The Point, Jan. 9, 2023: WUFT Special Report: Unsecured guns lead to unintended deaths


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• WUFT News Special Report: Unsecured guns and unintended deaths: A preventable epidemic? “Unintentional shootings affect hundreds of U.S. children each year. From foolish teenage games to curious children finding a guardian’s guns, nearly one child per day is injured or killed in such a case.”

• WUFT News: ‘This many Black folks have not been in Rosewood since the massacre’: Rosewood centennial events begin. “This month marks the 100th anniversary of the destruction of Rosewood. Rosewood was a majority Black community in Levy County. In January of 1923, a white vigilante mob murdered Black residents and set fire to the town.”

• Mainstreet Daily News: Ward talks dashboard, new city tech. “Mayor Harvey Ward said Gainesville needed to modernize aspects of the city, bringing 21st century technology to customer service at Gainesville Regional Utility (GRU), adding commercial solar to its energy mix and creating a dashboard so citizens can track city progress.”

• WCJB: Gainesville Police Department K-9 Unit goes on patrol after sergeant resigns, department reviews policies. “According to police department officials, the officers will report to Patrol Support Lt. Mike West starting on Jan. 9. The officers will continue to train their dogs and bring them along during their shifts. The dogs will not be used for tracking suspects.”

• Mainstreet Daily News: UF’s Carnes honored with track dedication. “Following a dedication ceremony on Saturday, the Jimmy Carnes Track at the Alachua County Sport and Events Center will begin operations next week by hosting the 10th Annual Jimmy Carnes Indoor Track and Field Meet.”

• WCJB: Gainesville city commissioners approve plan to improve pedestrian and cyclist lighting standards. “At Thursday’s city commission meeting, they were presented with a pedestrian lighting study prepared by Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. that laid out a plan for cost-effective, safety-focused lighting.”

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Around the state

• News Service of Florida: Florida is set to clash with the Biden administration on immigration policies. “Amid a fierce national debate about immigration issues, Florida next week will try to convince a U.S. district judge that the Biden administration is violating federal laws through policies that lead to releasing undocumented immigrants.”

• Miami Herald ($): Immigration advocates slam Biden’s new border rules: ‘It’s a wealth test.’ “On Thursday, the administration announced that anyone seeking asylum at a U.S.-Mexico border checkpoint will now need to first book an appointment online by downloading a Customs and Border Protection app called CBP One.”

• News Service of Florida: Florida’s emergency chief asks lawmakers to make changes to the state’s disaster response. “Florida’s emergency-management director wants lawmakers to make changes to help with disaster preparation and response, pointing to issues that have arisen as the state recovers from Hurricane Ian and Hurricane Nicole.”

• Florida Politics: Vote-by-mail list largely starting from scratch this year with new law. “The Broward County Supervisor of Elections sent out a news release reminding voters that unless they requested a ballot on or after the last Election Day, Nov. 8, they must renew their vote-by-mail requests to vote that way in the next election or appear in person to vote.”

• WUSF-Tampa: A key Florida lawmaker focuses on shifting from septic tanks to sewer systems. “Sen. Jason Brodeur, a Sanford Republican who chairs the Senate Agriculture, Environment and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee, said a ‘big focus’ will be getting homes and businesses off septic systems.”

• WFLA-Tampa: Proposed Florida bill would help find and protect historic Black cemeteries. “Previous work in the state legislature already established a task force to address the issue. The new legislation would also create an advisory committee to help the state handle discovered cemeteries.”

• WMFE-Orlando: Only ten veterans certified through a special Florida program have been hired in the state. “The Military Veterans Certification Pathway Program allows veterans with four years of military service and 60 college credits to apply for a five-year temporary teaching certificate. But Democratic Senator Lori Berman says only ten veterans, who have been certified through the program have actually been hired as teachers in the state.”

From NPR News

• Immigration: Biden makes his first visit to the southern border as president

• Health: FDA approves Alzheimer’s drug that appears to modestly slow disease

• Politics: After Kevin McCarthy’s election as speaker, Congress looks ahead

• National: Buying a home became a key way to build wealth. What happens if you can’t afford to?

• National: Ana Montes, former U.S. analyst convicted of spying for Cuba, is released from prison

• World: The State Department will begin spelling Turkey as Türkiye 

• Environment: California is getting drenched. So why can’t it save water for the drought?

• Politics: Trump and two rioters are sued over the death of Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick

Kristin Moorehead curated today’s edition of The Point.

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