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Here's your Monday morning news briefing

Weekly COVID Update
Florida has reported an additional 3,141 COVID-19 cases and three deaths according to weekly data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Overall, Florida has recorded at least 3,604,846 COVID-19 cases and 56,413 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic. In the past seven days, the state has added, on average, 200 deaths and 3,403 cases per day, according to CDC data.

Facebook unveils new controls for kids using its platforms
Facebook, in the aftermath of damning testimony that its platforms harm children, will be introducing several features including prompting teens to take a break using its photo sharing app Instagram, and "nudging" teens if they are repeatedly looking at the same content that's not conducive to their well-being. The news comes from Facebook Vice President Nick Clegg who announced changes on news shows Sunday. Read more here.

Florida felon voting activist Desmond Meade gets his civil rights back
Desmond Meade, the Florida activist who led a movement to allow most former felons to vote, has had more civil rights restored under a new state process. Read more here.

Federal judge clears the way for challenges to Florida elections law
On Friday, a federal judge on allowed a series of challenges to a new state elections law to move forward, setting the stage for a showdown over Republican legislators’ efforts to make it more difficult for Floridians to vote by mail and for organizations to conduct voter-registration drives. Read more here.

IHMC wants you ... for a clinical trial or two
New research at the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition in Pensacola is focusing on improving the performance of the ‘human’ part of their name and you can be a part of the research. Learn more here.

And, the good news
Florida Storms says to expect a quiet week of weather. Read more here.