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Celebrate 20 Years of With the Wild Things with Dr. Jerry Jackson

For the past 20 years WGCU listeners have been informed about the world around them here in Southwest Florida by Dr. Jerry Jackson’s With the Wild Things .

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Coronavirus Case Confirmed In Arizona, Bringing U.S. Total To 5

A fifth U.S. case of coronavirus has been confirmed in Arizona's Maricopa County. A statement released on Sunday from the Arizona Department of Health Services described the patient as "a member of the Arizona State University community who does not live in university housing." The news was also confirmed by Nancy Messonnier , director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in a press call with reporters. Earlier...

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Almost one year after Governor Ron DeSantis announced his intention to overhaul the state’s Common Core education standards, he announced a replacement while in Naples on Friday called the B.E.S.T K-12 Standards.  


Governor Ron DeSantis is announcing the state Department of Education’s replacement for Common Core standards.

Under the proposal, Florida health practitioners would be banned from giving transgender kids hormone therapy and gender confirmation surgery. It’s one of many bills LGBTQ rights advocates are targeting in a press conference Monday. 

Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody is asking a federal judge to toss out a lawsuit filed by the National Rifle Association challenging gun legislation passed after the 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that killed 14 students and three faculty members.

The national gun-rights group challenged part of a sweeping school-safety law that raised the age to purchase rifles and other long guns from 18 to 21.

Elder Abuse Review Teams Bill Heads To Senate

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The Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday backed a bill that would establish in law elder-abuse fatality review teams. 

Note: Julia confirms this is her first sit-down one-on-one interview since she was appointed in August 2019.

Eighty Burmese pythons were caught during Miami's 10-day Super Bowl hunt, designed to raise awareness about the invasive species decimating the Everglades.

Florida Democrats held a press conference condemning President Donald Trump’s treatment of Venezuelan and Cuban immigrants on Thursday at the Freedom Tower. 

A Florida bill that would require teenagers under 18 years of age to get parental permission for an abortion passed its final Senate committee this week. The legislation requires parents of minor girls seeking an abortion to have a notarized consent form before a doctor can perform the procedure. Florida law currently requires parents to be notified.

Lee County Homeless Coalition Facebook page.

The Lee County Homeless Coalition is preparing for its 20th annual Homeless Service Day and Veterans Stand Down event.


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