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Today’s top stories
• One of Alachua County’s best-known veterans, Bob Gasche, died yesterday at age 94. Here’s the life story he shared with us in 2017. (WUFT News)
• Micanopy’s trees are majestic, but the method of trimming them is controversial in the town as we get deeper into hurricane season. (WUFT News)
• Ocala will be building a new community center near the former Pine Oaks Golf Course site. The Marion County Hospital District is helping to fund the $10 million project, and its chairman told the Ocala Star-Banner, “It is an area that absolutely needs that kind of support.”
• The Alachua County School District budget is set to increase $51 million this year from last. (Gainesville Sun)
• If you missed any of last night’s Democratic presidential primary debate, NPR News provided this recap and analysis for our website.
• Florida Politics reports on the bizarre fallout for the chair of the Florida Federation of College Republicans after his alleged altercation at Pita Pit in Gainesville.
• The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is scouting Central Florida locations for a possible new shelter to house immigrant children. (Orlando Sentinel)
• The push to ban assault weapons statewide has hit a snag because the definition of assault weapons is not clear to some. (WFSU)
• State Rep. Randy Fine, R-Brevard, listened to some 200 upset Melbourne residents discuss their smelly water. (Florida Today)
• A retelling of the 1990 Gainesville student murders will lead off a new season of HLN’s true crime series “How It Really Happened with Hill Harper.” It airs Aug. 11. (CNN)
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About today’s curator
I’m Ethan Magoc, a news editor at WUFT. Originally from Pennsylvania, I’ve found a home telling Florida stories. I’m part of a team searching each morning for local and state stories that are important to you; please send feedback about today’s edition or ideas for stories we may have missed to firstname.lastname@example.org.