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July 15, 2022

School board meetings around Florida have turned into contentious battles in past few years. It started with debates over mask mandates and has turned to how public schools should handle issues of race and LGTBQ inclusion in classrooms. As Sarah Mueller reports, many blame the rise of groups like Moms for Liberty, which started in Brevard County, for increasing harassment of local school officials.

According to the Labor Department, inflation increased to 9.1 percent over the last 12 months. That’s the fastest increase in prices since November of 1981. WUSF's Cathy Carter talked with Michael Snipes, an economics professor at USF Sarasota-Manatee, about why prices continue to rise and when they might level off.

Palm Beach County attorney Gary Lesser has been elected president of the Florida Bar for the next 12 months. He tells Tom Flanigan one of his priorities is a public information campaign telling the public the importance of retaining professional legal counsel in many day-to-day situations.

This next story includes the mention of suicide and its impact on a community. If you or someone you know is suicidal, you can reach the national suicide hotline at 800-273-8255. National suicide prevention hotlines are bracing for an influx of calls when the new, shorter number – 988 – launches on July 16th (tomorrow/this Saturday).

Many are hopeful the number will save lives, but it’s unclear whether it will effectively serve people with autism, who are more than three times likelier to have suicidal thoughts and behaviors, according to research. WUFT’s (Report for America Corps Member) Katie Hyson has more.

A Tallahassee realtor and a business manager recently returned from volunteering overseas with Ukrainian refugees. Bill Rayner (RAY-nur) and Ginny (Jinny) Weeks spent more than a week in the World Central Kitchen in SHAM-uh-shell, Poland. They were stationed about 10 miles from the border with Ukraine, working in a giant pop-up kitchen where everything was on wheels.