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The Point, March 28, 2019: Florida House Begins Discussion Of Suncoast Parkway Extension

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• Hail came with those early-morning storms yesterday in parts of Florida, including Trenton. There was enough to make it look like it had snowed. (Gainesville Sun)

• The state House today will begin discussing the Senate president's proposal for the Suncoast Parkway extension, which could run through this part of the state. (Florida Politics)

• There's a tribute to Vietnam War veterans this weekend in Alachua County at Veterans Memorial Park. (The Alligator)

• The Regional Transit Service has a microtransit service with two express routes — one from Trenton and the other from Lake City. The ridership hasn't quite hit 30 in a single month, so RTS is changing the routes. (WUFT News)

• University of Florida Police officers have given away free bike lights all month to help bicyclists be seen better at night and avoid a $159 ticket. (WUFT News)

• A Gainesville man is the lead subject in a creepy story from The Atlantic about Airbnb hosts using hidden cameras. "The host could’ve been watching," Airbnb guest Max Vest recounted of his experience. "Anybody could have been watching."

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Around the state today

• Another Democrat has entered the 2020 presidential race, and this one is from Florida. Wayne Messam is the current mayor of Miramar. (Miami Herald)

• Gov. Ron DeSantis' proposed budget is higher than the Florida Senate's, which is higher still than the Florida House's. (GateHouse)

• A decrease in Florida Forever program funding has state park advocates seeking more as the budget negotiations move along. (WUFT News)

• A state public records exemption is now closer to passing and would prohibit the release of recordings of mass shootings. (WFSU)

"Alligator Ron" Bergeron will be allowed to hold a seat on the South Florida Water Management District board. (Sun Sentinel)

• State Rep. Kionne McGhee represents a part of South Florida yet wants to see more help for Hurricane Michael's victims in the Panhandle. (WFSU)

• A state senator wanted to ban certain types of sunscreen because of damage they can do to coral reefs, but such a ban is unlikely to happen this session. (WUFT News)

• Jacksonville City Council has voted to buy the 32-year-old Jacksonville Landing mall. (Florida Times-Union)

Orlando has a shot to host some of the 2026 World Cup soccer matches. (WMFE)

• Hurricane Michael caused major damage at Tyndall Air Force Base in the Panhandle, and the Air Force is now seeking billions to repair it and other bases. (NPR 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

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