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A week in news

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Here's a look back at the week in news:

Masks and tests
This week, the federal government has begun taking orders for free at-home COVID test kits. The kits can be ordered online at covidtests.gov. The Biden administration also announced it will be sending 400 million N95 face masks to be distributed for free through pharmacies and community health centers.

SCOTUS denies Trump's attempt to block release of Jan. 6 records
One of the biggest political stories this week was the U.S. Supreme Court delivering a blow to former President Donald Trump, rejecting his request to block release of White House records being sought by the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. This creates a pathway for the release of records from the National Archives.

Could 'second chance hires' solve the labor shortage?
The nation is facing a worker shortage, yet people with criminal records remain on the sidelines for potential jobs. WUWF's Bob Barrett talked to Jeffery Korzenik, the Chief Investment Strategist at Fifth Third Bank, about second chance hires and how they could be a solution to staffing issues.

Florida's controversial abortion bill gets House panel approval
Despite fierce objections from Democrats who argued the proposal is unconstitutional, a Florida House panel on Wednesday approved a controversial bill that would prohibit doctors from performing abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. The law is similar to the one in Mississippi that is currently before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Wanted: mentors
Big Brothers Big Sisters chapters are in need of volunteers. Learn more about the program here.

Cool news
A group of researchers has launched the first-ever archaeological study of humans in space, observing the lives of the crew living on the International Space Station.

The experiment, which will analyze and document the unique "microsociety in a miniworld," began this week with associate professors Alice Gorman from Flinders University in Australia and Justin Walsh of Chapman University in California leading the effort.