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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.

Hundreds pack Old Capitol: “We are those who have given our lives to children every single day”

By: - January 13, 2020

Drawing in a massive crowd of hundreds of teachers, advocates and speakers from across the nation, the Florida Education Association hosted the “Take on Tallahassee” rally at the Florida Capitol Monday, pushing for more pay and school improvements. The red t-shirted crowd gathered on the steps of Florida’s Old Capitol, chanting, holding signs and singing […]

Educators and advocates march to Capitol in a pre-rally for more pay

By: - January 13, 2020

Educators, students and other advocates dressed in red t-shirts marched to the Old Capitol in Tallahassee, part of a rally for pay increases for public school teachers and staff and other school improvements. Hundreds of kids, teachers and education advocates met at the Donald Tucker Civic Center in Tallahassee for a pre-rally, with guest speakers […]

Chlamydia infections rising in Florida, with young people at an increased risk of the STD

By: - January 10, 2020

Sexually transmitted diseases in Florida are on the rise, with high numbers of infections among young people aged 15-29. And state health officials are launching more campaigns to decrease the troubling statistics revealed in a state report. Of the various STDs, chlamydia is the most commonly reported in the state, and the number of new […]

Saving Florida panthers: Environmental groups file lawsuit to protect the endangered cats from expanded roadways

By: - January 9, 2020

The Florida panther, an iconic and endangered animal beloved in the Sunshine State, faces threats from new road construction projects aimed to expand in Southwest Florida. Environmental groups have now gone to court to protect the big cats, the official state animal of Florida and one of the most endangered species in the world. In […]

President Trump addresses nation; FL lawmakers in Congress react to retaliatory missile strikes by Iran

By: - January 8, 2020

After the U.S. killing of a top Iranian military figure, Iran retaliated with missile strikes on bases stationed in Iraq, according to news reports. A Boeing plane also crashed near Tehran but it’s not clear about what happened. Today U.S. and Iraqi officials said there were no deaths, according to the New York Times. But […]

New law: Doctors must give patients non-opioid alternatives for pain

By: - January 7, 2020

Physicians have been prescribing opioids to treat pain due to a variety of medical conditions. But now, Florida law requires health care providers to talk to patients about safer alternatives to opioids for pain treatment. The goal is to reduce the number of people who develop opioid dependency and abuse the drug. According to the […]

Workplace protections for medical marijuana users: FL lawmakers, advocates hope to pass 2020 law

By: - January 6, 2020

As medical marijuana use continues to gain popularity in Florida, advocates and lawmakers want to ensure that qualified patients in the workplace won’t get in trouble if they use the drug as a treatment. Patients who need the drug could be considered fearful of personnel action if marijuana is found in their system. That’s why […]

U.S. air strike, killing of Iranian general, prompts social media reaction, with FL lawmakers divided

By: - January 3, 2020

Florida lawmakers in Congress are divided following Friday’s U.S. air strike in Iraq that killed Iranian military figures at Baghdad International Airport, with President Donald Trump directing the attack. Some U.S. House Democrats are saying that the president should have kept Congress in the loop and are concerned about retaliation. UPDATE: Republican U.S. Senator Rick […]

Pride

Lawmaker: LGBTQ, disabled students, need more protection

By: - January 2, 2020

State lawmakers are concerned about discriminatory practices against students who have a disability or identify as LGBTQ, and are pushing legislation focused on Florida private schools that receive public funding through the state’s voucher programs. The vouchers, also called “scholarships,” enable students to attend private K-12 schools with public dollars. “This type of discrimination is […]

Meth-related fatalities have increased significantly in Florida, state officials report

By: - December 31, 2019

Florida has been experiencing an escalation in deaths attributed to methamphetamine abuse, with the most recent available records reflecting 1,056 meth-related deaths during 2018 – a 23 percent increase compared to the year before. Those numbers, contained in a report published in November by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Medical Examiners Commission, […]

Medical marijuana treatment centers flourishing in Florida

By: - December 24, 2019

Florida’s medical marijuana industry continues to grow, with more medical marijuana dispensaries opening doors to treat people who are qualified. And the popularity among medical cannabis businesses has increased dramatically. In the last week before the new year, three more medical marijuana treatment centers in Florida have been approved to dispense the plant-based drug. Among […]

Synthetic weed is harmful, dangerous and deadly

By: - December 23, 2019

The effects of synthetic cannabinoids – referred to as synthetic marijuana — can be deadly, claiming the lives of 86 Floridians in 2018, according to a new state report. The synthetic marijuana, a class of unknown chemicals, are packaged and sold by retailers nationwide. But unlike cannabis, meaning pot or weed, the synthetic product contains […]