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Today’s top stories
• Drug take back days can be an effective tool in the fight against prescription drug abuse, and Newberry is hoping Saturday’s event will help curb the problem there. Gainesville and Hawthorne will also have pill dropoff locations. (WUFT News)
• A company called Gulf Coast Livestock Auction is auctioning all of the animals from a man’s farm near Alachua following his death after his cassowary attacked him earlier this month. (Gainesville Sun)
• Third House Books and Coffee in downtown Gainesville is struggling to stay open through an ownership change, a search for a new location, and the likelihood that it drops coffee from its offerings. (WUFT News)
• With red tide gone for now near Bradenton, “Right now we are focusing on the positive… The hotels are full, the beaches are packed and people have jobs.” Still, tourism officials want to spend a few hundred thousand dollars to market that region to northern visitors. (Bradenton Herald)
• State Sen. Keith Perry cosponsored a prison reform bill that could help save Florida nearly $1 billion in the next five years, according to state economists. (Florida Politics)
• Two very different members of Florida’s Congressional delegation are teaming up on legislation to forever block oil and gas drilling off the state’s coast. (Sun Sentinel)
• News4Jax reports the Association of Zoos and Aquariums is looking into operations at Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens after three scary incidents there during the past year.
• A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found about a week earlier than normal in Collier County — on Earth Day, as it happens. (Naples Daily News)
• A correction from yesterday’s edition: NOAA is the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, not Association as stated in a Panama City News Herald story about Hurricane Michael’s new Category 5 status.
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About today’s curator
I’m Ethan Magoc, a news editor at WUFT. Originally from Pennsylvania, I’ve found a home telling Florida stories. I’m part of a team searching each morning for local and state stories that are important to you; please send feedback about today’s edition or ideas for stories we may have missed to email@example.com.