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5/15/2023 - OTC Birth Control | End of Public Health Emergency | Poetry Out Loud

The FDA considers allowing birth control pills to be sold over the counter.

Then, what changes can be expected as the COVID-19 public health emergency comes to an end.

Plus, a Mississippi student places runner-up at the National Poetry Out Loud competition.

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    23:55
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    24:09
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    23:50
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    23:42
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    24:00
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