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September 16, 2022

Governor Ron DeSantis insists his decision to drop off two planeloads of undocumented immigrants at Martha’s Vineyard was perfectly legal. But at least one immigration lawyer is insisting that move may have unintentionally cleared the way for those immigrants to remain in the United States. More from Tom Flanigan.

Florida immigrant advocates say they’re “outraged” by Governor Ron DeSantis’s move this week to fly undocumented immigrants to Massachusetts. WLRN’s Tim Padgett reports Venezuelan community leaders are expressing special anger.

Meanwhile, some advocacy groups are attempting to provide legal assistance to immigration and customs detainees in Florida. But WGCU’s Cary Barbor reports they’re being turned away.

The future speaker of the Florida House of Representatives is a Republican from Miami. Representative Daniel Perez shared his priorities for the upcoming legislative session with Florida Roundup host Melissa Ross.

Lawyers for the Parkland school shooter made a surprise announcement this week. They their case in the trial’s penalty phase. The defense had been expected to call dozens more witnesses as they try to keep Nikolas Cruz off death row for killing 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The defense’s decision to abruptly rest after just 11 days of testimony caught Judge Elizabeth Scherer off guard. The trial will resume September 17th with the state’s rebuttal. Since mid-July, the jury has heard grueling testimony, graphic evidence and statements from the families of those murdered in 2018. They also heard details about the shooter’s life. Cruz’s biological mother drank alcohol and abused drugs while she was pregnant and his lawyers say that affected his behavior all his life. WLRN’s Gerard Albert the Third has more from the courtroom.

It’s no secret that housing prices, whether to buy or to rent, are going crazy. And where there is uncertainty and volatility, can scammers be far behind?
With little inventory and lots of people trying to find an even semi-affordable place to live around Florida, the fraudsters are on the prowl. WUSF’s Gabriella Paul takes us to Hillsborough County where real estate scams are on the rise.

Hearing aids are a big medical expense not covered by Medicare. But after a federal rule change last month, FDA-approved over-the-counter hearing aids will soon be available for a lot less money. WMFE’s Joe Byrnes takes a look at that this could mean for many seniors in Florida.