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Today’s top stories
• Tragedy struck in Lake City on Tuesday night when Suwannee County Public Safety Director James Sommers was killed in a motorcycle crash. He was 40 and had served in that role for just shy of seven years. (Suwannee Democrat)
• Early this fall, drivers will have a route around Starke that skips the city’s stop-and-go red lights. The question business owners have, though, is what the new road off of U.S. Route 301 means for their future? “It won’t ever be the same,” the owner of a roadside produce stand since 1989 told us. (WUFT News)
• Keystone Heights residents will soon be able to ride a bus for $2 into downtown Gainesville thanks to a new route from the Jacksonville Transportation Authority. (WJCT)
• One of Gainesville’s assistant city managers is among the 55 applicants to become its next city manager. The majority of the rest are from around the country or elsewhere in Florida. (Gainesville Sun)
• Read of the varying approaches by two Florida officials in the wake of last weekend’s shootings — that of Gov. Ron DeSantis and Holmes County Sheriff John Tate. (Florida Phoenix, Northwest Florida Daily News)
• DeSantis is doubling the money available for the state’s ongoing python hunting effort. (Miami Herald)
• An outside audit showed Florida A&M University used unauthorized funding for athletic department needs. (Tallahassee Democrat)
• Another year, another Delray Beach Democrat attempting to move the state capital from Tallahassee. (Orlando Weekly)
• There’s controversy in St. Augustine Beach over the types of flags that can be flown above government buildings. “I just feel like picking and choosing, whether it’s through proclamation or otherwise,” a city commissioner there said, “opens us up to a lot of liability.” (St. Augustine Record)
• The team at the Florida and Puerto Rico Digital Newspaper Project dug into 20th-century newspaper clippings from around the state to see the state’s strange history with patent medicines.
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