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Today’s top stories
• Former Tallahassee mayor and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum sees a path to his party’s victory in Florida in 2020, and it involves registering 1 million new voters. (WUFT News)
• Jacksonville, like Gainesville, had its city election this week. Unlike Gainesville, five races must head to a May runoff because no candidate claimed at least 50 percent of the vote. (WJCT)
• The Florida Phoenix points out the possible intersection of wealthy landowners and the proposed toll road through this area that the Florida Senate is currently discussing.
• Big day at the University of Central Florida, where the Board of Trustees is discussing the former president’s settlement and the search for the next permanent president. (WMFE)
• Smokable medical marijuana, though now legal in Florida, isn’t available for sale quite yet. (Fort Myers News-Press)
• Gainesville police say a 28-year-old woman was also involved in the murder of Montez Davis on the east side of town this month. She’s now in Jail. We covered a vigil held one week ago tonight by Davis’ family and community. (The Alligator, WUFT News)
• How far should the Florida citrus industry go in fighting greening? One nonprofit organization is worried about the subsequent effects on human resistance to antibiotics. (WMFE)
• New England Patriots owner and alleged South Florida day spa visitor Robert Kraft does not want the public to see surveillance footage from inside the spa. He’s also not accepting a deal from prosecutors at this point. (Palm Beach Post)
• An interesting outcome of Hurricane Irma’s devastation in The Keys: There aren’t as many homeless people there as in early 2017. (FLKeysNews)
• Nearly a dozen student journalists at the University of Florida checked in on school safety efforts around the state — particularly the controversial Guardian program — in the months following the Parkland shooting. (Tampa Bay Times)
• Three different public safety agencies helped rescue a stranded raccoon off the coast of Sarasota. Yes, there’s video. (Bradenton Herald)
• News about us: The Corporation for Public Broadcasting awarded WUFT and the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network the Community Lifeline Award this week for the coverage provided during three hurricanes in the past three years. (UF News)
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About today’s curator
I’m Ethan Magoc, a news editor at WUFT. Originally from Pennsylvania, I’ve found a home telling Florida stories. I’m part of a team searching each morning for local and state stories that are important to you; please send feedback about today’s edition or ideas for stories we may have missed to firstname.lastname@example.org.