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Anti Riot Bill; ACA; Water Pollution & Shellfish; Military Brat Month

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Robert E. Lee High School

The Southern Poverty Law Center is suing Duval County Public Schools on behalf of a Lee High School Teacher.

The teacher, Amy Donofrio, was removed from the classroom after she refused to take down her Black Lives Matter flag.  Additionally, civil liberty groups have already said they will challenge a new anti riot bill in court after Governor DeSantis signed it into law.  Mike Freed, a shareholder at the Gunster Firm, joined us to discuss both.

Affordable Care Act

Enrollment in Florida for the Affordable Care Act continues to be robust. And, with the new tax credits set up by the Biden administration under the American Rescue Plan, many of the policies available at HealthCare.gov are now free, or almost free. Kelly James is the Director of the Florida Blue Center for Health Policy and joined us with more. 

Water Pollution

A protected estuary comprising the Guana Lake and the Guana River is showing signs of pollution. Scientists, however, are hopeful that the shellfish can help restore local water quality. And, a $595,000 grant that will fund a massive multi-agency, multi-year effort led by Dr. Ashley Smyth, a scientist at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Tropical Research and Education Center. She talked about the matter in today’s “Going Green.”

Military Child Month

April is the Month of the Military Child. For many military families, the past year has been difficult. Sharon Kasica, a school liaison officer at Naval Station Mayport, joined us to talk about it.  

Patrick Cantin can be reached at newsteam@wjct.org and on Twitter.