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The Point, June 4, 2019: What Is The Cabot-Koppers Superfund Site's Future? No One Yet Knows

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• It's been almost a year since Alachua County announced it was considering the Cabot-Koppers Superfund as a possible location for the new county fairgrounds. That plan has since fizzled, and city and county commissioners yesterday didn't make much progress on deciding the site's future. (WUFT News)

The SEC lifted its ban on alcohol sales at college sporting events, leaving it up to the school to decide whether or not to sell alcoholic drinks. Only beer and wine are allowed and must be in plastic cups. UF has not yet decided whether or not alcohol will be sold during games. (The Alligator)

Phase two of the SW 49th Avenue project, a four-lane highway connecting Marion Oaks to Ocala, has begun and is expected to be completed by February 2020. The new highway is intended to reduce traffic on County Road 200 and State Road 484. (Ocala Star-Banner)

• As of Monday, 91 active fires have been reported across the state. Most of the fires were caused by lighting, but some of them are the result of people burning debris. (The Alligator)

GRU is requesting a 5% electric base rate increase to meet its growing demands. Gainesville City Commission will vote whether or not to raise the electric-rate on Wednesday. If the increase is approved, it will be the largest spike GRU customers have seen in the past six years. (Gainesville Sun)

The Newberry City Commission voted to participate in the Florida Municipal Power Agency's solar project. The energy from FMPA's solar project will be transported to Newberry through power lines and will be used to power some street lights and lift stations among other things. (The Alligator)

The University of Florida's former vice president for student affairs died Monday after a long battle with cancer. During her time at UF, Dr. Patricia Telles-Irvin helped to establish the Machen Florida Opportunity Scholar Program, a scholarship for first-generation college students from economically disadvantaged families. (UF News)

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Around the state today

The House approved a $19.1 billion disaster bill to help victims on recent natural disasters. If the bill is then signed by President Donald Trump, it will include funding for the Florida Panhandle and Tyndall Air Force Base, a major employer in Bay County. (The Panama City News Herald)

Florida is funding a new state government position to deal with climate change. The chief resilience officer will coordinate a statewide response to climate change. 26 applicants applied for the position. (WMFE)

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced it will provide $60 million, in addition to Florida's $40 million match, to build a bridge along U.S. 41. Elevating U.S. 41 will allow nearly 80 billion gallons of water a day to flow into the Everglades and Florida Bay. (Miami Herald)

• Last year, Amendment 13, which banned greyhound races in Florida, passed with a 69% vote. Now, a pro-greyhound racing group called Overturn13 claims greyhound racing in Florida was eliminated without proper due process and seeks to overturn the amendment. (Orlando Weekly)

Quest Diagnostics, which has 20 locations in Southwest Florida, said 12 million patients nationwide may have had personal information compromised. Quest was notified of unauthorized access to a database that contains personal information, financial data, Social Security numbers and medical information. (Naples Daily News)

After serving 19 years as the president of USF, Judy Genshaft announced that she will donate $23 million to the school, much of which will be used to fund the building of the honors college. (Panama City News Herald)

The Orlando City Council voted unanimously to ban the use of single-use plastics and polystyrenes in Orlando's city-owned and operated places, such as city parks and venues including the Amway Center, Camping World Stadium and the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. (Orlando Weekly)

Naples requested $9.5 million that would go toward improving water quality, beach restoration and stormwater outfall removal and improvement. (Naples Daily News)

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Jasmine is a reporter for WUFT News who can be reached by calling 352-392-6397 or emailing news@wuft.org.