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The top stories near you
• A national club with a new presence in Gainesville is encouraging breastfeeding among African American women. Members of Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere, or ROSE, now meet twice a week. (WUFT News)
• Gainesville City Commissioner Gigi Simmons is tonight holding a town hall for her eastside district at Ironwood Golf Course. (WUFT News)
• Three Florida universities are trying to diversify the ranks of their science, technology, engineering and math faculty. (Florida Politics)
• A UF/IFAS plant pathologist is trying to help stop a bacterial outbreak that’s damaging the tomato industry worldwide. (WUSF)
• A bear that had been visiting an Ocala elementary school’s dumpster has been relocated to Ocala National Forest. (Ocala Star-Banner)
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Around the state today
• The National Transportation Safety Board held a hearing yesterday to provide the results of a 19-month investigation into the collapse of the Florida International University bridge that killed six people. Both the bridge’s structure and “the structure of public safety oversight” failed in the incident, NTSB officials said. (Miami Herald)
• Florida state senators are meeting today to determine the fate of Broward County’s suspended sheriff. (Florida Phoenix)
• The Florida House is ready to vote on a bill that would require teenagers to get written parental permission before having an abortion. (Tallahassee Democrat)
• Nearly 2,700 guns have been taken away from Floridians since March 2018, when the state enacted its red flag law. (Tampa Bay Times)
• Nineteen mayors from Florida were in Washington D.C. this week to discuss sea-level rise solutions. (ActionNewsJax)
• A treatment for humans who have had drug overdoses might also work for sea turtles exposed to red tide. (WLRN)
• Politifact found that state Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried went a little overboard in touting the many (but not that many) uses of industrial hemp.
• You’re probably wondering why you still have to set your clocks back an hour on Nov. 3, even after former Gov. Rick Scott in 2018 approved year-round daylight saving time. One word: Congress. (Florida Today)