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• Sunday is Father’s Day, and a group of activists in Gainesville is highlighting the fact that not every father in the area will get to celebrate it with their children. More than half of the inmates in the Alachua County Jail are unable to pay their bail, and many are fathers. The activists say requiring monetary bail is unfair when the inmates’ alleged crimes weren’t dangerous or violent. (WUFT News)
• If you’ve wondered why Gainesville Regional Utilities doesn’t power the majority of the University of Florida campus and whether it might do so in the future, this Gainesville Sun story provides many of those answers.
• The steady rain during the past week or two has helped to extinguish all but one wildfire in the region. (WCJB)
• A University of Florida political science professor says the nation next year could see “a voter turnout storm of a century” — with numbers likely to easily clear 60 percent of registered voters. (The Atlantic)
• The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is installing test wells at Florida State Fire College in Reddick to learn the extent of contamination there from fire retardant. (Ocala Star-Banner)
• The Independent Florida Alligator will remain independent editorially, but UF’s College of Journalism and Communications is providing $100,000 to the student newspaper during the next two years to help it survive. Disclosure: WUFT is located at the college. (The Alligator)
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Around the state today
• News from the governor’s office: He will likely sign a bill today banning sanctuary cities in Florida, he yesterday signed a bill allowing self-driving vehicles to operate sans humans, and he had additional comments regarding protection for the LGBTQ community in the wake of the Pulse shooting anniversary. (Politico, Orlando Weekly, Florida Politics)
• Miramar Mayor Wayne Messam, the only Floridian pursuing the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, will not be on the debate stage later this month in Miami. These are the 20 candidates who will be there. (NPR News)
• Roseate spoonbills “know how to get out of the way of rising water,” a researcher says, so the bird is moving farther north in Florida as the effects of climate change begin to emerge. (Miami Herald)
• Former Gator football star Tony Joiner is being held without bond in Lee County Jail on a second-degree murder charge. (Fort Myers News-Press)
• U.S. Rep. Greg Steube wasn’t wrong when he said $1 billion in federal benefits go to dead people. He’s trying to correct that problem with new legislation. (PolitiFact)
• The Florida Phoenix reports at length on the rise of hate crimes in our state during the past few years.
• More than 400 U.S. House representatives voted in support of $6 million to study the health effects of red tide. (Miami Herald)
• A Hillsborough County high school student trying to get in shape for football collapsed and died this week, and the medical examiner’s preliminary report can’t yet confirm a cause of death. (Bay News 9)
• Florida Today tells the story of a man who survived a lightning strike while riding his motorcycle on I-95 more than 30 years ago. Another man died in a similar incident on that highway this past weekend.
• “This isn’t real insurance,” an attorney alleges of a Tampa company called Health Insurance Innovations. A pair of policyholders are suing the company in federal court because they say their plans don’t cover many of their medical bills. (New York Times)
• Florida creature news for your Friday: Iguanas in The Keys can take out the power, so a utility there had to add what are essentially anti-iguana devices to a substation. Near the state’s other tip, the water near Pensacola has already warmed up enough that a manatee swam by. (WLRN, Pensacola News Journal)
• Hurricane history buffs will appreciate this recap of the 1935 Labor Day storm — still the most powerful storm at landfall. (Palm Beach Post)
• This is Flag Day, and a feature on a Key West man who says he hates heights but nevertheless has a passion for repairing flagpoles is an inspiring read. (FLKeysNews)
From NPR News
• Science: How Almonds Went From Deadly To Delicious