The Point, July 31, 2019: Soldier For Country And Community, Bob Gasche, Dies At 94


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• 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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