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The Point, Oct. 30, 2023: Suspect arrested in Ybor City shooting

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• WUFT News: Murder victim’s wife, sons arrested in 2021 vacation death. "Authorities in Dixie County have arrested a widow and her two sons in connection with the death of a man in 2021 whose body was found in a canal after a family vacation."

• Ocala Gazette: Two new fire stations in the works for Marion County. "The new facility, EMS Central, will cost an estimated $8.4 million and will be an upgrade to the existing facility that was built in 1960. The project will take about 15 months to complete and will be funded by the county’s penny sales tax."

• Mainstreet Daily News: Gainesville takes next step to redevelop Eastside sports center. "The Gainesville City Commission decided Thursday to continue forward with redevelopment of its complex at the corner of 8th Avenue and Waldo Road, containing Citizens Field, the MLK Jr. Multipurpose Center, the Dwight H. Hunter Pool and Gainesville Fire Station #3."

• WUFT News: North Central Florida has become a hot spot for college football recruiting. "High school football players across the country try to show off their game to colleges every year, but the competition in Florida is on another level. There is no shortage of talent in the Sunshine State."

• News Service of Florida: Florida university presidents slated for inauguration, confirmation. "University of Florida President Ben Sasse is set to be inaugurated as the school’s thirteenth leader on Thursday during a ceremony on campus."

• WUFT News: UF leprosy symposium addresses increase in Florida cases. "Around 95% of people have natural immunity to M. Leprae, the bacteria that causes the infection, and are not at risk of infection. But the increase in cases has caused some concern among experts."

• WCJB: ‘Gainesville you have something very special’: People packed the pit during ‘The Fest.' "‘The Fest’ is an independent multi-day, multi-venue music festival held annually in Gainesville. This year marks the festivals 21st year and people keep coming back to rock out, but many people said what they enjoy most is the people they meet here."

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Around the state

• WUSF-Tampa: Arrest made in Ybor City shooting on Halloween weekend that left two dead, 16 wounded. "A 22-year-old Tampa man is being held without bond following a shooting in Tampa's Ybor City neighborhood left two people dead — including a 14-year-old boy and 20-year-old man — and 16 others wounded early Sunday morning."

• WMFE-Orlando: New bill to require NOAA to study hurricane warnings and preparedness, focusing on vulnerable groups. "A bipartisan bill introduced this week by two Central Florida congressmen calls for research into hurricane warnings and preparedness, especially for seniors, people with disabilities, non-English speakers, and rural and urban populations."

• News4Jax: 1 year after antisemitic messages were displayed in Jacksonville, local Jewish leaders focus on informing community. "Sunday marks one year since antisemitic rhetoric was projected across EverBank Stadium during last year’s Georgia-Florida game."

• WMFE-Orlando: City of Orlando closes on sale of Pulse nightclub. "The city finalized the $2 million sale of the nightclub Friday, with plans to create a permanent memorial."

• News Service of Florida: Bills call for Florida to study Medicaid expansion for young adults. "The measures are focused on people ages 18 to 26 who cannot obtain health insurance through parents or employers and do not meet income-eligibility criteria for Medicaid."

• WMFE-Orlando: While courts examine abortion rules, some insurance firms are adding services. "In the year since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v Wade and states applied their own abortion regulations, new research shows some insurance companies are expanding coverage for employer health plans and abortion services."

• Key Biscayne Independent: Can AI make better weather predictions? UM is giving a look. "Professor Ben Kirtman at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel school is leading the AI effort with three new federal grants totaling more than $3 million."

• WLRN-Miami: Why breast 'density' matters in breast cancer screenings. "Having high breast density can make screenings more difficult to interpret because dense breast tissue and tumors both look white on mammograms, whereas fatty tissue appears as a dark area."

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Kristin Moorehead curated today's edition of The Point.

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