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The Point, May 15, 2019: What The FBI Told Florida’s Governor About 2016 Election Hacking


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Today’s top stories

• Russians in 2016 gained access to voter data in 2016 as part of a hacking attempt, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced yesterday. “There was no manipulation, or anything,” he said. “Nevertheless, those were intrusions.” (News Service of Florida)

• Fishing along U.S. Highway 441 near the flooded Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park have become a common sight in recent months. That’s quite OK with the Florida Department of Transportation for now: “As long as there are no safety hazards or damage along the roadway, this is fine.” Alachua County commissioners, meanwhile, are considering spending up to $3 million to build a paved trail there. (WUFT News, Gainesville Sun)

• Waldo city officials are trying to get better control over how often buildings are boarded up, as many have been during the past few decades. (WCJB)

• GEO Group operates six prisons in Florida, and correctional officers at those facilities will soon have a $14 minimum wage. (Florida Politics)

• The Seminole Tribe is no longer remitting gambling payments to the state after its leaders felt Florida wasn’t doing enough to carry out a court order cracking down on designated player games. (WFSU)

TCPalm offers this explainer about algae blooms in Lake Okeechobee and whether or not they’ll be as severe this summer as years past.

• The South Florida Sun Sentinel will not be found in contempt as the Broward County School Board had requested after the outlet published redacted material about the confessed Parkland school shooter. (AP)

• If swarms of love bugs give you nightmares, don’t click this. Boaters in Sarasota needed two hours with a power washer to remove them all after an outing last week. (ABC Action News)

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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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