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• In both algebra and geometry, many Alachua County high school students fell from 2018 to 2019, and school district leaders are trying to figure out why — as well as how to fix these outcomes. (WUFT News)
• Celebration Pointe is the latest proposed site for a new Alachua County sports center. Other sites in East Gainesville and at the Cabot-Koppers Superfund site had been considered over the past few years, but a consultant has suggested to county commissioners that the newer development just west of Interstate 75 is the place. (WUFT News)
• In the same month as our story about the dental services provided at the ACORN Clinic in Brooker, there’s a federal report out ranking Florida among the worst states for patients’ access to dentists in rural areas. (WUFT News, Florida Phoenix)
• More construction in Gainesville means more rope rescues like the one firefighters had to perform yesterday on University Avenue. (WCJB)
• There are now construction timelines for each of Gainesville’s five announced Wawa locations. The first two should open in April. (WUFT News)
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Around the state today
• Florida’s next generation of Republican leadership isn’t “so much in denial” about climate change, a veteran state senator says. Still, Democrats are lamenting a “lost decade” during which the state could have done more to prepare. (News Service of Florida)
• Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission members want sheriff’s offices around the state training armed school employees, instead of private companies. (AP)
• About a third of new HIV diagnoses in Florida are within the Hispanic and Latino communities. State and federal health officials are trying to combat the problem. (WFSU)
• The rising level of THC in marijuana products has some concerned about the possible legalization of its recreational use in Florida. (Florida Politics)
• Different agencies in the same community sometimes take very different approaches to document redactions. (Florida Times-Union)
• It was a popped balloon that caused the panic at a Boca Raton mall over the weekend. (Palm Beach Post)
• The federal prison in Marianna has been closed for repairs since Hurricane Michael, and it doesn’t appear likely to reopen until next August. (Northwest Florida Daily News)
• If you’ve ever wondered about St. Petersburg’s green benches, this trip to the Florida Memory Blog explains their history.
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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 email@example.com.