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Today’s top stories
• We’re launching a podcast around our Untold Florida series that will run on Mondays throughout the summer. Our first episode: What’s the deal with those parking garage stairs at Gainesville’s VA Medical Center that are higher than the garage itself? We’ve got the answer. (Thanks to Melissa from Melrose for the question.)
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• Today is the day when Florida’s next budget takes effect, as do many other laws that were passed and signed over the past four months. (News Service of Florida)
• Travel from the Gainesville Regional Airport is growing at a rate fast enough to necessitate a larger terminal. (WCJB)
• Gov. Ron DeSantis and plenty of other politicians want to see more students going into apprenticeship programs in Florida. Marion County has already begun making impressive progress with technical and vocational education. (WFSU, Ocala Star-Banner)
• If you love to recycle in Alachua County, this story from the Gainesville Sun is both helpful and disappointing, as it points out a host of items you shouldn’t attempt to put in blue bins.
• The Washington Post spent time in the state during last week’s Democratic debates to get a sense of that party’s hopes in certain areas of Central Florida like Celebration.
• The Citrus Research Foundation and University of Florida have apparently worked out their problems that arose in a public meeting last month. (Lakeland Ledger)
• The passage of Amendment 4 gave felons their voting rights back in Florida, but the legislature added a hurdle to that process with implementing legislation requiring fees. There’s now a court challenge to that law. (WLRN)
• The Thomas Center Galleries in Gainesville now has an exhibit that shows “all the aspects of being a teenager” and features photographs of a wide array of Alachua County students. (Gainesville Downtown)
• This week is it for public events at Jacksonville Landing. (Florida Times-Union)
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