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DeSantis vs. Disney, the murder of FSU law professor, the voice of Luisa Madrigal in ‘Encanto’

Walt Disney World and Universal Parks & Resorts are devoting land to affordable housing developments, in hopes of easing central Florida's housing crisis. Here, visitors drive past a sign welcoming them to Walt Disney World in the summer of 2020.
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Walt Disney World and Universal Parks & Resorts are devoting land to affordable housing developments, in hopes of easing central Florida's housing crisis. Here, visitors drive past a sign welcoming them to Walt Disney World in the summer of 2020.

The battle between Governor Ron DeSantis and Disney. We look at recent developments of a violent murder case that happened eight years ago. Plus, we hear from Jessica Darrow, the voice of Luisa Madrigal in Disney's movie, Encanto. She tells us about growing up in South Florida.

On this Monday, April 25, edition of Sundial:

DeSantis vs. Disney

In a last-minute effort, Florida lawmakers voted to pass a bill last week that would abolish a special taxing district for the Walt Disney Company.

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That might not sound like it will affect you, but it could. The details are murky, but the fight between Gov. Ron DeSantis and Disney could cost taxpayers.

“This moved at lightning speed ... nobody expected that the legislature was going to abolish the Reedy Creek Improvement District," said Skyler Swisher, who has been covering the special session and the fallout from breaking the state's deal with Disney for the Orlando Sentinel.

He added that the bill was passed largely without public input and no economic impact study on the ramifications of this bill. Find more of Swisher’s reporting here.

DeSantis vs. Disney
A statue of Walt Disney and Micky Mouse stand near the Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. on Jan. 9, 2019.

The murder of FSU law professor

Broward County authorities have arrested a man linked to a gruesome killing that happened eight years ago.

Florida State University professor Dan Markel’s murder made national headlines back then. His death happened in the midst of a bitter divorce battle with his ex-wife.

After years of suspicion, his brother-in-law is now being charged. Miami Herald courts and crime reporter David Ovalle joined Sundial to discuss the new developments of this case. Find more of his reporting here.

The murder of FSU law professor

Luisa Madrigal in ‘Encanto’

Jessica Darrow singing is the voice behind the character Luisa Madrigal in Disney's movie ‘Encanto’, which recently won an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film.

Darrow is Cuban American and was born and raised in Miami.

She joined Sundial for a conversation and she started by telling us about the moment she realized acting would be her passion. It was actually here in South Florida when she played a different Disney character.

"It was when I played Captain Hook in Peter Pan in the seventh grade," said Darrow. "I should have known that I was gay then because I made him a closeted gay man and I sang somebody to love. And I made it my own."

She’s become most famous for bringing life to the relatable 'tough cry-baby’ of the Madrigal family, Luisa. But she is also working on some of her own music, releasing a new song recently titled ‘Make it Clean.’

Luisa Madrigal in ‘Encanto’
Encanto

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Leslie Ovalle produces WLRN's daily magazine program, Sundial. She previously produced Morning Edition newscasts at WLRN and anchored the midday news. As a multimedia producer, she also works on visual and digital storytelling.