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Today’s top stories
• There are two weather disturbances brewing in the Atlantic with the potential of becoming tropical storms. The one closer to South Florida could bring rain to parts of the state later this week. (Florida Storms)
• The 2020 News & World Report university rankings came out this week. UF is the state’s top-rated school for the third year in a row at No. 7 nationally, FSU earned a spot in the top 20, and UCF fell back one spot to 166. (Orlando Sentinel)
• The Federal Aviation Administration said it will turn away any plane heading to the Bahamas with Hurricane relief supplies if it hasn’t already been preapproved. This decision was made in order to keep the airspace over hard-hit areas of Grand Bahama and the Abacos free for officially sanctioned search-and-rescue flights and humanitarian assistance. (Miami Herald)
• In an attempt to shine some light on forgotten pets left in shelters after Hurricane Dorian, Democratic state Sen. Kevin Rader designates shelter animals the official “state pet” in a new bill. (Florida Politics)
• There are nowhere near enough apartments being built in Florida to keep up with projected demand, a state trade association says. (WUSF)
• The J-1 Summer Work Travel program, a federal cultural exchange program, has been accused of fostering abuse, exploitation and human trafficking. Florida hosts the fourth-highest number of J-1 participants in the country. (WLRN)
• A fire broke out at the Market of Marion County flea market Monday night. Although no one was injured, an entire trailer and part of a building are destroyed. (Ocala Star-Banner)
• While U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and U.S. Sen. Rick Scott made requests to President Donald Trump to waive some visa requirements for Bahamians impacted by Hurricane Dorian who have family in the U.S., more than 100 people fleeing the Bahamas without proper documents were reported to have been stranded by a ferry operator on Sunday. Gov. Ron. DeSantis said the federal government is responsible for hurricane Dorian recovery efforts in the Bahamas. (News Service of Florida)
• The largest inflatable adventure park in the country opened in Lakewood Ranch. The Jumpin Fun Inflata Park is a 15,000-square-foot bouncy playground with obstacle courses, bounce areas and a zip rail coaster. (Panama City News Herald)
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