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April 15, 2022

Florida lawmakers will meet in Tallahassee next week with the goal of passing a congressional map that the governor will approve. Governor Ron DeSantis’ vetoed the legislature’s proposed U.S. House districts last month and then called for the special lawmaking session to pass a new map. As Valerie Crowder reports, the governor says he will not sign a map that keeps Democratic Congressman Al Lawson’s minority access district intact.

Time is rapidly running out on an effort to add property insurance to next week's special legislative session. Steve Bousquet reports on what's likely to happen on this critical pocketbook issue for millions of Floridians.

Governor Ron DeSantis has signed into law a ban on most abortions after 15 weeks. While the news came with cheers at the governor’s rally-style signing, reproductive rights advocates are worried the move could have devastating consequences.

It's an educator's duty to make kids feel safe in their schools. Florida teachers who are gay or trans are especially worried they won’t be able to do that anymore, because of the new Parental Rights in Education law. Opponents refer to the controversial policy as "Don't Say Gay". WLRN’s Kate Payne reports the measure is making some teachers question whether to stay in the classroom.

The roommate of a prominent LGBTQ activist has been indicted for first-degree murder. Lynn Hatter reports Steven Yinger is charged with killing Jorge Diaz Johnston. Diaz-Johnston comes from a prominent South Florida family.

A new program brings no-cost treatment for southwest Florida veterans struggling with mental and emotional issues. WGCU’s Cary Barbor has more.

Florida conservationists are gathering this week in Orlando for a first-ever Florida Wildlife Corridor Summit. The Florida Wildlife Corridor is like a quilt of interconnected natural lands like national parks and state forests that together span more than 40% of the state. WMFE environmental reporter Amy Green talked with conservationist Carlton Ward about the effort to preserve these lands.