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March 25, 2022

The Florida Legislature passed a bill that bans classroom instruction on gender identity and sexual orientation if it’s not considered “age appropriate." As WUSF's Daylina Miller reports, ambiguity in the bill's language has transgender youth and therapists worried

Disney workers in Orlando and elsewhere staged protests Tuesday. They want the company’s C-E-O to more strongly oppose Florida legislation that limits classroom instruction about gender identity and sexuality. They also want the company to rethink its political contributions. Danielle Prieur (prior) with member station WMFE reports.

Healthcare workers are joining forces with the AARP of Florida in calling for Governor Ron DeSantis to veto a bill they say could hurt the state’s most vulnerable seniors. Regan McCarthy reports the measure would change staffing standards in nursing homes.

State governments have an increasing influence on our health, according to a new analysis. WGCU’s Cary Barbor has more.

Reams of print, broadcast and online copy followed this year’s Florida lawmaking session, criticizing lawmakers for failing to address some of the state’s more pressing issues. Things like affordable housing, income and healthcare disparities, received little debate and virtually no legislation in the course of the 2022 session. Photographer Susan Sidebottom has documented the lives of people struggling with food insecurity and access to health care. And as WUSF's Cathy Carter reports, the artist's latest project aims a lens at Florida's affordable housing crisis.

Manatees in Florida are starving, leading to an unprecedented die off that could last years. The center of the crisis is the Indian River Lagoon—an extremely diverse ecosystem that, for the past decade, has been plagued by pollution. WMFE’s Amy Green reports, biologists say in order to save Florida’s much beloved aquatic mammal…lagoon cleanup has to be a higher priority. This story first aired on NPR.

There was a definite Florida connection to this week’s senatorial vetting of a U.S. Supreme Court nominee. Katanji Brown Jackson had earlier insisted her time years ago on the speech and debate team at Miami Palmetto Senior High School put her firmly on the path to success in both law and life. We get that story from WLRN’s Kate Payne.