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Today’s top stories
• Our “Untold Florida” podcast series returns today with an answer to a question of interest to those who have ever flown out of or into Gainesville Regional Airport. One reader wanted to know about the rate of certain types of delays for flights leaving GNV. Here’s what we found. Have a question or curiosity of your own about where you live? Drop it at the bottom of the story. (WUFT News)
• Enjoy this graphic from the team at Florida Storms showing why a tropical system is unlikely to develop this week.
• A disease called lethal bronzing can kill palm trees, and it’s now showing up in Alachua County. (Gainesville Sun)
• The University of Florida and City of Gainesville have been working this year to figure out how they want electric scooters to operate on campus. Here’s some insight about the bumpy pilot program in Tallahassee and at Florida State University. (Tallahassee Democrat)
• In other statewide news of interest to those in Gainesville, Lakeland is also exploring a municipal broadband network and now has a cost estimate of $80 million. We reported on Gainesville’s possible foray into the system earlier this summer. (Lakeland Ledger, WUFT News)
• Friends and family of Gainesville legend Bob Gasche were with him as he was moved from a hospital to hospice care this weekend. We wrote of his storied career and life two years ago in a portrait series, “Our Gainesville.” (WCJB, WUFT News)
• Think these Florida summers are hot now? Heat indexes of 130 degrees could be possible here by century’s end. (Sarasota Herald-Tribune)
• Florida’s role in the opioid crisis is once again in the news, with documents filed in federal court showing some small-town pharmacies ordering thousands of bottles of oxycodone each month at one point in the past decade. (New York Times)
• Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried is touting her office’s revised system for processing the state’s growing number of concealed weapon license applications: “The massive improvement in efficiency comes despite a 76 percent increase in applications for concealed weapons licenses in 2019.” (Florida Politics)
• This is national media news that will have a big Florida impact if it comes to pass. GateHouse and Gannett together own more than a dozen media outlets in the state — including many of those whose stories appear here each day — and now the former appears poised to scoop up the latter. (Poynter)
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