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The South Florida Roundup

South Florida Medical Leader Prescribes Caution As Schools, Businesses Reopen

A custodian at a public school classroom in Des Moines cleans a blue chair during the pandemic.
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Tracy Harris, a Des Moines Public Schools custodian, cleans chairs at a local elementary school in early July.

On this episode of the South Florida Roundup: Broward and Miami-Dade public schools reopen soon as the region responds to phase three

Under state pressure, Miami-Dade and Broward school districts move up their return dates.

Some public school students and most teachers in Broward and Miami-Dade counties will head back into their classrooms beginning next week—an eleventh-hour change to the plans school boards had in place just a week ago.

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Host Tom Hudson talked about how the districts arrived at the new start with WLRN’s education reporter, Jessica Bakeman.

Early Bell For Broward, Miami-Dade Schools

Is South Florida ready for phase three reopening?

South Florida typically reopened later than the rest of the state during this pandemic. That changed with phase three.

Restaurants can now fill up all their tables. Bars can reopen with social distancing. Masks must stay on.

Dr. Cheryl Holder, president of the Florida State Medical Association and a professor at Florida International University’s medical school, joined the Roundup to talk about the latest reopening phase.

Doctor's Orders

Elections officials in Florida brace for an enormous jump in vote-by-mail ballots this year.

Millions of Floridians have requested vote-by-mail ballots. Hundreds of thousands of them have already been returned statewide.

Counting all those votes can start before Election night. Will that mean Florida’s voting results will be clear on Nov. 3? Or could it be later—like it was two years ago—with some races?

WLRN’s Danny Rivero and Caitie Switalski looked back at the 2018 recount in Broward County—and how that could be a warning for this November—for an upcoming episode of Reveal.

Lessons From The 2018 Florida Recount

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Alexander Gonzalez produces the afternoon newscasts airing during All Things Considered. He enjoys helping tell the South Florida story through audio and digital platforms. Alex is interested in a little of everything from business to culture to politics.
In a journalism career covering news from high global finance to neighborhood infrastructure, Tom Hudson is the Vice President of News and Special Correspondent for WLRN.  He hosts and produces the Sunshine Economy and anchors the Florida Roundup in addition to leading the organization's news engagement strategy.