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• As you go about your workday or other afternoon pursuits, know that we are offering a video feed of the U.S. Senate’s impeachment proceedings from NPR affixed to our home page, WUFT.org. Democrats’ opening arguments are set to begin today at 1 p.m. Here is NPR’s recap of last night’s proceedings.
• The Alligator: Lucky’s Market to close Gainesville store. “Twenty Florida stores will be closed as of Feb. 12, and the only remaining location will be in West Melbourne.”
• Ocala Star-Banner: Florida’s first Eggs Up Grill opens in Ocala. “The breakfast and lunch spot opened in Market Street at Heath Brook.”
• The Alligator: UF student falls from parking garage, in critical condition. “He remains in critical condition at Shands’ Neurological ICU as of Sunday.”
• Ocala Star-Banner: Krystal pulls out of Ocala, files for bankruptcy. “Bankruptcy comes weeks after the hamburger chain shuttered the last Ocala location.”
• The Alligator: Gainesville ranks among top cities in country for cases of STDs. “The study ranks Gainesville 51st in the country for STDs per 100,000 people.”
• Gainesville Downtown: Ghost of Marley (No, Not That One) Inhabits Lively ‘Lone Star Spirits’. “Lone Star Spirits, the newest mainstage production at the Hippodrome Theatre, takes a humorous but also poignant approach to the ghosts — real and imagined — that inhabit our lives.”
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Around the state today
• WTSP: There’s a better chance of getting the flu twice this year. “There are two flu strains circulating, and just because you’ve had one doesn’t mean you’re immune from the other.”
• WLRN: DeSantis Appoints Parkland Father To State Board Of Education. “DeSantis on Tuesday appointed Ryan Petty to the Florida Board of Education. Petty’s 14-year-old daughter Alaina was murdered in the Feb. 14, 2018, shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, and he has since become a national advocate for school safety reforms.”
• Florida Politics: Hundreds rally in Tally for more education choice for special needs students. “Those that rallied at the Capitol Tuesday to urged Gov. Ron DeSantis and state lawmakers to expand a cutting-edge scholarship for special-needs students.”
• Tallahassee Democrat ($): FHSAA approves pay raise for high school officials, but can school districts afford it? “Florida high school sports officials got the pay raise they demanded, but it was much larger than schools expected. Now they’re figuring out how to pay for it.”
• Northwest Florida Daily News ($): Endangered penguin hatches at Gulfarium. “The marina adventure park located in Fort Walton Beach revealed that a penguin chick hatched at the park on Dec. 20, 2019. The penguin chick was raised by surrogate penguin parents for the first three weeks of his life.”
• Fort Myers News-Press ($): Lee County steps in with $1.4M to slow, repair Sanibel beach erosion. “Lee County will pay to fix part of one of the famed beaches of Sanibel threatened by erosion started after Hurricane Michael moved through the Gulf in 2018.”
• Lakeland Ledger ($): Polk declares itself a 2nd Amendment sanctuary. “The Polk County Commission on Tuesday reversed course from its Friday meeting and approved a resolution affirming its support for gun rights, including language declaring the county a sanctuary.”
• Florida Politics: Legislation preempting local governments from regulating sunscreen passes House committee. “The science just isn’t there. Republican State Rep. Spencer Roach said there is no definitive proof that sunscreens containing the chemicals oxybenzone and octinoxate contribute to the bleaching of coral reefs.”
• WMFE: New Lake Okeechobee Rules To Bring Minimal Toxic Algae Relief, Report Says. “The new report from the University of Florida Water Institute says the restoration projects nearing completion cannot provide the water storage needed for real relief from toxic algae.”
• Tampa Bay Times ($): Florida lawmakers want same privacy as cops and judges, but why? “Under the bill, the personal information and places of employment of their spouses and children would be exempt. So, too, would be information that lawmakers don’t disclose when they run for office, such as the names and locations of the schools their children attend.”
From NPR News
• Business: Boeing 737 Max May Stay Grounded Into Summer