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Today’s Florida stories
• WUFT News: Will Artemis I lift off on Saturday? NASA says “We’re going to give it our best.” “Saturday’s 2-hour launch window opens at 2:17 p.m. At a prelaunch media briefing on Thursday evening, Sarafin and other members of the Artemis I program team discussed at length the technical issues that forced them to scrub the first launch attempt. That included a hydrogen leak, an issue with the core stage inner tank valve, and what appeared to be a temperature problem with one of the core stage engines.”
• NPR News: How Artemis 1 fits into NASA’s grand vision for space exploration. “Efficiency, costs, and motivations for the mission have been brought into question leading up to the launch. Lori Garver was the deputy administrator of NASA during the Obama administration and joined All Things Considered to shed light on the process, and the future of humans in space.”
• Associated Press: Once in the doldrums, Florida Space Coast hums with frequent rocket launches. “Nowadays, the county’s unemployment rate is under 3%, and the Space Coast is humming with jobs and space launches. NASA’s first launch of its new moon rocket set for Saturday was expecting to attract hundreds of thousands of visitors…”
• News Service of Florida: Insurance regulators are considering a cap on Citizens homeowners policies. “With homeowners struggling to find coverage, insurance regulators are looking at the possibility of lifting a $700,000 cap on policies sold by the state-backed Citizens Property Insurance Corp. Citizens is barred by law from providing what is known as a ‘replacement cost’ coverage of more than $700,000 for homes, except in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties, where the limit is $1 million.”
• Florida Storms: Tropical Storm Danielle heading toward hurricane status. “In the Atlantic, Tropical Storm Danielle formed Friday morning and could become a hurricane by the end of the week. This system is intensifying over the subtropics, but its movement is very slow and not concerning.”
• Mainstreet Daily News: GNV sets timeline for hiring charter officers. “The City of Gainesville has four interim charter officers: the city manager, attorney, general manager of Gainesville Regional Utilities and the director of equity and inclusion. These officers have served from seven months to almost 12 months. The placements came after a series of resignations last year, along with the firing of Ed Bielarski as general manager in January.”
• Ocala Star-Banner ($): When will that new I-75 interchange at NW 49th Street be built in Ocala/Marion County? “The Florida Department of Transportation is planning to construct a new Interstate 75 interchange just north of the Ocala/Marion County Commerce Park, the warehousing and distribution center also known as Ocala 489. … Construction on the final phase – the actual interchange portion – should begin by early 2025.”
• WCJB: Shands employees vote to unionize. “Dispatchers, along with flight and ground paramedics at Shands, voted this week to unionize with the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees.”
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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 email@example.com.