The Point, Sept. 23, 2019: Florida Catches Up In Processing Its Backlog Of Sexual Assault Kits


Subscribe to The Point, arriving in your inbox Monday through Friday at 8 a.m.

Today’s top stories

• Carrying signs with slogans like “don’t be a fossil fool,” about 100 demonstrators stood outside Gainesville City Hall on Friday afternoon to advocate for change during next week’s United Nations Climate Action Summit. (WUFT News)

• We don’t yet know for sure whether one of the latest tropical developments — Tropical Storm Karen — will spin back out into the Atlantic. (Florida Storms)

• An Ocala police officer, Daniel Wagner, was killed while off-duty and riding his motorcycle late last week. (Ocala Star-Banner)

• Alachua County Sheriff Sadie Darnell continues to win her legal battle against the county commissioners over how precisely she can control her annual budget. (Gainesville Sun)

“We need to stop being afraid of words like ‘climate change’ and ‘sea level rise.’” That’s part of the message from the next Republican speaker of the Florida House. (WFSU)

• It’s taken three years, but the Florida Department of Law Enforcement has finished processing the backlog of sexual assault kits. (WJCT)

• Florida’s new Division of Emergency Management director gave an interview to the News Service of Florida and compared Hurricanes Dorian and Andrew. “While we have the strongest building code in the country, the building code was not made for Dorian. It was made for Andrew. And Dorian had 20 mph more sustained winds than Andrew.”

• The economic effect of the nation’s climate retreat from places like The Keys could be similar to that of the housing crash a decade ago. (Bloomberg)

Today’s sponsored message

There’s no denying the importance of a good education.

Millhopper Montessori is one of only two area private schools accredited by FCIS, due in part to our highly-credentialed teachers and STEAM-enhanced curriculum. Millhopper’s unique methods allow each preschool through middle school student to explore and learn, all in a safe and secure environment. Millhopper students develop into poised, compassionate and creative leaders who are prepared for the next level. Call 352-375-6773 or visit today to schedule your tour.

From NPR News

• Books: Chanel Miller Says ‘Know My Name,’ As She Reflects On Her Assault By Brock Turner

• Science: U.N. Climate Summit Sets Stage For New National Emissions Promises

• National: What The Flooding In Texas Teaches Us About The Recovery From Hurricane Harvey

• Business: Walmart To Stop Selling E-Cigarettes

• Business: Three Mile Island Nuclear Power Plant Shuts Down

• Politics: Hunter Biden In Ukraine

• World: Meet The Credit Card Obsessives Who Travel The World On Points

• Health: All-In-One Pill May Help To Prevent Heart Disease, Researchers Say

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

About WUFT News

Contact WUFT News by calling 352-392-6397 or emailing news

Check Also

The Point, May 24, 2022: Florida special session opens with discussion of reinsurance bill

The creation of a new program to stabilize the insurance market calls for $2 billion from the state's general fund.