Florida Roundup

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 Note: This episode was broadcast just before the appeals ruling was issued on Friday, so the information in the show about the mask case is not up to date. 

This week, a flurry of court activity over masks in schools, as a Tallahassee circuit court judge ruled school districts can immediately require students to wear masks and then an appeals court panel reinstated a stay that allows the state to continue enforcing its ban and punish the districts that defy it as the case makes its way through the appeals process. 

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A handful of school districts across the state are enforcing mask mandates despite Gov. Ron DeSantis’ executive order guaranteeing parents have the right to choose when it comes to masks. Today, a judge hears a lawsuit from Florida parents as they go to court to fight DeSantis’ order in an effort to let local school districts require mask wearing in schools. 

Guest: The parents' attorney, Charles Gallagher

Feds Send Ventilators To Florida

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This week, four Florida school districts defied, to varying degrees, an executive order from Gov. Ron DeSantis that bans mask mandates. Duval, Alachua, Leon and Broward counties' school boards and superintendents announced or reaffirmed plans to require masks for students when classes begin (although Duval's has an opt-out clause for parents, in line with the governor's order). 

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COVID-19 infections are rising in Florida and hospitals are filling up with patients sick with the Delta variant. Public hospitals serve a large portion of the 9,000 people currently hospitalized, with numbers rising daily.

Justin Senior, CEO of the Safety Net Hospital Alliance of Florida, joined us on the program to discuss why so many people are ill and how public hospitals are coping.

Gov. Ron DeSantis puts on his mask as he leaves a news conference at Jackson Memorial Hospital, Monday, July 13, 2020, in Miami.
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COVID cases have surged in Florida in the past few weeks amid a plateau of vaccination rates and the spread of the Delta variant.  

In this June 22, 2021, file photo prepped COVID-19 vaccine filled syringes are at ready for use at a COVID-19 vaccination site at Jackson State University in Jackson, Miss., prior to a visit by first Lady Jill Biden, as part of the Biden administration's
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The number of COVID-19 cases in Florida has nearly doubled since last week.

Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla., is running for the U.S. Senate in 2022.
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Democratic Congresswoman Val Demings is hoping to take on Republican Florida Sen. Marco Rubio in the 2022 election. 

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President Joe Biden arrived this week in Surfside, where he met with the first responders and families affected by the Champlain Towers collapse and pledged that the federal government will pick up 100% of the costs of the response to the collapse. 

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, center left, and Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nunez, center right, arrive for a news conference near the scene where a wing of a 12-story beachfront condo building collapsed, Thursday, June 24, 2021, in the Surfside area of Miami
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Early Thursday morning, part of the 12-story Champlain Towers South in Surfside, near Miami Beach, collapsed.  

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Florida residents, more so than in any other state, are facing criminal charges for their participation in the January 6 Capitol insurrection. According to a USA Today analysis, about 1 in 10 people charged for the January 6th insurrection at the U.S. Capitol have been Floridians. The charges range from being in an unauthorized area to conspiracy and assault of a police officer.

Some Businesses Are Struggling To Find People To Fill Positions
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More jobs are returning to Florida as the pandemic-induced recession - which put thousands out of work - comes to an end. However, many companies say that they are having a hard time finding people to fill them.

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Gov. Ron DeSantis is pushing for a new civics curriculum that would prevent critical race theory from being taught in the classroom.

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On this week’s Florida Roundup: More people across Florida may soon be able to get their COVID-19 vaccinations, and the U.S. Supreme Court hears the Florida-Georgia water war case.

Gov. Ron DeSantis
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Gov. Ron DeSantis’ self-described top priority for the upcoming legislative session is free speech on social media. 

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President Donald Trump won Florida and its 29 electoral votes handily this week. 

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With less than a week to go before Election Day, President Donald Trump and his Democratic rival Joe Biden held rallies Thursday in Tampa, with more Florida rallies scheduled over the weekend with their surrogates. 

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Editor’s Note: The Florida Roundup experienced technical difficulties during Friday’s program.

 

In the final months of the presidential race, Florida’s Latino voters are a focus of President Donald Trump's and Democratic Presidential Nominee Joe Biden's attention, as Marist polling shows that this critical and diverse demographic could swing the election.

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On Friday’s program, we discussed how Florida is preparing to vote in the presidential election during the pandemic. One of the areas we focused on was vote-by-mail.

 

 

From left, Kimberly Guilfoyle, Donald Trump Jr., Tiffany Trump, President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump and Barron Trump stand on the South Lawn of the White House during the final night of the Republican National Convention.
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Thursday night, the Republican National Convention concluded with President Donald Trump accepting the GOP presidential nomination for a second term.

File photo of students returning to school during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Democrats are gearing up to try and win Florida in November. We spoke to Nik Harris, a Joe Biden delegate from Broward County, about the virtual DNC, and why she thinks we need to bring “decency back in the White House.” 

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On today’s program we took a closer look at how the COVID-19 pandemic is dividing Floridians on issues such as wearing facemasks in public, reopening schools and playing sports. 

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As COVID-19 continues to spread throughout Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced the formation of a Task Force on the Safe and Limited Re-Opening of Long-Term Care Facilities in Florida.

 

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On Friday's program, we got an update on Hurricane Isaias from Ray Hawthorne, who is a meteorologist with the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network (FPREN).

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On Friday’s program, we discussed President Donald Trump’s decision to cancel the Jacksonville component of the Republican National Convention.

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On Friday’s program, we took a closer look at how schools across Florida are planning to reopen during the pandemic.

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This week, we took a closer look at the rising number of COVID-19 cases, how patients are being cared for, and what’s being done to try and help slow the spread of the virus in Florida.

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On this week’s program, we took a closer look at voting in Florida and how the election might play out here this fall.

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Due to a spike in new coronavirus infections and hospitalizations this week, many cities and counties in Florida are now requiring face coverings in public.

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Coronavirus cases are surging in Florida, with more than 89,000 cases and 3,104 reported at the time of this story's publication. 

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President Trump will now accept the Republican presidential nomination in Jacksonville in August.

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