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Today’s top stories
• Gainesville’s bus system will likely have a loop from Haile Plantation to the University of Florida campus starting less than a month from now. (WUFT News)
• Mopheads aren’t on the list of the three items that can be flushed down a toilet, and yet people in Gainesville have evidently done so. (WCJB)
• Cliff Stearns hasn’t represented this area in Congress during the past seven years, but he’s now facing a fine for spending campaign funds on personal use. (Florida Politics)
• Taylor County’s Steinhatchee School was the lone school statewide to advance from an F grade to an A in one school year. (Florida Phoenix)
• Funding enough lifeguard positions for some Gulf Coast beaches reportedly isn’t realistic, even as drownings have brought new attention to the shortage. (Panama City News Herald)
• Gov. Ron DeSantis is making a push for more electric car charging stations on the Florida Turnpike. (WMFE)
• All of the technical problems with SunPass from the past year have left the Florida Department of Transportation with a $90 million budget gap. (Florida Politics)
• Hernando County had the highest rate of unsafe beaches due to high levels of fecal bacteria in 2018. (Orlando Weekly)
• It’s not clear yet how much it would cost, but Bonita Springs city officials in southwest Florida are considering buying out some homeowners who were flooded during Hurricane Irma. (Naples Daily News)
• Students refer to Florida’s Teacher of the Year award winner as “Dr. Dre,” and it’s clear from their testimonials that the Tampa-area man is a more admirable role model than the other Dr. Dre. (WUSF)
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