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Capital Report: June 14, 2024

A federal judge has struck down a Florida law that banned doctors from providing gender affirming care to most kids. It also created hurdles for adults to access care. Now, advocates say they hope more transgender patients will be able to get what they see as life-saving care. We get that story from Regan McCarthy.

Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody is touting the take-down of a human trafficking ring by a new statewide strike force. As Margie Menzel reports, Moody blames the federal government for the prevalence of trafficking and is pushing Florida to be more aggressive.

Governor Ron DeSantis signed this year’s state budget, which includes about $200 million dollars for teacher pay raises. However, school officials across Florida say that’s not enough. Adrian Andrews spoke with a teacher, who believes her salary should be higher, because she’s been in the profession for 15 years, yet can barely afford her bills.

More than 7 million K-12 students in the U.S. require special education — that means they have a physical, mental or learning disability. In Florida, they make up 15 percent of students. But, we don’t have enough qualified teachers to serve them. To try to fix that, the University of Central Florida is offering free master's degrees paid for by the federal government. WLRN’s Yvonne zum Tobel [ee-VON ZOOM TOE-bull] tells us more about “Project Bridges.”

Housing, insurance and healthcare are among the forces driving population shifts around Florida. In this report, WLRN’s Tom Hudson has a tale of two cities in South Florida - one growing, one losing population -- and both dealing with the challenge of high home prices.

Tom Flanigan reports Florida’s latest citrus production numbers aren’t setting any records.

The annual tally of boating accidents throughout Florida has just been released. W-G-C-U’s senior environmental reporter, Tom Bayles (BAY-less), dug through the data. Here’s what he found…