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The Point, April 12, 2023: New group to pay UF athletes after failed NIL deal

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• Fresh Take Florida: New group emerges to pay UF athletes; Gator Collective dissolves after mishandled QB deal. "A new player in the big money race to pay University of Florida athletes emerged Tuesday to replace the Gator Collective, months after a mishandled deal led a top quarterback prospect to walk away from UF’s football program."

• WUFT News: Florida Highway Patrol asks for the public’s help in Marion County hit-and-run investigation. "On Wednesday night, along NE 31st Street, a bicyclist was traveling west across NE Jacksonville Road as the car was driving south down the same road. The car driver struck the bicyclist and fled."

• Mainstreet Daily News: Grand jury indicts two on murder charges. "Parker and Walker both received a True Bill, meaning they will now be arraigned and face a trial at a later date."

• WUFT News: Number of women with a concealed weapons license is on the rise. "Gun safety experts in Gainesville and neighboring communities say they have noticed a significant increase in the last four months in the number of women who wish to obtain a concealed weapons license."

• WUFT News: Orange Park and Keystone Heights voters adopt amendments and reelect incumbent. "Clay County voters adopted two amendments and reelected an incumbent back into council on Tuesday."

• WUFT News: Florida is H2O: The Water State Festival looks to protect Florida’s springs. "From a refreshing drink in the hot Florida sun to the makeup of every living thing, The Water State Festival hopes to show Floridians the pivotal role water plays in their lives."

• WUFT News: Alachua County student heads to National Spelling Bee after winning regional competition. "Martin outlasted 13 students in the First Coast Spelling Bee in Jacksonville this month to win his qualifying spot."

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Around the state

• News Service of Florida: Prison time could be deferred for pregnant women in Florida. "A measure that moved forward Tuesday in the House would allow pregnant women convicted of felonies to seek to delay going to prison for up to three months after giving birth — a move that one supporter said will 'save babies.'"

• WUSF-Tampa: Why Ladapo's withholding of Florida COVID vaccine data 'seems irresponsible at best.' "Tampa Bay Times reporter Chris O'Donnell discusses his findings from a report that key data was withheld when Surgeon General Dr. Joseph Ladapo recommended that young men not get the shot."

• WFSU-Tallahassee: A plan to for more hemp regulations in Florida has some worried it'll put them out of business. "Florida’s hemp industry is upset over a legislative plan they say will hurt their business. The measure’s sponsor says the bill is meant to keep companies 'in your lane.'"

• WUSF-Tampa: Auto loans for new cars reach their highest interest rates since 2008. "Interest rates reached 7% during the first quarter of 2023, meaning borrowers are facing costs that haven’t been seen since the Great Recession."

• WLRN-Miami: Florida and Gulf coasts could see more hurricane strikes as planet warms, new study finds. "The study by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and published last week in the journal Science Advances is among the first to explain the mechanics and role winds play on a warming planet as they make hurricanes more dangerous."

• WLRN-Miami: LGBTQ parents think of moving from Florida. Blame 'Don't Say Gay' law. "A survey of more than 100 LGBTQ parents in Florida found more than half are thinking about leaving the state because of the law that bars instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity in kindergarten through third grade."

• WFSU-Tallahassee: Florida gun sales may be off-limits to future credit card trackers. "A proposal to ban merchant codes for gun and ammunition sales in Florida is ready for the full House. It’s already been approved by the Senate, largely along party lines."

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• Climate: The big reason why the U.S. is seeking the toughest-ever rules for vehicle emissions

• World: How the war in Ukraine has forever changed the children in one kindergarten class

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Kristin Moorehead curated today's edition of The Point.

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