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The Point, May 2, 2023: School board term limits head to DeSantis

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• WUFT News: Six former Florida Gators selected during NFL Draft. "It was a great weekend for Florida Gator football, as six former players were selected in the NFL Draft, including Gainesville local Anthony Richardson getting picked fourth overall."

• Florida Storms: Hurricane Preparedness Week begins in Florida. "Prepping for hurricane season starts with knowing your risks. Hurricanes are much more than just a coastal problem, so knowing what types of water and wind hazards could happen where you live is critical to your safety."

• WCJB: Alachua County School Board discusses bringing on a new superintendent. "School board members met with a representative of the Florida School Boards Association to discuss the logistics of bringing on a new superintendent."

• WUFT News: Resilient Cedar Key flooding vulnerability map. "A grant from the Resilient Florida program funded the online program that allows users to explore flood vulnerability maps on and around Cedar Key."

• The Alligator: Gainesville residents protest ‘countries of concern’ real estate bills. "The bills would restrict the ownership of property in Florida by some Chinese government agencies, private businesses and individuals. The bills target Florida residents born and raised in the People’s Republic of China who aren’t lawful, permanent residents."

• WCJB: Alachua County commissioners consider plan to divert trash from landfills. "On Tuesday, commissioners will discuss whether they need to update this plan, or consider projects that fall within the guidelines."

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Around the state

• Associated Press: Florida LGBTQ+ lawmaker to GOP: ‘I’m literally trying to exist.' "More than 200 LGBTQ+ lawmakers across the country feel just like Jones, at a time when anti-gay and anti-transgender legislation is flourishing — as if they are under personal attack, and that they need to continually defend their community’s right to exist."

• News Service of Florida:School board members face 8-year term limits under a bill headed to DeSantis. "The Legislature and DeSantis last year approved a measure that capped board members’ terms at 12 years. During discussion Monday, Sen. Jason Pizzo, D-Hollywood, questioned why lawmakers were coming back with eight-year term limits this year."

• WUSF-Tampa: DeSantis signs a bill allowing the death penalty in child rape convictions. "The governor, who is expected to announce a run for president in the coming weeks, has leaned into an aggressive conservative agenda on crime and other issues ahead of his expected candidacy as he seeks to bolster support among the Republican base."

• News Service of Florida: Clinics Say Privacy Clause Protects Abortion Rights. "With the future of abortion rights in Florida potentially hinging on the case, attorneys for abortion clinics and a doctor are pushing back against arguments that the state Supreme Court should reject decades of legal precedents about a privacy clause in the Florida Constitution."

• WMFE-Orlando: Board appointed by DeSantis votes to sue Disney in state court. "The five-member Central Florida Tourism Oversight District board will seek to invalidate a previous board's pre-emptive agreement that surrendered much of its authority to Disney."

• Florida Politics: Legislature puts its stamp on phosphogypsum road reuse. "The chances are better than they were yesterday that phosphogypsum will be included in future Florida roads, despite concerns about the material’s radioactivity."

• NPR: A Florida principal who was fired after showing students 'David' is welcomed in Italy. "Hope Carrasquilla, a Florida principal who was asked to resign in March after sixth-grade students were taught about and shown a picture of Michelangelo's David statue, traveled to Florence, Italy to see the sculpture in real life."

• News Service of Florida: The Florida House and Senate nail down a spending plan. "After what they called the 'smoothest' budget negotiations in years, House and Senate leaders on Monday finished working out details of a spending plan that is expected to top $116 billion."

From NPR News

• Politics: The Senate holds its Supreme Court ethics hearing this week — with no justices

• Business: This company adopted AI. Here's what happened to its human workers.

• National: More communities are deciding to fight the expansion of dollar stores

• Health: Advocates for addiction treatment say Narcan should be made available everywhere

• Sports: Why an NBA star's response to a reporter's question about losing hit a nerve

• National: Arkansas woman pleads not guilty to selling over 20 boxes of stolen human body parts

• Art: The guy who ate a $120,000 banana in an art museum says he was just hungry
Kristin Moorehead curated today's edition of The Point.

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