Starting this month, teachers in seven Florida school districts are locked and loaded. This, all thanks to a contentious law approved by the Florida legislature in May, that gives schools the option to allow teachers to carry guns. The new law expands on the guardian school safety program introduced after the Parkland shooting last year. Okeechobee is one of the few districts that are arming teachers. They argue other districts should get on board and use the option to protect students. Gun control groups dispute this. Beyond Florida, at least eight other states like Texas and Louisiana allow teachers and staff to be armed.
A nationwide epidemic is filling rooms and lungs with smoke. Sleek, pencil shaped electronic cigarettes loaded with nicotine and chemicals have many young adults hooked. Trendy brands offering flavors like watermelon and grape promise a healthier alternative to traditional cigarettes, and a cool way to blow off some steam. However, the epidemic has caused lung injuries, killing 7 people so far and sickening hundreds. Researchers say what was once advertised as a way to get cigarette smokers off their bad habit, has become the first step to young addiction. The Trump administration is currently working alongside the Food and Drug administration to remove all non-tobacco flavors from the national market.
An icon deep rooted in the landscape and heart’s of Florida’s community is in trouble. Florida’s official state trees are dying from a fatal disease. Scientists call it “lethal bronzing”, and it is turning tens of thousands of majestic palms into crisp, naked plants. It’s not just Florida that is being impacted. Researchers say the disease is also found in parts of Texas and throughout the Caribbean. There is also concern it will spread to Arizona and California. Scientists are currently working on developing a cure.