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DeSantis says Florida's ports should be used to help solve the nation's supply chain issues
With the White House making incremental progress in the global supply chain, Gov. Ron DeSantis took another swipe Tuesday at the Biden administration as he pitched using Florida ports for cargo ships logjammed in California. Read more here.

The Parkland shooter may face the death penalty, here's how that process could play out
The confessed Parkland school shooter is expected to change his plea agreement Wednesday morning. Nikolas Cruz, now 23, will plead guilty to 17 counts of first-degree murder and 17 counts of attempted first-degree murder in the 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, his defense lawyers told presiding Judge Elizabeth Scherer. Read more here. Also, the families of 52 victims have reached a $25 million settlement with the Broward County school district.

Okaloosa NAACP raises concerns over taser death of Black man
The Okaloosa County branch of the NAACP say they will be an advocate for the family of the Calvin Wilks, Jr. who died hours after being tased during an incident with Crestview Police Department on Thursday. Read more here.

Pandemic brings challenges to helping victims of domestic violence
Continuing our series on domestic violence awareness month, we look at how COVID has impacted organizations such as FavorHouse, which work to help victims. Read more here.

League of Women Voters talk details probe into Florida's school voucher program
The League of Women Voters of Florida recently conducted a study of the state's School Voucher programs and that will be the subject of an upcoming talk to be held via Zoom Thursday. Read more here.

A historic first
Dr. Rachel Levine is once again making history, becoming the first openly transgender four-star officer to serve in any of the country's eight uniformed services. She was sworn in Tuesday as the highest-ranking official of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. Read more here.