The Point, Dec. 13, 2022: Rebekah Jones signs plea deal in DOH hacking case


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• WCJB: Alachua Co. School District gets rid of “LGBTQ Support Guide” after pushback from FLDOE. “The ‘LGBTQ Critical Support Guide’ was a 25 page guide that covered topics ranging from how staff should handle a student’s preferred pronouns to restroom and locker room use.”

• Florida Politics: Jose Juarez announces bid for HD 24 to replace Joe Harding. “Ocala business owner Jose Juarez is announcing his candidacy for the not-yet-called Special Election in House District 24 to replace former Rep. Joe Harding. The Republican presented himself as a champion of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ agenda.”

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• Florida Storms: Damaging wind and tornado threat possible midweek as a cold front blasts through state. “A strong cold front is forecast to move through the state and could lead to severe storms capable of producing damaging winds and tornadoes later in the week.”

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• Fresh Take Florida: ‘I don’t care what she says’: Prosecutor says ex-congressional candidate mischaracterizes agreement in hacking case. “Former Florida congressional candidate and fired pandemic health manager Rebekah Jones agreed in a court document to admit she was guilty of a hacking-related felony.”

• Florida Politics: Toll reduction bill zooms through Senate committee. “Some drivers could see a 50% credit on tolls in the 2023 calendar year — funded by Florida’s budget surplus — under a priority proposal of Gov. Ron DeSantis that is on a fast highway to the finish line during this week’s Special Session.”

• News Service of Florida: Red and blue states choose sides on the education law that critics in Florida call “don’t say gay.” “Republican attorneys general of 14 states last week sought approval to file a brief supporting Florida in a fight about the new law. That came after Democratic attorneys general from 15 states and the District of Columbia this summer filed a brief supporting the bill’s challengers.”

• Florida Politics: Lawmakers move forward with bill to hike Citizens’ rates, expand reinsurance bailout. “Florida homeowners could soon find it more difficult to sue their insurer, and insurance companies are in line for another $1 billion in reinsurance backed by taxpayers after the Legislature moved forward with a bill designed to stabilize a struggling property insurance industry.”

• WUSF-Tampa: Florida on a 31-day streak of declining gas prices. “Florida gas prices declined 12 cents per gallon last week. The state average is now on a 31-day streak of declines, falling a total of 41 cents per gallon.”

• Jacksonville Today: Jacksonville redistricting process raises questions of Sunshine Law violations. “The city’s claim that Council approved seven principles that drove redistricting raises questions about whether Council members made mapmaking decisions in private meetings with city staff — which may have violated Florida’s open-government Sunshine Law.”

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• National: Biden to sign Respect for Marriage Act, reflecting his and the country’s evolution

• Health: A major drugmaker plans to sell overdose-reversal nasal spray Narcan over the counter

• National: North Carolina attacks highlight the vulnerability of power grids

• Science: The U.S. reaches a fusion power milestone. Will it be enough to save the planet?

• Business: Bankman-Fried, disgraced former CEO of FTX crypto exchange, arrested in Bahamas

• Health: Newest doctors shun infectious diseases specialty 

Kristin Moorehead curated today’s edition of The Point.

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