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The top stories near you
• There’s widespread flooding in Dixie, Levy and Taylor counties after a weekend of rainfall that topped a foot in those areas. It should be noted, too, that mid-August is generally a turning point in the Atlantic hurricane season. (Florida Storms)
• Gainesville now has the highest poverty rate of any Florida city, according to a new analysis. Here are some of the approaches to solutions from local government and non-profit organizations. (WUFT News)
• Yesterday marked the 103rd anniversary of the Newberry Six lynching. (Gainesville Sun)
• “This would be a game-changer for the city,” a Gainesville city commissioner says of its proposed broadband network, but the costs remain high and not all of his colleagues are sold. (WUFT News)
• A University of Florida researcher’s study casts doubt on the benefit of spraying a certain drug to fight citrus greening. (New York Times)
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Around the state today
• A trial begins today in Pinellas County that could have an impact on the state’s stand your ground law. (WUSF)
• U.S. Rep. Neal Dunn wants to see the Air Force’s F-22 fighter jets back at Tyndall, 10 months after Hurricane Michael. (Northwest Florida Daily News)
• The other U.S. representative from the Panhandle, Matt Gaetz, will not be disciplined by The Florida Bar over his February tweet, but a committee did offer him a “letter of advice.” (Pensacola News Journal)
• In news of a far different kind of legal advice, a former Jacksonville lawyer has to pay clients nearly $400,000 as a result of telling them they could grow marijuana without consequence. (Florida Times-Union)
• The Leon County School District had a miserable first week with its bus service. (Tallahassee Democrat)
• Oops: Part of a Broward County park was auctioned off in 2018 to a private property owner. Local government there and the property owner are now trying to work something out, but it might end up in a legal battle. (Sun Sentinel)
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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.