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• WUFT News: For Fans Of Local History, High Springs Museum Is A Hidden Treasure. “COVID-19 and a lack of volunteers meant the museum had to shut down for over a year. Eventually, it has started opening again — first for just once a month and by appointment only.”
• WUFT News: Florida Supervisors of Elections Oppose Controversial Voting Bill ‘SB 90’. “The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Dennis Baxley, considers the regulations a way of taking a proactive approach to addressing potential election issues in the state…Bradford County Supervisor of Elections Amanda Seyfang said the requirements laid out in the bill would be impractical for the county.”
• WUFT News: How Gainesville Designated April As Arab American Heritage Month Two Years Before The US Government. “Two years ago, Gainesville Mayor Lauren Poe signed a proclamation that recognized April as Arab American Heritage Month in the city. Earlier this month, the U.S. State Department designated April as a month to honor and celebrate the more than 3.5 million Arab Americans in the country.”
• Levy County Spotlight: Joint Bronson-Archer Fireworks Show Doesn’t Get Traction. “Bronson Town Council members Monday tabled a proposal to host a joint Fourth of July fireworks show with Archer at Bronson Speedway due to concerns about the condition of bleachers at the race track.”
• The Alligator: Large gathering at T.B. McPherson Center on Easter Sunday sparks stricter rule enforcement from city. “East Gainesville residents who regularly use a recreation center for community events are facing stricter enforcement of rules and regulations from the city after a large gathering on Easter.”
• Main Street Daily News: 10-year-old unknowingly brings loaded gun to school. “The reporting officer, Deputy Montana Sayers, said the gun had a bullet in the chamber and eight rounds in the magazine.”
• Gainesville Sun ($): Protestors occupy the UF J. Wayne Reitz Union with food service contract demands. “Ten of them, all with the local activist coalition the Food Justice League, planned to spend at least the night and following two days there…”
• WCJB TV20: Court order halts Williston Crabfest. “Crabfest has been held for several years in East Williston but has been marked by violence and shooting deaths.”
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Around the state today
• News Service of Florida: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, AG and sheriff sued over protest crackdown by civil rights attorneys. “Republican lawmakers gave final approval to the changes last week, ignoring objections by Democrats and civil-rights groups that predicted the proposal would be challenged in court.”
• Sun Sentinel ($): DOCUMENTS: Read the indictments of Broward Superintendent Robert Runcie and school attorney Barbara Myrick. “Broward County Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie was arrested April 21, 2021, and charged with perjury in an official proceeding. District General Counsel Barbara Myrick was indicted on a charge of unlawful disclosure of statewide grand jury proceedings, also a third-degree felony.”
• Politico: Book wins backing as Senate Democratic leader, will forgo statewide run in 2022. “Senate Democrats on Wednesday held a closed-door caucus meeting in the Senate chamber, where they selected Book to take over as the Democratic leader in November 2022.”
• WFSU: Additional Hurricane Michael Recovery Aid Expected To Reach Panhandle Communities. “More dollars are gradually becoming available to aid communities recovering from Hurricane Michael.”
• First Coast News: Reward increases to help find who marked ‘Trump’ on Florida manatee’s back. “The organization’s offer of a $5,000 reward brings its total to $8,000. The Center for Biological Diversity, a national conversation program, also had announced a $5,000 reward.”
• WTSP Tampa: St. Pete plans to become a zero-waste city by 2050. “In a campaign reveal, the city expanded on the widely-publicized three Rs: “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.” The city lists six Rs people can practice to help get St. Pete to its goal.”
• Politico: Florida agriculture officials ban citrus pesticide approved near end of Trump administration. “Florida agriculture officials on Wednesday announced that that the insecticide aldicarb — approved in January by the administration of President Donald Trump for use on citrus — will remain banned in Florida.
• First Coast News: Trial begins Wednesday for man accused of driving van into Republican tent in Walmart parking lot in Jacksonville. “The story gained national attention, including from former President Trump and other lawmakers. Timm’s bond is currently $507,512.”
• WMFE: Next Astronaut Launch From Florida Delayed One Day, SpaceX Now Targeting Friday For Crew-2 Mission. “Bad weather along the mission’s path forced the 24 hour delay. NASA and SpaceX track weather along the launch trajectory in case there’s an abort mid flight.”
• Sun Sentinel: Boynton approves ban on vendor use of Styrofoam, balloons and confetti. “Vendors in Boynton Beach will no longer be allowed to use polystyrene foam products, more commonly known as Styrofoam, at concerts and other events on city property, thanks to a new city ordinance.”
• Florida Politics: Proposal to allow drones for natural disaster response soars through Senate. “Sen. Manny Diaz’s bill to allow state agencies and local governments to use drones to assess damage after natural disasters flew through the Senate Wednesday.”
• News4Jax: Florida House signs off on school board term limits. “If ultimately passed by voters, the measure would prevent school board members from seeking re-election if “by the end of his or her current term of office, the person will have served, or but for resignation would have served, in that office for eight consecutive years.”
• Spectrum News: Did Florida just lose its title as lightning capital of the U.S? “Accounting for the margin of error, Florida could technically squeeze out Oklahoma as the lightning capital.”
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About today’s curator
I’m Sky Lebron, a multimedia producer and Morning Edition newscaster at WUFT. I’ve lived in Florida my entire life, originally hailing from Broward County before eventually moving up here to attend UF. I believe Florida is a reporter’s dream, because there are so many fantastic stories to tell. From state politics, to the environment, to character-driven stories, this state has it all, and I think it’s a great honor to help curate these stories for our audience. If you have any feedback about today’s edition or ideas for stories we may have missed, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.