ron DeSantis vetoed it. Now, Simpson says he’s planning to try again.

Florida is facing a severe shortage of nurses. Now the state’s college system is promising to help meet the need IF the legislature can boost funding. Tom Flanigan has more.

On February 26th, 2012, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot dead in Sanford by then 28-year-old George Zimmerman, who claimed self-defense. The shooting and what followed sparked outrage from the community that grew into an international movement. After six weeks of protests police arrested Zimmerman and he was charged with second-degree murder. For this week’s series marking ten years since Trayvon Martin’s shooting, WMFE’s Nicole Darden Creston asked some protest leaders and advocates what they remember from that time, and whether they’ve seen progress in the last decade.