Mick's Morning News

Brevard Superintendent Proposes Delaying Start Of School Year

(Titusville, FL) -- The school year may start a little later in Brevard County. Superintendent Mark Mullins told the school board yesterday he'd like to see the start date pushed back six days to August 17th. Mullins believes that will allow teachers to be more prepared to teach classes online. Parents and teachers who spoke at the meeting said they're still worried about the virus spreading, and they urged the board to keep schools closed until case numbers come down. 

Broward Superintendent Wants To Keep Schools Closed

(Fort Lauderdale, FL) -- Broward County's superintendent may defy orders to reopen classrooms. Superintendent Robert Runcie said yesterday he wants classes to remain solely online until the coronavirus gets under control. Runcie says online learning is the only way to educate students while keeping them and their teachers safe. The state education commissioner has ordered classrooms to reopen next month for at least five days a week. 

Law Firm Offers Free Wills For Teachers

(St. Petersburg, FL) -- A Pinellas County law firm is offering a free service to teachers worried about returning to the classroom. St. Petersburg's Gallagher and Associates announced yesterday it will provide teachers with free wills and advance directives. Lawyer Charles Gallagher says he got the idea after learning that a teacher in Arizona got COVID-19 and died after returning to the classroom. He also tells News Channel 8 he doesn't think it's possible to expect young children to wear a mask throughout the school day. 

DeSantis Meets With Miami-Dade Mayors

(Miami, FL) -- Miami-Dade County is at a critical juncture. That's what Miami Mayor Francis Suarez said yesterday at a roundtable discussion with other mayors and Governor Ron DeSantis. Suarez says if coronavirus numbers don't come down over the next couple weeks, there will be significant pressure for another shutdown. DeSantis says the best way to prevent major problems is for people to follow social distancing guidelines. 

State Appeals Court Hears Arguments On Florida Gun Law

(Tallahassee, FL) -- Attorneys for the state are asking an appeals court to uphold a controversial Florida gun law. The 2011 law allows local officials to be fined and possibly removed from office if they try to pass or enforce local gun laws. Local governments and officials are challenging the law and last summer a Leon County judge found parts of the measure unconstitutional. The 1st District Court of Appeal in Tallahassee heard arguments in the case yesterday.

Burger King Testing Low-Methane Burger

(Miami, FL) -- Burger King is doing something about helping the planet- it thinks. The chain announced a Whopper made from cows on a low-methane diet. Those cows eat 100 grams of lemongrass a day to keep methane away. Scientists say the diet will reduce methane emissions by a third. The low-methane Whopper is available for a limited time in Miami, New York, Austin, Portland and Los Angeles.What’s it do for YOUR methane emissions?

CO Squirrel Tests Positive For Bubonic Plague

(Morrison, CO) -- AS if the coronavirus isn’t enough in 2020, Colorado health officials say a squirrel in Morrison was found to have the bubonic plague. It's the first case of plague in the country and could spread to people and other animals if precautions aren't taken. It’s said risk of contracting the bubonic plague is extremely low. The plague is spread by the bite of infected fleas.Symptoms include fever, chills, headache, vomiting and swelling of lymph nodes within two to seven days of exposure. It can be treated with antibiotics when done within 24 hours of showing symptoms.OK, who had the plague for July?


1971, President Nixon announced he would make an historic trip to the People's Republic of China. 

1968, commercial air travel began between the United States and the former Soviet Union.

1965, a law passed by Congress required all cigarette makers to include a health warning on each individual pack.

1916, Boeing corporation was officially founded in Seattle, Washington.

1902, the 3M Company was founded.

1870, Georgia became the last former Confederate state readmitted into to the Union. 

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