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. 

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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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From Sanctuary Cities to a bid to bring the headquarters of President Donald Trump's Space Force to Florida, here's a summary of what you'll hear in this week's Roundup.

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This week, we devoted the full program to the one-year anniversary of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

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Almost 100,000 people are serving time behind bars in Florida state prisons, where there’s a shortage of guards and healthcare costs are expensive. We took a closer look at the state’s attempts to address its overcrowded and underfunded prisons with Health News Florida’s Julio Ochoa and John Kennedy, capitol reporter for GateHouse Media.

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On The Florida Roundup this week, we began with a look at the predicament of the state’s so-called “Forgotten Coast.” 

1/25/19: Medical Marijuana

Jan 25, 2019
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This week on The Florida Roundup, we took a closer look at the future of medical marijuana in the Sunshine State.

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Florida may be the next battleground state over abortion rights. With six weeks until the start of the Legislative session, a new proposal has been filed that would ban abortions if a doctor detects a fetal heartbeat.

Gov. Ron DeSantis Transition Team

This week on The Florida Roundup, we discussed Governor Ron DeSantis’ first few days in office – and what lies ahead – with Jim Saunders, Executive Editor for News Service of Florida and Ana Ceballos, who covers state government and politics for the USA TODAY NETWORK.

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This week on The Florida Roundup, we discussed some of the state's biggest political stories to watch in the year ahead with A.G. Gancarski, a writer for Florida Politics and Adam Smith, the political editor for the Tampa Bay Times.

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This week on the Florida Roundup, we looked back at some of the biggest statewide stories of 2018, such as the deadly school shooting in Parkland, which led to a landmark gun and school safety law; the election, which resulted in several mandated recounts; the blue-green algae and red tide that appeared in bodies of water around the state; and Hurricane Michael, which slammed into the Panhandle.

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Education is an enormous piece of the state budget. Hundreds of thousands of people work in the industry, and millions of Florida families send their kids to public schools each day.

12/14/2018: Felon Voting Rights Next Steps

Dec 14, 2018

Florida voters approved a constitutional amendment restoring the voting rights of most felons, but with just weeks before it goes into effect, there’s no clarity on how it will be implemented.

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Soon you may hear the sound of seismic tests up and down Florida’s Atlantic Coast.

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This week on The Florida Roundup we dedicated the full hour to looking at the risks from climate change and impacts the Sunshine State faces.

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This week on The Florida Roundup we present an encore presentation of highlights from past programs.

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On this week’s Florida Roundup we’re looking at the Florida recount and the slow recovery in the Panhandle.

Recounts are looming and expected to be ordered Saturday afternoon in at least three statewide races.

11/2/18: Early Voting; Pinellas County; Amendment 4

Nov 2, 2018
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On Friday’s Florida Roundup we looked at how voting is going with just days left before the midterm elections, how one county is a microcosm of Florida politics and how Amendment 4 could drive voter turnout.

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On Friday’s Florida Roundup we led with breaking news as authorities arrested a man in connection with the wave of suspicious packages sent this week to political critics of President Donald Trump.

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On Friday’s Florida Roundup we looked at the race to become Florida’s next Commissioner of Agriculture  along with recovery efforts in the Panhandle.

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This week The Florida Roundup looked at the destruction caused by Hurricane Michael along with what the response has been from officials.

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The Florida Roundup expands this week as we welcome stations around the state that are picking up the weekly news program produced by WJCT in Jacksonville and WLRN in Miami.

On this week’s edition of The Florida Roundup we looked at how the next governor might tackle the rising cost of health care with candidates Democrat Andrew Gillum and Republican Ron DeSantis at largely opposite ends of the political spectrum.

In this week’s Florida Roundup we looked at dueling education plans in the race for governor from Republican Ron DeSantis and Democrat Andrew Gillum.

Progressive or conservative — is the race to be Florida’s next governor really a bellwether for America’s politics?

Football and politics dominate this week’s Florida Roundup.

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