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The Point, June 21, 2022: Florida Doctors Say COVID Vaccines For Children Under 5 Could Be Delayed Across The State

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The stories near you

• CBS4: Gov. Ron DeSantis signs HB 1493 regarding Alachua County and twelve other bills. "Governor Ron DeSantis signed House Bill 1493, which amends Alachua County's Home Rule Charter to require election of county commissioners in single-member districts and provides for referendum."

• The Gainesville Sun: Most judges in Alachua County breeze to re-election unopposed, but 1 seat is up for grabs. "Alachua County judges are set for the upcoming midterm election, though most candidates will breeze back into office since no opponents filed to challenge them."

• Ocala Star Banner: Ocala grand jury indicts two men on federal hate crime charge. "Federal officials said on Nov. 17, 2021, the Lashleys "aiding and abetting one another, willfully caused bodily injury to the victim, a Black man, because of his actual and perceived race."

• WCJB TV20: Increased beef prices impact one Gainesville butcher. "Adam Fehrenbacher owns a butcher shop in Gainesville and he said he has had to raise the prices of meat because of inflation and higher transportation costs."

• The Villages Daily Sun: What a fire district means for Villages. "Villages residents in Sumter County are just the governor’s signature away from deciding if they want to approve an independent special fire district for themselves."

• WUFT News: UF Graduate Assistants United protest in an eight-month fight to earn a livable wage. "The UF Graduate Assistants United (GAU), the labor union representing over 4,000 university graduate employees, spent two hours protesting on the steps of Tigert Hall Friday beginning at 4 p.m."

• Main Street Daily News: Kelly Community Center opens in NE Gainesville. "With watermelon, drinks, ice cream and fans to fight the heat, community members looked back at how the center developed and honored Kelly, who died in 2011."

• WCJB TV20: Marion County School Board member accuses other board members of bullying. "Don Browning sent a handwritten complaint to the district outlining his concerns with the board members. He accuses others of bullying him and misrepresenting his positions."

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Around the state

• News4Jax: Vaccines for children could be delayed after Florida only state not to preorder, doctors say"Some states, including Georgia, started allowing doctors to place orders for COVID-19 vaccines for young children weeks ago. Florida, however, started allowing doctors to place their orders on Friday."

• WFSU: Florida school districts are struggling to implement the new parental rights law without substantial state guidance. "School districts across Florida are working to implement a new state law that bans classroom instruction on sexual identity and gender orientation in grades K-3 and potentially in other grades as well. But they’re facing a lack of clarity on how to put policies in place to comply with the new mandate."

• First Coast News: Florida DEO Secretary says the agency is working on forgiving overpayments. “We are required by state and federal law to issue the overpayments, but what we could do within state law is forgive them if there is no fault for fraud or other things," Eagle told Shields during the press conference on Monday. "There is a process to be able to go through that." 

• WUSF: DeSantis campaign launches questionnaire for school board candidates. "Gov. Ron DeSantis’ political campaign this week launched a questionnaire designed to gauge how closely local school board candidates align with the Republican leader’s educational priorities."

• NBC 6 South Florida: New Law Allows Smoking Bans to be Enacted at Florida Public Beaches, Parks. "The Florida Clean Air Act allows local governments the ability to create designated smoking zones and fines, enact stricter laws on the disposal of cigarette butts and even an outright ban."

• WFSU: Gov. DeSantis wants a grand jury to probe immigrant smuggling and sanctuary cities in Florida. "Continuing to criticize the Biden administration’s border policies, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday signed a controversial immigration bill and asked the Florida Supreme Court to impanel a statewide grand jury to probe issues such as the smuggling of undocumented immigrant children into the state."

• Florida Politics: Nikki Fried: Gov. DeSantis made ‘authoritarian’ move to schedule Cabinet meeting during Primary. "Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried says Gov. Ron DeSantis’ decision to schedule Florida’s next Cabinet meeting on the day of the Primary Election is part of an “authoritarian power struggle” with the Democratic Cabinet member."

• WFTS Tampa Bay: Loggerhead with tracking device released off of Coquina Beach. "A new way of tracking sea turtles is helping scientists learn how to better protect the animal."

• Bradenton Herald ($): Bradenton police survey says most officers have ‘serious problem’ with working conditions. "More than half of Bradenton police officers have serious complaints about their working conditions — pointing to poor pay, low morale and favoritism from department leaders, a recent survey found."

• News4Jax: 4th Florida property insurance company has gone bankrupt. "Nearly 80,000 Florida homeowners will have to find new insurance, after Southern Fidelity declared bankruptcy. The Tallahassee based company is the fourth insurer to declare insolvency since February."

• Sun Sentinel ($): Florida Atlantic University’s president to step down. "The announcement came from the school’s Board of Trustees chair in a campus-wide email Monday morning."

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About today's curator

I’m Sky Lebron, a multimedia producer and Morning Edition newscaster at WUFT. I’ve lived in Florida my entire life, originally hailing from Broward County before eventually moving up here to attend UF. I believe Florida is a reporter’s dream, because there are so many fantastic stories to tell. From state politics, to the environment, to character-driven stories, this state has it all, and I think it’s a great honor to help curate these stories for our audience. If you have any feedback about today’s edition or ideas for stories we may have missed, contact me at slebron30@ufl.edu.

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