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• A community school in High Springs has a new furry friend patrolling the halls, working full-time to earn her K-9 certification. (WUFT News)
• The Alachua County Sheriff’s Office Youth and Community Resource Unit provided books for families and also grilled hamburgers and hot dogs. (WUFT News)
• Gainesville Regional Utilities and Duke Energy will conduct gas line pressure tests over the weekend. This test is required by the Public Service Commission every six years. They say the test will be very loud, smelly and performed early in the morning. (Gainesville Sun)
• Over 50,000 Alachua County residents are dealing with food insecurity and the Bread of the Mighty Food Bank is doing what they can to help where they can. (The Alligator)
• Gainesville Green, a term which was coined in the ’70s as a cannabis strain is now being sold as a vapor product. (Gainesville Sun)
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Around the state today
• Recent rain and warmer weather have caused toxic toads to infest neighborhoods in Palm Beach Gardens. These toads are a threat to dogs and humans. (Florida Today)
• Two committee hearings will take place Tuesday to decide whether scooters will be able to share the roads instead of only staying on sidewalks. (Florida Politics)
• Pensacola beachgoers welcomed the U.S. Navy Blue Angels home as they flew over the beach returning from their long winter training at the Naval Air Facility in California. (Pensacola News Journal)
• A Sarasota man was told by an employee of Bahi Hut in Sarasota to leave the bar for wearing a ‘Make America Great Again’ hat. The employee told the man they would not serve him and called the police. (Herald-Tribune)
• Gov. Ron DeSantis has requested flags to be at half-staff in honor of late Judge Dave Hood. Hood was appointed by Rick Scott in 2012 to be a circuit judge and had been battling brain cancer since 2007. (Florida Politics)
• Florida dairy farmers are ready to strike back after not being pleased with the price they are receiving for their milk. “We put our blood, sweat and tears into our product, only to be given a price that isn’t enough to pay ourselves or even feed the cows at times.” (Florida Today)