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Gov. Ron DeSantis tours the destruction from Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach in January.
photo: Governor Ron DeSantis

3/8/19: Battle Over Single-Use Plastics; First Spring Break After Hurricane Michael

On today’s program, we looked at the environmental battle over single-use plastics in the Sunshine State with Holly Parker Curry, Florida regional manager with the Surfrider Foundation, and Samantha Padgett, general counsel with the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association. We also got an update on Hurricane Michael recovery efforts as the Panhandle prepares for spring break from Jessica Foster with WJHG-TV in Panama City.

The temporary memorial at the site of the Pulse nightclub shooting. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE

FBI Releases Ballistics Report On Pulse Shooting

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has released a ballistic report on bullets recovered from the Pulse nightclub shooting. WMFE is still examining the report, and more information will be released as it is gathered.

UCF’s Dale Whittaker. Whittaker announced his resignation Feb. 19. / Photo: UCF

UCF President Resigns Over Misspending Of Funds

University of Central Florida President Dale Whittaker has resigned. Whittaker is the latest high-profile employee to lose their job over the misspending of more than $38 million dollars to replace Trevor Colbourn Hall.

A memorial garden for the 17 people killed in the Feb. 14, 2018, mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

2/15/19: Examining The One Year Impact Of The Parkland Mass Shooting

This week, we devoted the full program to the one-year anniversary of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The incident, which took place on February 14, 2018, helped spark a national youth protest movement to stop gun violence in America. In the last year, March for Our Lives has attracted more than 1 million protesters to rallies across the country. The movement has also turned its focus to voter registration and turnout, resulting in more young people voting, more gun control advocates getting elected to Congress, and a background check bill that’s moving through the U.S. House of Representatives. Here in Florida, one of the most gun-friendly states in the union, a law …

Chief Assistant State Attorney for the 9th Judicial Circuit Deborah Barra explains the findings of the investigation. Photo: Emily Lang, WMFE

Review: No Club-goers Hit By Friendly Fire During Pulse Shooting

Officers shot no club-goers as they pursued the Pulse gunman, according to a review unveiled Wednesday of law enforcement gunfire during the mass shooting that left 49 dead. The review conducted by State Attorney Aramis Ayala’s office found 14 officers fired more than 180 shots during five exchanges with the gunman.

Chief Assistant State Attorney for the 9th Judicial Circuit Deborah Barra explains the findings of the investigation. Photo: Emily Lang, WMFE

State Attorney: No Civilians Hit By Friendly Fire In Pulse Shooting

The state attorney’s office has concluded a six-month investigation into the Pulse nightclub shooting, concluding no civilians were shot by law enforcement. The state attorney used the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s ballistic report, as well as witness accounts, video evidence and 911 calls.

Captain Michael Riggio was the number two for counterterrorism for the New York City Police Department before being hired away by the Broward Sheriff’s Office. CREDIT DANIEL RIVERO / WLRN

How The Parkland Tragedy Has Changed Policing Across Florida

In the year since the tragedy in Parkland, police departments across the state have adjusted their policing strategies to address threats of violence in the community. The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act, which was passed the Florida legislature weeks after the shooting, mandated a number of changes, including putting more police in schools and engaging with troubled individuals.