Florida Roundup

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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. 

On this week’s Roundup: Florida gets a reprieve from offshore drilling while police hand out more jaywalking tickets in the state to African-Americans and another accuser comes forward with allegations of sexual harassment against a former top state lawmaker.

The Politics Of Offshore Drilling

The Trump Administration wants to open up America’s coastline to oil drilling.

After Republican Gov. Rick Scott’s plea, the administration amended that to say Florida shouldn’t be included.

A state judge says it’s unconstitutional to make Florida women wait to get an abortion while another sex scandal opens the state legislative session. Plus, the political world in Florida and nationwide is on fire over allegations President Donald Trump used an expletive term.


This week on the roundup we’re looking at how the political year is shaping up, from the wide-open governor’s race to Bill Nelson’s bid to defend his U.S. Senate seat.

12/29/17: The Year In Review

Dec 29, 2017

A historic Hurricane Irma leads to unprecedented evacuations while charter schools result in big changes and a sexual harassment scandal rocks the state legislature.


On this week’s Roundup we look at the racial difference for jail terms for drug crimes in Florida just as the fate of tax reform may hang on Senator Marco Rubio’s vote. Plus, a federal judge orders a Florida county commission to stop using a prayer to open its meetings. 


A powerful state senator accused of sexual harassment is accused of interfering in the investigation while former Congresswoman Corrine Brown is sentenced and there’s a changing of the guard as the top college football teams in Florida are not in the usual places.


This week on the Roundup: Well known attorney John Morgan isn't ruling out a run for governor. A 10-year-old Florida boy takes on the federal government over climate change. And, the talk in Tallahassee is about sexual harassment.


Several Florida cities, including Jacksonville, are making a play to bring Amazon’s second headquarters to town. Being Black Friday, of course we’ve got a look at the annual shopping tradition. Plus, Gov. Rick Scott’s budget includes more tax breaks, and we’re traveling with Floridians helping out communities in need -- from Central America to Puerto Rico. 

Florida Bids For Amazon

This week we’re discussing fighting the opioid crisis at Florida’s pharmacies along with paying claims and paying for cleaning up two months after Hurricane Irma. We also are looking at the opportunity and anxiety of our divided politics. 

Florida Blue Makes A Move To Combat Opioid Addiction

Florida Blue, the state’s biggest health insurer, says it will not cover Oxycontin prescriptions after January 1.

Will this move make a difference in stemming the tide of opioid overdoses?

Fraternities and sororities have been put on pause in Tallahassee.  Meanwhile, the state capitol is confronting a culture of sexual harassment and Dan Rather joins us to discuss unity and patriotism in a time of division.


The top senate Democrat quits over an extramarital affair and should the state constitution allow tax money to go toward some religious schools? Those are among the topics in this week's Florida Roundup.


This week on The Florida Roundup we're looking at tax dollars going to private schools along with Gov. Rick Scott's desire to spend more on the environment. We also have a look at the new film, "The Florida Project," that shines a light on life along the state's economic fringe. 


Will Jacksonville, Miami or any Florida city win the battle for Amazon.com's second headquarters? We discuss the possibility. 


From the influx of Puerto Ricans to Florida, to school choice and medical marijuana, here's a roundup and examination of this week's news in Florida.


WJCT and WLRN

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