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September 23, 2022

By the middle of next week, Tom Flanigan reports a major hurricane could be threatening Florida.

Talk of inflation continues to dominate news cycles across the country and right here in Florida. This week, Governor Ron DeSantis announced several tax deductions he said would put significant dents in living expenses for average Florida families. But even before that, there was a move to save Florida drivers at bit at the pump.

Earlier this year, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law the Florida Motor Fuel Tax Relief Act, which cuts the gas tax for the entire month of October.
WMFE's Talia Blake talked with the University of Central Florida’s Institute for Economic Forecasting Director Sean (shawn) Snaith about the tax break.

The U.S. canceled the so-called “wet foot-dry foot” privilege for Cuban migrants five years ago. But with record numbers of Cubans arriving at the U.S. border and Florida shores today, immigration advocates are trying to get it restored. WLRN’s Tim Padgett tells us other migrant groups, meanwhile, are pushing for their own privileges.

The new podcast series from WLRN News called Detention By Design traces the origin story of the modern immigration detention system in the US. In this episode, reporter Danny Rivero tracks how an uptick of Haitians coming to Florida by boat in the 1970s started to crystalize a new way immigrants would be treated on arrival.

A Republican state senator is the next chancellor of the Florida university system. Ray Rodrigues will take over when chancellor Marshall Criser retires. His exact start date has not been announced. Rodrigues talked about the job with WGCU's Mike Walcher.

WFSU Public Media has launched a special podcast called Not So Black and White: A Community’s Divided History. It examines divisions around where we live, play, learn, and worship in Florida’s Capital City. Social justice movements in recent years have sparked conversations around whether we ever truly integrated. In our first episode, Gina Jordan talks with Southside Tallahassee residents who are working to erase the dividing line.