Episode 145

Shutdown

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April 16th, 2020

24 mins 44 secs

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Florida’s teacher’s union is not the only group asking Gov. Ron DeSantis to keep campuses closed until the start of the new school year. The Florida PTA and four different medical groups are making the same request.

Also, on today’s Sunrise:

— The first inmates have died of coronavirus in the state prison system. The Department of Corrections kept it quiet for more than a week, but the fatalities have been confirmed by the medical examiner.

— A shake-up at the state unemployment office. Ken Lawson is still running the Department of Economic Opportunity, but DeSantis ordered the director of the Department of Management Services to tackle the agency’s computer problems, which is keeping hundreds of thousands of people from applying for unemployment.

— Sens. Marco Rubio and Rick Scott weigh in on the COVID-19 pandemic. Scott wants more testing and blames China for the outbreak. Rubio says it’s up to state and local governments to decide when people go back to work, questioning the wisdom of putting Donald Trump's name on all those $1,200 stimulus checks

— The statewide lockdown is unwelcome news for victims of domestic violence, often leaving them trapped at home with their abuser. The head of a shelter in Palm Beach County offers some tips for those in a bad place.

— Rep. Shevrin Jones of West Park goes to bat for Joe Biden and is hosting a virtual town hall meeting with the former Vice President.

— In the latest with Florida Man, who picked the wrong way to remind people to wear a mask in public.