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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.

Honoring fallen nurses in the fight against COVID-19: Three FL nurses, and dozens more have died

By: - July 23, 2020

The death toll from the coronavirus among registered nurses in the United States continues to climb, with more than 160 deaths, according to the National Nurses United. NNU, a large nationwide union representing RNs, reported 167 deaths among nurses, as of Thursday. Three Florida nurses who succumbed to COVID-19 are among the nurses listed and […]

Gov. DeSantis hosts a heckler-free news availability in the security of the state Capitol

By: - July 21, 2020

Following two incidents in which hecklers interrupted Gov. Ron DeSantis’ press briefings, Florida’s Capitol Police made sure to check credentials for reporters who showed up for the governor’s appearance on Tuesday. A Capitol Press Corps reporter in Tallahassee noted the difference in a Twitter feed: “Capitol police were closely inspecting press badges before allowing reporters […]

Gov. Ron DeSantis’ press conference interrupted, again: ‘You’re lying to the public’

By: - July 20, 2020

Within a few minutes during a news conference in Orlando, Gov. Ron DeSantis was interrupted by hecklers who were dissatisfied with the Republican governor’s response to COVID-19 in Florida. DeSantis was in the middle of a sentence, addressing antibody testing related to COVID-19, when a group of what appeared to be protesters wearing face masks […]

While international students won’t be kicked out of the country, other immigration challenges lie ahead

By: - July 15, 2020

Like thousands of International students relieved after the Trump administration rescinded controversial immigration rules, Florida International University senior Stephanie Rojas remains concerned about what lies ahead. It’s true that she and other international students won’t have to leave the country for now, but Rojas still doesn’t know what the future holds. She faces the same […]

Largo hospital refutes allegations from FL nurses about unsafe workplace conditions amid COVID-19

By: - July 15, 2020

As registered nurses in Florida plan to protest Wednesday evening over unsafe workplace conditions and safety issues concerning patient care, the Largo Medical Center, among three hospitals listed in complaints, issued a statement refuting accusations. The National Nurses United, a nationwide union representing nurses, said in a press release that nurses “will gather in a […]

FL registered nurses file federal complaints to protest unsafe working conditions during pandemic

By: - July 14, 2020

Registered nurses at three Florida hospitals are reporting unsafe working conditions and retaliatory actions by employers, for speaking out against dangerous work environments and patient care practices during the pandemic, according to National Nurses United union. An affliate of NNU filed the complaints to the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) at St. Petersburg […]

Advocacy groups ask public to call Gov. DeSantis to mandate face masks statewide; the number is 850-717-9337

By: - July 9, 2020

Two Florida advocacy groups have joined the fight for a statewide face mask mandate, encouraging people to call Gov. Ron DeSantis’ office and urge him to use his executive powers to save lives. In a video released Thursday, Florida Watch, described as a “progressive digital first organization,” and the nonprofit Progress Florida, cited medical experts […]

Amid criticism, FL health department defends its contact tracing program for COVID-19

By: - July 8, 2020

With Gov. Ron DeSantis blaming young people for Florida’s surge in coronavirus cases over the past few weeks, concerns have been raised about the state’s efforts to combat transmission through contact tracing. State Rep. Shevrin Jones, who has been illustrating his battle with COVID-19 on social media, criticized the Florida Department of Health this week […]

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New federal rule jeopardizes international students’ ability to study in the United States

By: - July 7, 2020

International students at colleges and universities across the nation will face a major challenge this fall semester amid the COVID-19 pandemic: Find schools that are operating under normal in-person classes or leave the United States if they prefer to attend classes fully online. New federal regulations, released by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on […]

USF grad assistants to protest stalled contract talks amid COVID-reopening planning

By: - July 6, 2020

With public university campuses set to reopen in the fall, the University of South Florida has yet to reach an agreement with graduate assistants over pay, health care, and other benefits, according to their union. The administration refuses to bargain on better pay and “dismissed concerns about graduate assistants’ precarious financial realities” during the last […]

Amid unrest and turmoil across the country, FL’s private historically black colleges get a major boost in state dollars

By: - July 1, 2020

At a time of protests, concerns about racism and an evolving Black Lives Matter movement across the nation, three private historically Black colleges in Florida are getting millions more to propel achievement and help retain struggling students. “The funding will help advance academics, research and education of students at Florida’s HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and […]

A push to make Black history classes a college graduation requirement in FL is mostly talk but no action

By: - July 1, 2020

Amid ongoing racial tensions over the killing of George Floyd and other racial injustices, questions have been raised about whether colleges and universities should mandate courses on African American history or racism that would bring more awareness and inclusiveness of Black culture. The idea would be that such classes would be required for college students […]