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Capital Report: November 3, 2023

Florida lawmakers return to Tallahassee for a special session. Gov. DeSantis called them back to pass sanctions against Iran. The proposed legislation would further limit the state from investing its pension funds in companies doing business with Iran. WLRN’s Tom Hudson spoke with the bill’s sponsor, Rep. John Snyder of Martin County.

A new survey shows most Americans support providing military aid to Israel, but oppose committing American troops to fight directly against Hamas. WMNF’s Chris Young reports on this and other findings from a new University of South Florida survey released a week before the GOP presidential debate comes to Miami.

Fighting for student advocacy is NOT new for the incoming Chief Executive Officer and President of TheDream dot U-S. The organization is the largest college aid program for undocumented youth in the United States. WLRN’s Amy Sanchez spoke with the long-time immigration activist Maria Gabriela Pacheco – the new President and Chief Executive Officer at TheDream dot U-S.

Florida pedestrians and cyclists are calling for stronger protections. The latest push for pedestrian and bicycle safety comes after a recent study showed Florida ranks third in the country for pedestrian fatalities. As Adrian Andrews reports, state leaders are ramping up enforcement in an attempt to stop more accidents from happening.

It was a record nesting season for loggerhead sea turtles on Sanibel and Captiva Islands this year. That success is very much linked to the past. WGCU’s Janine Zeitlin has this story.

Part of a law that created Florida’s 15-week abortion ban also allocated new money to help establish Fetal and Infant Mortality Review Committees statewide. Regan McCarthy reports the committees are part of an effort to reduce the number of Florida babies who don’t make it to their first birthday.

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