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Capital Report: May 17, 2024

Days after strong storms and tornados struck the region residents continue trying to dig out from under downed trees and powerlines. Lynn Hatter reports many are finding recovery a confusing, frustrating process.

Experts are predicting that the upcoming 2024 Hurricane season could be one of the most active on record. Tristan Wood reports property insurance experts say if that’s true, it could mean further rate increases.

The day a law in Florida banning most abortions after six-weeks went into effect, the state’s Agency for Healthcare Administration issued emergency rules. The agency says the rules are intended to help clarify an exemption that protects the life of a pregnant person. But as Regan McCarthy reports many doctors say the rules have just added to the confusion.

Funeral services were held today for U.S. Senior Airman Roger Fortson, who was fatally shot by a Florida Sheriff's Deputy two weeks ago. The family mourned the 23-year-old in Stonecrest, Georgia. They maintain that Fortson, who was black, was unjustifiably killed in his home by an officer who the Sheriff’s Office says self-defense. Adrian Andrews reports.

Your boss may not want to hear this. A study from Florida International University finds a small advantage of working from home compared to going into the office. This suggests implications for the state’s important commercial office market, as WLRN’s Tom Hudson reports.

A bill that would have restricted the use of kratom failed to pass the Florida Legislature this year. The National Institute on Drug Abuse says it’s an herbal substance that can produce opioid- and stimulant-like effects. As WUSF’s Daylina Miller reports, kratom (“KRAT” like “RAT”) use continues to grow, along with questions about its safety.