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Today’s top stories
• We began more than a year in advance to report on what matters to Florida voters in the 2020 election — not just the candidates, but the stories and issues at the local, state and federal level that impact your life. Our first four topics ranged from student debt to the new USCMA’s effects on Florida blueberry growers. We need your help to expand and improve this effort.
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• North central Florida planning officials are studying ways to lower the number and severity of traffic crashes on State Road 121 through northwest Gainesville. One 4-mile stretch of it has had nearly 900 reported crashes in the past three years. (WUFT News)
• The third meeting of the Suncoast Corridor task force, which is studying where and how to bring a new toll road through this region of Florida, takes place today in Perry. It’s going to be streamed live on the Florida Channel.
• A tornado might have hit Lake Wauburg in Micanopy over the weekend. (WCJB)
• The Miami Herald has an important story today about the lawsuits likely to come as local governments decide where to retreat and where to prepare for sea level rise.
• One of the signature-gathering efforts to get recreational marijuana on next year’s Florida ballot has failed. (News Service of Florida)
• A state legislator is again trying to shift local government postings from print newspapers to websites. (Florida Politics)
• Voters in Marion County might see hundreds of thousands of more dollars spent on political advertising in 2020 compared to 2016. Candidates overall have raised twice as much at this point in the election cycle. (Ocala Star-Banner)
• The Orlando Sentinel shares the story of a 93-year-old World War II veteran’s private tour of Epcot. Stephen Nemeth helped to build it.
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