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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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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.