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Today’s top Florida stories
• Fresh Take Florida: Authorities: Father Suspected Of Killing Two Young Sons, Including UF Batboy, Self Then Burning Vacation Home. “The children were Brody, 11, and Rex, 14, both avid youth baseball players. The family was friends with Florida Coach Kevin ‘Sully’ O’Sullivan, and Brody was regularly the bat boy at Florida home games, friends said.”
• NPR News: Charlie Crist To Run Against DeSantis In Florida Governor’s Race. “Democratic Congressman Charlie Crist is making a bid for a seat he held before as a Republican. He served one term as governor but then decided to run for the U.S. Senate. Crist lost that race but is now trying to unseat DeSantis in next year’s election.”
• Tampa Bay Times ($): Pasco school resource officers will no longer access student data. “The officers will also no longer have access to the school district’s early warning system, which designates students as on-track, off-track or at-risk, according to the Sheriff’s Office. The U.S. Department of Education opened an investigation into whether sharing that information violated federal law.”
• Politico: DeSantis sets date for special election to replace Hastings. “DeSantis said during a press conference in Miami on Tuesday that the primary election will be scheduled for Nov. 2 and will be followed by a general election on Jan. 11.”
• WUFT News: These Were The Bills Of Note That We Covered During Florida’s 2021 Session. Here’s What Happened To Each. “Florida’s 2021 legislative session did feature multiple controversial bills, and as the dust settles following Friday’s sine die ceremony, the end of what was a busy two months gives us time to return and see the fate of the bills that earned coverage on WUFT.org this year.”
• Gainesville Sun ($): UF officials say better counts, different data put them atop nation’s COVID list. “As of Friday, UF had the highest number of total reported cases by a college or university in the U.S. on the New York Times’ coronavirus case tracker with 9,796 tallied. UF’s own COVID-19 dashboard, last updated Tuesday, counted 9,922. Leaders of UF Health Screen, Test & Protect initiative said they are proud of the high number because it reflects their effort to measure and help as much of the community as possible.”
• CBS4: Speed tables being installed on W. University Avenue. “To force cars to slow down, FDOT has begun to install speed tables, which are basically longer speed bumps.”
• WCJB: GRU debt rating lowered by S&P, General Manager writes critical letter to Gainesville City Commission. “Alarm bells are ringing at Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU) after they were dealt a ‘historic’ downgrade by S&P Global Ratings. The financial services company lowered its long-term rating on GRU’s debt two notches from ‘A’ from ‘A-A- negative.'”
• Mainstreet Daily News: ACPS continues requiring masks after DeSantis order. “Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis ended local emergency orders on Monday, but Alachua County Public Schools (ACPS) is reminding parents and students the move does not end COVID-19 mitigation efforts at schools.”
• WMFE: Marion County Signs On As Florida Seeks Buy-In For Opioid Settlements. “Marion County sued Purdue Pharma, J&J and other companies involved in the making, promotion and distribution of opioids. The county and governments across the U.S. want compensation for expenses from the epidemic of addiction.”
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About today’s curator
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.