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The Point, Feb. 12, 2019: What You Need To Know About Changes To Gainesville’s CRA

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Today’s top stories

• Last night marked a turning point in the future control, funding, and mission of Gainesville’s Community Redevelopment Agency. The elected leaders of Gainesville and Alachua County came to an agreement that changes where redevelopment funds will be spent, on what and for how long. (WUFT News)

• Florida State Rep. Anika Omphroy wrote an open letter Monday to the House Democratic Caucus, saying she was “bullied, threatened and verbally assaulted” by Orlando Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith. She said this happened over the weekend while at an event for the Democratic Party, to which both representatives belong. (WUFT News)

• Our Fresh Take Florida team yesterday covered discussion of a Florida Senate bill that would dramatically change the way news organizations cover mass killings. (WUFT News)

• Police continue their search for a man who sexually battered a woman on the University of Florida campus over the weekend. She was walking in an alleyway behind Florida Gym when she was approached. (The Alligator)

• A new bill promises hygiene products for incarcerated women. This will guarantee hygiene products along with toothbrushes, soap and other items. (Florida Politics)

“Clean water in the Everglades is essential to its full restoration.” Gov. Ron DeSantis appointed two new board members to the governing board of the South Florida Water Management District, with seven more to be appointed next week. The district makes decisions about improving the Everglades, among other key issues. (Palm Beach Post)

• After nearly a year, Jacksonville-area State Attorney Melissa Nelson has decided she will not file charges against any Jacksonville City Council members in relation to the Florida Sunshine Law. All council members denied doing anything wrong. (Florida Times-Union)

• Tampa International Airport could soon be home to United Airlines’ $33 million maintenance hangar. (Tampa Bay Times)

• Sarasota’s 800-pound sea lion, Bruce, received a 17-hour cataract surgery to repair his vision. A renowned veterinarian from Jupiter was the one who saved his sight. (Sarasota Herald-Tribune)

“This means so much because I’m able to do it — finally.” Gainesville’s own Annie Doucette and her furry companion will travel to New York City to achieve a lifelong goal of competing in the Westminster dog show. (Gainesville Sun)


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• National: Denver Teachers Begin Strike After More Than A Year Of Contract Negotiations

• National: Number Of Detention Beds Becomes A Sticking Point In Border Security Negotiations

• World: Venezuela’s Authoritarian President Maduro Continues Blockade Of U.S. Aid

• Politics: Days From Another Shutdown, Here’s What The Negotiators Are Facing

• Business: Bankrupt Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. Will Replace Half Of Its Board Of Directors

• Business: Trucking Industry Looks To Women To Help Alleviate Driver Shortage

• Race: Racist Med School Yearbook Photos? Medicine’s Racism Problems Go Even Deeper

About Kylie Adkins

Kylie is a reporter for WUFT News who can be reached by calling 352-392-6397 or emailing news@wuft.org.

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