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The Point, June 12, 2019: The Dollar General That Became A Library

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Today’s top stories

The city of Waldo has a new library, and it’s in the building a Dollar General store formerly occupied. (WUFT News)

• Celebration Pointe visitors now have the option to stroll and sip alcoholic beverages. (The Alligator)

• A man from California who says he’s a huge fan of the late Tom Petty is in the process of buying the rock legend’s childhood home in northeast Gainesville. (Gainesville Sun)

• A Florida appeals court heard arguments on whether to reverse a decision that could allow for more businesses to enter the state’s medical marijuana industry. (Florida Politics)

• Fort Myers law enforcement officials held a press conference yesterday to discuss the second-degree murder charges against former Florida Gator Earl “Tony” Joiner stemming from his wife’s 2016 death. (Fort Myers News-Press)

• Federal officials say they have broken up a large dog fighting operation in Gadsden County. They’ve charged eight people so far. (Tallahassee Democrat)

• A new report from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration says engineers should have done more to prevent the 2018 tragic bridge collapse at Florida International University. (Miami Herald)

• A discussion similar to this one has taken place in Alachua County, too: Volusia County officials trying to manage the area’s homeless problem are worried about not restricting services at one of its shelters to county residents only. The concern there, as it was here, is about an overburdened shelter with no limits. (Daytona Beach News-Journal)

• A Florida TV reporter didn’t have much success in trying to get an update on the state’s investigation into the problem of Catholic Church sex abuse in Florida. (NBC-2)


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About Ethan Magoc

Ethan is a journalist at WUFT News. He's a Pennsylvania native who found a home reporting Florida's stories. Reach him by emailing emagoc@wuft.org or calling 352-294-1525.

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