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Today’s top Florida stories

• Bay News 9: Teacher Union’s Lawsuit Win Short-Lived As Judge Issues Stay. “This means the Governor Ron DeSantis’s mandate requiring schools to reopen for face-to-face learning is back in effect. Several districts across the state returned to campuses last week with more beginning school Monday.”

• Tallahassee Democrat ($): TPD: Man who pulled gun on protesters was ‘lawfully defending himself,’ will not face charges. “A man who pulled a gun and pointed it at Black Lives Matter protesters during a fistfight in front of the Florida Historic Capitol building Saturday evening will not face charges.”

• Florida Storms: Multiple Tropical Developments Possible This Week. “There are no immediate threats to the Sunshine State, but residents are encouraged to stay informed of future updates all week.”

• The Alligator: ‘Simplifying COVID-19’ wasn’t so simple; fall semester becomes complex. “UF President Kent Fuchs said the only way the school would close again is if UF Health Shands Hospital became overloaded with patients.”

• WKMG: Florida reports 2,583 new COVID-19 cases, 14 deaths. “The positivity rate, which represents the number of people who tested positive for the first time compared to the overall number of tests reported by the DOH for the day prior was 5.147% on Sunday.”

• WJCT: Jaguars Will Be One Of The First NFL Teams To Play In Front Of Fans. “The stadium capacity for the first home game against the Indianapolis Colts on Sept. 13 will be limited to 25%, which is around 17,000 fans.”

• WMFE: Harmony Middle School in Osceola County Will Close for Two Weeks Starting Monday. “The Osceola County School District is closing Harmony Middle School for the next two weeks starting Monday August 31 after eleven staff members tested positive for coronavirus.”

• Bay News 9: Publix Ends One-Way Aisle Policy at Some Stores. “Only stores not currently under local ordinance will be affected, Publix indicated.”

• TCPalm ($): UF study shows mosquitoes bite manatees and may give them viruses. “Speeding boats, freezing temperatures and fishing nets: Florida’s manatees already have enough threats on their lives. Now add to the list mosquito-borne viruses.”

• Miami Herald ($): Here is the plan to recover from the worst tourism crisis in Miami history. “The Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau is requesting $7.5 million from Miami-Dade County’s $474 million in federal CARES Act funding for its ‘Miami Land’ advertising campaign, targeting people who live within a road trip’s distance and are looking to spend time outdoors.”

• Fort Myers News-Press ($): Election hacking, Florida voter fraud: Lee, Collier spent $630,000 on election security, documents show. “The federal grants were allotted in 2018 under the Help America Vote Act and were awarded to buy election technology to protect the voter databases and beef up election security after the 2016 hacking. The names of the counties that were hacked have not been released, and no evidence was found that election outcomes were affected.”

• FLKeysNews ($): ‘It’s sad.’ Key West’s Hemingway museum cuts half its staff, citing a decline in tourism. “On Thursday, the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, 907 Whitehead St., laid off half of its 30 or so employees.”

• WFSU: Teachers Help Colleague Diagnosed With Cancer Stay Safe In Classroom. “Patricia Cornelius, who teaches first grade at Lynn Haven Elementary School (in Bay County), was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in April. Over the summer, she says she was busy thinking of ways to protect herself from getting sick while teaching her first-grade students face-to-face.”

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