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Capital Report: January 19, 2024

Several bills this legislative session stand to impact local governments. Margie Menzel says in the state’s capital city, commissioners are preparing to play defense.

Florida ranks third in the country when it comes to kids being chronically absent from school. As WMFE’s Danielle Prieur reports, two Central Florida school districts are looking to tackle this post-COVID problem by implementing two different approaches.

Tom Flanigan reports Florida’s jobless rate ticked up slightly in December.

The ALCU of Florida is expecting to file more lawsuits after this legislative session if several controversial bills are passed. Tristan Wood reports the organization’s leaders say legislators and Governor Ron DeSantis are continuing a coordinated attack against civil rights in the Sunshine State.

NBC Senior Political Reporter Matt Dixon talked presidential politics this week before members of the Capital Tiger Bay Club in Tallahassee.

Large swaths of the country were purple over the weekend. No, this isn’t a political forecast. Temperatures from the Upper Midwest through the Tennessee Valley dropped to below 10 degrees over the weekend. Most of the rest of the country was below freezing. Florida - at least for temperatures - was an orange state. That got WLRN’s Tom Hudson thinking….

Florida State University is continuing its legal battle over media rights against the Atlantic Coast Conference. The school has been a member of the league for more than 30 years but over the past few months, tension has swelled over claims of bad media deals. Adrian Andrews has the latest.