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Where Central Florida's politics, science, business, economics and social issues meet. Listen to host Matthew Peddie and guests examine current issues.More from Intersection »

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Intersection: Politics & Money, Judicial Races, Demographics, Gun Control

All politics may be local, but some local races are attracting national interest and money. What's at stake in these local races? While the focus of this campaign season has been at the top of the ticket, there are other races that may affect you just as much. We'll explore what you need to know about down ballot candidates including Judicial races before you go into the voting booth. The demographics of the major political parties in Florida are changing and candidates are setting their sights on a growing Latino electorate. So how are they trying to win over those voters? A Pulse- inspired Political Action Committee launches. And Governor Rick Scott tries to get the Federal Government to reverse course on its denial of a federal state of emergency over algae. It's the friday news round up with Trimmel Gomes, host of The Rotunda podcast, Frank Torres, editor of the Orlando Political Observer, and Steve Lemongello, political reporter at the Orlando Sentinel.

Intersection: Politics & Money, Judicial Races, Demographics, Gun Control

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Intersection: Back To School & Reign Of Kong

School's back and students are shaking off the summer vacation and hitting the books. On today's program we'll check on the progress of a brand new school under construction in Parramore. Hotelier Harris Rosen's foundation will pay the salaries of pre-school staff at the preschool through eighth grade school. A year ago we talked to him about his vision for the school. Today we return to the campus to see that vision taking shape. Barbara Jenkins is the superintendent of Orange County Public Schools, the fourth largest in Florida and the tenth largest in the US. Jenkins joins us to discuss the challenges of the year ahead: school grading, standardised testing, and getting new schools built to cope with the influx of students as Orange County's population grows. Summer vacation may be over, but the theme parks are still looking to get visitors through their turnstiles. WESH entertainment reporter Jon Busdeker talks us through Universal's new ride Skull Island Reign of Kong, and what's new at the other attractions.

Intersection: Back To School & Reign Of Kong

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Intersection: Presidential Nominees Stump In Florida, Zika, & Lagoon Cleanup

Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump swung through Orlando this week Trump supporters are your candidate's 2nd amendment comments swaying your opinion the other way or is it more proof the media just doesn't get the Donald? Marco Rubio, who just a few months ago was calling Donald Trump a con man, is now stumping for the Republican candidate. And what about his newfound connection with the LGBT community? Locally acquired Zika cases continue to rise in Florida. Parents, are you packing bug spray in your kids' backpacks as you send them back to school? Autopsies from the Pulse nightclub shooting are released. What do they tell us, and what questions haven't they answered? Brevard County Commissioners agree to put a $300 million clean up plan on the ballot in 2016. Good move? And what about the algae lingering in the Southern lagoon?

Intersection: Presidential Nominees Stump In Florida, Zika, & Lagoon Cleanup

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Intersection: Homelessness, Politics & Kate DiCamillo

Volusia County officials have spent years, and hundreds of thousands of dollars trying to figure out where to house the city's homeless. Things came to a head when homeless people formed an encampment downtown. But now, six months after the camp was dismantled, the debate continues and frustration is building. Father Phil Egitto, one of the faith leaders trying to help the homeless, joins us to explain what homeless advocates want to see happen in Daytona Beach. Then, with primary elections just weeks away, political analysts Dick Batchelor and Chris Carmody discuss some of the competitive races for county commission in Orange, Seminole and Volusia Counties, and the challenge facing long serving Republican congressman John Mica. And award winning author Kate DiCamillo finds inspiration in Central Florida and her past as a childhood beauty pageant contestant in her latest novel Raymie Nightingale.

Intersection: Homelessness, Politics & Kate DiCamillo

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Intersection: Trump, Tourism & Zika

With the Democratic and republican conventions done- the candidates are back on the road, and the campaign trail has taken Donald Trump and Tim Kaine to Daytona Beach. Both the GOP's presidential nominee and Hillary Clinton's running mate talked about jobs. But can the next president boost manufacturing in Central Florida? Is tourism where the real focus should be? Algae clogging the waterways in South Florida is keeping tourists away, there are more fish kills in the Indian River, and controversy over changes to the rules on toxins in the water. Orlando holds town hall meetings to decide how to spend the One Orlando fund money for the victims of Pulse. What is the right way to spend it? And what's the future of the site of the shooting? Orange County republicans sign a resolution supporting LGBT rights. And Florida officials announce more locally caught Zika cases. Are state and local officials doing enough to control Zika and reassure the public?

