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Gov. Ron DeSantis takes aim, again, at elections
During a campaign-style event Wednesday in West Palm Beach, Gov. Ron DeSantis said he will build on controversial election changes approved in April by the GOP-controlled Legislature. He said he will ask lawmakers during the 2022 session to create and staff a state-level office that would investigate and prosecute election-related crimes. Opponents contend the law is designed to suppress voting by groups such as African-Americans, who vote heavily for Democrats. The legal challenges are pending in federal court. Read more here.
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Elections across the country Tuesday provided some insight to Democrats ahead of next year's midterms. Read more here.
Florida Republicans after mask and vaccine mandates in new session
The Florida Legislature returns to Tallahassee later this month, for a special session on so-called vaccination and mask mandates. At issue, efforts to prevent schools, businesses and governmental entities from imposing vaccination mandates and other pandemic restrictions. Read more here.
One Black juror, 11 whites to hear trial over Arbery slaying
A judge ruled Wednesday that he'll seat one Black juror and 11 whites to decide the trial of the men who chased and killed Ahmaud Arbery, despite prosecutors' objections that several Black potential jurors were cut because of their race. Read more here.
Doctors say to vaccinate your kids now
Polls show that many parents are on the fence about whether and when to vaccinate their younger kids. NPR talked to pediatricians and looked at the data to provide answers to common questions on parents' minds. Read their advice here.