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Today’s top Florida stories
• WUFT News: UF subpoenaed for student athlete records in an antitrust lawsuit against the NCAA. “The lawsuit seeks financial reparations for current and former college athletes who may have lost opportunities for monetary gain associated with their respective name, image and likeness. It names as defendants the NCAA and its Southeastern, Atlantic Coast, Big Ten, Big 12 and Pac-12 Conferences. The conferences are comprised of 65 schools, including UF. UF intended to submit its records by Monday, according to an email senior university counsel Michael Ford sent to current and affected former student athletes on Oct. 15.”
• News Service of Florida: Southern Association of Colleges commission eyes investigation of the University of Florida. “The accrediting organization for the University of Florida has taken preliminary steps that could lead to a probe into whether the university faces ‘non-compliance issues’ over its decision to block three professors from serving as expert witnesses in a high-profile voting rights lawsuit. With an investigation looming, the university clarified that the political science professors would be allowed to testify as plaintiffs’ witnesses if they don’t get paid or use school resources.”
• WUFT News: What the mandatory 10-digit dialing means for mental health services. “In Florida, four area codes have had to transition to 10-digit dialing: 941, 561, 352 and 321. Ten-digit dialing looks like this: (area code + telephone number). Now, local calls dialed with only seven digits may not be completed.”
• Fort Myers News-Press ($): Black population declining? New census data show roughly half of Florida’s urban areas have changed. “Between births and moves, the Sunshine State added about 267,000 Black residents between 2010 and 2020, compared with the 2.4 million non-Black people who also moved here, so about 11% of new residents were Black. Many settled outside historically Black urban areas. During that decade, the median rural county in Florida saw its population of color increase by 3.5 percentage points, according to a Brookings Institute analysis.”
• WLRN: Expert says lack of earning and the ‘right kind of housing’ keeps Florida in an affordable housing crisis. “Parts of Florida consistently rank as some of the most unaffordable places to live with the combination of low incomes and high housing costs.”
• Florida Times-Union ($): Time change: Who in the world is for changing the clocks and who’s against? “In the last four years, 19 states have enacted legislation or passed resolutions to provide for year-round daylight saving time. But like Florida, they are still waiting for federal approval.”
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.