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August 12, 2022

Florida is expected to put new goals in place tomorrow (Tuesday) to transition the state to 100 percent renewable energy by 20-50. The change comes after about 200 young activists called out state leaders for ignoring a mandate to have this kind of transition already in place. WMFE environmental reporter Amy Green introduces us to one of those activists.

In less than two weeks, Bay County voters will elect their next representative to the Florida House. Both candidates vying for District 6 are Republican -- County Commissioner Griff Griffitts and Political Newcomer Brian Clowdus. Any voters, regardless of party, can vote in the race. Valerie Crowder reports while Griffitts has name recognition and more money, Clowdus has knocked on thousands of doors across the county and has the support of many members of the local G-O-P.

Ryan Dailey, the education reporter for News Service of Florida, talks to Tom Flanigan about his findings regarding the serious shortage of teachers and other school support personnel in Florida.

The death penalty trial for the Parkland school shooter is rare. And so is the evidence that jurors are seeing. They’ve had to look at autopsy photos of murdered kids. And they even toured the crime scene, where dried blood is still pooled on the hallway floors nearly five years later. Would showing graphic evidence of violence move leaders to take action? It’s not a new question — but it's once again part of the national debate over how to prevent gun violence. WLRN’s Gerard Albert the third reports.

With inflation and gas prices still at high levels, one unusual sector of the economy is doing well. Pawn shops around the country are buying more items -- and loaning out more money -- as some Americans struggle with everyday expenses. W-U-S-F’s Jack Prator visited one local pawn shop to see how the economy is affecting the business and its customers.