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A week in news

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Catch up on the week in news

Russia invades Ukraine
After days of speculation, Russia invaded Ukraine late Wednesday night. By Thursday, President Joe Biden issued a new round of economic sanctions meant to punish Russian President Vladimir Putin for the attacks. "The U.S. stands up to bullies," Biden said. "We stand up to freedom." In the U.S., cybersecurity experts are reminding people to be cautious of possible online attacks.

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In state news...

Controversial bills pass in Florida House
Thursday night, Florida's House of Representatives passed a bill that limits when and how teachers and school staff can discuss gender and sexual orientation in the classroom. Opponents have dubbed the measure the "Don't Say Gay" bill. The Republican-controlled Florida House on Thursday also passed a bill that would limit how race-related concepts are taught in schools and in workplace training sessions.

Lapado confirmed in Florida Senate
Gov. Ron DeSantis’ appointment of Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo was confirmed Wednesday by the Senate, despite objections from Democrats who criticized his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Pencils down
Students will soon be able to retire their number two pencils and open up their laptops as the SAT is about to become all digital. Other changes include allowing calculators for the entire exam and reading passages in the exam will be much shorter.

Dog days
The Santa Rosa Animal Shelter had one of its largest intakes in recent years last week as 80-plus dogs were surrendered to the county by a local rescue. Most of the adult dogs are in need of medical care. Animal advocates say the intake illustrates a bigger problem in the county.

Hush Arbor
African-American culture during the antebellum period will be on display Saturday at Arcadia Mill at a public event called “Admiring the Hush Arbor: Inspiring Community Voices.” The hush arbor program for 2022 marks the third time around at the homestead of the Arcadia Mill Archaeological Site. WUWF's Sandra Averhart provides some context and history about the event.