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• WUFT News: A traffic stop ended in a Gainesville Police K9 ripping out his eye. Terrell Bradley’s story is more than the police report. “Bradley now faces four felony charges and a misdemeanor charge for what they found in his car, and another felony charge for ‘resisting an officer with violence.’ If a jury finds him guilty, the judge will decide what his punishment should be. The loss of his eye doesn’t count.”
• WMFE-Orlando: Residents press Sumter commission to pass a no-build resolution against the Northern Turnpike Extension. “Residents say the Florida Department of Transportation should widen Interstate 75 instead of creating a new toll road from Wildwood to U.S. 19 with all its impacts on the environment and rural communities. The historic Black community of Royal in Sumter County is in the proposed path. Rick Stagg, a resident of the rural community of Tillsman Hammock, said the extension would also devastate his neighborhood.”
• Citrus County Chronicle ($): County shoots down LGBTQ library display ban. “County commissioners Ron Kitchen and Scott Carnahan tried once again Tuesday to ban sexual orientation displays from local libraries. And once again, they were defeated.”
• Florida Storms: Anatomy of a thunderstorm shows why storms come and go in a flash. “Florida sees an abundance of thunderstorms in the summer season. According to the National Weather Service, Florida can report 70 to 100 days with thunderstorms a year. … In Florida, we tend to see afternoon storms form and dissipate rather quickly. These storms can pop up without much warning, and that makes them hard to forecast.”
• Florida Politics: Hernando’s Al Nienhuis to lead Florida Sheriffs Association. “Nienhuis, Hernando Sheriff since 2011, will serve a full year directing the Florida Sheriffs Association and its 67 Sheriffs.”
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Around the state
• USA Today Network ($): Florida property insurance market gets an ‘unprecedented’ boost that could aid thousands. “The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation announced a plan Wednesday to provide companies that are downgraded with reinsurance coverage through state-run Citizens Property Insurance. The dramatic decision to assume financial responsibility for a raft of struggling insurers underscores the dire circumstances Florida is facing as a large portion of its homeowner’s insurance market teeters on the brink of collapse.”
• News Service of Florida: Florida’s population is projected to grow a little more slowly over the next five years. “Florida’s population growth is modestly slowing as deaths outpace births and as a rush of people moving from other states during the COVID-19 pandemic subsides. Still, with an estimated 22.25 million residents as of April 1, Florida continues to see population increases that are roughly equivalent to adding a city the size of Orlando each year, according to a state report released Tuesday.”
• Miami Herald ($): Gov. DeSantis files a complaint about a Wynwood drag show performed in front of kids. “The complaint was filed to the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, which is part of the DeSantis administration, by the agency’s Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco. Get unlimited digital access Subscribe now for just $2 for 2 months. R House has 21 days to respond. It could lose its liquor license if judged to be in violation of local laws and codes.”
• Florida Today ($): Brightline train accelerates up to 79 mph during test runs between Melbourne and Rockledge. “Wednesday afternoon, a yellow Brightline train started accelerating to highway velocity between Melbourne and Rockledge, ushering in testing for a future era of higher-speed rail travel across the Space Coast.”
• WUSF-Tampa: Students will start paying for school meals again and in some districts prices are going up. “Waivers from the Department of Agriculture that allowed all students to eat breakfast and lunch for free at school during the pandemic expired on June 30. Some school districts will keep prices the same as they were before the waivers took effect in 2020. But in other districts, prices are going up.”
• Tampa Bay Times ($): This accused Tampa Jan. 6 insurrectionist is running for Florida House from jail. “Jeremy Michael Brown, the lone Republican awaiting the Democratic primary winner for a Florida House seat representing parts of Pinellas and Hillsborough counties, is facing charges related to the Jan. 6 insurrection.”
From NPR News
• Health: Biden uses first public outing since testing negative to tout his pandemic response
• World: Brittney Griner testifies about her medical marijuana prescription and chaotic arrest
• Politics: After spiking earlier talks, Manchin agrees to a new deal on climate and taxes
• Politics: Senate passes bill to reduce reliance on China for semiconductors
• National: An Amelia Earhart statue joins the U.S. Capitol’s Statuary Hall
• Business: Facebook’s parent company reports a drop in revenue for the first time ever
• Business: Who wins and who loses when the Fed hikes interest rates?
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.