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• A tragedy unfolded Sunday night in Suwannee County when three children apparently trapped themselves inside an unplugged freezer and couldn’t escape. They were ages 1, 4, and 6. (WUFT News)
• This is the week when the Gainesville City Commission will make its final vote on whether to ban plastic bags and Styrofoam. (Gainesville Sun)
• A woman reported being sexually assaulted at Santa Fe College on Sunday night, the first such occurrence there in more than a year. (The Alligator)
• Former University of Florida gymnastics coach Rhonda Faehn lasted less than a week in a consultant position at the University of Michigan before public outcry led to her firing. She was part of USA Gymnastics during the Larry Nassar scandal. (Detroit Free Press)
• A UF doctoral student helped build and launch a small satellite into orbit. (The Alligator)
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Around the state today
• Gov. Ron DeSantis has again gone to the 3rd District Court of Appeal in Miami for a Florida Supreme Court nominee. Judge Robert Luck is the governor’s second pick for the state’s highest court. (AP)
• Here’s the latest on DeSantis’ plans for perhaps easing medical marijuana regulation in Florida. (News Service of Florida)
• The SpaceX employees who work at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station have already been laid off as the company cuts its workforce nationwide. (Florida Today)
• Although the product has now been recalled, a toxic feed has led to the deaths of more than a dozen cattle across the state. (Lakeland Ledger)
• Gas prices are beginning to creep back up. (Florida Today)
• Hospice providers do not want to be part of a statewide opioid database intended to prevent abuse. (WFSU)
• Inmates are back inside the Bay Correctional and Rehabilitation Facility for the first time since Hurricane Michael made it uninhabitable. (Panama City News Herald)
• If you’re keen on seeing “Hamilton” in Orlando starting a week from today, there’s a raffle to get tickets for $10 each. (Orlando Weekly)