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For the July 17-23 week, TPD reported 79 crime incidents. This included 26 violent crime incidents which is 22.1% more than the average number of violent crime incidents reported on a weekly basis in 2022, which was 21.3.
Just ahead of its regular school board meeting Tuesday, Leon County School leaders voted unanimously to keep the book “I am Billie Jean King” on school shelves.
North Florida Republican state Sen. Corey Simon has drawn a Democratic challenger in a longtime public school advocate. Sheria Griffin has filed to run for Senate District 3.
TPD identified the gunman connected to a double-homicide at the Mission Hills Apartments from Sunday. Forty-year-old Antirio Brown is the prime suspect after two women were found to be have been shot dead at the apartment complex. Authorities in a neighboring county spotted his car but fled the scene and eventually took his own life by gunshot.
The Florida Police Chiefs Association is endorsing Gov. Ron DeSantis for President. “From his commitment to safe communities and defending the rule of law, to his unwavering support for the profession of law enforcement through better pay and recruiting bonuses, Gov. DeSantis backs the blue,” FPCA President Keith Touchberry said.
The Florida Department of Commerce, previously known as the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, announced Florida’s unemployment rate stays put at 2.6 percent. The June rate represented an estimated 280,000 Floridians qualified as unemployed, up 3,000 from May, from a labor force that grew by 41,000 to 10.998 million. The rate remained below the national rate of 3.6 percent.
The State of Florida has approved PragerU videos and educational resources to be used in Florida classrooms. “In the past, teachers have been disciplined – even fired – for showing PragerU videos in their classrooms. “Now, PragerU videos are not only being allowed in classrooms but superintendents and education commissioners are actively encouraging teachers to use PragerU’s content to educate their students,” PragerU said.
FAMU football has been cleared to resume football activity, according to a release yesterday. Florida A&M’s Office of Compliance and Ethics is conducting an investigation into the unauthorized music video shoot that caused Coach Willie Simmons to shut down all football related activities.
This upcoming December, Florida State basketball will face USF in the 29th AutoNation Orange Bowl Classic. It will mark the third time the Noles will face the Bulls in the Orange Bowl Classic getting wins in the previous two matchups in 2014 and 2019.