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The Florida Roundup
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.
6 days ago
Hurricane Isaias; Unemployment; Eviction Moratorium Extended
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) .
Jul 24, 2020
Jacksonville RNC Canceled; Gov. DeSantis And The Pandemic; Reopening Schools
On Friday’s program, we discussed President Donald Trump’s decision to cancel the Jacksonville component of the Republican National Convention.
Jul 17, 2020
Reopening Florida's Schools; COVID-19 And The State's Safety Net Hospitals
On Friday’s program, we took a closer look at how schools across Florida are planning to reopen during the pandemic.
Jul 10, 2020
COVID-19 Update; Plan To Reopen Florida's Schools
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.
Jul 3, 2020
Voting In The Sunshine State
On this week’s program, we took a closer look at voting in Florida and how the election might play out here this fall.
Jun 26, 2020
Florida's Rising Number Of COVID-19 Cases And Attempts To Slow Its Spread
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.
Jun 19, 2020
Florida's Surging COVID-19 Cases; Celebrating Juneteenth
Coronavirus cases are surging in Florida, with more than 89,000 cases and 3,104 reported at the time of this story's publication.
Jun 12, 2020
GOP Aims To Help Win Over FL Voters With Jacksonville RNC; Recommendations To Reopen FL Schools
President Trump will now accept the Republican presidential nomination in Jacksonville in August.
Jun 5, 2020
Florida Protests; COVID-19 And Nursing Homes
People took to the streets across Florida this week - from Pensacola to Key West - marching against police violence and for racial justice.
May 29, 2020
Invitation For RNC To Move To FL; Reopening State Universities; Restoring Voting Rights
President Donald Trump is threatening to move the Republican National Convention out of Charlotte this summer unless North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper can assure "full attendance" will be allowed. Cooper has said North Carolina is guided by public health and nothing else. That prompted Florida Republicans to make a bid for it. We spoke to State Senator Joe Gruters , who is Chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, and POLITICO Political Reporter Marc Caputo about whether the GOP gathering might end up being moved to the Sunshine State. Reopening Plan for Florida’s State Universities State universities have a blueprint for bringing students and faculty back to campus this fall. Marshall Criser , Chancellor of the State University System of Florida, and POLITICO Education Reporter Andrew Atterbury discussed the plan. Voting Rights Restoration for Florida Citizens with a Prior Felony Conviction Earlier this week, a federal judge ruled that residents with a prior felony
May 22, 2020
Unemployment Issues; Questions About Florida's COVID-19 Data
The U.S. Department of Labor reported Friday that Florida’s unemployment rate in April was 12.9 %, higher than during the Great Recession.
May 15, 2020
Florida's Gradual Reopening; Unemployment Issues
Some areas of Florida, such as Miami, are just beginning to reopen parts of their economy, while others, like Jacksonville, are planning to expand their reopening. Ron DeSantis announced Friday in Jacksonville that restaurants, stores, and museums can ramp up to operating at 50 percent capacity. Gyms can reopen Monday.
May 8, 2020
Florida's Reopening; The Continuing Battle Over Voting Rights
Florida has entered the Phase 1 stage of reopening with restaurants operating at 25 percent capacity. Parks and beaches have also reopened, across much of the state.
May 1, 2020
Reopening the Sunshine State; Florida's Flawed Unemployment System
This week Gov. Ron DeSantis announced his Phase One reopening plan, which will take effect across most of the state (with tighter restrictions remaining in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, where over half the confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths are located) on Monday, May 4.
Apr 24, 2020
Reopening Florida; Coronavirus And Long-term Care Facilities
Some parts of the state are gradually reopening, even as the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths continue rising.
Apr 17, 2020
Lt. Gov. Nuñez, Agriculture Commissioner Fried Address Gov. DeSantis' Handling Of COVID-19
On Friday, Governor Ron DeSantis met with his newly-formed task force to discuss how to reopen the state. This meeting comes as he faces growing criticism over his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Apr 10, 2020
Hydroxychloroquine; Coronavirus Peak In Florida; Demographics Of The Virus
Hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malarial drug, has been touted by some politicians, including President Donald Trump and Governor Ron DeSantis to treat coronavirus, but it does not have the approval of the Centers for Disease Control for this use.
Apr 3, 2020
Statewide Safer At Home Order; Coronavirus Around The State; Filing For Unemployment
After mounting pressure, Governor Ron DeSantis issued a safer at home order for the entire state of Florida this week, to try and slow the spread of COVID-19.
Mar 27, 2020
Calls For Desantis To Issue Stay-At-Home Order; COVID-19 Impact On Restaurants
Governor Ron DeSantis has resisted pressure to shut down the state. Critics say he’s being too timid in the face of the coronavirus crisis.
Mar 20, 2020
A Look At The Effects The Coronavirus Is Havng On Nursing Homes And Schools
Health officials in Florida fear the virus is present in nearly two dozen long-term care facilities.