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• Ocala Star-Banner ($): Police Chief Greg Graham’s body is returned to Ocala. “Graham’s funeral is set for 10 a.m. Friday at First Baptist Church of Ocala. Details are still being worked out. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash and is expected to release a preliminary report within two weeks. As of Tuesday, there was no word on what caused the crash or from/to where Graham was flying his Cessna 172.”

• WUFT News: UF Study Suggests Kratom Could Treat Opioid Addictions. “Researchers found that kratom tea alleviated some withdrawal symptoms, such as difficulty breathing in morphine-addicted mice, said Jay McLaughlin, a project researcher and UF pharmacy professor. So far, kratom has also provided pain relief with less addiction withdrawal symptoms than morphine.”

• News Service of Florida: Voter Turnout Could Approach 1992 Mark. “Floridians might approach the highest voter-turnout rate for a general election in at least half a century, as more than 41 percent of eligible voters have already cast ballots in the Nov. 3 election. … The 1992 presidential contest had the highest modern turnout rate at 83 percent.”

• WUFT News: Community Groups Seek To Foster Trans Visibility At Halloween Event In Gainesville. “Amid vibrant queer and transgender patrons cheering outside Curia on the Drag in Gainesville, the best overall costume award went to the one wearing the least: A Batman mask and T-shirt. … Organizers said the trans and queer communities needed a chance to engage with each other again after months of constant quarantining because of the pandemic.”

• The Alligator: Gainesville immigrant communities struggling to adapt to COVID-19. “The CARES Act gave economic relief to Alachua County residents struggling with loss of income up to $2,500. However, some immigrant families couldn’t receive federal help after losing their jobs because of their immigration status, said Liz Ibarrola, the director of immigration concerns for the Human Rights Coalition of Alachua County.”

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Around the state today

• Fresh Take Florida: Hurricane Sally Carved New Possible Nesting Sites For Endangered Shorebirds. “Though a grave for destroyed wild plants, the pearly smooth sand left behind has an upside: It presents perfect nesting sites for the region’s shorebirds.”

• WUSF: Positive Coronavirus Tests In Florida Again Over 4,000. “An additional 4,298 people tested positive for the coronavirus since Monday. It’s the second time this week the daily number of new cases has been over 4,000.”

• Orlando Sentinel ($): Gov. Ron DeSantis: Feds should loosen travel restrictions. “Gov. Ron DeSantis said Tuesday he’s lobbied President Donald Trump to loosen travel restrictions from critical travel markets like Brazil and Europe, in hopes of jump-starting tourism into Central Florida and the state’s beaches.”

• Northwest Florida Daily News ($): Okaloosa health director warns county is ripe for COVID-19 outbreak. “COVID-19 cases, positivity rates and coronavirus-related hospitalizations all have been increasing for the past two weeks, and Okaloosa County is at risk for an outbreak.”

• WMFE: Floridians Weigh The Pandemic And The Election As They Consider Holiday Travel Plans. “According to a new AAA survey, 84% of Floridians are worried about traveling during the holiday season this year because of the pandemic.”

• Inside Higher Ed: ‘Death by a Thousand Cuts.’ “Teacher education programs were facing major problems even before the pandemic, but are they dying of natural causes or being killed off? Either way, what’s lost when they go away for good?”

• WFSU: New Program To Help People Addicted To Opioids Receives $5 Million. “Money to fund the program comes from the U.S. Department of Labor. It will also be used to train workers in medical, mental health, and substance-abuse recovery-related fields.”

• WLRN: Federal Judge Orders Army Corps To Study Toxic Algae In Lake O Releases. “The study must look at how managing the lake influences blue-green algae and red tide, and what harm the two algae may cause protected manatees, sea turtles, wood storks and other species.”

• Robb Report: How These Farmers Are Replenishing Florida’s Decimated Oyster Stocks. “For the first time anyone in Franklin County, Florida can remember, there will be no oystermen riding out on skiffs and hand-tonging for wild Apalachicola Bay oysters. The waters off this rural part of the panhandle once yielded 10 percent of America’s oysters , but the harvest has been canceled until 2025.”

• Palm Beach Post ($): Former Spanish River High principal apologizes for Holocaust remarks, asks to keep job. “Former Spanish River High School Principal William Latson said in an online video Tuesday that he is ‘not a Holocaust denier’ and is ‘sorry that my comments caused people to think that.'”

From NPR News

• Health: Mask-Wearing Is Up In The U.S., But Young People Are Still Too Lax, CDC Survey Finds

• Health: Female Doctors Spend More Time With Patients, But Earn Less Money Than Men

• Politics: ‘Dude, I’m Done’: When Politics Tears Families And Friendships Apart

• Politics: As Voting Days Dwindle, Presidential Campaigns Are In High Gear

• Business: A Pandemic Sticker Shock: Used-Car Prices Are Through The Roof

• Business: Glass Half Full? Record U.S. GDP Growth Will Mask A Deeply Hurting Economy

• Race: Judge Orders Richmond’s Robert E. Lee Statue Can Be Removed

• National: NXIVM Cult Leader Sentenced To 120 Years In Prison

• World: ‘Very Nice!’: Kazakhstan, Outraged No More, Embraces Borat In New Slogan

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