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Arts and cultural organizations in Central Florida are scrambling for alternative funding sources. It follows Governor DeSantis’ decision to veto $32 million in state grants for the arts over his concerns about “sexual” content at Fringe festivals. But critics say such festivals receive only a small fraction of the funding, and they’re urging lawmakers to override the veto.

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WUCF TVHillary Brook Discusses DeSantis's Veto on Arts Funding | NewsNight

Hillary Brook, Executive Director of the Theatre South Playhouse in Dr Phillips, sits down with NewsNight to discuss Governor DeSantis's decision to veto grant funding for arts organizations in the state budget.

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Hillary Brook Discusses DeSantis's Veto on Arts Funding | NewsNight
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Hillary Brook Discusses DeSantis's Veto on Arts Funding | NewsNight
NASA Starliner Issues: Astronaut Return Delay | NewsNight
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NASA Starliner Issues: Astronaut Return Delay | NewsNight
New Florida legislation aimed at combating human trafficking | NewsNight
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New Florida legislation aimed at combating human trafficking | NewsNight
Evan Power Talks Trump Rally Shooting & Presidential Campaign with Steve Mort | NewsNight
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Evan Power Talks Trump Rally Shooting & Presidential Campaign with Steve Mort | NewsNight
Rep. Darren Soto on Trump Assassination Attempt, Campaign Status, and Biden's Future | NewsNight
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Rep. Darren Soto on Trump Assassination Attempt, Campaign Status, and Biden's Future | NewsNight
NewsNight | Kevin Spear from Orlando Sentinel talks about development around the Split Oak Forest.
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NewsNight | Kevin Spear from Orlando Sentinel talks about development around the Split Oak Forest.
NewsNight | Orlando Sentinel reporter talks bout the post-COVID removal of Floridians from Medicaid
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NewsNight | Orlando Sentinel reporter talks bout the post-COVID removal of Floridians from Medicaid
NewsNight | Interview with Jesse Wayles, about restoration efforts in Brevard and Volusia counties.
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NewsNight | Interview with Jesse Wayles, about restoration efforts in Brevard and Volusia counties.
NewsNight | Interview with Vice President of the Brevard Federation of Teachers, Vanessa Skipper
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NewsNight | Interview with Vice President of the Brevard Federation of Teachers, Vanessa Skipper
NewsNight | Interview Katye Campbell, a Brevard Public School Board Member on book bans in Florida
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NewsNight | Interview Katye Campbell, a Brevard Public School Board Member on book bans in Florida
NewsNight | Interview with Kasey Meehan from PEN America on book bans in Florida
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NewsNight | Interview with Kasey Meehan from PEN America on book bans in Florida
NEWSNIGHT | Walters Law Group First Amendment Attorney on the decision to dismiss Disney's Lawsuit.
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NEWSNIGHT | Walters Law Group First Amendment Attorney on the decision to dismiss Disney's Lawsuit.
NEWSNIGHT | Interview with UCF political scientist Aubrey Jewett to discuss the Iowa caucuses
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NEWSNIGHT | Interview with UCF political scientist Aubrey Jewett to discuss the Iowa caucuses
NEWSNIGHT | Interview with Phil Galewitz, Senior Correspondent at KFF Health News
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NEWSNIGHT | Interview with Phil Galewitz, Senior Correspondent at KFF Health News
NEWSNIGHT | Bellevue Hospital Infections disease specialist and epidemiologist. Dr. Céline Gounder
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NEWSNIGHT | Bellevue Hospital Infections disease specialist and epidemiologist. Dr. Céline Gounder

Crisis In Haiti 

NewsNight | Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald, on Haiti’s security crisis & the debate over migration

NewsNight’s Steve Mort talks with Jacqueline Charles who covers Haiti and the Caribbean for the Miami Herald about Haiti’s security crisis, the debate over migration to the United States, and the political situation which has resulted in gangs essentially running the country.

NewsNight | U.S. Representative Maxwell Frost represents Orlando, about the crisis in Haiti.

NewsNight’s Steve Mort talks with U.S. Representative Maxwell Frost from Orlando about the crisis in Haiti. Frost has joined several fellow Democrats in Congress in urging the White House to make sure the United States doesn’t return Haitian nationals to the Caribbean country during the crisis. He’s also calling for an extension and re-designation of the Temporary Protected Status afforded to Haitians in the United States. 

NewsNight | U.S. Representative Mike Waltz represents Volusia County, about the crisis in Haiti.

NewsNight’s Steve Mort talks with U.S. Representative Mike Waltz, who represents Volusia County, about the crisis in Haiti. Waltz, a Republican, is a staunch critic of the Biden administration, particularly on foreign affairs and America’s military entanglements overseas. He sits on the House Armed Services, Foreign Affairs and Intelligence committees.

