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Jan. 21, 2015: Morning News In 90

By on January 21st, 2015 | Last updated: January 21, 2015 at 1:15 pm

Denise Robinson produced this update. 

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In The News: 2015 State Of The Union, House Committee Approves Bill For Guns On Campus, Miami Residents Angry At Mugshot Target Practice, Shaq Sworn In As South Florida Police Officer

By and on January 21st, 2015 | Last updated: January 21, 2015 at 10:32 am
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LSU Hands Gators Second Straight Loss

By on January 20th, 2015 | Last updated: January 20, 2015 at 11:54 pm

The LSU Tigers defeated the Florida Gators 79-61, making this the team’s second straight loss. The Tigers had three players who scored in double-digits. Florida is now 3-2 in SEC play, and 10-8 overall.

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Bill To Allow Guns On Florida Campuses Passes First Hurdle

By on January 20th, 2015 | Last updated: January 20, 2015 at 6:29 pm

TALLAHASEE, Fla. (AP) – A bill that would let students carry guns on university campuses is moving through the Legislature two months after a shooter wounded three people at a Florida State University library.

The House Criminal Justice Subcommittee approved the bill Tuesday.

Rep. Greg Steube argued his bill would make campuses safer because a shooter could be stopped by a gun owner before police respond to a shooting scene.

Several students and university representatives spoke against the bill.

Steube said he was preparing his bill before Myron May opened fire on Florida State students and a library worker in November, wounding three people. May was killed by police outside the library.

But Rep. Dave Kerner said it is misguided to think armed students would be the proper entity to confront an active shooter.

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Jan 20, 2015: Afternoon News in 90

By on January 20th, 2015 | Last updated: January 21, 2015 at 12:28 am

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Friends and Family Grieve the Death of UF Innovation Academy Student

By and on January 20th, 2015 | Last updated: January 22, 2015 at 10:40 am

A University of Florida student was removed from life support this weekend after sustaining fatal injuries in a car accident earlier this month.

A university memorial service is being planned for 3 p.m. on Friday, but the location is still being determined, according to an email newsletter from Jeff Citty, director of UF’s Innovation Academy.

Jerry DeClasse, 20, was walking along NE Waldo Road around 9:30 p.m. on Jan. 9 when he was struck by a vehicle. He was then taken to UF Health Shands Hospital in critical condition.

“His mother was understandably upset, ” said Darren Cohn, DeClasse’s former roommate who visited DeClasse in the hospital before he died. “She was begging the doctors for more time, but they were telling her it just wasn’t happening.”

Ben Tobias, Gainesville Police department spokesperson, said he doesn’t expect to see any potential charges for the 17-year-old driver who hit DeClasse.

“In our preliminary investigation we found that they did nothing wrong to cause the accident,” Tobias said. “There was nothing they could have done to prevent it.”

Tobias said updates will be available in a few weeks once toxicology reports are completed and other investigative procedures have been finished.

Cohn had been friends with DeClasse since they were roommates freshman year. Cohn described the final visit as emotional.

“They were praying, and they were singing hymns for him,” Cohn said. “Then everyone sort of got together and started telling happy stories about him.”

DeClasse was born in Haiti and later moved to Tampa, Florida, with his family. He was a UF psychology major and a well-liked student in the Innovation Academy.

Citty described DeClasse as quiet, but said he fit well in the start-up community and had a bright future ahead of him.

“He embodied everything that a student in the Innovation Academy should have,” Citty said. “He will be missed.”

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In The News: Concealed Weapons On Campuses, Crime-Spree Teens Claim Abuse, Suspicious Death In Argentina, North Korea NSA Hack

By on January 20th, 2015 | Last updated: January 20, 2015 at 2:02 pm
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Concealed Weapons May Be Allowed On College Campuses

By on January 20th, 2015 | Last updated: January 20, 2015 at 11:59 am

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Jan. 20, 2015: Morning News in 90

By on January 20th, 2015 | Last updated: January 20, 2015 at 11:25 am

David Jolley produced this update.

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In The News: Potential Florida Tax Cuts For Communications, UF Student Death Confirmed, State of the Union Address With Florida Same-sex Couple As Guests

By on January 20th, 2015 | Last updated: January 20, 2015 at 2:00 pm
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