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Today’s top Florida stories

• News Service of Florida: Florida Gambling Deal Teed Up For Final Approval. “Senators approved the compact on Tuesday and the House is expected to sign off on the proposal Wednesday.”

• WUFT News: Heartwood Neighborhood Is Ready For Residents. Here’s How To Apply. “A symbol of growth and a catalyst for more investment in the area was the vision for the Heartwood neighborhood in East Gainesville. Almost 10 years later, the houses in Heartwood are buyer-ready and will go on sale at noon on Wednesday, June 30.”

• Miami Herald ($): GOP resistance may be slowing Florida vaccine campaign. ‘We have to take this seriously.’ “Republican state Sen. Manny Díaz represents parts of largely conservative Hialeah and chairs the Senate’s health policy committee. Based on conversations with constituents, he says the more significant dividing line for vaccine enthusiasm isn’t partisanship, but age, with older folks showing lesser hesitancy regardless of their politics.”

• WUFT News: Untold Florida: What’s The History Of The Tenant Houses In Shiloh Near Micanopy? “On Northwest Hwy 320, in the middle of the small area of Shiloh, lie four houses that tell an important story of the area’s past.” This story is part of our Untold Florida project, a WUFT News series powered by your questions. Listen to our podcast today to hear more from the reporter wh0 dug into this story.

• Politico: Val Demings to run for Senate against Rubio. “Florida Rep. Val Demings is planning to run for the U.S. Senate, rather than governor, providing Democrats with a big-name candidate to take on Republican Sen. Marco Rubio next year. For months, Demings mulled which statewide office to pursue, but decided she could do the most good by taking on the two-term senator, according to several Democrats familiar with her thinking.”

• Sun Sentinel ($): Judge refers Florida’s cruise line suit against CDC to mediator. “Cruise lines, their customers, the state of Florida and the U.S. government will have to wait a little longer to learn whether a federal order keeping ships idled can stand.”

• WINK-Fort Myers: Florida-based homeowner’s insurance companies cancel thousands of policies with little notice. “The Insurance Information Insitute says the reason for this is over-the-top expenses hitting insurers, who lost $1.6 billion last year alone.”

• News Service of Florida: New Florida Elections Law Hit With Another Legal Challenge. “Alleging discrimination against Black and Latino voters, a coalition of groups has filed a federal lawsuit challenging a new Florida elections law that includes additional restrictions on voting by mail.”

• CBS Miami: Florida Man Captures Astonishing Photos Of Pregnant Bull Shark During Face-To-Face Encounter. “…Captain John Moore is no stranger to sharks. He is a boat captain for a shark diving company in Riviera Beach, but his recent close encounter with a pregnant and very large bull shark and the amazing photographs he took are going viral.”

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