The Point, Aug. 10, 2022: Three constitutional amendment proposals await Florida voters on the November ballot

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• WUFT News: Alachua County School Board elections: Opposing District 3 race candidates raise nearly $90,000 combined. “Candidates Sarah Rockwell and Ray Holt Jr. are running to replace the term-limited Gunnar Paulson for the Alachua County School Board District 3 seat.”

• Florida Politics: UF announces faculty expansion as it prepares for new nursing students. “The University of Florida announced it will recruit about 20 new faculty members as it prepares to train and educate baccalaureate-prepared nurses, nurse practitioners and nurse scientists in the coming year to help abate a looming nursing shortage in the state.”

• WCJB: GPD investigates suspected homicide outside of GRACE Marketplace. “An investigation is underway after a body was found located outside of a homeless shelter in Gainesville on Friday. Officers say the body was found near a hole in the fence at the northeast corner of GRACE Marketplace.”

• Mainstreet Daily News: Meadowbrook gains approval for two-story range. “The course has closed since July 2021 because of continual flooding, and owner Christopher Marcum said the entire course lacks feasibility without an additional revenue stream—like the funds and extra time an upgraded driving range will provide.”

• Gainesville Sun ($): Aldi grocery store proposed for corner of Southwest 122nd Street and Newberry Road. “Residents of west Gainesville and Alachua County will have one more option when it comes to grocery shopping if the County Commission gives its approval to a proposed development plan.”

• WTSP-Tampa: ‘It’s senseless’: Family of motorcyclist on life support reacts to arrest of alleged road rage driver. “Deputies arrested a man accused of arguing with a motorcyclist and causing a crash in which the rider flipped “violently” throughout the air, authorities said. Kristopher Hite, a 35-year-old from Homosassa, was arrested Monday on charges of attempted vehicular homicide and child neglect, according to a Citrus County Sheriff’s Office news release.”


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• WUSF-Tampa: Here are the constitutional amendments going before Florida voters in November. “Among them is a measure to abolish the Constitutional Revision Commission. At least 60% of voters would have to approve the amendment in November. There will be three Constitutional amendments on the statewide ballot this November.”

• News Service of Florida: Florida Democrats target DeSantis over his comments about the FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago. “During a news conference Tuesday morning outside the governor’s mansion, Democratic candidate Nikki Fried said both political parties should tone down inflammatory rhetoric about the raid at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate and that the FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice should be allowed to conduct their investigation.”

• City & State Florida: Florida election preview: Ten state House primary races to watch in 2022. “There are dozens of races with multiple entrants that have significant money behind them. In some cases, influential political players are split on who they support. In others, candidates are attacking their opponents for not being true believers in their respective political party.”

• WGCU-Fort Myers: FPL to conduct maiden voyage of new large-scale drone. “At first glance, the $1.2 million FPLAir One more closely resembles a small airplane than a typical drone. The unmanned fixed-wing aircraft has a wingspan slightly longer than that of a Cessna, can weigh up to 1,800 pounds and can fly 1,000 miles for more than 20 hours in a single deployment – that’s more than flying the entire length of Florida twice.”

• Florida Today ($): Supervisor of Elections Lori Scott pressured to ‘fix’ and publish voter registration rolls. “Simmering behind the scenes, the national battle over election integrity pushed by false claims of widespread voter fraud in 2020 has made it to Brevard County.”

• WFLA-Tampa: Heat lightning isn’t real. Here’s what it actually is. “Those flashes of light are real lightning strikes from a thunderstorm. However, those thunderstorms can be quite far away, tens and sometimes even hundreds of miles away, which is why you don’t hear the thunder.”

• Miami Herald ($): Olivia Newton-John, her Florida ties, and outlook on life. ‘I always find beauty in something.’ “Olivia Newton-John was the most famous solo singing export from Australia, but Florida had a love affair with the ‘Grease’ star who died Monday. The feeling was mutual.”


From NPR News

• National: Mystery at Mar-a-Lago: What were FBI agents looking for and what are the consequences?

• Politics: The new CHIPS and Science Act will bring semiconductor chip manufacturing to the U.S.

• Health: A vaccine for Lyme disease is in its final clinical trial

• Health: Preventive care such as birth control, anti-HIV medicine challenged in Texas lawsuit

• National: ‘We have nowhere to go’: Many face eviction during a crisis in affordable housing

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