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The Point, April 4, 2023: Florida Democratic leaders arrested at abortion rights protest

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The stories near you

• Mainstreet Daily News: Newberry board OKs zipline site plan. "Newberry’s Planning and Zoning Board approved plans on Monday for a zipline park and residential neighborhood with 12 commercial parcels along State Road 26."

• Florida Storms: NHC introduces seven-day outlooks, among other changes ahead of the 2023 hurricane season. "Those in the path of tropical cyclones will now have two more days to prepare. Beginning this year, the graphical outlook tool from the National Hurricane Center will be extended from five to seven days."

• WCJB: Dunnellon Police Chief announces his department will shut down and join MCSO. "Chief McQuaig announced he and the 10 officers are resigning and moving over to the sheriff’s office by July."

• Mainstreet Daily News: ACT purchases 84 acres around Orange Lake. "The new purchase doubles the size of the preserve and will include access to Orange Lake through conservation land owned by Marion County."

• WUFT News: Photographer and conservationist Gabby Salazar shares her love of nature with a global classroom. "She is quick to dismiss the deserved attention, crediting the influence of her colleagues and mentors who encouraged her to use her platform to display her passion: conservation."

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Around the state

• Florida Politics: Democratic politicians Lauren Book, Nikki Fried arrested in abortion rights demonstration. "Senate Democratic Leader Lauren Book and Florida Democratic Party Chair Nikki Fried were among 11 reproductive rights protesters arrested and cuffed outside Tallahassee City Hall Monday night."

• WFSU-Tallahassee: Gov. DeSantis signs a permitless carry bill into law in Florida. "DeSantis signed the bill in front of more than a couple dozen supporters, including Republican legislative leaders, the bill's sponsors, law enforcement officers and gun rights advocates."

• WUSF-Tampa: Florida ranked 8th for highest electric bills across the U.S. in 2022, according to a study. "In 2022, U.S. consumers faced the highest electricity costs in more than 40 years, due to inflation, a rebounding economy and fuel-related repercussions from the Ukraine conflict, according to home valuation company Ownerly."

• The Alligator: Changes to House Bill 999, explained. "The Florida Legislature has made significant edits to the sweeping higher education reform bill between its original filing Feb. 21 and its most recent update March 15 — notably concerning majors and minors that will be removed if the bill becomes law."

• Spectrum News: NASA, CSA reveal astronauts for Artemis II mission. "NASA has revealed the names of the astronauts who will be sent on the Artemis II mission to orbit the moon for the first time in more than 50 years."

• WGCU-Fort Myers: First Harriet, now the eaglets; Eagles vanishing at North Fort Myers nest -- one may be back. "Monday dawned on an empty eagle nest along Bayshore Road in North Fort Myers. Over the weekend both recently-fledged eaglets departed."

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Kristin Moorehead curated today's edition of The Point.

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