The Point, Nov. 20, 2019: ‘Work Hard And Live Simply’: The Story Of A Migrant Family’s Life In Immokalee

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• Citrus County commissioners doubled down on their decision to stop the county’s library system from paying for a digital subscription to the New York Times. One called it a “want” and not a “need.” (WTSP)

• Gainesville Regional Utilities leadership would like to build a new solar plant, “but we have to be careful with these next steps that we don’t impact our customers adversely” — meaning higher bills. (WUFT News)

• A Sunrise Elementary School student named Bryce Benson became the 11th traffic death in the past two weeks in Marion County. (WUFT News)

• Ocala next summer will host a nationally-televised baseball tournament in which the players are 7 and 8 year olds. (WUFT News)

• Two years of delays could be coming to an end with one of Gainesville’s stranger restaurant mysteries. Will Newk’s in Butler North actually open in January? (WUFT News)


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Around the state today

• In an incredible video story, one of our reporters shows what it’s like for a group of immigrant workers to try to build a life in Immokalee. (WUFT News)

• Expect to see a push in the upcoming legislative session for the increased use of dental therapists in Florida. Advocates say they could help fill the gap in rural dental care. (WLRN)

• State employees are unhappy with the governor’s budget proposal that mostly leaves out pay increase like the ones proposed for first-year teachers. (Tallahassee Democrat)

• A University of Miami professor was indicted and suspended from his job after being charged with money laundering. His background: “one of the nation’s foremost experts on money laundering in Latin America.” (Miami New Times)

• Miami-Dade County seems to be having some success with a needle exchange program that might be helping to lower the number of opioid-related deaths. (Miami Herald)

• In Florida, you cannot tout your political affiliation in a nonpartisan school board race. A former Escambia County candidate is facing a $500 fine as a reminder of that rule. (WFSU)

• Florida Supreme Court Justice Robert Luck is moving quickly from being selected to that post by the governor in January and now to a federal appeals court. (Politico)

• The Florida Department of Transportation is getting rid of guardrails after a Jacksonville TV station’s investigation about their safety. (News4Jax)

• “This resolution has no basis in reality,” a Sarasota County commissioner said before helping to vote down the county’s proposed status as a “Second Amendment Sanctuary.” (Sarasota Herald-Tribune)


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• World: Southeast Asia’s Largest Lake Is Under Threat And So Is The Greater Mekong Ecosystem

• Politics: Witnesses With First-Hand Knowledge Of Events Central To Impeachment Inquiry Testify

• Politics: Gordon Sondland Was A Low-Profile Hotel Owner. Until He Went To Work For Trump

• Health: Gene-Edited ‘Supercells’ Make Progress In Fight Against Sickle Cell Disease

• Health: Want New Taxes To Pay For Health Care? Lessons From The Affordable Care Act

• Science: 50 Years Ago, Americans Made The 2nd Moon Landing… Why Doesn’t Anyone Remember?

About Ethan Magoc

Ethan is a journalist at WUFT News. He's a Pennsylvania native who found a home reporting Florida's stories. Reach him by emailing emagoc@wuft.org or calling 352-294-1525.

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