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• WUFT News: Alachua County Public High Schools Hosting Drive-Thru Graduation Ceremonies. “This week, Alachua County high school seniors are receiving their well-earned diplomas via drive-thru.”
• Gainesville Sun ($): 76 Alachua County farm workers test positive for COVID-19. “One farm worker who traveled to Alachua County from Miami-Dade County unknowingly infected at least 76 additional workers with COVID-19.”
• Politico: Florida Covid-19 cases soar in agricultural communities. “The Florida Department of Health reported a record daily number of Covid-19 diagnoses, which Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday said was the result of outbreaks among farming communities and increased statewide testing. The state Department of Health reported that 1,677 people were diagnosed with Covid-19 on Wednesday, the highest number of positive tests since the state reported its first case March 1.”
• Florida Today ($): Gov. Ron DeSantis announces plan to reopen public schools at ‘full capacity’ this fall. “The plan be supported by nearly $1 billion in emergency funding from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic or CARES Act.”
• WUFT News: From The Front Lines Podcast. “COVID-19 And Racism: The Black Community Fights On Two Front Lines. Episode 37 explores how a pandemic is not the same for everyone and where race intersects with public health.”
• Gainesville Sun ($): UF official gets 4-year prison term in embezzlement case. “Azfar Mian, 44, pleaded to two counts of grand theft of more than $100,000, one count of scheming to defraud and one count of official misconduct, State Attorney Bill Cervone said.”
• Citrus County Chronicle: Elections office seeks poll workers. “The Citrus County Supervisor of Elections office is looking for an additional 50 poll workers to fill positions for the 2020 Primary and General elections.”
• Orlando Weekly: Another horse in Florida found butchered and dismembered. “The horse, named Frosty, was discovered May 29 at a farm in Summerfield in Marion County. The scene was gruesome, with nothing but bone, hide and intestines left of the animal.”
• Ocala Star-Banner ($): Marion County gun permits soar amid pandemic, unrest. “One week into June, the number of concealed weapons permits is already near the total for June 2019. Gun dealers say they can’t keep weapons in stock due to high demand.”
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Around the state today
• Florida Politics: State eases rules on Bright Futures program. “Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran late Wednesday signed an emergency order that eases some eligibility requirements for awards under the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program.”
• Sun Sentinel ($); Coronavirus cases in Florida surge with biggest jump since March. “The Florida Department of Health’s latest totals show 69,069 people have been infected with COVID-19, with 2,938 dying, since the outbreak began. That’s an increase of 49 deaths in the past 24 hours.”
• NWF Daily News ($): ’Fight isn’t over,’ says Scott as proposal to protect eastern Gulf from oil and gas exploration is rejected. “The move is designed both to help the state’s tourism industry by limiting the possibility of environmental disaster like the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and to maintain the viability of a miltary test range in the eastern Gulf of Mexico”
• Miami Herald ($): Miami-Dade Police Director Freddy Ramirez bans chokeholds. “Miami-Dade Police Director Freddy Ramirez bans chokeholds as he addresses the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project 27th Annual Police & Youth Conference at Hard Rock Stadium on Thursday, June 11, 2020.”
• News Service of Florida: Should victims’ rights law shield officer’s identity? “The Florida Police Benevolent Association sued the city after Tallahassee officials decided to release the name of an officer, identified as Officer ‘John Doe,’ to the news media. The union cited privacy protections in a 2018 Florida constitutional amendment known as ‘Marsy’s Law.'”
• Florida Politics: Florida orange harvest lower than projected. “The Florida Agricultural Statistics Service released Florida citrus production numbers Thursday and the harvest wasn’t quite as bountiful as originally expected at 67.65 million boxes this year.”
• St. Augustine Record ($): Masks not popular with St. Augustine visitors despite coronavirus concerns. “While businesses are open with social distancing and safety procedures, what’s clear from a walk down St. George Street is that most people aren’t wearing masks.”
• Miami Herald ($): Tropical disturbance heading toward Caribbean islands will impact South Florida weather. “The National Hurricane Center is monitoring a well-defined tropical wave currently located about 275 miles east of the Windward Islands.”
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