Jackie Llanos

Jackie Llanos

Jackie is a recent graduate of the University of Richmond. She has interned at Nashville Public Radio, Virginia Public Media and Virginia Mercury.

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CDC study links gastrointestinal infections in FL to salad kits

By: - July 6, 2023

Cases of a gastrointestinal infection partially linked to salad kits have more than doubled in Florida since 2021. The sharp increase in cases of Cyclosporiasis follows a nationwide trend caused by a parasite found in domestically grown produce, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study published Thursday. In 2022, officials identified 513 […]

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Voting rights advocates celebrate preliminary victory against FL’s new election law

By: - July 5, 2023

Members of groups challenging Florida’s new voter registration law say they are cautiously optimistic about their chances to win an overall legal victory following a federal judge’s order blocking parts of the law. Just days after the law went into effect, U.S. Chief District Judge Mark Walker in Tallahassee granted a preliminary injunction on Monday […]

U.S. Supreme Court denies student debt relief for 1.5 million eligible Floridians

By: - June 30, 2023

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to reject the legal arguments behind President Joe Biden’s student loan debt forgiveness plan ruined the chances of relief for more than 1.5 million Floridians who applied for or were eligible under the plan. In a repeat of Thursday’s decision to end affirmative action in higher education admission policies, the […]

DeSantis, Trump cheer end of affirmative action; Suarez stays quiet

By: - June 29, 2023

Gov. Ron DeSantis and former President Donald Trump applauded the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to end affirmative action in college decisions, but their latest competitor in the 2024 presidential race, Francis Suarez, so far remained mum on the topic. The court’s decision, which was split along ideological lines, stated that admissions processes at Harvard University […]

Excessive heat continues in Western Panhandle; Drier conditions spare rest of northern FL

By: - June 28, 2023

Although excessive heat warnings remain in effect for the coastal areas of Escambia and Santa Rosa counties, the rest of northern Florida has been spared by lower humidity. A heat dome has been warming temperatures to triple-digits in Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida by trapping air under high pressure, according to […]

FL nonprofits back federal health care proposal to expand health care to Dreamers

By: - June 27, 2023

Five Florida organizations joined forces with over 400 nonprofits across the U.S. to help undocumented immigrants become eligible and enroll for Medicaid or private insurance provided under the Affordable Care Act. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ proposed rule would deem Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, also called Dreamers, as people who are […]

Northern FL heat index will reach triple-digits; Texas and Arizona are scorched

By: - June 27, 2023

A dangerous heat wave intensified this week, bringing triple-digit temperatures to counties expanding from northern Florida to southern Arizona. The temperature will feel like up to 112 degrees in the Florida Big Bend and Panhandle, according to the National Weather Service. A heat dome of high pressure is trapping and heating the air, causing the […]

Campaigning in Texas, DeSantis reveals unsparing 2024 immigration platform

By: - June 26, 2023

Just days before Florida’s newest and most restrictive immigration law takes effect, Gov. Ron DeSantis pledged to allow states and localities to enforce immigration laws if he were elected president, including deporting undocumented people.  Strengthening the nations’ border security would be DeSantis’ day one priority if he got to the White House, he said at […]

FL sues U.S. Department of Education over university accreditation process

By: - June 22, 2023

In his latest move against the Biden administration, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Thursday that Florida has sued the U.S. Department of Education for attempting to block its plan to find another accreditation authority for state colleges and universities. Florida filed a 41-page complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida on […]

Malaria in Sarasota-Manatee area triggers broad insecticide response

By: - June 21, 2023

Sarasota and Manatee counties have launched spray missions to prevent more malaria cases from emerging in the area. Mosquito-borne illness alerts in the counties remain in effect after a second person was infected in less than a month, according to the Florida Department of Health. The case was reported during the week of June 11-17. […]

Bret may require storm watches, won’t become hurricane

By: - June 20, 2023

Tropical Storm Bret could require tropical storm watches late Tuesday as it gathers speed on its westward path toward the Lesser Antilles, according to the National Hurricane Center.  While forecasters do not project the storm will gain enough speed to become a hurricane, its future remains unclear, according to the NHC. As of late Tuesday […]