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October 15, 2021

A plea for help by the national school boards association is riling local school board members and parents -- and causing the Florida Association of School Boards to distance itself from its national arm. Lynn Hatter reports in Leon County, angry parents blasted their local school board after the national association likened certain threats to domestic terrorism.

A version of the Texas law banning abortions after about 6 weeks of pregnancy has been introduced in Florida ahead of the next legislative session.
WUSF’s Cathy Carter spoke with Mary Ziegler (ZIGG-lur), a law professor at Florida State University, about the implications.

Florida law enforcement officers say they often know through social media posts about youth gun violence before it happens. But sometimes their hands are tied. Regan McCarthy reports now lawmakers are looking into ways to give officers more tools to fight crimes that are posted about online.

It happens after every U-S Census. Every state redraws its voting districts to take the new population data into account and Florida is no exception. Voting rights advocates and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle say they expect Florida’s upcoming election maps will get challenged in the courts, just as they have in past redistricting years. The legal landscape looks different today than it did a decade ago. But as Valerie Crowder reports, those changes aren’t likely to affect the Sunshine State.

More than 900 manatees have died so far this year. During the last legislative session, Florida lawmakers set aside about 8 million dollars to help restore manatee habitats. Now, as we hear from Robbie Gaffney, the state’s fish and wildlife conservation commission is asking lawmakers for more money to help the creatures.

A shortage of doctors and nurses across the country has been amplified by the pandemic. Doctors-in-training were thrown into the trenches as a way to help fill the gap at the height of the pandemic. About halfway through the fall semester, WMFE’s Talia Blake takes a look at how this past year and a half has influenced student decisions to enter the medical field.