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
Dixie County residents are being pushed out of their homes as flood waters rise after a deluge of rain in the past 24 hours. About 45 homes and 30 roads have been affected throughout the county. Emergency responders said they rescued seven people so far including a family of five, one elderly woman in her car and one man.
A new app called Tiger Selfie hopes to educate people about the abuse big cats endure and discourage people from paying breeders who sell tiger photographs. Fifty percent of proceeds from the app will go to wildlife sanctuaries like Big Cat Rescue.
The UF chapter of Zeta Beta Tau was suspended indefinitely after they were accused of disrespecting veterans while on a retreat in Panama City Beach this April. In student conduct hearings held July 6, the university found the fraternity in violation of at least three different sections of the Student Conduct Code.
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The Hal Brady Recreation Complex in Alachua and Champions Park in Newberry are hosting teams for the Babe Ruth League World Series. Sixty-one teams will compete in various tournament styles beginning on July 31 and ending with the championship games on August 4.