Intersection: Trump, Tourism & Zika

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Intersection: Zika, Central Florida Zoo & Laney Jones

14 people have now been identified as contracting Zika in Florida. The Florida Department of Health says it believes those locally acquired cases were caught in a small area of Miami Dade County- one square mile in Miami. Governor Rick Scott has asked the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to activate an emergency response team to help with efforts to track and control Zika, and the Department of Health will increase pesticide spraying in the affected area. But is that enough to combat the disease and ease concerns from residents and visitors to the sunshine state? Health reporters Abe Aboraya from 90.7 and Sammy Mack from WLRN join us to explain. Later in the program we revisit a couple of the best shows from Intersection. Laney Jones joins us to perform some songs from her latest album. And we visit the Central Florida zoo to learn about species conservation.

Intersection: Zika, Central Florida Zoo & Laney Jones

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Intersection: Senate Race, DNC, and Zika

Allegations of abuse could derail Alan Grayson's bid for Senate. Grayson's ex-wife reports abuse dating back twenty years, but Grayson's attorney says the allegations are politically motivated. The story caused progressive organizations to pull their endorsement of Grayson and campaign staffers are walking out. Will his campaign survive? Plus, the DNC wrapped up last night. The Pulse shooting was a major talking point for some speakers — including the mother of one of the victims. Did the Democrats take a stronger enough stance on gun control? And the first medical marijuana dispensary opened in Florida as a Publix heiress makes a big donation to block a medical marijuana amendment on the November ballot.

Intersection: Senate Race, DNC, and Zika

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Intersection: Comforting Police, UCF's Bug Closet, and Sister Honey's Bakery

New body camera footage shows the chaos and devastation first responders faced when responding to the Pulse nightclub shooting. As law enforcement ran head-first into a dangerous situation, they found themselves in a warzone. After witnessing such an event, how do police cope with the stress, horror and chaos? A conversationwith the Orlando Police Captain Tim Crews overseeing the mental well-being of the Orlando police force. Plus a visit to the "Bug Closet," a collection of more than a half-a-million creepy crawlers at UCF. And how one local baker turned her mother's recipes into a thriving business - one slice of cocoanut cake at a time.

Intersection: Comforting Police, UCF's Bug Closet, and Sister Honey's Bakery

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Intersection: RNC Speakers, Clinton's Florida Visit, & Rubio Confronts Protestor

Florida politicos took the stage at the Republican National Convention this week: Governor Rick Scott made the call to destroy ISIS, while Attorney General Pam Bondi set her sights on slamming Hillary Clinton. Does the duo help Donald Trump take Florida in November? On the other side of Presidential politics, Hillary Clinton swings through the Sunshine State this weekend, and rumor has it, she will name her vice presidential pick. What's the significance of Florida as a backdrop for a major campaign announcement? Plus, Senator Marco Rubio faces criticism from a protester at a recent stop in Orlando.

Intersection: RNC Speakers, Clinton's Florida Visit, & Rubio Confronts Protestor

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Intersection: Alzheimer's Help, Congressional Primaries & "Oh, Florida!"

40 percent of caregivers taking care of someone with Alzheimer's or dementia will die before their loved one if they don't take care of themselves. A staggering statistic, but there's help. Plus, it's time to start paying attention to the Congressional Primary races. Our political analysts take a look at the 9th, 10th, and 11th districts — who's running and what voters can expect in the weeks leading up to the primary. And, the zany "Florida Man" is spotted in headlines across the nation — but what makes the sunshine state ripe for strange news stories? "Oh Florida" author Craig Pittman joins me for his take on why we're the strangest state in the nation.

Intersection: Alzheimer's Help, Congressional Primaries & "Oh, Florida!"

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