The Point, Jan. 23, 2019: Alachua County Raises Tobacco Purchase Age, Nixes Business Tax


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• Alachua County last night voted to raise the legal tobacco-buying age to 21, and it will take effect in 9 months. (WUFT News)

• Those same county commissioners decided to repeal the tax required of new businesses in the county, a move helping the business community but taking $200,000 in revenue from the county budget. (Gainesville Sun)

• A cold front is coming to the state tonight and into tomorrow, likely bringing heavy rain and wind gusts up to 60 miles per hour in certain areas. (Florida Storms)

• Ocala City Council has begun city water projects to improve the environmental health of Silver Springs. (Ocala Star-Banner)

• One of Gainesville’s newest food trucks, El Punto will be serving traditional dishes from Puerto Rico. (The Alligator)

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Around the state today

• Orlando attorney John Morgan said his campaign to raise Florida’s minimum wage to $15 an hour received more than 120,000 signatures. (Orlando Sentinel)

• According to the U.S. Coast Guard, a suspected migrant boat was stopped near Sunny Isles Beach. (Miami Herald)

• As felons regain the right to vote, the meaning of the word “murder” sparked confusion yesterday in a criminal justice committee panel discussion. (WRLN)

• A Davie firefighter is accused of driving while intoxicated and hitting four vehicles. He’s currently on administrative leave without pay. (Sun Sentinel)

 Brevard County teachers protested for more pay last night at a school board meeting. (Florida Today)

• After Hurricane Michael, Chad Gainey, a professional chainsaw sculptor, used his skill to create art out of the altered Panhandle landscape. (Panama City News Herald)

News from NPR

• National: Supreme Court Revives Trump’s Ban On Transgender Military Personnel, For Now

• National: Supreme Court Takes 1st Gun Case In Nearly A Decade, Possibly With Big Consequences

• Politics: Senate Sets Votes On 2 Bills That Could End Shutdown — But Both Expected To Fail

• Politics: White House Moves Forward With State Of The Union Plans After Pelosi Urged Delay

• Education: Teachers Vote Yes On Deal To End Los Angeles Strike

• Science: Concern About Global Warming Among Americans Spikes, Report Says

• World: Killings Of Guatemala’s Indigenous Activists Raise Specter Of Human Rights Crisis

• World: U.S. Army War College Says ‘Iran Was The Only Winner’ In Study Of Iraq War

• World: Chris Brown Arrested On Charges Of Rape In Paris

About Precious Polycarpe

Precious is a reporter for WUFT News who can be reached by calling 352-392-6397.

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