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The top stories near you
• The City of Ocala’s Pine Oaks Golf Course closes this week, with a housing development set to take over the property where the golf course has been for decades. (Ocala Star-Banner)
• “This could be a crystal clear lake; this could be Gainesville’s beach.” The owners of a fish camp on murky Newnans Lake aren’t happy with the efforts made so far to improve its water quality.
• University of Florida President Kent Fuchs visited our studio to discuss the highs and lows of the academic year that’s near completion. Here’s the full 13-minute interview if you missed it yesterday on 89.1 WUFT-FM.
• Local congregations of the United Methodist Church are reacting to a decision by the church earlier this year to continue opposing same-sex marriage and banning LGBTQ clergy. (WUFT News)
• A UF College of Veterinary Medicine professor’s research explains why breed labels at dog adoption events sometimes aren’t all that accurate. There’s also a quiz within to test your dog breed knowledge. (UF News)
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Around the state today
• Here’s what you need to know about Florida’s proposed ban on texting while driving. It appears ready to go into effect in October — presuming Gov. Ron DeSantis signs it — with police able to begin writing tickets for the primary offense in January. (Miami Herald)
• The governor will also soon make a decision on whether or not to sign a law changing regulations on hospitals. “The certificate of need” would be repealed as of July 1 if he signs it. He already approved 10 new laws over the weekend, including the implementing legislation for a ban on vaping in indoor workplaces. (Florida Politics, WFSU)
• Visit Florida, the state’s tourism marketing agency, has been granted a funding reprieve through next June. (News Service of Florida)
• As noted below from NPR, there are now hundreds of measles cases being reported across the U.S., with two confirmed in Pinellas and Broward counties in Florida. (WMFE)
• WLRN reports on the Florida Aquarium’s efforts at “arking,” or working like Noah to protect a species (coral, in this case), save it, and put it back into the ocean.
News from NPR
• Business: Where The Gender Pay Gap Is Widest