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June 1 marks the official start of the six month Atlantic Hurricane Season. Colorado State University’s Tropical Meteorology Project predicts an at or near average season which would bring 12 named storm systems with six of those becoming hurricanes, and three major hurricanes strengthening to a Category 3 or higher. Florida has been protected in recent years by an El Nino weather pattern, but that’s weakening rapidly now.

Flood insurance policy holders with the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) saw their premiums increase in April. The program, which provides the vast majority of flood insurance policies in the U.S., is currently digging itself out of a nearly $24 billion dollar debt following claims from Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and Superstorm Sandy in 2012. 

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Appeals court judges heard oral arguments last week in the latest phase of a legal battle challenging Florida’s tax credit scholarship program that helps children from low income families attend private schools.  The program offers tax credits to businesses who make donations to non-profits that provide private school scholarships to poor students.  The program currently serves nearly 70,000 students, the majority of which attend religious schools.  

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Florida’s death penalty law and the fate of the state’s nearly 400 death row inmates remains in flux.  Last week a Miami-Dade judge ruled that Florida’s newly revised death penalty sentencing law is unconstitutional.  That ruling came in the case of Karon Gaiter who awaits trial for first-degree murder.  Judge Milton Hirsh ruled that the law goes against the long-time sanctity of unanimous verdicts in death penalty cases because the system only requires 10 of 12 jurors to vote in favor of imposing execution.

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An Estero man was arrested last week on three counts of unauthorized access of a computer system.  David Levin is accused of hacking both the Lee County and Florida Division of Elections websites. Levin, along with Dan Sinclair, who is running against incumbent Lee County Elections Supervisor Sharon Harrington, made a video detailing how Levin accessed the website.  The Florida Department of State said in a statement that the state’s voter registration system was not accessed and is secure.