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• WUFT News: ‘I Began To Call And Demand Answers’: A Jail Inmate’s Mother Searches For Justice In Two Cases. “In the midst of three months of nationwide civil unrest over criminal justice reform and other racial inequities, the Alachua County Jail has become a focus of local activists frustrated with inmate treatment.”
• Gainesville Sun ($): Longtime bus driver dies from COVID-19. “There are three other confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the transportation department, according to school system spokeswoman Jackie Johnson.”
• Citrus County Chronicle: Citrus logs 10 additional COVID-19 deaths in past week. “Here are the number of COVID-19 cases ranked by Citrus County’s 15 zip codes…”
• The Alligator: UF takes down COVID-19 testing data. “UF removed its COVID-19 dashboard Monday. For now, the statistics have been replaced with a message: a new dashboard will be published soon.”
• Ocala Star-Banner ($): Marion teachers report for three weeks of training. “It was the first day of school for some 3,000 teachers and hundreds of other staff members at 50 campuses across Marion County.”
• NWF Daily News ($): 5 hours from home, Fort Walton Beach single mom fights COVID-19 alone. “A 41-year-old woman is fighting for her life alone in a Gainesville hospital.”
• Gainesville Sun ($): Roy leaves legacy of public education advocacy. “The school board meetings are dwindling in number for chairman Eileen Roy, 76, who steps down this year after four terms and 16 years of service.”
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Around the state today
• The Hill: Journalist covering Trump trip to Florida tests positive for coronavirus.“The White House Correspondents’ Association announced Monday that a member of the press who covered President Trump’s trip to Florida last week has tested positive for COVID-19.”
• USA Today: Sign of the times: Face masks make the list this year for Florida back-to-school sales tax holiday.“The good news? They’ll be tax-free for three days (Aug. 7 thru Aug. 9).”
• Associated Press: Navy investigates video of dogs attacking Kaepernick fill-in.“The U.S. Navy is investigating an incident in which dogs attacked a “Colin Kaepernick stand-in” during a K-9 demonstration during a 2019 fundraiser at the Navy SEAL Museum in Florida.”
• News Service of Florida: Civil Rights Veterans Argue Against Florida Voting Law.“In the latest twist in a legal battle over voting rights in Florida, three dozen former Department of Justice attorneys are asking a federal appeals court to side with plaintiffs in a case that could determine whether hundreds of thousands of felons can cast ballots in the November presidential election.”
• WTSP: Florida lawmaker files lawsuit against Manatee County, one of 14 lawsuits against mask mandates.“A week after passing a face mask mandate, Manatee County faces a lawsuit over the order from a state lawmaker.”
• WUSF: Fried Launches ‘Be Smart Florida’ Campaign To Fight COVID-19. “It comes just after Governor Ron DeSantis announced an initiative Friday to unite Floridians in the fight against COVID-19.”
• Palm Beach Post ($): Eviction ban squeezes landlords: ‘This is as one-sided as anything’.“DeSantis signed an executive order suspending evictions and foreclosures for 45 days on April 2 after appeals by Democrats and tenants’ rights groups. Landlords say it puts them in a financial bind.”