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• Gainesville police and fire officials yesterday released more details about Sunday’s deadly crash and tanker truck explosion on Northwest 43rd Street, including the identity of the man killed. He was 20-year-old Lucca Roch-Hernandez, a Miami native who had moved to Gainesville this fall to attend Santa Fe College. (WUFT News)
• One of our reporters is from Greenville, in the Panhandle’s Madison County. For her, the small town’s struggle to enter a new era is personal, so she told it as a first-person narrative that’s captivating and worth your time this week. (WUFT News)
• U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho says although he’s allowed to attend them, he hadn’t until yesterday been to any of the closed-door impeachment hearings because he thinks they’re “a sideshow.” (CNN)
• The City of Ocala is now out $750,000 after a spear phishing scam. (Ocala Star-Banner)
• New University of Florida research might give honeybees a fighting chance. (WUFT News)
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Around the state today
• Yesterday marked the annual occasion when Florida’s political leaders speak in half-hour blocks to the Tallahassee press corps, which includes members of our Fresh Take Florida team. Here’s their report highlighting what you can expect from the spring legislative session. (WUFT News)
• Airbnb hosts will have to pay county bed taxes instead of it being the company’s responsibility, a circuit judge has ruled. (Bradenton Herald)
• More than two-thirds of Floridians believe climate change is a threat to future generations. (WLRN)
• Drunk driving deaths across the state declined slightly from 2017 to 2018. (WUSF)
From 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.