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Today’s top Florida stories

• NPR News: The University of Florida bars professors from testifying in a voting rights case. “Three University of Florida professors were denied permission from the school to testify in a major voting rights case against the state, documents filed in federal court show.”

• USA Today Network ($): Florida Gov. DeSantis sets special November session to defy Biden vaccine mandate. “Lawmakers were ordered to meet beginning Nov. 15 for a session that could last until Nov. 19. The Legislature was already scheduled to be at the Capitol that week for committee hearings that precede the January start of the regular session.”

• CBS Miami: As COVID Hospitalizations Trend Down In Florida, Experts Continue To Be Cautiously Optimistic. “In the state of Florida, the number of (hospitalizations) continues to trend down. On Tuesday, according to the CDC, no new deaths were reported.”

• Fresh Take Florida: Dozens of congressional candidates in Florida fail to turn in mandatory financial reports. “The missing paperwork means voters have few clues so far about where these candidates – 22 Republicans and 15 Democrats – have earned their money, where they invested or to whom they owe personal debts. It was supposed to be submitted to the Capitol in Washington.”

• News Service of Florida: The growth of virtual schools across Florida spurs a debate on how to fund them. “The COVID-19 pandemic prompted skyrocketing student enrollment in virtual education, putting a spotlight on competition among Florida providers — and igniting a debate about whether lawmakers should tweak the way public schools are funded as more students take classes online.”

• Miami Herald ($): Florida company applies to drill for oil near the Everglades. Drinking water is a concern. “A Florida-based oil company has applied for a state permit to drill an exploratory oil well north of Immokalee in Collier County, a project that water managers and the local water and sewer district said may threaten drinking water supplies in the region.”

• WUFT News: Gainesville City Commission may nix student advisory board. “City officials cited a lack of action, spotty attendance and recent resignations as reasons to shut down the board.”

• NPR News: Mister Rogers is surrounded by kids in a Florida college’s new statue. “Rollins College in Florida has raised a statue of Mister Rogers, complete with puppets and adoring children. It’s a tribute to Fred Rogers, the beloved TV host who graduated from Rollins 70 years ago.”


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From NPR News

• Science: COVID’s endgame: Scientists have a clue about where SARS-CoV-2 is headed

• Health: Getting dental coverage added to Medicare faces pushback from some dentists

• Health: Parents should be patient about getting COVID vaccines for kids, White House says

• Politics: White House press secretary Jen Psaki reveals she has COVID-19

• Business: American Airlines has canceled more than 1,700 flights since Friday

• World: Biden, Pope Francis discuss climate change and global vaccine sharing

• National: Detainees who earned just $1 a day are owed $17 million in back pay, a jury says

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 emagoc@wuft.org.

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