Health

Even red-state voters back abortion rights via ballot questions, rejecting court ruling

BY: - November 9, 2022

WASHINGTON — Voters in five states — including GOP-dominated Kentucky — backed abortion rights Tuesday, signaling that while the U.S. Supreme Court’s conservative majority no longer believes the procedure is protected within the U.S. Constitution, many Americans want their states to do just that. California, Kentucky, Michigan, Montana, and Vermont residents voted to support abortion […]

Coal plant operators shirking responsibilities on ash cleanup, report contends

BY: - November 6, 2022

In the wake of major coal ash spills from power plant containment ponds in Tennessee and into the Dan River along the North Carolina and Virginia border, the federal Environmental Protection Agency in 2015 laid out the first federal rules for managing the ash, one of the nation’s largest waste streams, and the toxins it contains. But more than seven […]

Crist releases back-to-back digital ads on the abortion issue as the midterm election looms

BY: - November 3, 2022

As Election Day approaches, gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist has released back-to-back digital ads on the abortion issue, one about Gov. Ron DeSantis signing into law Florida’s 15-week abortion ban and the second about whether DeSantis would push for more restrictions. The two candidates — Democrat Crist and Republican DeSantis — will square off Nov. 8. […]

FL’s Board of Medicine to vote whether to ban medical care for transgender youth

BY: - November 2, 2022

With Florida health officials deciding on the fate of gender-affirming medical care and treatment for youth in the state, Democrat Charlie Crist has vowed to fire the state’s surgeon general if elected as governor in the midterm election in less than a week. Crist, a former Republican governor, Attorney General, Education Commissioner as well as […]

USF survey: FL voters less focused on abortion than on inflation and the economy

BY: - November 1, 2022

With the general election one week away, a large number of Floridians report that inflation, the economy, or jobs “will have the most significant impact on how” they cast their ballots compared to other issues including abortion rights, a new public opinion survey has found. Researchers at the University of South Florida released their findings […]

‘The pandemic is not over’: Health experts warn of winter COVID surge amid fewer safety precautions

BY: - November 1, 2022

For Briana Michel, a senior broadcast student at Florida A&M University, wearing a face mask for protection against COVID-19 seems a thing of the past. “From my perspective, I don’t think students are worried about COVID,” Michel said in an interview with the Florida Phoenix. “I don’t know anyone personally that wears a mask. When […]

States are vying for money to start ‘hydrogen hubs.’ What are they?

BY: - October 25, 2022

Across the country, states are inking agreements with neighbors or striking out on their own to pursue billions in federal funding to set up “hydrogen hubs,” clustered centers for production, storage and use of the gas that many see as a crucial piece of the puzzle for decarbonizing the U.S. economy. How broad a role […]

Millions of workers are dealing with long COVID; advocates call for expanding social safety net

BY: - October 23, 2022

Emily Withnall caught COVID-19 from her teenager in July 2020. In the more than two years since, the 40-year-old has suffered from debilitating fatigue, spinal pain and heart palpitations.  In addition to her primary care doctor, she regularly sees a cardiologist and says her acupuncturist and craniosacral therapy help relieve her pain and the trouble […]

Lobbying group asks DeSantis to add more abortion restrictions to upcoming special session

BY: - October 21, 2022

The lobbying group Florida Voice for the Unborn has asked Gov. Ron DeSantis to include “comprehensive legislation protecting all Florida’s unborn children” in an upcoming special session of the Legislature. Currently, Florida has a 15-week abortion ban. In a letter to the governor Friday, founder and executive director Andrew Shirvell said, “I want to continue […]

Federal health panel adds COVID vaccines in child immunization schedule; FL officials push back

BY: and - October 20, 2022

Federal health officials voted Thursday to include COVID-19 vaccines in its 2023 childhood immunization schedule, raising concerns from Florida officials and others about whether kids could be required to get the shots to enter public schools. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention did not force vaccine mandates for schoolchildren, and its advisory panel […]

Louisiana proposes expanding list of exceptions to abortion ban

BY: - October 20, 2022

Louisiana has proposed adding one new condition to the list of medical diagnoses that permit a person to have an abortion under the state’s strict abortion ban. It comes after a woman complained publicly that she couldn’t terminate her compromised pregnancy. The state Department of Health quietly suggested an update to state abortion regulations in September that would put […]

COMMENTARY

Bacteria outbreak after Ian tells a scary story about Florida’s broken sewage systems

BY: - October 20, 2022

Halloween is once again looming over us like a dark shadow, bidding us to buy tons of tooth-rotting candy, dress up in weird outfits (sexy Bob Ross, anyone?), and decorate our houses with skeletons, ghosts, and monsters. It’s also a time for telling scary stories. Here’s one that should scare the bejabbers out of you: […]