The Point, March 29, 2023: Special Report: The psychology of risk


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• WUFT News Special Report: Living on the Edge: Risk. For the six-month anniversary of Hurricane Ian, we’re publishing Living on the Edge, a five-part series on Florida’s barrier islands in an era of climate change. Today’s installment is about risk: Learn why people defy evacuation orders. And read the story of an entire town of Floridians who abandoned their barrier island in the wake of a major hurricane in the 19th century.

• WUFT News: Clay County begins construction on Regional Sports Complex. “Clay County’s new $7.2 million sports complex should be ready for use early next year. Officials held a ceremonial groundbreaking March 28.”

• Mainstreet Daily News: GRU announces rate adjustments. “Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU) announced it will reduce its purchased gas and electric fuel adjustments starting Saturday.”

• Mainstreet Daily News: Alachua County to buy 650 acres for conservation. “The Alachua County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) unanimously authorized spending around $2.5 million to buy more than 650 acres of conservation land.”

• WCJB: Starke receives $700,000 grant for RJE Community Center renovations. “The work involves replacing the building’s roof, restrooms, and windows. An emergency generator will be installed and on-site grading will be done to control storm water runoff.”

• WUFT News: Carillonneurs carry on a UF tradition in Century Tower. “The carillon in Century Tower is a 61-bell instrument that can reach up to five octaves. It is one of four carillons in Florida, and there are less than 200 of them across North America.”

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Around the state

• WUSF-Tampa: DeSantis signed a massive school voucher expansion into law. Here’s what parents need to know. “Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday signed House Bill 1, a major expansion of Florida’s Family Empowerment Scholarship, into law.”

• News Service of Florida: Florida’s law restricting instruction on gender identity goes to an appeals court. “A challenge to a 2022 law restricting classroom instruction on gender identity and sexual orientation has gone to a federal appeals court, as state lawmakers and education officials look to expand the restrictions.”

• WMFE-Orlando: Eatonville preservation association sues Orange County Schools in battle over Hungerford School site. “In 1951, the then 300-acre plot was acquired by the school board with an important restriction: that the land could only be used as a public school for Black children.”

• WFSU-Tallahassee: Proposal to make Holocaust Remembrance Day an official state holiday clears Senate committee. “No arguments were made against SB 832 as it swept through a Senate Education Committee with unanimous support Monday.”

• News Service of Florida: Duval student loses appeal over teacher ‘kill list.’ “With judges divided about what it means to post threats, a state appeals court upheld the detention of a Duval County public school student who had a ‘kill list’ of teachers.”

•NPR: South Florida gives Republicans a playbook for the 2024 election. “Republicans did not see the red wave they were betting on during last year’s midterms, so now they’re setting their sights on expanding success stories that did break through, such as the big gains they made in South Florida.”

• Florida Politics: Bottoms up: House panel cheers on bill uncorking wine bottle sizes. “Members of the House Regulatory Reform and Economic Development Subcommittee agreed that grape minds drink alike (sorry again) and voted unanimously for LaMarca’s bill (HB 523) to uncork wine bottle size limits statewide.”

From NPR News

• Politics: President Biden pushes for assault weapons ban, but GOP leaders remain opposed

• Media: Judge to Fox News: Don’t make me ‘look like an idiot’ over Rupert Murdoch testifying 

• Economy: SVB collapse could have ripple effects on minority-owned banks

• Business: Union showdown: Starbucks’ Howard Schultz faces Bernie Sanders in the Senate

• Health: The FDA is considering authorizing a spring COVID-19 booster

• Health: How poverty and racism ‘weather’ the body, accelerating aging and disease

Kristin Moorehead curated today’s edition of The Point.

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