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. 

03/2/2018: Gun Control In Florida

Mar 2, 2018

Gun reform takes center stage in this week’s podcast.

This week’s Roundup looks at the complex gun issue, including the influence the NRA has among Florida politicians.

After this week’s mass school shooting in South Florida the debate is growing over how the state treats guns and pays for mental health services.

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Teacher unions are being targeted in the battle over public education in Florida. That’s among the stories you’ll hear in this week’s Roundup.


On this week’s statewide Roundup: The state’s ban on felon voting rights has ruled been unconstitutional while Florida’s House Speaker said there will be there will be no sanctuary cities on his watch.


The state’s voters will now decide if convicted felons should regain the right to vote after they leave prison. The Florida Supreme Court is going live - on Facebook Live. And put down your phone. You might be pulled over for texting while driving if a new law passes.


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?

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