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Intersection: Friday News Round Table

The first primary in the 2016 presidential election is over- and no one is more disappointed in the result from New Hampshire than South Florida Senator Marco Rubio. "This is on me," he told supporters, before vowing to come back stronger in South Carolina. Neither Rubio nor his closest rival Jeb Bush finished in the top three in New Hampshire... but neither is dropping out. And what of the Democratic race? Can Bernie keep the momentum up as the primary battle rolls southwards? Morgan and Morgan law firm- for the people- sues Monster, the energy drink company. Medical marijuana has its detractors, but one thing seems certain- it could be worth billions, and Florida could get a piece of it. What is broader legalization of medical marijuana worth to the Sunshine state? And, Seminole County bans fracking, joining other local governments that have done the same. But is it a symbolic stand?

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Intersection: What's Up In Space?

NASA has big plans for space exploration - sending astronauts into deep space and eventually Mars. To do that, they're going to need a rocket that's bigger than anything ever seen before and a spacecraft capable of protecting astronauts for the long journey. Meanwhile, private space companies are working to make space travel cheaper with rockets that can be landed and re-used. And in the furthest reaches of the Solar System, unmanned space probes are making new discoveries about the planets and you can help. 90.7's Space Reporter Brendan Byrne and Emilee Speck from Orlando Sentinel's 'Go For Launch Blog' get us up to speed on what's up in space exploration.

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Intersection: Zika Virus Q&A

Zika has now reached Central Florida. Cases of the mosquito borne virus have surfaced in Osceola County, joining six other Florida counties. Zika's sparked a public health emergency and it's been linked to a serious birth defect. So what should you do to protect yourself? What do you want to know about Zika? 90.7's health reporter Abe Aboraya, Dr. Christopher Hunter and Dr. Federico Laham answer listeners questions on the Zika virus.

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Intersection: Friday News Round Table

Then non profit hospitals in Central Florida enjoy tax breaks because of their non-profit status. They do good work and help the community... but should they be paying more taxes? Orlando Sentinel columnist Beth Kassab has been exploring this idea in a series of columns she'll join us to discuss the series and talk over the issues. The ongoing saga of the homeless in Daytona Beach takes another turn. Daytona Beach Police Chief Mike Chitwood is investigating a self styled homeless advocate for fraud. This comes after the homeless encampment outside a county building was dismantled after a month and a half. Does breaking down that encampment solve the problem? A pair of gun bills are sailing through the Florida House of Representatives but could hit the wall in the Senate. Is this the year for gun rights to expand in Florida? Are you looking forward to being able to open carry in the sunshine state? Or does open carry make you nervous? And Zika cases are popping up around the sunshine state. Cases of the mosquito borne virus have been found in South Florida how long before the disease appears in Central Florida?

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Intersection: Iowa Caucus & Florida Ballot Initatives

Iowa has spoken. Voters in Iowa, the first state to weigh in, caucused last night and now the candidates are setting their sights on New Hampshire. Political analysts Dick Batchelor and Michelle Ertel talk about Florida's Republican presidential candidates former Governor Jeb Bush and Senator Marco Rubio. With Iowa in the rear view mirror, what's next for Jeb and his one time protege? And, the deadline to collect enough signatures to get a constitutional amendment on the Florida ballot for 2016 just passed. We'll dig into two big issues facing Floridians in November: medical marijuana and solar power. Ben Pollara from United For Care talks about next for supporters of medical marijuana. And Calvina Fay from the Foundation for a Drug Free America explains why she doesn't think voters will pass the amendment. Then, reporter Mitch Perry breaks down the competing solar initiatives.

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Intersection: Friday News Round Table

The long, gruelling, presidential election is moving into the next phase. The Iowa caucus is just days away and most polls have Donald Trump winning by a healthy margin, with Ted Cruz in hot pursuit and Jeb Bush at the back of the field. Donald Trump, by the way, wasn't even in the latest debate, but there's still a long way to go in the campaign. What does Iowa mean for Jeb, or Marco Rubio for that matter. We'll talk about the latest debate and the Iowa caucus. Then Medical marijuana supporters net enough signatures to get an amendment on the ballot for November. But will they get enough votes in November? Is this a boost for folks who are just looking for something to help them cope with debilitating illness or is it a bad move as opponents say? We'll also talk about the ongoing Daytona Beach homeless saga- an emergency shelter opens... but some beds stay unfilled as the homeless stick to their encampment outside the Volusia County administration building. And Orange County residents have brand new bins but many of them aren't happy. The County's been flooded with complaint calls.

