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The Point, May 12, 2022: A nearly $1 billion settlement is reached in the Surfside lawsuit

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• WUFT News: Alachua County Sheriff implements new jail policies following 2021 death of inmate’s newborn. "The staff at the Alachua County Jail will implement new policy changes following an incident in which a baby died after being birthed in the jail. Inmate Erica Heaven Thompson in August gave birth at the jail to a premature baby who later died at a local hospital. The death sparked outrage in the community and led to demands for changes in the care of pregnant inmates."

• CBS4: Gilchrist County gets $23M in funding. "Governor Ron DeSantis announced $23 million dollars in funding to help support economic development. infrastructure, and public safety in Gilchrist County."

• WCJB: Vanguard High students mourn the loss of 15-year-old killed in crash. "Counselors were at Vanguard through the school day speaking to students mourning the loss of a friend."

• The Alligator: UF parking and construction: a seemingly dead end. "Parking, construction and road closures on UF’s campus continue to create problems for campus commuters."

• Mainstreet Daily News: SRWMD recommends $14M in springs restoration funds. "The recommended projects include five local government projects, one dairy project, and three districtwide projects."

• Gainesville Sun ($): Alachua County Commission OKs two development plans in vicinity of Archer, Tower roads. "After more than three hours of discussion, commissioners approved plans for the Tara Vista Subdivision, which call for up to 223 lots on about 26 acres directly east of Kimball Wiles Elementary School."

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Around the state

• Associated Press: A nearly $1 billion settlement is reached in a Surfside condo collapse lawsuit. "Harley S. Tropin announced the $997 million settlement during a hearing before Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge Michael Hanzman. Still pending final approval, the settlement involves insurance companies, developers of an adjacent building and other defendants."

• WFSU: Florida judge blocks DeSantis map ahead of midterm elections. "Judge Layne Smith of the state’s 2nd Judicial Circuit in Leon County ruled after a nearly four-hour hearing on Wednesday that the map is unconstitutional because it eliminates a district where African American voters can elect their candidate of choice."

• The New York Times ($): Passenger Lands Small Plane in Florida After Pilot Falls Ill. "At noon, about an hour into the flight, the pilot said he wasn’t feeling well and slumped against the controls, according to an F.A.A. blog post. The plane went into a nosedive and a sharp turn, forcing one of the passengers to take over during the flight and stabilize the plane."

• News Service of Florida: Florida will stop accepting applications this week for rental and utility assistance. "The department launched the OUR Florida program, or Opportunities for Utilities and Rental Assistance, last year to help people who were behind on rent or utility payments. Applications will be accepted through Thursday."

• Florida Times-Union ($): Workers at 2 Jacksonville Starbucks stores vote to unionize, adding to national movement. "Workers at that store approved unionizing by a 10-7 vote, with Starbucks employees at 1980 San Marco Blvd. making the same decision by an 8-1 vote."

• Tampa Bay Times ($): Cameron Herrin’s 24-year sentence in Bayshore deaths argued in appellate court. "Herrin is appealing the 24-year sentence he received for the 2018 crash that killed a mother and daughter on the iconic Tampa boulevard."

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I'm Melissa Feito, a journalist at WUFT. Originally from Miami, I got my start in public radio covering religion stories like the spiritual roots of Afro-Brazilian music and modern communities of pagans. I'm a graduate student getting my master's degree in mass communication and am part of a team searching for local and state news each week that's important to you. Please send feedback about today's edition of The Point or ideas for stories we may have missed to

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