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The top stories near you
• The topic of a new events center in Alachua County is resurfacing this week, with county commissioners yesterday discussing it among themselves and tomorrow hashing it out with the Gainesville City Commission. (WUFT News)
• Former Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum just endorsed Gainesville Mayor Lauren Poe. Both are Gainesville High School alumni. (The Alligator)
• The Alachua County School Board is struggling to handle a state law that allows bullied students to transfer to private schools or different districts. (Gainesville Sun)
• Several University of Florida students sounded off about the new tobacco law change in Alachua County and whether or not it’s effective. We’ll have more on this topic later this week. (The Alligator)
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Around the state today
• We’ll cover state government differently this year after launching “Fresh Take Florida” in partnership with the UF College of Journalism and Communications. The goal: Fill in the gaps of reporting about Florida’s government that other news organizations are no longer covering. If you have ideas for specific stories or topics you feel are undercovered, let us know here. (UF News)
• Gov. Ron DeSantis called for $625 million for water resource projects, including the Everglades.Voters, meanwhile, back in 2014 approved billions to save the Everglades but plans on spending remain divided. (Fort Myers News-Press, Miami Herald)
• DeSantis is supporting the possibility for more school employees to be armed. ( Florida Politics)
• Former players are accusing the coaches of a Tarpon Springs high school baseball team of allowing racial slurs, bullying and harassment among teammates. (Tampa Bay Times)
• Due to current conditions in Venezuela, the U.S. State Department issued a ” Do Not Travel” advisory for the country. (WLRN)
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