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Parkland students return to school flanked by police officers. Photo: Rhona Wise / AFP via Getty Images

Students returned to Stoneman Douglas High School Wednesday, two weeks after a gunman killed 17 people on campus. Dozens of police officers representing Miami-Dade County and Palm Beach to up to New York surrounded the school as students walked in to make them feel safe, per the Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel.

The big picture: As school resumes, students from Parkland remain extremely vocal in the national conversation on gun control, with the student-organized March for Our Lives scheduled for March 24.

''I’m a little nervous but we have to get back so we can get some sense of normalcy,” said Bradley Gola, 14, to the Sun Sentinel. Gola was one of many students who was in the building when the shooting took place.

For many students, it was an emotional return to school grounds. Photo: Rhona Wise / AFP via Getty Images

Kim Singer told the Florida paper she was walking with her 15-year-old freshman daughter Ella, who lost two friends in the massacre.

Returning students were greeted with signs of support and a pony. Photo: Rhona Wise / AFP via Getty Images

Vice President of the Police Benevolent Association in Broward, Rod Skirvin, gave out 1,000 carnations donated by Field of Flowers as the students crossed Pine Island Road to enter the school, according to the Sun Sentinel.

One student holds a carnation and a #MSDSTRONG button on her way to class. Photo: Joe Readle / Getty Images

Rachel Jean, 16, carried a white stuffed bear with a heart to bring to a friend. She told the Sun Sentinel she was going to transfer until she talked it over with her mother.

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The state of play: The Senate will now work through votes on a series of amendments that are expected to last overnight into early Saturday morning.

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A panel appointed by Congress to review security measures at the Capitol is recommending several changes, including mobile fencing and a bigger Capitol police force, to safeguard the area after a riotous mob breached the building on Jan. 6.

Why it matters: Law enforcement officials have warned there could be new plots to attack the area and target lawmakers, including during a speech President Biden is expected to give to a joint session of Congress.

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Why it matters: In total, electricity companies are billions of dollars short on the post-storm payments they now owe to the state's grid operator. There's no clear path for how they will pay — something being watched closely across the country as extreme weather events become more common.