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Today’s top Florida stories
• News Service of Florida: DeSantis’ budget proposal would mean more money for public schools, and less for universities. “While DeSantis touted increased money for K-12 schools, his proposed spending plan would include a $100 million cut in funding for state universities compared to the current year.”
• WUSF: DeSantis proposes more money for struggling citrus industry. “The industry has seen its production sharply decline the past couple of decades because of issues such as residential and commercial development, foreign imports and a devastating bacterial disease known as citrus greening.”
• Palm Beach Post ($): Florida COVID-19 infections rise for third week as officials mum on details of omicron. “The omicron strain appears to be five times more infectious than the delta variant, researchers have found. The delta mutation ravaged Florida’s unvaccinated over the summer, killing more people here than anywhere else in America. The severity of the omicron variant’s symptoms is still being studied.”
• Mainstreet Daily News: West End developer unveils compromise. “A development plan for the West End Golf property that started out with 487 residential units and an 80-room hotel has now been pared down to 129 single family units, a tree line with open space, and a donation of 37 recreation acres to Alachua County.”
• Miami Herald ($): Florida families hard hit by their children’s birth injuries are promised more help. “In the eight months since Florida’s embattled compensation program for children born with brain injuries was the subject of an exposé, lawmakers approved a comprehensive overhaul of the program, the top administrator resigned, and new leaders have announced broad reforms aimed at improving the lives of frail, severely disabled children.”
• Sun Sentinel ($): Stoneman Douglas victims’ families to get $1 million each from school district. “The (Broward County) School Board will formally vote Tuesday on two settlement agreements stemming from the 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School — ending a three-and-a-half year saga between the school district and the victims’ families.”
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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.