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Capital Report: September 29, 2023

As the threat of a government shutdown looms, food banks are doing their best to prepare for the worst. In Florida, Second Harvest of the Big Bend is contending with the aftermath of Hurricane Idalia and the impending closure of the Georgia-Pacific plant in Perry. But as Margie Menzel reports, there’s some good news coming out of the Big Bend for the rest of the state.

Dozens of new laws go into effect Sunday with the start of a new fiscal year for the state’s local governments. Regan McCarthy reports one of those measures makes it easier for the public to sue cities and counties when they pass rules members of the community disagree with.

Sports fans across Florida might want to think twice before plotting their next daring stunt. The state’s newest event interference law goes into effect this weekend and it increases penalties for anyone who illegally interrupts a live event like a concert or game. Adrian Andrews has more.

The one-year anniversary of Hurricane Ian this week (Thursday 9/28) may bring back painful memories for some Floridians - especially those who are still struggling with recovery. Stephanie Colombini talked with advocates in Sarasota about the mental and physical strain Ian caused some residents in the region -- and lessons learned for the future.

It’s been one year since major Hurricane Ian made landfall in southwest Florida and crossed the state. In Central Florida, flooding caused the most damage, and those recovery efforts continue. WMFE’s Lillian Hernández Caraballo has the story of how one woman has been able to stay in her home, keeping her family together, thanks to the kindness of community.

A North Florida house member is proposing a virtually unrestricted hunting season for black bears.

Famed Florida journalist Lucy Morgan was honored with a memorial service in the House Chamber at the Florida Capitol today (Friday.)

Steve Bousquet reports the state of Florida lost a masterful writer of political campaign jingles this past week.

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