In The News: Rubio Plans To Boost Economy, Airplane Disappearance Not Likely Terror, Florida City Fighting To Stay On Map, Gainesville Election Today, National Merit Finalists In Alachua
Rubio releases plan to boost prosperity – In a speech in Washington Monday, Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio said he has plans for tax reforms and legislation to boost the economy. One of his strategies is to propose a “National Regulatory Budget.” Miami Herald
Interpol ‘inclined’ to say Malaysia Airlines disappearance not terror – The international police organization said the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is not likely tied to terrorism. After further investigating passengers who used stolen passports to board the plane, Interpol said one of the two men was trying to migrate to Germany and the other posed no threat. Though the link to terrorism in the plane’s disappearance has been debunked, the plane’s whereabouts remain unknown. CNN
A Dot on the Map, After Scandal, Could Be Wiped Off – Hampton, an 89-year-old city, is fighting state legislature to stay on the map. The town of 477 residents is notorious as a speed trap and is under scrutiny for missing funds and shoddy record-keeping. New York Times
Gainesville voters head to the polls on Tuesday – Three seats are open on the Gainesville City Commission in today’s election, which will be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. All city voters may participate in the At-Large race, but only voters who live in District 2 and District 3 may vote in those races. Gainesville Sun
Four more county students named National Merit finalists – Four additional Alachua County students have been named National Merit Scholarship finalists, bringing the county total to 38. There are 15,000 finalists nationwide who are chosen by taking the PSAT/ National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Gainesville Sun
The Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings State Park exists as a way to remember Florida history… But the workers there are doing something extra to “preserve” memories. WUFT’s Marie Edinger reports.
The historic bluff oak tree on the University of Florida’s campus was torn down over one weekend, and now advocates are moving forward after the removal of the tree they tried to save.
Supporters of medical marijuana legalization went to court houses all over Florida on Friday in an effort to acquire the signatures needed to put the issue on the 2016 ballot. They need a total of 683,149 signatures, according to Ben Pollara, campaign manager for United for Care, an organization dedicated to legalizing medical marijuana.
Country Music Television’s new docu-series “Gainesville” is set to air back-to-back episodes on Aug. 20 at 10 p.m. Some residents are worried that the show will not accurately portray Gainesville.
Two people are dead after a single-engine aircraft crashed in Weirsdale, Fla. today. Marion County officials conducted early investigations before handing over to the FAA and NTSB.