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Issac Morgan

Issac Morgan

Issac Morgan is a 2009 graduate of Florida A&M University's School of Journalism, and a proud native of Tallahassee. He has covered city council and community events at the Gadsden County Times, worked as a sports news assistant at the Tallahassee Democrat, a communications specialist for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and as a proofreader at the Florida Law Weekly.

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New CDC study: 96 percent of public schools across the nation ‘remain open for full in-person learning’

By: - September 24, 2021

Though COVID-19 disrupted schools earlier in the pandemic, so far this school year most kids across the country have been able to attend classes in person, rather than work remotely at home, according to a new report by federal health officials. Due to COVID outbreaks, school closures affected a total of 1,801 schools, more than […]

FL’s juvenile detention centers struggle to recruit workers; high turnover rate is unsustainable

By: - September 23, 2021

The state’s juvenile justice department revealed this week that workers are leaving their jobs because of low wages that cause high turnover rates, and officials are requesting more funds to raise salaries. Josefina Tamayo, acting secretary of the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, urged state lawmakers this week to support the agency’s budget proposal for  […]

FL correctional system still suffers from staff shortages; officials push for higher pay for officers

By: - September 22, 2021

Staff shortages in Florida’s prison system have triggered temporary closures at correctional institutions, work camps and other facilities across the state, an official with the Florida Department of Corrections told lawmakers in the Florida House on Wednesday. Three correctional institutions are temporarily closed “to ensure safe and secure correctional institutions,” according to a memo from […]

As travel nurse gigs with high pay become more popular, FL hospitals look to compete

By: - September 22, 2021

Amid nationwide challenges with nurse staffing during the COVID-19 pandemic, some Florida hospitals feel threatened by nursing temp agencies that recruit travel nurses for jobs out of state, oftentimes offering higher pay compared to Florida. With more nurses in the state choosing to take traveling roles elsewhere through temp nursing agencies, hospital systems in Florida […]

FL hospital systems are looking to expand in-home medical care, but will lawmakers go along?

By: - September 20, 2021

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and an influx of sick patients, some overwhelmed hospitals in Florida have found innovative ways to deliver health services to residents’ homes and want to expand those efforts. Dr. Neil Finkler, chief clinical officer at AdventHealth’s Central Florida Division, told state House lawmakers Monday that limited bed spaces are […]

Fed health panel rejects booster vaccines for people ages 16 and older; FL expert weighs in

By: - September 17, 2021

UPDATE from The Washington Post: “Expert advisers to the Food and Drug Administration voted unanimously Friday to recommend that the agency authorize a booster shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for people 65 years and older or who are at risk for serious disease. The vote is not binding, and Peter Marks, the FDA official […]

New ad: FL Dems blast GOP lawmakers for ‘inherent hypocrisy’ when it comes to abortion rights

By: - September 16, 2021

Democratic lawmakers in Florida vow to fight for abortion access and block attempts to pass a law similar to Texas’ extreme measure, with the help of ads that blast GOP lawmakers for alleged “inherent hypocrisy” when it comes to people’s freedom to make decision about their health. This week, the Florida Democratic Party released a […]

Biden administration took control over distribution of monoclonal antibodies. Will this impact FL?

By: - September 15, 2021

In Florida’s state capital, the supply of monoclonal antibody therapy appears to be adequate to treat more COVID-19 patients, but shortages elsewhere could be cause for concern as demand rises for the treatments. For weeks now, Gov. Ron DeSantis has been traversing the state to tout the effectiveness of the therapy, and at least 25 […]

Following the Delta surge, FL lawmakers hear about the emerging Mu variant ‘not being responsive to the vaccine’

By: - September 14, 2021

More COVID-19 mutations are emerging globally including the so-called Mu variant, raising concerns from state lawmakers about whether the strain is resistant to current vaccines used to provide protection against the virus. The World Health Organization has designated the Mu variant as a “variant of interest” and cited that the mutation may potentially reduce vaccine […]

A bold move for a struggling FL council on Black males: A request for half million in funding

By: - September 14, 2021

A council created by the Florida Legislature to improve the lives of Black men and boys has been deterred by fundamental issues: Financial challenges and attendance concerns that stymie members from voting on important matters. The Florida Council on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys — created in 2006 — aims to pursue […]

FL has seen a downward trend in hospitalizations for COVID-19

By: - September 10, 2021

With Florida hospitals experiencing an influx of patients during the past month due to COVID-19 and the more contagious Delta variant, the state is now seeing a decline in hospitalizations. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Friday reported 12,651 inpatient beds in use for COVID-19 cases, a decrease from a previous report […]

Texas’ restrictive abortion law triggers demonstrations in FL; abortion advocates deliver petition to FL Senate President

By: - September 9, 2021

Following one of the nation’s strictest anti-abortion laws enforced in Texas, advocates for women’s reproductive rights on Thursday warned state lawmakers that they are prepared to fight for abortion access in Florida, as Republicans are signaling to introduce a similar measure in the 2022 legislative session. The Texas law targets abortions at the point when […]