Immigration (English & Spanish)

NewsNight en Español

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Immigration (English & Spanish)
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NewsNight Spoke With An Undocumented Immigrant About Their Experiences
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NewsNight Spoke With An Undocumented Immigrant About Their Experiences
Interview with Republican State Representative Randy Fine on Governor DeSantis anti-immigration law
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Interview with Republican State Representative Randy Fine on Governor DeSantis anti-immigration law
NewsNight | Latin Flavor Restaurant Manager Nancy Alva discusses DeSantis new anti-immigration laws
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NewsNight | Latin Flavor Restaurant Manager Nancy Alva discusses DeSantis new anti-immigration laws
NewsNight en Español / Nueva ley prohíbe que trabajadores indocumentados en Florida.
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NewsNight en Español / Nueva ley prohíbe que trabajadores indocumentados en Florida.
NewsNight Krystel Knowles habla con una trabajadora campesina que no tiene documentos
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NewsNight Krystel Knowles habla con una trabajadora campesina que no tiene documentos
Krystel Knowles de NewsNight habla con la gerente del restaurante Latin Flavor, Nancy Alva,
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Krystel Knowles de NewsNight habla con la gerente del restaurante Latin Flavor, Nancy Alva,
WUCF TVNewsNight en Español | Pronóstico para la temporada de huracanes del Atlántico
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NewsNight en Español | Pronóstico para la temporada de huracanes del Atlántico
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NewsNight en Español | Pronóstico para la temporada de huracanes del Atlántico
WUCF NewsNight en Español | Krystel Knowles habla con la reportera de WMFE Lillian Hernàndez Caraballo
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WUCF NewsNight en Español | Krystel Knowles habla con la reportera de WMFE Lillian Hernàndez Caraballo
NewsNight en Español | Proyecto de ley prohibirá que trabajadores indocumentados trabajen en Florida
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NewsNight en Español | Proyecto de ley prohibirá que trabajadores indocumentados trabajen en Florida
NewsNight en Español | Yesica Ramirez de la asociación de agricultores de Florida
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NewsNight en Español | Yesica Ramirez de la asociación de agricultores de Florida
NewsNight en Español Brightline
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NewsNight en Español Brightline
NewsNight en Español| Iván Espinoza-Madrigal, el director ejecutive de Abogados por Derechos Civiles
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NewsNight en Español| Iván Espinoza-Madrigal, el director ejecutive de Abogados por Derechos Civiles

Transportation Update 

Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings talks with NewsNight’s Steve Mort about developing and financing Central Florida’s transportation infrastructure.

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Jerry Demings, Orange County Mayor
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Jerry Demings, Orange County Mayor
Gary Huttmann, Executive Director of Metroplan Orlando
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Gary Huttmann, Executive Director of Metroplan Orlando
Patrick Goddard, President of Brightline
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Patrick Goddard, President of Brightline
Racquel Asa, Chief Marketing Officer for Beep
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Racquel Asa, Chief Marketing Officer for Beep
Kevin Spear, Orlando Sentinel
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Kevin Spear, Orlando Sentinel
Central Florida's efforts to reduce pedestrian fatalities
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Central Florida's efforts to reduce pedestrian fatalities

Hurricane Resiliency 

WUCF TVNewsNight | Amy Green, Inside Climate News Reporter, talks Governor DeSantis's record on climate
Hurricane Resiliency 
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NewsNight | Amy Green, Inside Climate News Reporter, talks Governor DeSantis's record on climate
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NewsNight | Amy Green, Inside Climate News Reporter, talks Governor DeSantis's record on climate
NewsNight | Alan Harris, Seminole County's Emergency Manager talks about Hurricanes Ian Recovery
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NewsNight | Alan Harris, Seminole County's Emergency Manager talks about Hurricanes Ian Recovery
NewsNight | Sandra Viktorova, WGCU, talks about the recovery effort in South West Florida
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NewsNight | Sandra Viktorova, WGCU, talks about the recovery effort in South West Florida
NewsNight | FHCA Prepares for 2023 Hurricane Season
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NewsNight | FHCA Prepares for 2023 Hurricane Season

Pine Hills Community Solutions

WUCF TVNewsNight | Orange County Sheriff's John Mina on Pine Hills Community
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NewsNight | Orange County Sheriff's John Mina on Pine Hills Community
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NewsNight | Orange County Sheriff's John Mina on Pine Hills Community
NewsNight | Pine Hills Community Council President Sandra Fatmi-Hall
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NewsNight | Pine Hills Community Council President Sandra Fatmi-Hall
NewsNight | Christian Center Senior Pastor Derrick McRae on Pine Hills Community
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NewsNight | Christian Center Senior Pastor Derrick McRae on Pine Hills Community
NewsNight | Democratic State Rep. LaVon Bracy Davis represents Pine Hills
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NewsNight | Democratic State Rep. LaVon Bracy Davis represents Pine Hills
NewsNight | State Sen. Geraldine Thompson on the deadly shootings in the Pine Hills community
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NewsNight | State Sen. Geraldine Thompson on the deadly shootings in the Pine Hills community

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Steve Mort 

Steve is the Host and Executive Producer for NewsNight. Steve has been based in Orlando since 2005. Before joining WUCF in 2019, Steve frequently traveled on assignment with the PBS NewsHour as a producer, videographer and editor, working alongside Judy Woodruff, Gwen Ifill and other NewsHour correspondents.  He’s also reported for a wide variety of international news outlets including AFP, Deutsche Welle, Radio New Zealand, and TV networks around the world. Before moving to Florida, Steve was based in Washington, DC and then New York, covering international affairs. Steve began his career as a radio journalist in the UK, working for ITN, the BBC and London’s LBC Radio.

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Krystel Knowles

Krystel is an Emmy nominated and award-winning reporter and Senior Producer for NewsNight. Before joining the Central Florida news station in 2022, she worked at Spectrum News 13 as a Space Coast reporter covering rocket launches, she also worked at Suncoast News Network in Sarasota as a morning anchor and a multi-media journalist for ABC Action News in Tampa.  Krystel has more than 16 years of news experience. She started her career in print journalism as a correspondent for the St. Petersburg Times before becoming a staff writer for Focus Magazine and head reporter for South Tampa Community News. Krystel is a Florida native who spent almost a decade in South America, where she became fluent in Spanish and French. 

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