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• The 50th Gatornationals takes place this week at the Gainesville Raceway. Here’s a brief history of the event, its evolution, and some of the people involved with it today. (WUFT News)
• Levy County residents are saying their goodbyes to Williston High School after the school board accepted a purchase offer from a company for $1.25 million. (WUFT News)
• Some Gainesville residents say they were caught off guard when they found out their city officials are using Wild Spaces Public Places sales tax dollars for purposes and purchases (including a $1,700 golf course beer tap dispenser) other than park improvements and land conservation. (Gainesville Sun)
• A University of Florida architecture lecturer helped construct a $200,000 home, made completely of steel shipping containers. (The Alligator)
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Around the state today
• The University of Central Florida’s misspending scandal is the subject of a scathing new report from a Florida House committee. The Board of Trustees chairman responded by saying, “To all who have rightly demanded better from UCF, let me say unequivocally: I agree.” (Orlando Sentinel)
• A Florida State University student spoke at the Florida Capitol building Monday to express how she feels about her family deserving the same rights as everybody else, even though they are illegal immigrants. (WFSU)
• President Donald Trump says he’s in support of Americans leaving their clocks alone from now on. He tweeted, “Making Daylight Saving Time permanent is O.K. with me!” His approval could help push Florida’s 2018 initiative for the change across the finish line in Congress. (Florida Politics)
• Four years ago this month, a South Florida man’s wife kidnapped his two children and went to Syria to join ISIS. He’s still trying to get the children back. (NPR News)
• Miami city leaders thought they had a good chance to host the 2020 Democratic National Convention, but it’s going to Milwaukee instead. (Miami Herald)
• Florida’s chief administrative law judge resigned after a meeting with Gov. Ron DeSantis, who wanted to “re-examine and re-evaluate” the roles at the Division of Administrative Hearings. (Florida Politics)
• Another weak earthquake happened just north of the Florida state line in Alabama on Monday, the second in the region in the past week. And four days ago on the Space Coast, it might have felt like another earthquake, but a seismologist says it likely was not. (Pensacola News Journal, Florida Today)
• The Sarasota Herald-Tribune looks back 65 years at the time Major League Baseball legend Hank Aaron lived in Bradenton in its segregated era. The home he and teammates once shared during spring training is now a vacant lot.
From NPR News
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