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After a petition was signed by nearly 850,000 Floridians, the decision of whether or not voting rights will be restored to former felons in the state is now in the hands of the people.

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While hemp has been grown as a fiber and grain crop for thousands of years, it was made illegal in the U.S. in the 1930s. But, times are changing and now there are more than 30 states exploring it as an agricultural crop. Now, that process is getting started here with a new pilot project from the University of Florida. UF’s Industrial Hemp research plan will explore the economic viability of growing hemp in the sunshine state. On today’s show we’re going to find out what that entails.

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The Fort Myers News-Press is presenting a summit this Friday in Bonita Springs on the many water issues Southwest Florida faces.

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Award-winning and multi-faceted guitarist John Housley joins us in studio upon the release of his new album of Nuevo Flamenco music “The Heart’s Furnace.”  Housley has been playing and teaching guitar since his early teen years.  He also founded the Ann Arbor Academy of Music, which averaged some 400 students per week under his leadership. 

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Legendary animator and director Ron Campbell stops by WGCU ahead of some rare personal appearances in Naples in the coming days in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ classic animated film, “Yellow Submarine.”  Campbell was one of the animators behind the musical fantasy comedy film. 

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