Hill, Stuart pull slim victories in Orlando City Council races while Gray coasts to re-election: Orlando voters decided to send all three incumbents back to City Hall in last week's municipal elections. Orlando Commissioners Robert Stuart and Regina Hill pulled off slim victories in District 3 and 5 respectively, with Stuart receiving 51 percent of the vote and Hill narrowly avoiding a run-off election by getting 50.2 percent of all ballots against six challengers. Candidates needed a majority of the vote (50 percent) to avoid a run-off election in December. Meanwhile in District 1, Commissioner Jim Gray coasted to another term on a comfortable margin, beating his two challengers by garnering slightly more than 53 percent of the vote.
Rick Scott calls for prayers when asked how to prevent mass shootings: Gov. Rick Scott called for more prayers when asked how to prevent mass shootings days after a gunman killed 26 people at a Texas church (because that's been working well so far). Scott made the remarks during a Jacksonville news conference after backlash to an earlier tweet where he said he was praying for the Texas victims instead of proposing possible concrete solutions like better background checks, limiting access to assault weapons or anything during the Pulse mass shooting. "The most important thing we have to do is we need more prayer, first off, rather than less," Scott said when asked if Republicans would finally take action beyond prayers. "We need to pray for all these families. ... I believe in the Second Amendment. I just wish there was no evil in the world."
FEMA plans to relocate Puerto Rican hurricane evacuees to Florida: Florida emergency officials increased their activities last week after the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that it would offer Puerto Ricans still homeless after Hurricane Maria a short-term relocation to mainland Florida or New York, according to the News Service of Florida. Hotel costs will probably be provided by the federal agency to about 3,000 people. More than 140,000 Puerto Ricans have evacuated to the Sunshine State since Maria hit the U.S. territory two months ago because the majority of the island remains without power.
Opioid crisis taking toll on Florida's children: State child welfare workers said more than 4,000 babies were born addicted to opioids in Florida last year during a hearing last week in front of lawmakers. That's an increase of 1,000 percent over 10 years in the number of infants born with neonatal abstinence syndrome. The state's opioid crisis claims an estimated 14 Floridians every day.