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• WUFT News: ‘It’s too late’ – Father Texted Estranged Wife On Morning He Killed Sons, Himself. “The text message from her estranged husband arrived at 5:39 a.m., even as Minde Reinhart was already on the phone with a sheriff’s dispatcher pleading for help and searching for answers. Paul Reinhart, 46, had disappeared into the night with the couple’s two young sons.”
• WUFT News: ‘Angels among us’ – Baseball Permeated Lives Of Boys Believed Killed By Father. “Rex and Brody Reinhart, the two young boys believed to have been killed by their father this week, were elite youth baseball players known across the region for their passion about the sport. It defined their short lives.”
• The Alligator: Alachua County will not be immediately affected by Gov. DeSantis’ new executive orders. “Alachua County’s emergency order, which included mandatory masking and restrictions on gatherings, was set to expire May 12. Because the order was already set to expire in a week, Alachua County won’t be drastically affected by the Governor’s orders.”
• Gainesville Sun ($): Jury awards $120M in GRU crash that left man paralyzed. “Jurors awarded Rodgers more than $16 million for the expenses, loss of income, mental anguish and other factors that he has already incurred and more than $103 million for future expenses and losses, the verdict form shows.”
• Gainesville Sun ($): UF Health records breach affects more than 1,500. “An email announcement said a former employee accessed medical records “outside the scope of their duties” but did not specify who the worker was or what role he or she filled.”
• Ocala Star Banner ($): Region 12 Arabian horse championship ‘rejuvenated’ by move to World Equestrian Center. “Runyon and Pelzman are amateur breeders and owners at their farm, Holly Hill Farms, in Fellowship. Like many other Arabian horse owners, they make the trip to Perry, Georgia, annually for the Region 12 Arabian and Half-Arabian Horse Championship Show, so they were thrilled when the event moved to Ocala’s World Equestrian Center after 30 years in Georgia.”
• CBS4: Paralyzed man awarded $120 million after 2015 crash with GRU vehicle. “On Thursday, an Alachua County jury awarded Rodgers $120 million to account for “past and future medical expenses, pain and suffering, and loss of household services to cover the cost of support he will need to do daily household tasks.”
• Main Street Daily News: Gainesville commission swears in two members. “The Gainesville City Commission on Tuesday swore in its newest commissioner, Desmon Duncan-Walker, as well as swearing in the recently re-elected Commissioner Gail Johnson to her second term.”
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Around the state today
• Tampa Bay Times ($): DeSantis ban on vaccine passports may steer Norwegian Cruise Line away from Florida. “If Florida won’t allow Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings to require proof of COVID-19 vaccination for passengers and crew, the company’s CEO says it will take its ships elsewhere.”
• Florida Today: County leaders seem to have accidentally approved removing fluoride from Mims water. “In a snap vote Tuesday, commissioners unanimously approved a request from Commission Chair Rita Pritchett, permitting her to begin halting the addition of fluoride at the county-run water treatment facility in her North Brevard district.”
• Sun Sentinel ($): NAACP, elections supervisor push DeSantis to fill Alcee Hastings’ congressional seat sooner. “The NAACP is joining with Broward Elections Supervisor Joe Scott in demanding that Gov. Ron DeSantis abandon his plan to leave the late U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings’ seat vacant for more than nine months before a special election.”
• News Service of Florida: What died in session? Ten issues considered but then dropped this year by the Florida Legislature. “From abortion restrictions to vacation rentals, many high-profile bills died Friday when the Florida legislative session ended.”
• CBS Miami: Florida Unemployment & Vaping Bills, Other Measures, Sent To Gov. DeSantis. “Bills that would help upgrade the state’s much-maligned online unemployment system and preempt local regulation of vaping and tobacco products were among 12 measures sent Friday to Gov. Ron DeSantis.”
• WFSU: Democrats, LGBTQ Advocates Question Legality of Florida’s Proposed Transgender Athlete Ban. “The GOP-backed ban on transgender students playing women and girls’ school sports is awaiting Gov. Ron DeSantis’s signature. Democrats and LGBTQ advocates say the move could result in lawsuits.”
• First Coast News: UF Health Jacksonville uses gene sequencing to find COVID-19 variants in patients. “UF Health has found 13 different variants in 62 different patients, with the U.K. variant being the most common. It’s all done through gene sequencing.”
• Florida Politics: No Casinos launches ad campaign opposing Seminole Compact. “No Casinos is launching a new statewide ad campaign to warn Floridians about the new Seminole Compact, which opens sports betting the group says illegally expands gambling in violation of the Florida Constitution.”
• Florida Politics: Brian Mast, Stephanie Murphy push bipartisan bill to protect manatees after spate of deaths. “The two are filing the measure, titled the Marine Mammal Research and Response Act, after a spike in manatee deaths observed earlier this year. Florida counted 403 manatee deaths between Jan. 1 and Feb. 26. That’s triple the expected number.”
• Florida Politics: Gov. DeSantis signs rural broadband expansion bill. “More specifically, it encourages broadband companies to expand to rural areas by creating a path for the necessary infrastructure, including by identifying federal grants available for local spending.”
• ABC7: State Attorney’s Office determines Clewiston principal who paddled student did not commit a crime. “On Friday afternoon, the state attorney released a statement that said after reviewing evidence and documents, no crime was committed by Principal Melissa Carter of Central Elementary School.”
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