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• WUFT News: A COVID-19 Comeback: Ocala Drive-In Theatre Peaks In Sales. “While the coronavirus has forced the shutdown of walk-in theaters nationwide, it has revived the once fading drive-in movie industry. The Ocala drive-in, for example, saw its business skyrocket to a 60% increase in ticket and concession sales compared to the previous year, (its owner) said.”
• WUFT News: Dozens of Alachua County Voters Receive Letters Informing Them Of Ineligibility. “With only three days left for you to register to vote for the 2020 General Election in Florida, some potential voters are finding unsettling material in their mailboxes about whether they can participate this fall. Seemingly random selections of the 187,714 registered voters in the county are reporting that they have received mail informing them that someone in their home is ineligible to cast a ballot.”
• New York Times ($): The Fight for Voting Rights in Florida. “On today’s episode (of ‘The Daily’), Nicholas Casey, a national politics reporter, spends time with (Julius) Irving in Gainesville and explores the voting rights battle in Florida.”
• WUFT News: Immigrant Students Foster Their Own Paths In An Education System Designed For Others. “Students like (Aissata) Kaya, who are enrolled in the English to Speakers of Other Languages program at Gainesville High School, have overcome layers of adversity to achieve the same goals as their English-speaking peers. Kaya was born in the United States, but moved away when she was 3 years old. After growing up in Mali, she moved back to Florida for what should have been her senior year of high school. Instead, the school asked her to complete the 11th grade again.”
• The Alligator: Donald Trump Jr. to host campaign event at Gainesville gun shop and shooting range. “The Alachua County stop is one of two ‘Make America Great Again’ events taking place that day, with the other at a gun shop and shooting range in Kennesaw, Georgia, at 4:30 p.m., according to the event page.”
• WUFT News: The Lede: Getting Back to Normal Under Abnormal Circumstances (Season II – Episode I). This week, we debut the second season of our biweekly short video series, “The Lede.” New episodes release every Wednesday and Saturday. “In this episode of The Lede, we explore how in-person interactions are coming back in a different way. We also take a look into Miami-Dade schools reopening and Gator football’s new coronavirus protocols.”
• News Service of Florida: University of Florida researchers get sickle cell therapy grant. “Researchers at the University of Florida College of Nursing have been awarded a $2.6 million grant to determine whether relaxation therapy can help reduce pain and manage stress for patients with sickle cell disease, negating the need for opioids.”
• WUFT News: Gainesville Small Businesses Look To COVID-19 Relief Programs. “COVID-19 has small businesses facing struggles and hoping for relief through governmental aid. The CARES Act and Payroll Protection Program serve as a temporary solution for small businesses seeking help.”
• WUFT News: Annual Tour De Felasco Fundraiser Canceled Though Park Remains Open. “Due to the pandemic, the annual mountain biking event Tour de Felasco is canceled. Despite the recent cancellation, some riders are planning their own ride.”
• WCJB: Heartwood Soundstage debuts new farmer’s market. “Even though the event is outside, everyone is required to wear a mask. The GNV Market at Heartwood runs every Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m.”
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Around the state today
• NPR News: Hurricane Sally Victims In Florida Seek Federal Help. “Floridians affected by Hurricane Sally are frustrated that they’re getting no federal help. Meanwhile, Alabama received more than $11 million in individual aid to storm victims.”
• WUWF: FEMA: ‘We’re Moving As Fast As We Can.’ “While not yet finalized, the damage assessments place Sally’s price tag at around $309 million as of Tuesday. FEMA already has earmarked money to repair public facilities, but money for individual property owners remains in limbo. But hopefully not for long, says Escambia County Administrator Janice Gilley.”
• News Service of Florida: First-Time Unemployment Claims Drop In Florida. “First-time unemployment claims in Florida dropped nearly 25 percent last week, as bars and craft breweries served drinks again and Gov. Ron DeSantis moved forward with the third phase of his coronavirus economic-recovery efforts.”
• Sun Sentinel ($): Brad Parscale says he’s ‘stepping away’ from Trump campaign as judge orders that his guns be kept from him. “Also, a Broward County judge has agreed with the police that Parscale’s collection of 11 guns needs to be kept from him under Florida’s red flag law. The move comes after Fort Lauderdale city and police officials had requested that the guns remain seized following Parscale’s standoff with police this weekend.”
• Pensacola News Journal ($): Sea turtles laid 28 nests this season in Escambia County. Only one full nest survived. “Storms and low fertility rates hampered baby turtle development, and a portion of the hatchlings from otherwise healthy nests became disoriented by light pollution and perished before making it to the water.”
• Miami Herald ($): UM and FIU join a growing list of schools canceling spring break because of COVID-19. “Spring break is also dead at the University of Florida in Gainesville and Florida State University in Tallahassee. Both state universities recently revised their academic calendars as part of their COVID-19 mitigation strategies.”
• Tampa Bay Times ($): Tampa won the Stanley Cup. But did the city fail to celebrate safely? “Tampa Mayor Jane Castor said in a statement that the Lightning championship deserved to be celebrated. She said by having fans outside at both the boat parade and the socially distanced celebration at Raymond James Stadium, they created a fun and safe way for fans to be involved. She did not wear a mask during the stadium celebration.”
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I’m Ethan Magoc, a news editor at WUFT. Originally from Pennsylvania, I’ve found a home telling Florida stories. I’m part of a team searching each morning for local and state stories that are important to you; please send feedback about today’s edition or ideas for stories we may have missed to email@example.com.