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• WUFT News: UF Primed To Join Schools Across Nation In Canceling Spring Break. “The university announced Friday that its leadership was reviewing plans to extend the coming winter break by one week, so that the spring semester would begin on Jan. 11. As a result, spring break would move from March 8-12 to Jan. 4-8. Student reaction to canceling spring break ranged from supportive to not so much.”

• WUFT News: Stay-At-Home Coronavirus Order Pushed Alachua County Residential Recycling Up About 40% In One Month. “Thomas Strickland, recycling coordinator for Alachua County, found that the county’s residential recycling increased from 358.87 tons in March to 507.17 tons in April. That’s an increase by 148.3 tons in just one month.”

• WUFT News: Flights From GNV To Miami Have Resumed. “Non-stop flights from Gainesville Regional Airport to Miami are resuming after a six-month, COVID-19 related hiatus.”

• WUFT News: UF’s Student Union Will Remain Early Voting Location In October 2020. “The University of Florida is continuing its plan to hold early voting at the Reitz Union during the 2020 General Election, even as the coronavirus pandemic lingers on campus.”

• WUFT News: Gainesville Bars Allowed To Reopen at 50% Capacity. “Though open, bars will look different. Alachua County leaders decided that bars should only serve seated patrons — meaning no dancing or walking around the premises will be permitted.”

• Bay News 9: DeSantis Grants Weeki Wachee $3.7 Million to Help Preserve Water Quality. “(Florida’s governor) said he is in the process of finishing a 2-year investment of $150 million in Florida springs.”

• Spotlight on Levy County Government: No Lines on Map Yet, So Where’s Toll Road Going? “In reality, the greatest modern mystery in Levy County isn’t the location of pirate’s gold, but rather it’s the future location of a toll road that might be built through the county, or may never get built.”

• Washington Post ($): College newspaper reporters are the journalism heroes for the pandemic era. “The Alligator at the University of Florida has even added new beats to cover the Gainesville area. While the city has a professional daily newspaper, its staff is relatively small, while the Alligator has nearly 60 people on staff, and ‘we can fill in a bunch of gaps,’ said editor in chief Kyle Wood.”

• WCJB: Gainesville art festival and medieval faire events canceled and moved online. “The Downtown Festival & Art Show was originally scheduled for Nov. 7-8. The Hoggetowne Medieval Faire would have been Jan. 30-31 and Feb. 6-7. The events will now be held online on those days.”


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Around the state today

• WFSU: FSU Football Coach Tests Positive For COVID-19. “The Seminoles will face off against the Miami Hurricanes Sept. 26. Deputy head coach Chris Thomsen will take over in-person coaching duties while (Mike) Norvell and his family quarantine.”

• Politico: What you need to know about Barbara Lagoa. “President Donald Trump is closely considering two conservative women as an intense political battle heats up to fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat on the Supreme Court. According to people familiar with the process, one of those potential picks is Barbara Lagoa, a seasoned Florida judge with Cuban roots.”

• WUSF: Election Gift for Florida? Trump Poised to Approve Drug Imports From Canada. “Industry experts say Florida is likely to be the first state to win federal approval for a drug importation plan — something that could occur before the November election.”

• WTSP: Cuts coming to Hillsborough County schools. “With attendance, down and money going towards COVID-19 protective equipment, the district is preparing to change staffing and the allocation of resources.”

• NPR News: ‘Miami Herald’ Investigating How Racist Insert Was Distributed In Paper For Months. “The Spanish language sibling to the Miami Herald apologized after including an insert filled with anti-Semitic screeds. The publishers of both papers admitted the issue has been going on for months.”

• Pensacola News Journal ($): Lineworkers come from 24 states to help Pensacola get the power back on. “Since Tuesday, before Hurricane Sally made landfall in Gulf Shores, Alabama, (Robert) Duke and his fellow lineman have been responding to various locations across Escambia and Santa Rosa counties working on downed power lines. He and the nearly 8,000 linemen in the area will easily work 100 hours during storm recovery.”

• St. Augustine Record ($): End of an era: St. Augustine flea market makes way for new development. “After nearly 40 years in business, the market just off Interstate 95 will be open for just one last weekend, ending this Sunday, according to General Manager John Gravesen.”


From NPR News

• National: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Champion Of Gender Equality, Dies At 87

• National: Ginsburg’s Death Is A Major Cultural Moment That’s About To Upend Politics Again

• National: A Firefighter Is Killed In California Wildfire Sparked By Gender Reveal Party

• Business: The Surprising Business Model Behind Guinness World Records

• Politics: Trump Says He Expects To Announce His Supreme Court Pick ‘Next Week’

• Politics: Susan Collins: Whoever Wins The Presidential Election Should Fill SCOTUS Vacancy

• Politics: Sen. Lisa Murkowski Reiterates Opposition To Confirmation Vote Before The Election

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