Florida Roundup

Fridays at noon on WJCT 89.9 FM

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. 

On today’s show, we looked at how the impeachment inquiry is playing with Florida voters. 

Climate strikers gather in front of Jacksonville City Hall in September of 2019.
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Millions of students and adults around the world took time off from school and work Friday to participate in a Global Climate Strike. The action comes ahead of a planned United Nations Climate Action Summit that takes place next week in New York.

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We spent the full hour taking a closer look at the growth of the charter school movement in Florida with:

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This week, Hurricane Dorian devastated the northern Bahamas and stalked Florida, which was spared a direct hit, for days.

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Hurricane Dorian may become the strongest storm to hit Florida’s east coast since Hurricane Andrew. As The Florida Round was going on the air, it was tracking closer to the coast, but there were still lots of questions about where it will actually go.

We spent the full hour taking a closer look at how Floridians around the state are preparing for Dorian  with:

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How are race, language and identity shaping our politics and our democracy?

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Many students across the Sunshine State headed back to school this week, and others will do so in the coming weeks. So, we spent the full hour looking at how school safety rules are being implemented, and the effects they could have on student mental health.

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On this week's Florida Roundup we spent the full hour taking a closer look at the politics of pot in the Sunshine State with:

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We devoted the full program to the issue of gun control in the Sunshine State.

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On this week's Florida Roundup we look at the proposed "citizens amendment." 

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Florida’s heat set record highs last month. The Union of Concerned Scientists says in less than 20 years, Florida will be so hot for so much of the year that it could literally be life threatening. The scientists in a new report say the world must reduce carbon emissions now or face extreme heat that will take lives within decades. 

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On Friday, Labor Secretary Alex Acosta resigned due to the role he played in the Jeffrey Epstein case while serving as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida. Back in 2008, Acosta approved a plea deal for Epstein, a convicted sex trafficker. The deal offered very little jail time, even though a 53-page indictment detailed all of Epstein’s alleged crimes.

Our guests for the discussion were:

As of July 1, Florida is expanding several new toll roads. A new law extends the Florida Turnpike west to connect with the Suncoast Parkway; expands the Suncoast Parkway from the Tampa Bay area to the Georgia border; and adds a new multi-use corridor, including a toll road, from Polk County to Collier County.

This week on an encore edition of The Florida Roundup, we revisit that and other top stories from 2019.

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The first Democratic presidential debates took place in Miami Wednesday and Thursday nights at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade.

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Later this month, the Supreme Court is expected to decide a brewing fight over the 2020 Census. It has to do with a proposed citizenship question the Trump administration wants to place on the Census.

We spent the full hour taking a closer look at what this might mean for Florida. Our guests for the discussion were:

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When Bill Galvano became the leader of the Florida Senate, he made it clear that his top priority was building new roads.

In January, weeks before the start of the legislative session, Galvano called for three new roads. He called them corridors. Lawmakers and Governor Ron DeSantis agreed with Galvano and now the state’s biggest road project in 50 years is moving forward.

With the expansion comes concerns about the potential environmental impact, along with the additional stress motorists will endure during construction.

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An expert on the impact of climate change on financial markets says no one should get 30-year mortgages anymore in the state of Florida.

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This week we learned not one but two Florida counties had their voting databases hacked, but we didn’t learn which two.

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This week, we discussed President Trump’s visit to the Panhandle - which is still recovering from Hurricane Michael - with Jessica Foster of WJHG News, NPR Correspondent Greg Allen and Arek Sarkissian of POLITICO Florida.

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We took a closer look at the final moves of the Florida Legislature - particularly those surrounding school vouchers and the implementation of Amendment Four.  

Our guests were:

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State lawmakers are poised to expand a school security program allowing teachers to carry guns in the classroom. However, some school districts are lobbying against it.

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On Friday’s Florida Roundup, we devoted the full hour to the debate over immigration and sanctuary cities in the Sunshine State.

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On Friday’s Florida Roundup, we took a closer look at the debate over drilling for oil in Florida’s waters with Zack Colman, Climate & Energy Reporter, Politico and David R. Mica, Executive Director, The Florida Petroleum Council.

4/5/19: Prescription Drug Costs

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On this week's Florida Roundup, we took a closer look at the rising costs of prescription drugs in the Sunshine State - and what state leaders are trying to do about it.

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On Friday's Florida Roundup we took a closer look at how Florida can better help students with mental health issues – especially those exposed to traumas like school shootings. 

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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.

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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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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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This week, we took a closer look at human trafficking in Florida. We discussed the issue, and efforts to combat it with:

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