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Today’s top Florida stories
• WUFT News: Why Florida’s Ban On Critical Race Theory Won’t Affect Alachua County Public Schools. “Although Republican opposition is clear, what is unclear is why the ban was put in place: It targets school curriculums that never taught critical race theory to begin with. ‘We don’t use theoretical frameworks as a school district,’ said Jon Rehm, supervisor of the social studies curriculum at Alachua County Public Schools.”
• WFTS-Tampa Bay: ‘I didn’t see anything alarming’: Engineer who visited Surfside condo last year recounts what he saw. “Jason Borden, a structural engineer for O & S Associates, did a walk-through of the building as recently as January 2020 and also didn’t notice anything out of the ordinary for the size and age of the 136-unit tower.”
• Miami Herald ($): As Surfside toll rises, more victims named — including 2 young sisters and their mom. “Four more victims who were pulled from the rubble of the Surfside building collapse Wednesday have been identified. Two of them are children.”
• Associated Press: Judge Puts On Hold A Law Penalizing Social Media That Block Politicians’ Posts. “U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle granted a preliminary injunction stopping the new law from being enforced. The law — which was supposed to take effect on Thursday — enabled the state to fine large social media companies $250,000 a day if they remove an account of a statewide political candidate, and $25,000 a day if they remove an account of someone running for a local office.”
• WUFT News: Gainesville, Ocala Fire Departments Aid In Surfside Condo Collapse. “Florida Task Force-8 was created to help respond to emergency situations like building collapses. Gainesville’s part of this task force consists of 29 total members who are trained to help with natural disasters and other events.”
• WUFT News: Gainesville’s $32 Million In CARES Act Funding: The Proposals, Explained. “The American Rescue Plan, signed into law by President Joe Biden on March 11, provides the City of Gainesville with $32 million to address a host of pandemic-related problems and needs. The city is sifting through dozens of proposals that would direct federal funds into additional social services, the local economy, housing, and a host of infrastructure projects.”
• USA Today Network ($): Florida Gov. DeSantis signs police reform legislation requiring use-of-force policies. “Black lawmakers had worked with conservative Republicans in the House to craft the bill, winning favor from law enforcement organizations, advocacy groups and lawmakers in both parties. It passed unanimously in both the House and Senate.”
• WINK-Fort Myers: Florida law requiring high school students to learn CPR effective July 1. “This measure could improve odds in a life-or-death situation. Having a school full of students trained in CPR means more lives could be saved everywhere. The American Heart Association says 1 in 5 people who die from cardiac arrest could have been saved if someone performed CPR.”
• WLRN: After DeSantis Signs Bill Overturning Key West Cruise Limits, Mayor Says City Will Explore Ways To Reinstate Them. “Key West’s precedent-setting limits on cruise ships to the island, approved by voters last November, were overturned in a transportation bill signed this week by Gov. Ron DeSantis.”
• Bradenton Herald ($): No criminal charges for Baugh’s vaccine VIP list. State judgment on ethics comes next. “According to the sheriff’s office, an investigator with the Florida Commission on Ethics inquired about the criminal investigation in May. He decided to postpone his own investigation until the sheriff’s office was finished and the sheriff’s office agreed to provide the state investigator with a copy of its report.”
• USA Today Network: ‘We had to work twice as hard’: How the pandemic magnified inequities for Florida’s migrant students. “A full picture is yet to emerge of the pandemic’s impact on Florida’s migrant students. What is clear: virtual learning, economic trials and high COVID-19 rates in farmworker communities magnified inequities for students already prone to learning loss, according to early data and interviews with experts, advocates and migrant families throughout the state.”
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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.