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Intersection: Solar Energy In Central Florida

When you talk about renewable energy in Florida, chances are the first thing that comes up is solar power. After all this is the sunshine state. And while solar isn't the only renewable energy on tap, solar panels are popping up on rooftops across Central Florida. Today on Intersection, we'll talk to a homeowner who helped found a co-operative to bring down the cost of solar panel installation in Orlando. Michael Cohen says since the co-op was founded, they've been inundated with calls from homeowners and businesses from across the state asking how they can do the same. Then, Jim Fenton, who heads the Florida Solar Energy Center, explains how the sunshine state could harness the power of the sun to become energy independent, and he says the reason he started driving an electric car wasn't to save the planet, but for the acceleration. And, while solar power can pay for itself in the long run, putting it on your roof isn't cheap. Ken LaRoe from First Green Bank talks about what his bank is doing to encourage sustainability.

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Intersection: Friday News Round Table

The Daytona International Speedway has locked in the last seat in its renovation ushering in a new era for the iconic motor racing venue. What does that mean for the speedway and Daytona Beach? Meanwhile, a homeless encampment in Daytona with about 100 residents gets a couple of toilets. The Salvation Army is working on an emergency shelter for those at the camp but the city and the county are each trying to find a permanent solution a place where these homeless folks can find shelter and services. Meanwhile as cold weather blankets Central Florida, the city of Orlando starts a homeless count and in Seminole County there's a group that wants panhandlers to pay for the privilege of standing on street corners and begging for money. And as the Florida legislative session rolls on- we'll talk about one bill that's making waves one that's flying under the radar..and another that's getting holstered!!!!!!! Critics of a water bill signed by Governor Rick Scott include a former governor. And media organizations are sounding the alarm about a bill that could change public access to records. the friday news roundtable on 90,7.

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Intersection: Civil Rights, Past & Present

It's been more than 50 years since the march on Washington, the high point of the civil rights movement in the 1960's as Black Americans fought to desegregate. Civil Rights battles are still being fought but with new voices and in new spaces. As the nation reflects on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King in 2016, we sit down to talk with two Central Floridians who were on the front lines of the fight for equality in the 60's. Orange County's first elected mayor, Linda Chapin, talks about what it was like for a white young woman who grew up in the South to be swept along in the Civil Rights movement. And Reverend Nelson Pinder talks about how the fight for racial equality and his religious mission were entwined from the day he set foot in Orlando. Then, Sam Sinyangwe, who grew up in Orlando, explains how for his generation, social media tools like Twitter have become invaluable in the struggle for Civil Rights. And he talks about how he uses data and mapping to help minority communities fight injustice.

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Intersection: Friday News Round Table

Governor Rick Scott delivered his annual state of the state address, calling on the legislature for 250-million-dollars for job creation and a billion dollar tax cut. Meanwhile the power-ball reached a record jackpot- but what's the downside to lottery fever? From big money to big animals- the circus rolls into Orlando this weekend- and it could be the last time you'll see elephants performing. Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey says it'll end the elephant show in a few months about two years ahead of schedule. Is it the right move at the right time for the circus? Is it all part of a seismic shift in attitudes to the role of animals in entertainment we're seeing elsewhere in Central Florida? In Brevard County, a commissioner wants a second look at the slow speed zones for boats saying they may not be doing anything to save the beloved manatees. Manatee insanity or a reasonable approach? The supreme court rules Florida's death penalty is unconstitutional, so what does that mean for the state's 390 death row inmates? Then have you been Hispandered to lately? If you speak Spanish and vote you probably have. What is Hispandering and why are political commentators warning you to watch out for it this campaign season?

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