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The Point, April 5, 2023: Protesters march to Gainesville City Hall over permitless carry

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• WUFT News: Protesters march to City Hall a day after Gov. DeSantis signs permitless carry bill. "Dozens of protestors associated with Moms Demand Action walked from the Alachua County Public Schools District Office to City Hall in response to a new bill signed into law by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday that allows Floridians to carry a concealed loaded weapon without a permit."

• WUFT News: One of Gainesville’s most dangerous intersections is bound for changes. "Florida Traffic Online said the intersection’s annual daily traffic volume is 26,500 vehicles going west and 20,400 going east of Northwest 39th Avenue. That’s more than any other road located in the northern Gainesville area."

• Mainstreet Daily News: BOCC continues slaughterhouse plan in Newberry. "The Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) voted 4-1 on Tuesday to take the next steps, with Commissioner Ken Cornell in dissent. The public was also divided on the issue with 26 commenters in support and 31 in opposition."

• WUFT News: Dana Hill interviews NPR’s Ari Shapiro. "In their conversation, they discussed the acceleration of the news cycle over Shapiro’s time at NPR, how he navigates the extreme contrasts each story brings, and whether it’s challenging covering stories that hit close to home."

• WUFT News: Live Oak Plantation in Ocala hosts jumping event for 32nd year. "Live Oak International began as a horse-driving event 32 years ago and is now a world-class equestrian competition. It’s the only tournament in the United States to offer both international combined driving and show jumping in the same competition."

• Ocala Gazette: Third teen dies from gunfire injuries: Sheriff holds press conference. "The Marion County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday afternoon stated in a news release that a teenage girl has succumbed to the gunshot injuries she sustained last week."

• Mainstreet Daily News: Buchholz team advances to international math finals. "The team advanced through the first two rounds of the competition after judges examined their work. The group has one more hurdle on April 24 when a panel of professional mathematicians will validate the team’s findings."

• WUFT News: What’s great about Gainesville. "The Gainesville city commission and housing authority met Tuesday afternoon to discuss just this: What makes this city great?"

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Around the state

• WUSF-Tampa: Florida has the most lead pipes in the U.S. and is getting $376 million for drinking water upgrades. "Florida has emerged as the state with the most lead service lines in the nation with 1,159,300, according to survey results recently released by the Environmental Protection Agency."

• Florida Politics: Senate passes bill banning gender-affirming care for minors and limiting it for adults. "The Senate voted 27-12 to advance a bill (SB 254) that would codify rules passed by the state’s two medical boards to ban the procedures for minors. The bill would also codify a Medicaid rule banning reimbursement for the procedures for people of all ages."

• WFSU-Tallahassee: The Florida Legislature may get more power in a public health emergency. "Under Rudman’s bill, the Florida surgeon general could declare such an emergency for 60 days. It could be extended for 30 days with approval from the governor. After that, each 60-day extension would require a two-thirds vote of the Legislature."

• Florida Politics: Deadline to apply for Florida Supreme Court vacancy extended after only 3 apply. "Once the applicant pool is set, the JNC, a nine-member panel, will interview and vet candidates before submitting a slate of three to six names to Gov. Ron DeSantis to select."

• WUSF-Tampa: A new report is out on Hurricane Ian’s destructive path. The numbers are horrific. "Hurricane Ian caused $112.9 billion in damage and at least 156 deaths as it forged a path of destruction across Florida, the Caribbean and southeastern United States, according to a report released Monday by the National Hurricane Center."

• WLRN-Miami: Human drugs found in popular Florida fish, from coast to coast. "The study from the Bonefish Tarpon Trust and Florida International University found redfish, a copper-colored sportfish that inhabits waters from St. Augustine to Pensacola, contaminated with the pharmaceuticals often leaked into coastal waters from failing septic tanks."

From NPR News

• Law: In a historic first, former President Donald Trump is charged with 34 felony counts

• National: Protests continue about the tens of thousands incarcerated for ICE

• National: Washington state stockpiles thousands of abortion pills

• Politics: For the first time in 15 years, liberals win control of the Wisconsin Supreme Court

• World: Finland joins NATO over Russia's objection

• Environment: Hawaii's lawmakers mull imposing fees to pay for ecotourism crush

• Sports: After outcry, Jill Biden's office says White House invitation is for LSU women's team
Kristin Moorehead curated today's edition of The Point.

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