The Point, September 1, 2021: Inside Florida’s Complex Child Support Debt Repayment System


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• WUFT News: “The silent return from debtors’ prison”: poor parents risk prison for not having reimbursed the state for child support. Samuel Stafford, who chairs the child support hearings in Alachua and Levy counties, began the court in late July with a warning: ‘There is absolutely no room in a court, especially for the pro se, for logic and common sense. At the end of the day, Stafford would tell a mother who said she was homeless to pay $ 100 within 35 days or face a month in jail.

• Ocala star banner ($): COVID-19: 3 employees of the Marion school, 1 former student died last week. “Recent deaths bring the total number of deaths from COVID-19 among school district employees to seven since July 29. The previous four deaths were two teachers, a school bus driver and a guard. “

• WFTS-Tampa Bay: The Hernando County School Board is implementing a mask mandate in schools with an opt-out option for parents. “The school board said parents can complete an opt-out form for their students which will be available Wednesday. The school board attorney also said the mask warrant would follow the Parents Bill of Rights, demanded by Gov. Ron DeSantis.

• Fresh Take Florida: New autopsy reports reveal the father shot sons, despite authorities believing he did not own a gun. “This question – whether police can reliably determine in a developing crisis whether someone has a gun – adds to previous questions in the case about why sheriff’s investigators took so long. to be continued (Paul) Reinhart after his disappearance with his sons. “

• Daily Main Street News: Hawthorne cheese is coming to Publix shelves. “Hawthorne Creek Creamery produced its first artisan cheese in January 2020 and just sent a batch of 110 wheels to Publix on Friday. And while cheese is new, the family behind Hawthorne Creek Creamery has a history with dairy.

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• Miami Herald ($): Florida Changed COVID-19 Data, Creating ‘Artificial Decline’ in Recent Deaths. “Florida death data on Monday would have shown an average of 262 daily deaths reported to the CDC over the previous week if the Department of Health had used its old reporting system, the Herald analysis showed. Instead, the Monday Florida update showed only 46 “new deaths” per day in the previous seven days. “

• Florida Politics: Weekly deaths from COVID-19 in Florida are now 10 times higher than those seen in early July. “On Monday evening, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated their latest information on COVID-19 to show Florida had reported 1,837 additional deaths from COVID-19 over seven days through Sunday , based on the federal government’s total “cumulative deaths”. “

• WTSP-Tampa: “This is a preventable tragedy”: vaccinations recommended at funeral of St. Pete officer who died of complications from COVID. “It was an emotional day for the family, friends and colleagues of the late St. Pete Police Officer Michael Weiskopf as they gathered to remember his life and service. The 52-year-old man died on August 27 of complications from COVID after contracting the virus. Weiskopf’s widow Karen says the 18-year-old veteran of the department was not vaccinated when he fell ill.

• News4Jax: COVID-19 pediatric hospitalizations in Florida reach record highs. “The number of new hospital admissions of adults with COVID-19 in Florida continues on a general downward trend, according to data from the Department of Health and Human Services. Data shows that the total number of adult patients with COVID-19 in the state has also declined over the past week. “

• NPR News: Why the South is decades ahead of the West in forest fire prevention. “Now, several western states are preparing to adopt the fire policies launched by Florida and other southern states as a cover against the future. They understand training issues for those responsible for burns and offer them liability protection. The biggest challenge is changing the culture around the fire, so residents know that tolerating a little smoke from good fires can help stop the destructive fires that cloud the air for weeks.

• Health: Vaccination rates increased in August as COVID cases increased due to the Delta variant

• World: 5 questions now after President Biden’s withdrawal from Afghanistan

• National: Aerial photos show Louisiana coast still struggling with major flooding after Ida

• National: High gun sales and more time at home led to more accidental shootings by children

• National: Every California National Forest Closes Due to Wildfire Risk

• National: Pandemic unemployment benefits end next week for millions of unemployed Americans

• Politics: Texas Republicans adopt new voting restrictions after deadlock with Democrats

• Business: Jury selection begins in fraud trial of Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes

About today’s curator

I am Ethan Magoc, editor-in-chief at WUFT. Originally from Pennsylvania, I found a house telling stories from Florida. I’m part of a team that searches each morning for local and national stories that are important to you; please send any comments on today’s edition or any story ideas we may have missed to [email protected]


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