The Tallahassee Reports Daily Briefs: Thursday, April 11, 2024

The Tallahassee Reports Daily Briefs: Thursday, April 11, 2024

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On April 9, 2024, Leon County Schools (LCS) Superintendent Rocky Hanna debuted the district-wide rebranding campaign by presenting the new district logo along with a marketing video narrated by former LCS Superintendent Bill Montford.

TR’s the news briefs from the Leon County Commission meeting held on April 9th, 2024 are now available.

Leon County commissioners accepted nearly $2.4 million in settlement funds from an opioid lawsuit. Leon County joined in the lawsuit about six years ago. The money comes from drug manufacturers, distributors and retailers who helped fuel the nationwide opioid epidemic. According to County Administrator Vince Long, this would be the first installment of a total of $11.6 million in settlement funds allocated to Leon County over the next 18 years.

A fire took place during the overnight hours Wednesday at a commercial building on Commonwealth Boulevard. Just after 12:30 a.m., TFD said it received a dispatch about a fire alarm at the commercial building. Once crews arrived on scene, a fire was found on the 11th floor. The fire department said the fire was discovered within a mechanical room on the top floor that appeared to be caused by an electrical issue.


Florida State golf’s Sophomore Luke Clanton took home another big honor on Wednesday, being named the Division I SwingU Golfer of the Month by the Golf Coaches Association of America.


Florida Republican Rep. Anna Paulina Luna said she is filing federal legislation to enact capital punishment for child sexual abusers. It would set the federal minimum for such child sexual abusers to either the death penalty or life in prison. The bill would also target traffickers as it would increase punishments from up to 10 years in prison to life in prison, or death, for those who “knowingly [transport] any individual in interstate or foreign commerce” for sexual activity or prostitution.
A federal court ruled on Tuesday that Florida cannot enforce part of a 2023 law with provisions restricting how pronouns can be used in schools against one of the teachers who filed suit. The latest ruling does not block statewide enforcement of the law. The judge ruled that the teacher had expressed personal pronouns before the 2023 law took effect, according to the Orlando Sentinel, and that the teacher is prevented from expressing them now under “threat of mandatory discipline.”


The US Environmental Protection Agency released rules yesterday requiring public water utilities to remove six common “forever chemicals” from the water supply within five years. The mandate is the first nationwide regulation of the ubiquitous substances found in dental floss, athletic clothing, food wrappers, and more.

The Biden administration on Thursday awarded $830 million in grants to fund 80 projects aimed at toughening the nation’s aging infrastructure against the harmful impacts of climate change.

US stock markets close lower (Dow -1.1%, S&P 500 -1.0%, Nasdaq -0.8%) on news inflation rose 3.5% year-over-year in March, and expectations that a rate cut will not come in June (More). 


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