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Today’s top stories
• A threatening email sent to Gainesville city commissioners that said they each “have a cross hair on you” has led to a police investigation but not yet any arrests. (Gainesville Sun)
• A new student health care center and police stations are among the big new construction projects approved at the University of Florida. (The Alligator)
• Political news out of Orlando: Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried spoke during a gathering of state Democrats and said she sees a younger party being the key to victory in the state in 2020. Ten days after this weekend’s gathering, President Donald Trump visits to kick off his own 2020 reelection campaign in earnest. (News Service of Florida, WMFE)
• Also on the 2020 front, the first Democratic debates take place in a little over two weeks in Miami. (Florida Politics)
• Hurricane preparation in Key West includes one key step — praying. (FLKeysNews)
• Wednesday marks three years since the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, and there will soon be federal legislation filed to make it a national memorial site. (WMFE)
• Florida State University’s credit rating from S&P Global has become the strongest among state universities. (Tallahassee Democrat)
• The murder last month of a Tampa bus driver might mean protective shields around them on the region’s buses in the future. (Tampa Bay Times)
• The Port St. Joe Star has a neat story on the survival of a colony of honeybees during and after Hurricane Michael.
• St. Augustine’s reputation for black history sites is becoming better known thanks to local efforts there to highlight its role in the struggle for civil rights. (St. Augustine Record)
• There are so many abandoned buildings in Jacksonville that a photographer couldn’t fit them all into just one book. Check out David Bulit’s work. (Florida Times-Union)
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From NPR News
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• National: Many People Living In Flood-Prone Areas Can’t Afford Expensive Flood Insurance
• National: Rep. Donna Shalala On Migrant Children Program Cuts
• National: Columbine Survivors Divided Over Proposal To Demolish Site Of 1999 Shooting
• Politics: Congress Clashes With Justice Department Over Its Decisions Not To Defend Laws
• Health: Can You Reshape Your Brain’s Response To Pain?
• World: Ex-Red Sox Star David Ortiz In Stable Condition After Shooting In Dominican Republic
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.