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Today’s Florida stories

• Florida Today ($): ‘It’s going to be a zoo’: Brevard braces for Artemis I crowds for historic moon launch. “The Artemis I two-hour launch window opens at 8:33 a.m. Monday. Brevard County Communications Director Don Walker warns that motorists may begin encountering ‘an unusual number of cars on the road’ by about 2 a.m. Tourism and space-related officials predict anywhere from 100,000 to 500,000 spectators will descend on Brevard to watch the historic moon-rocket launch, Walker said.”

• WUFT News: Police: 3-year-old child dies after taking gun from unlocked case, shooting himself. “Gainesville police detectives are investigating an incident Wednesday night that left a three-year-old child dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Officers and emergency medical services responded just before 6 p.m. on Wednesday to Lamplighter Mobile Home Community, 5200 NE 39th Ave.”

• WLRN-Miami: More than 400 phony claims tossed out by judge in Champlain Towers South litigation. “Hundreds of claims on the more than $1 billion settlement from the Champlain Towers South case have been tossed out as phony. The court-appointed receiver, attorney Michael Goldberg, had deemed more than 450 claims fraudulent. Now, Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Michael Hanzman said he has thrown them out.”

• City & State Florida: Moving ‘further to the right’? Five takeaways from the Florida primary election. “Tuesday’s primaries were just canapés before November’s main course. Florida’s general election will be headlined by perhaps the most watched gubernatorial race in the country, and one that could have implications beyond who is Florida’s chief executive.”

• Mainstreet Daily News: Ward, Bielarski draw contrasts in mayoral runoff. “Residents handed Ward 28% of the vote during Tuesday’s primaries, topping Bielarski by 317 votes. Commissioner David Arreola finished third with 15%, and Gary Gordon came just a step behind with 14%, followed by five other candidates.”

• WMFE-Orlando: Five charged as FBI says Central Florida Three Percenters took part in Capitol attack. “An FBI affidavit says they were members of the Three Percenters militia group. Four of the five are charged with a felony. They’re accused of interfering with law enforcement officers during a civil disorder.”

• Florida Politics: Gov. DeSantis cuts tolls for Florida commuters for six months starting Sept. 1. “Gov. Ron DeSantis unveiled the SunPass Savings Program at an event in Orlando. He said it would save 400,000 drivers $40 million over the course of the six months it’s in effect. SunPass and other Florida residents with toll transponders who go through 40 tolls in a month will receive a 20% discount, and those with 80 toll interactions will get a 25% cut in their bill at month’s end.”

• WUSF-Tampa: ‘We are not being indoctrinated.’ Students, teachers say Florida’s new education laws stifle schools. “The Stop Woke Act, Parental Rights in Education law, and new rules about curriculum transparency are changing school practices across the state.”

• Spectrum News: Some Florida educators leave teaching jobs for new pastures. “Many districts are still battling teacher vacancies in the classroom, even as kids file into class. … According to a National Education Association poll, 55% of teachers say they will leave the profession sooner than originally planned.”

• Naples Daily News ($): Collier County reports first case of dengue fever by locally infected mosquitoes. “A human case of dengue fever that was locally acquired has been confirmed in Collier County and it is causing heightened concern of more infection, according to health officials.”

• Florida Politics: After touching two patients’ breasts, state moves to revoke doc’s license, levy $10K fine. “A state administrative judge is recommending a Live Oak physician be fined $10,000 and have his license revoked after finding that he inappropriately touched two of his female patients’ breasts. In the 13-page recommended order, State Administrative Judge Yolanda Green acknowledged her recommendations were on the ‘the high end’ of disciplinary scale and that she could have instead proposed that Brij Bhushan Manohar Rana have his license suspended for one year and that he pay a $5,000 fine.”

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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

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