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Today’s top Florida stories
• Associated Press: Florida Bans Critical Race Theory From Its Classrooms. “Florida’s move was widely expected as a national debate intensifies about how race should be used as a lens in classrooms to examine the country’s tumultuous history.”
• WUFT News: After The Pandemic, GRACE Marketplace Struggles To Attract Enough Volunteers. “The current number of volunteers is one third of what it was before the pandemic.”
• WUFT News: Four Putnam County Schools Close Permanently: The Final Day of Classes at Miller Middle School. “The closure comes after a February decision from the Putnam County School Board to close four schools as part of a revitalization plan.”
• Florida Politics: Ron DeSantis says no to masks for next school year. “‘I think when we go into August when the schools come back, it’s got to be a normal school year, and that’s what we should be doing, and I think that’s the best-stuff formula for success for our students,’ DeSantis said.”
• WCJB: Proposed Duke Energy solar farm could act as an energy source for about 23,000 homes. “A new solar farm near High Springs could help power roughly 23,000 Alachua County homes, and the project is expected to span 720 acres. Although the project wouldn’t fall within city limits, it will be close, so leaders and residents heard from the Duke Energy team Thursday night about how this will impact their town.”
• News4Jax: FDOT took 5 phone calls before crackdown on Pride Month lights. “The bridge was scheduled to be lit with those colors all week long. Instead, its traditional blue lights returned Tuesday in response to an order from FDOT, citing ‘several complaints’ and a permitting issue. FDOT on Thursday disclosed it handed down that directive after taking five phone complaints about the display.”
• WMFE: U.S. Senate Passes Bill That Would Make Pulse Nightclub A National Memorial. “The U.S. House of Representatives approved the bill in May, after it was introduced by central Florida Representatives Darren Soto, Val Demings, and Stephanie Murphy. Under the bill, the site of the Pulse nightclub will be designated as the ‘National Pulse Memorial.’ The site will not become part of the National Park system, nor can federal funds be used to support its upkeep.”
• WFTS-Tampa Bay: Judge to make decision ‘soon’ in Florida’s lawsuit against CDC over cruise lines. “New developments were made Thursday in federal court in Florida’s lawsuit over the CDC’s Conditional Sailing Order for cruise lines.”
• Tallahassee Democrat ($): FSU President Thrasher agrees with recommendation not to rename Doak Campbell Stadium. “The issue sparked many discussions among task force members, who ultimately voted down a motion to recommend removing Campbell’s name. Some felt Campbell upheld the politics of his era when campuses were segregated but is now associated with a successful football program largely built on the talents of Black players. Campbell served as president 1941-57.”
• WLRN: South Florida Teen Turns Passion For Public Service Into Mission To Destigmatize Feminine Hygiene. “It started during her sophomore year at Coral Glades High School in Coral Springs. Alex (Hernandez) noticed that every month, an English learning classmate would excuse herself from the classroom to visit the school nurse. Concerned and confused at the frequency of these visits, Hernandez eventually took it upon themselves to accompany the classmate to nurse one day.” Hear more about this story in today’s episode of our podcast.
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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.