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Today’s top Florida stories
• CBS Miami: ‘We Must Get These Killers Off The Streets’: Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava, Police Want Justice In Weekend Mass Shootings. “After a bloody weekend in Miami-Dade in which three people were killed and more than 30 others were injured, county leaders are taking action and asking for help in finding those responsible.”
• WUFT News: Veterans for Peace Puts Virtual Foot Down For The 14th Annual Memorial Mile. “For the past 13 years, Scott Camil has marked Memorial Day weekend by creating a display of temporary tombstones to honor American soldiers killed in the ongoing Afghanistan and Iraq Wars.”
• WUFT News: Marion County School Board Votes To Permanently Close Evergreen Elementary. “Evergreen Elementary School students left school Wednesday for the last time this year. They were also likely the last group of public school students to ever exit the school that has educated kids in Ocala for 32 years.” Learn more about this story in today’s episode of our podcast.
• Associated Press: Fired Florida Employee Receives Whistleblower Status. “Rebekah Jones had raised questions about Florida’s COVID-19 data after being ousted as the data’s curator. State officials said she was fired for insubordination after being reprimanded several times, according to state records.”
• WMFE: Florida Environmental Protection Secretary Resigns. “Noah Valenstein is stepping down after leading the agency for four years, under two governors.”
• Bradenton Herald ($): What’s new at Piney Point? Engineers close to sealing leaking pond with tons of sand. “It took a heavy steel plate, an underwater rover and more than 600 truckloads of sand to finally patch the torn liner at Piney Point and prevent the pond from leaking.”
• WLRN: How COVID (Almost) Reshaped Florida Agriculture, And Why It Still Might. “For a moment it looked like a major shift was underway in Florida agriculture, as more local produce was consumed locally. It didn’t completely pan out but hopes remain high.”
• Gainesville Sun ($): NTSB: Trucker who caused crash that killed church children lied on health documents. “A report from the National Transportation Safety Board focused on trucker Steve Holland, 59, of West Palm Beach for the crash that occurred on Jan. 3 2019. Holland, when seeking health certificates for licensing in 2014, 2016 and 2018, checked ‘no’ on boxes for health history questions and failed to list medication he was taking. He had previously listed his heart disease and medicine.”
• WUSF: Homeowners Across Florida Are Switching To Solar Power Through Group Purchases. “More than 60,000 homes, businesses and billboards are powered by solar energy across Florida right now, and one nonprofit is trying to increase that number by getting residents to purchase through multiple groups.”
• News4Jax: Duval & Alachua counties surrounded by climate change doubters. “A Yale and George Mason University survey polled 25,000 people across the nation to gauge public opinion on climate change. The results are mapped down to state, congressional district, metro area and county levels.”
• WJCT: FEMA Recommends Florida Homeowners Carry Flood Insurance. “Hurricane season officially starts Tuesday, June 1, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency is urging Florida residents to buy flood insurance as soon as possible.”
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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 email@example.com.