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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.

Uncertainty, lack of data, can make pregnant women wary about taking COVID-19 vaccine

By: - December 16, 2020

For pregnant women, and those who may become pregnant, it’s a disconcerting time. Florida and other states in the nation have received the first COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer-BioNTech, but women preparing for a baby, or thinking about having a baby, will need to decide to get immunized for the virus that has caused thousands […]

On ‘historic day,’ FL’s COVID vaccination program begins with inoculation of a Tampa nurse

By: - December 14, 2020

A 31-year-old nurse at Tampa General Hospital was the first person in Florida to receive the COVID-19 vaccine on Monday morning as Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that by tomorrow the state will have received nearly 100,000 doses. “Today was really a historic day,” the governor said. “It’s a great day for the United States, it’s […]

A FL council on social status of Black males and boys faces challenges

By: - December 9, 2020

A council for Black males in Florida faces potential roadblocks ahead in its mission to improve the lives of Black men and boys, with issues arising over funding — a $150,000 veto by the governor — and the ability to fill a full slate of board members. The Florida Council on the Social Status of […]

Chair of Black male council regarding DeSantis: ‘I don’t think he likes us. I don’t think he likes Black people.’

By: - December 8, 2020

About a month after George Floyd died at the hands of Minneapolis police, as the nation grappled with the aftermath, Gov. Ron DeSantis used his veto authority to cut $150,000 from a council dedicated to improving the lives of Black males in the state. DeSantis vetoed the money for the Florida Council on the Social […]

State lawmaker: Get rid of Confederate leaders’ birthdays from Florida’s list of legal holidays

By: - December 4, 2020

State Rep. Michael Grieco, an attorney and Democrat representing part of Miami-Dade County, has filed legislation to put an end to Florida observing public holidays that represent racism and Confederate leaders. “As we have seen (a) shift in how and who we formally celebrate, it seems only appropriate that Florida participate in the modern shifting […]

FSU president John Thrasher says ‘we have a long way to go’ on racial equality

By: - December 3, 2020

In his last year as president of Florida State University,  John Thrasher reminisced about his school’s achievements, including the establishment of a task force to address racial disparities on campus in response to nationwide injustices against Blacks. His comments came during his last state of the university address earlier this week. Thrasher established the “Task […]

World AIDS Day: FL is heavily impacted by the HIV/AIDS epidemic

By: - December 1, 2020

State officials on Tuesday commemorated those who are living with or have lost their lives due to HIV/AIDS, a global public health issue with disproportionate HIV rates in southern states in the nation, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. On Dec. 1, people across the globe recognized World AIDS Day, to […]

FL’s grim milestone — at least 1 million COVID-19 infections; critics blast DeSantis for ‘hands-off’ approach to pandemic

By: - December 1, 2020

For the first time, Florida has reached at least 1 million COVID-19 infections, a grim milestone that rose over nine months’ time, beginning with two coronavirus cases announced Sunday, March 1, to 1,008,166 on Tuesday, Dec. 1. Over that period, the global pandemic sparked economic hardships, from lockdowns, school closures, and job losses, to Florida’s […]

Florida Capitol

Virtual committee meetings, Zoom testimony on bills and other options for state Legislatures in a pandemic

By: - November 24, 2020

Florida’s legislative session may look different in the new year, as it grapples with the continued effects of the global pandemic — but Florida won’t be alone. Legislatures across the country are considering plans to meet in person or virtually, or adopt hybrid models in 2021. Some states have already made decisions, as COVID-19 cases surge around […]

Study: Florida is home to the nation’s most expensive hospitals

By: - November 19, 2020

Florida hospitals charge more for their services than anywhere in the country, with seven of the 10 most expensive hospitals located in the Sunshine State, according to a study released this week by a nationwide union representing registered nurses. The National Nurses United study documented the 100 U.S. hospitals with the highest costs and found […]

RN says: Wear masks. ‘The governor here in FL, we haven’t heard a peep out of him in I don’t know how long’

By: - November 17, 2020

Registered nurse Cynthia Butler twice tested positive for COVID-19 and still works at the same health care facility — Fawcett Memorial Hospital in southwest Florida’s Port Charlotte — caring for patients. “I had it back in May. I got it from my job, and I was out for a few weeks, and then I went […]

University of Florida

FL faculty members calling for action to curb COVID-19; colleges elsewhere are mandating restrictions

By: - November 13, 2020

College faculty members in Florida are trying to push back on adding more in-person classes on campuses, while college and universities elsewhere in the nation are mandating stricter restrictions to curb COVID-19 cases. It’s not clear yet if faculty in Florida will prevail on the issue, though many professors and instructors favor online instruction because […]