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Air time: Friday’s at 12 p.m.

Each week Melissa Ross of WJCT and Tom Hudson of WLRN in Miami, along with a panel of journalists from around the state, discuss the week in Florida news in The Florida Roundup Statewide edition.



Gov. Ron DeSantis tours the destruction from Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach in January.
photo: Governor Ron DeSantis
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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.
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3/1/19: Human Trafficking; Legislative Preview


This week, we took a closer look at human trafficking in Florida. We discussed the issue, and efforts to combat it. We also examined arming teachers and charter school money, which are just two of the big education issues lawmakers will deal with in the upcoming Legislative session. We previewed the session, which officially begins on Tuesday, March 5, with John Kennedy, State Capital Reporter, GateHouse Media.
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2/1/19: Hurricane Michael Recovery; Common Core


Hurricane Michael brought 150 mile per hour winds and devastating storm surge to parts of the Panhandle almost four months ago. But money, help and donations have been very slow in coming. Emily Mahoney, reporter with the Tampa Bay Times and Miami Herald; and Jessica Foster, anchor and reporter with WJHG-News in Panama City, joined us to discuss the situation in more detail.
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1/18/19: Abortion Rights; Government Shutdown


Florida may be the next battleground state over abortion rights. With six weeks until the start of the Legislative session, a new proposal has been filed that would ban abortions if a doctor detects a fetal heartbeat. It would require a doctor to tell a woman wanting an abortion if the fetus has a heartbeat and show it to her or have her listen to it. The woman could decide not to, but would have to do so in writing. If a doctor performed the abortion, it would be a third-degree felony. The legislation also removes the word fetus from the legal definition of abortion and replaces it with “unborn human baby.” As a candidate, Governor Ron DeSantis said he …
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Florida’s Capitol Complex in Tallahassee
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1/4/19: A Look Ahead At 2019 Politics; New Report On Florida’s Sexual Offenders


This week on The Florida Roundup, we discussed some of the state’s biggest political stories to watch in the year ahead with A.G. Gancarski, a writer for Florida Politics and Adam Smith, the political editor for the Tampa Bay Times. We also looked at a new state report that says the number of sexual offenders and predators living in Florida has risen by more than 50 percent in the last 13 years. WMFE Orlando reporter Danielle Prieur joined us with a look at the numbers.
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Memorials for the victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting
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12/28/18: Florida Roundup Year In Review


This week on the Florida Roundup, we looked back at some of the biggest statewide stories of 2018, such as the deadly school shooting in Parkland, which led to a landmark gun and school safety law; the election, which resulted in several mandated recounts; the blue-green algae and red tide that appeared in bodies of water around the state; and Hurricane Michael, which slammed into the Panhandle.
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