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DeSantis pitches $99.7 billion budget
Gov. DeSantis announced on Thursday his proposed $99.7 billion budget that would funnel money to education, the environment, and law-enforcement officers while giving motorists a temporary gas-tax break. Read more here. And, environmentalists say they need even more money than proposed. Read that story here.
1 in 10 Americans say the COVID-19 vaccine conflicts with their religious beliefs
Only 10% of Americans believe that getting a COVID-19 vaccine conflicts with their religious beliefs, and 59% of Americans say too many people are using religious beliefs as an excuse not to get vaccinated, a new survey from the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) and the Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) shows. Read more from NPR here.
Embry-Riddle student arrested with ammo and collapsible rifle after threat to shoot up university
A 19-year-old student at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University was arrested Thursday after police say he was planning to shoot up the university. Daytona Beach Police Chief Jakari Young says John Hagins was plotting a mass shooting at Embry-Riddle on the last day of school before winter break. Read more from WMFE here.
Leon County launches historic trail through downtown Tallahassee
A new trail through downtown Tallahassee will give visitors a chance to venture into the city’s past at their own pace featuring 13 historic sites, including museums, historic parks, cemeteries and buildings. Read more from WFSU here.
Grab a book this weekend
NPR has its extensive list of the best books of 2021. Find your next read from NPR staff reviews here. You can also find good reads and discussions with the WUWF Book Club. Join here.