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The news you need to know

Here's a look at the news you need to know this week

Escambia Children's Trust
The Escambia Children’s Trust spent most of 2021 filling out its 10-member board, organizing, and setting policy and bylaws. This week, they'll have the final interviews with top five candidates for the executive director. Sandra Averhart has more details.

COVID on the rise
The latest data from FDOH shows a major rise in COVID cases across the state. Last week, the state added nearly 400,000 more cases and Friday had one of the largest single-day increases. Testing efforts have also ramped up in Escambia County.

Florida Legislative Session
The state's legislative session will convene on Tuesday. In the next couple of weeks, WUWF will feature interviews with lawmakers about the year ahead. To start things off, Dave Dunwoody spoke with Sen. Doug Broxson. Keep listening for more interviews with state representatives.

Gun bills
And speaking of the legislative session, both Democrats and Republicans are proposing bills to promote gun safety and loosen gun restrictions, respectively. And both sets of bills face a lot of scrutiny from across the aisles. Read more from WFSU.

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