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Today’s top Florida stories
• WUFT News: Food Banks And Pantries Facing High Demand Due To COVID-19. “Alachua County has a projected increase in its food insecurity rate of 18.9%, according to Feeding America. Bradford County’s increase would be 16.3%, with Marion County at 14.4%.”
• WUFT News: Heated Gainesville City Commission Meeting Ends In Narrow Vote To Retain City Manager. “Gainesville city commissioners on Tuesday raised questions about the way Gainesville City Manager Lee Feldman performed when it comes to workplace culture and hiring decisions during his first year on the job. But their special meeting to discuss the results of three investigations into Feldman’s actions did not conclude with his firing.”
• News Service of Florida: Appeals Court Weighs Alachua County Mask Mandate. “A three-judge panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal heard arguments in a challenge that raises a series of issues, including whether the order violates privacy and free-speech rights. Jeff Childers, an attorney for plaintiff Justin Green, said the county order should be blocked and pointed to the principles of ‘life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.'”
• WFSU: Florida Sends Proposal To Feds Advancing Canadian Drug Importation Plan. “Initially, importation will be limited to a handful of drug types, including those for patients who have asthma, HIV or AIDS, or diabetes. Florida would become the first state in the nation to implement such a program.”
• WLRN: Drenching Wet Season Leaves South Florida Farmers Struggling With Crop Losses. “Even before Tropical Storm Eta hit, a drenching wet season had left South Florida water conservation areas and western suburbs so soggy that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers warned it could take months to drain.”
• Main Street Daily News: Tiny homes neighborhood coming to Newberry? “Newberry commissioners are in favor of exploring a new ordinance that would welcome tiny homes to the neighborhood.”
• WUFT News: Tech4Success Aims To Fill The Opportunity Gap For Low-Income Families In Virtual Learning. “Qualifying families must live in housing authority properties in East Gainesville and have high school students with a minimum GPA of 3.6. Tech4Success provides students with a MacBook laptop and their parent or guardian with an iPad. It also pairs them with a mentor from the UF Office of Distance Learning. Students are then eligible to enroll in the online UF Dual Enrollment Program and can receive technical support services, tutoring, and other supportive services according to their needs.”
• WPLG: Florida is holding $2 billion in unclaimed money. Check if any of it is yours. “Head over to fltreasurehunt.gov and plug in your info to search. One in five Floridians has unclaimed funds from a forgotten financial account, the state says, and it’s free to claim it.”
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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.