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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.



Andrew Gillum spoke in Miami Gardens, Wednesday, March 20, 2019.
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03/22/19: Voter Registration Drive; Local Taxation Bill


Former Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, who narrowly lost his bid in the gubernatorial race last year, has launched a push to register 1 million Florida residents to vote before the 2020 presidential election. And, a bill state lawmakers are considering would make it tougher to get local tax increases approved.
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3/15/19: College Admissions Scandal; Medical Marijuana


Federal prosecutors say a Florida man helped rich and famous parents get their kids into colleges with bribes and fake test scores. We took a closer look at the college admissions scandal with John Delaney, Former Jacksonville Mayor and President Emeritus of the University of North Florida; and Colleen Wright, Education Reporter for the Miami Herald.
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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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A fallen tree lies in front of a house in Marianna, FL.
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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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