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Today’s Florida stories
• WUFT News: Increased fuel prices are affecting some delivery services. “The rising price in fuel is causing some operational changes to Gainesville businesses. For example, the Edible Arrangements Gainesville location is limiting its delivery radius. Its Archer Road location has stopped most of its deliveries outside of Gainesville, though manager Jake Holton said the business has not increased the delivery fee.”
• Florida Politics: Laurel Lee leaves Secretary of State post amid talk of congressional run. “(Gov. Ron) DeSantis appointed Lee as Florida’s Secretary of State in January 2019, shortly after winning his election as Governor. She was actually the second person DeSantis named to the post but a Blackface scandal forced Mike Ertel to resign shortly after he was appointed to the job.”
• Tallahassee Democrat ($): Rep. Ramon Alexander, a top Florida Democrat, will not seek re-election after sexting allegations. “Alexander, who was slated to become House minority leader, announced his decision Thursday, 48 hours after the Tallahassee Democrat reported details of the sexual harassment complaint against him.”
• WTSP-Tampa: Florida CFO Jimmy Patronis lays out anti-fraud initiatives for special session. “Patronis held a news conference Thursday morning at the Tampa Division of Investigative and Forensic Services (DIFS) Office to announce five anti-fraud initiatives he’s proposing in the upcoming special session on Florida property insurance.”
• NPR News: Good Samaritans save a driver having a medical issue at a busy intersection. “A driver experienced a medical episode while crossing a busy intersection in Boynton Beach, Fla. To her relief, a group of good Samaritans leaped into action, aiding the driver and saving everyone on the road from a potentially life-threatening crash. Video of the incident on May 5 went viral on Twitter after the Boynton Beach Police Department released traffic footage in an effort to thank those involved.”
• Citrus County Chronicle ($): County votes lights out to turnpike request. “County commissioners sent a clear, unified message to Florida Turnpike Enterprise officials: You built the Suncoast Parkway so you pay for the installation, upkeep and utility costs of the street lights. … This all started when turnpike officials notified the county of a policy change that now requires Citrus County to pay for lighting along parkway ramps and nearby highways leading up to them.”
• WUFT News: University of Florida doctor suspended following sexual misconduct complaint. “Ahmad Abdul-Rahim, 31, of Gainesville pleaded not guilty Tuesday to allegations of false imprisonment, robbery by sudden snatching and battery after the employee reported the incident to UPD’s Office of Victim Services on March 28.”
• NPR News: A nonspeaking valedictorian with autism gives her college’s commencement speech. “She didn’t say a word — and that only made her message resonate more powerfully. Valedictorian Elizabeth Bonker recently delivered the commencement speech at Rollins College in Florida, urging her classmates to serve others and embrace the power of sharing.”
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About today’s curator
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.