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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.

DeSantis nixes state vaccine sites for young children; faith leaders step up to encourage families

By: - November 12, 2021

Faith leaders in Florida are encouraging parents to get their young children vaccinated against COVID-19 after Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that his administration isn’t setting up state-run vaccine sites for those kids. Although Florida offered state-run vaccine sites for adults during the pandemic, DeSantis said during a press conference this month that Florida has no […]

FL has ordered some 90,000 doses of COVID vaccines for young kids

By: - November 11, 2021

Florida has ordered an initial supply of pediatric COVID-19 vaccines for young kids ages 5 to 11, but not every county health department has received the smaller vials yet. In an email to the Florida Phoenix this week, the Florida Department of Health said that “over 90,000 doses” of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines for kids ages […]

Senator’s staff locked door to faith leaders, abortion rights advocates bearing petition

By: - November 10, 2021

Holding signs bearing messages about women’s reproductive rights, and shouting into bullhorns, a group of at least 15 faith leaders and advocates for abortion rights attempted to hand-deliver a letter and petition to state Sen. Danny Burgess, but his office staff locked the door. Burgess, chair of the Judiciary Committee in the state Senate, was […]

Paid family and medical leave still on the table in Congress? Advocates say it’s essential

By: - November 9, 2021

Paid leave for families was recently sidelined from President Joe Biden’s federal spending package for social programs, but it appears to have been resurrected, though reduced. What had been a proposed 12-week program for paid family and medical leave has shifted to just four weeks, as Congress continues the debate over Biden’s agenda, according to […]

Vaccine clinics for young kids have launched at some FL schools; others await Pfizer doses

By: - November 9, 2021

COVID-19 vaccines for young kids are already available through some school districts in Florida offering clinics on campuses, while others are still awaiting vials of the pediatric version of the vaccine that could offer more protection against the virus for school-aged kids and their families. At the same time, some parents are hesitant to get […]

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University of Florida president backtracks following a firestorm related to academic freedom issues

By: - November 5, 2021

Amid a firestorm over academic freedom at the University of Florida, President Kent Fuchs on Friday has asked UF’s Conflicts of Interest Office to reverse its denial of requests by UF faculty members to serve as expert witnesses against state government. The decision came in a “Dear Campus Community” message that included information about a […]

Anti-vaccine group encourages people in FL and other states to ‘take a sick day’ protesting vaccine mandates

By: - November 3, 2021

Several demonstrations across the nation and worldwide, including some cities in Florida, are scheduled to take place at local town halls, court houses and other locations in opposition to COVID-19 safety measures, such as vaccine mandates, according to an anti-vaccine group. The Children’s Health Defense launched on Wednesday what it calls the “Worldwide Walkouts” to […]

So far, Texas-style abortion bill in FL seems headed nowhere in the Legislature

By: - November 3, 2021

It’s been nearly two months since Texas began enforcing the most restrictive anti-abortion law in the nation. A few weeks later, a copycat bill landed in the Florida Legislature. Like the Texas version, the measure would ban abortions after about six weeks and rely on private citizens to enforce it by suing individuals helping women […]

FL advocates disappointed to devastated by exclusion of paid family leave in Biden plan

By: - October 29, 2021

President Joe Biden’s massive federal spending package for social programs left out 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave, a key initiative that many Democrats had pushed to provide financial support to new parents and caregivers. In Florida, removing the provision was a disappointment among healthcare advocacy groups. “Paid leave was an especially devastating […]

Class action on behalf of juveniles under solitary confinement gets OK to proceed

By: - October 27, 2021

A federal judge has ruled that a group of young offenders can sue the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice over its use of solitary confinement in its detention centers, policies civil rights groups call cruel and harmful to juveniles’ mental health. U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle in Tallahassee on Friday approved a class action by […]

Many parents are hesitant, while others eager about a COVID vaccine for kids ages 5 to 11

By: - October 26, 2021

A Florida mom is eager to get her young daughter vaccinated against COVID-19 if federal health officials authorize it soon. But another parent doesn’t feel the same about getting her elementary school-aged child a shot in the arm. It’s a conundrum for families who face possible vaccinations for kids ages 5 to 11. The newest […]

Nurses with burnout: ‘Many … have gotten sick, some have died, and all of us are exhausted’

By: - October 22, 2021

Nurses and other front-line health care workers across the state and nation are feeling overwhelmed and stressed out as the COVID-19 pandemic continues — raising concerns that workers will continue to leave the field, causing nurse shortages in Florida. Overall, unprecedented levels of stress have stricken all health care workers, from licensed practical nurses and […]