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Today’s top stories
• Alachua County is one of only two Florida counties to have a mental health provider for every 500 people living here, and yesterday Gainesville held a mental health symposium to highlight some of the resources available to those in need. (WUFT News)
• The recent scorching temperatures and lack of rain mean the region has seen its share of wildfires in recent days. Here are a few tactics the Florida Forest Service recommends to protect your property. (WCJB)
• Gainesville began its voter-approved charter review process last night, but the first meeting was mostly organizational in nature. “There’ll be hard-hitting stuff later,” one board member said. “We’re gonna have fun.” (WUFT News)
• There’s now a countywide ban on conversion therapy set to take effect in Alachua County. (WUFT News)
• A federal grand jury has subpoenaed Andrew Gillum’s 2018 gubernatorial campaign. (Tallahassee Democrat)
• The group trying to raise private funds to build a southern border wall is incorporated in Florida, so the state has a right to investigate it following consumer complaints. (WLRN)
• The third time was not the charm in trying to get Panhandle disaster recovery funding passed through Congress. (Panama City News Herald)
• “They shouldn’t be penalized for doing the right thing,” Gov. Ron DeSantis said after Airbnb reversed its policy on West Bank property delisting in Israel. (News Service of Florida)
• The area code 689 will begin to appear on Central Florida phone numbers starting next week. (Daytona Beach News-Journal)
• The best food town in the South? St. Augustine, reportedly. (WJCT)
• There’s a neat collection of responses on r/GNV today in response to someone’s prompt of “what brought you to Gainesville?”
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.