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May 6, 2022

Abortion advocates rallied outside the state supreme court in Tallahassee Tuesday. Regan McCarthy reports the crowd gathered in response to a draft opinion leaked from the U.S. Supreme Court that would over-turn Roe V. Wade. Regan McCarthy reports that would return decisions about abortion to states.

Now that the figurative “cat is out of the bag” regarding the probable direction of the Supreme Court on the abortion issue, what might happen next? Sarah Mueller takes a look.

Overturning Roe v. Wade would give states the ability to severely restrict access to abortion or ban it outright. Abortion rights advocates are worried this will happen in states like Florida if the U-S Supreme Court sticks with a draft opinion on a Mississippi abortion case that was recently leaked. As Valerie Crowder reports, the rolling back of a constitutionally-protected right to abortion is likely to benefit Democrats.

In the era of COVID-19, public health decisions for things like mandatory masking and how long someone should quarantine after exposure — are all controlled by the Florida state government. But not too long ago, county governments were able to set their own policies. So, what changed? That’s the topic of the latest episode of WLRN’s podcast Tallahassee Takeover. In the following excerpt, WLRN’s Veronica Zaragovia and Danny Rivero tell us the long history of public health in Florida, starting with the creation of county health departments in the late 60s.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that fewer children are getting routine vaccinations required to enter school.Health News Florida's Katrine Bruner [Kah-treen Brew-nehr] sat down with Jill Roberts, a professor of public health at the university of South Florida do discuss reasons for the decline.

Florida has made several new laws regarding education this year. WUSF recently asked teachers if these laws help or hurt their efforts in the classroom, what their current challenges are, and why some are leaving the profession. Here's what some told us about the rising workload and a crisis in morale.