In the News: City Commission Discusses Homeless Shelter Background Checks, Fort Hood Gunman Did Not Appear Violent, Silver Springs Film Fest 2014, Stanford Mom Facing Death Penalty
City Commissioners Voice Opinions on Homeless Center Background Check Policy – City Commissioners showed support for the Alachua County Coalition for the Homeless & Hungry’s plan to allow homeless people to the shelter regardless of a homeless individual’s criminal background. The center will run all those admitted through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement criminal background checks and sex offender’s database but will not turn anyone away based on check results. The center will open May 1 for meal services and storage space and July 1 for adult admittance. Gainesville Sun
Fort Hood Gunman Had No Violent Signs – Specialist Ivan Antonio Lopez was being treated for depression, anxiety and possible post-traumatic stress disorder. Military officials say Specialist Lopez, who killed three people and himself and injured 16 others on Wednesday, showed no violent or suicidal tendencies. The New York Times
Silver Springs International Film Festival 2014 – The 2014 Silver Springs International Film Festival is going on through Sunday. Film screenings and events will take place at the Marion Theatre at 50 S. Magnolia Ave. and a few surrounding locations. Ticket prices and more information can be found at www.springsfilmfest.com. Ocala Star Banner
Sanford Mom Faces Death Penalty in Daughter’s Death – Prosecutors intend to seek the death penalty against Rachel Fryer, who is accused of murdering her 2-year-old daughter before burying her in a shallow grave. Orlando Sentinel
The Alachua County Animal Services and Florida Department of Corrections Work Camp is working together with this year’s “Hairy Pawter” dog academy to prepare a new group of house-trained dogs for homes.
A hog infestation at Williston Municipal Airport’s grass runway is causing delays in the approval of the runway by the Federal Aviation Administration.
Gainesville Connected, a conference in Gainesville, aims to equip teachers to engage students on global issues such as poverty.
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With the controlled release of the air potato leaf beetle in Florida and around the U.S., the aggressive air potato vine finally has a predator.