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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed an executive order suspending all COVID-19 restrictions in the Sunshine State, which includes preventing local governments from imposing their own restrictions. Less than 30% of Florida's population is fully vaccinated so far.

  • Plus, holding companies accountable on racial justice.
  • And, the real history of Cinco de Mayo.

Guests: Mayor of Tampa Jane Castor, Axios' Courtenay Brown and Russell Contreras.

Credits: Axios Today is produced in partnership with Pushkin Industries. The team includes Niala Boodhoo, Sara Kehaulani Goo, Dan Bobkoff, Alexandra Botti, Nuria Marquez Martinez, Sabeena Singhani, Amy Pedulla, Naomi Shavin, and Alex Sugiura. Music is composed by Evan Viola. You can reach us at podcasts@axios.com.

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Aug 12, 2021 - Podcasts

What we know about kids and COVID

Yesterday, California became the first state to require all teachers and school staff to get vaccinated or get tested weekly for COVID. In other states, like Texas and Florida, school districts are fighting state and local government to implement mask mandates for students.

All of this is happening as students are starting to go back to in-person schooling, and as pediatric COVID hospitalizations are on the rise.

  • Plus, the Delta variant is catching up with air travel.
  • And, calls for better conditions for migrant teens in U.S. custody in Texas.

Guests: Axios' Joann Muller, Tina Reed, and Fadel Allassan.

Credits: Axios Today is produced in partnership with Pushkin Industries. The team includes Niala Boodhoo, Sara Kehaulani Goo, Dan Bobkoff, Alexandra Botti, Nuria Marquez Martinez, Sabeena Singhani, and Ben O'Brien. Music is composed by Evan Viola. You can reach us at podcasts@axios.com. You can text questions, comments and story ideas to Niala as a text or voice memo to 202-918-4893.

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Aug 12, 2021 - Health

Over 800 physicians call on DeSantis to repeal anti-mask order in schools

Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

More than 800 physicians signed a letter on Thursday calling on Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to repeal an executive order that prohibits local officials from requiring masks in school.

Driving the news: The Republican governor is threatening to withhold pay from superintendents and school board members who mandate face masks in schools, even as Florida experiences a surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations driven by the Delta variant.

Justice Department asks Supreme Court to block Texas abortion ban

Abortion rights activists rally at the Texas State Capitol on Sept. 11, 2021, in Austin, Texas. Photo: Jordan Vonderhaar/Getty Images

The Justice Department on Monday asked the Supreme Court to temporarily block Texas' near-total ban on abortions while federal courts consider its constitutionality.

The big picture: The court last month allowed the ban to take effect, rejecting an emergency application by abortion-rights groups. The law bars the procedure after cardiac activity is detected, as early as six weeks into pregnancy.