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The Point, April 30, 2019: Police Could Soon Pull Over Florida Drivers Who Are Seen Texting While Driving

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• The City of Ocala’s Pine Oaks Golf Course closes this week, with a housing development set to take over the property where the golf course has been for decades. (Ocala Star-Banner)

“This could be a crystal clear lake; this could be Gainesville’s beach.” The owners of a fish camp on murky Newnans Lake aren’t happy with the efforts made so far to improve its water quality.

• University of Florida President Kent Fuchs visited our studio to discuss the highs and lows of the academic year that’s near completion. Here’s the full 13-minute interview if you missed it yesterday on 89.1 WUFT-FM.

• Local congregations of the United Methodist Church are reacting to a decision by the church earlier this year to continue opposing same-sex marriage and banning LGBTQ clergy. (WUFT News)

• A UF College of Veterinary Medicine professor’s research explains why breed labels at dog adoption events sometimes aren’t all that accurate. There’s also a quiz within to test your dog breed knowledge. (UF News)


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Around the state today

Here’s what you need to know about Florida’s proposed ban on texting while driving. It appears ready to go into effect in October — presuming Gov. Ron DeSantis signs it — with police able to begin writing tickets for the primary offense in January. (Miami Herald)

• The governor will also soon make a decision on whether or not to sign a law changing regulations on hospitals. “The certificate of need” would be repealed as of July 1 if he signs it. He already approved 10 new laws over the weekend, including the implementing legislation for a ban on vaping in indoor workplaces.  (Florida Politics, WFSU)

• Visit Florida, the state’s tourism marketing agency, has been granted a funding reprieve through next June. (News Service of Florida)

• As noted below from NPR, there are now hundreds of measles cases being reported across the U.S., with two confirmed in Pinellas and Broward counties in Florida. (WMFE)

WLRN reports on the Florida Aquarium’s efforts at “arking,” or working like Noah to protect a species (coral, in this case), save it, and put it back into the ocean.

• Two great white sharks have been spotted in recent days in waters off Florida’s coasts — one near Key West and another close to Panama City Beach. (FLKeysNews, Panama City News Herald)


News from NPR

• Health: More Than 700 Measles Cases Reported Across 22 States, CDC Data Show

• Health: Teen Suicide Spiked After Debut Of Netflix’s ’13 Reasons Why,’ Study Says

• Business: Where The Gender Pay Gap Is Widest

• Business: Even In The Robot Age, Manufacturers Need The Human Touch

• Science: As Nuclear Waste Piles Up, Private Companies Pitch New Ways To Store It

• World: Japan’s Emperor To Abdicate Throne For 1st Time In 2 Centuries

• Politics: Wayne LaPierre Re-Elected As NRA Leader Amid Internal Turmoil And Outside Probe

About Ethan Magoc

Ethan is a journalist at WUFT News. He's a Pennsylvania native who found a home reporting Florida's stories. Reach him by emailing emagoc@wuft.org or calling 352-294-1525.

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