The Point, Aug. 31, 2022: The new Alachua County School Board isn’t prioritizing a superintendent search

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• Gainesville Sun ($): Will the newly elected (Alachua County) School Board search for a new superintendent? Not anytime soon. “Shane Andrew has been serving as the school district’s interim superintendent since March. The four School Board members elected Aug. 23 agree there are larger issues than conducting a superintendent search that need to be tackled once new members are sworn into office.”

• WCJB: ‘The pumps were running,’ Alachua County engineer explains flooding in the county. “Alachua County officials are correcting earlier claims that new flood prevention pumps were not running during heavy rainfall. Over the weekend, several neighborhoods experienced flooding due to above-average rainfall over a 36-hour period. Those neighborhoods include legacy flooding locations such as Hills of Santa Fe, Robin Lane, and Tower Lane.”

• Mainstreet Daily News: DeSantis visits Live Oak, gives $1.9 million check. “Gov. Ron DeSantis stopped in Live Oak on Tuesday to award $1.9 million towards the Suwannee County Industrial Catalyst Site, located at the intersection of I-75, I-10 and US 90.”

• Florida Politics: Ron DeSantis denies he’s ‘considering a run for the presidency.’ “During a press conference in Live Oak Tuesday, a friendly questioner asked about the Governor ‘considering a run for the Presidency,’ spurring DeSantis to push back as he has in the past when asked similar questions.”

• News4Jax: Teens cause $100,000 in damage to Putnam County school. “On Sunday, three teens burglarized the now-closed Jenkins Middle School campus in Palatka causing an estimated $100,000 in damage to the facility, according to the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office.”


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Around the state

• USA Today Network ($): Gov. DeSantis defends voter fraud prosecutions amid increasing criticism. “Gov. Ron DeSantis is defending voter fraud charges brought by his administration that have drawn increasing criticism, including from the Republican lawmaker who drafted legislation at the center of the debate.”

• New York Times ($): Documents at Mar-a-Lago Were Moved and Hidden as U.S. Sought Them, Filing Suggests. “The Justice Department sought a search warrant for former President Donald J. Trump’s residence in Florida after obtaining evidence that highly classified documents were likely concealed and that Mr. Trump’s representatives had falsely claimed all sensitive material had been returned, according to a court filing by the department on Tuesday.”

• Politico: Trump adds former Florida solicitor general to legal team working Mar-a-Lago probe. “Former President Donald Trump has hired Chris Kise, Florida’s former solicitor general, to represent him in the criminal investigation related to the FBI search of his Mar-a-Lago resort in early August.”

• Tampa Bay Times ($): Medicaid care for transgender children is rare in Florida, data show. “One week after Florida banned the use of Medicaid to pay for medical treatment of gender dysphoria, newly released data shows the number of transgender children getting such aid remains rare in Florida.”

• WLRN-Miami: With new members sworn in, majority of Broward School Board is now DeSantis appointees. “The majority of the Broward County School Board is now made up of officials appointed by Gov. Ron DeSantis — not by people elected by voters. Four new board members were sworn into office at the K.C. Wright Administration Building on Tuesday, promising ‘real and effective change’ in the district that’s still grappling with the repercussions of the 2018 Parkland shooting.”

• Florida Politics: Ron DeSantis controls $130M+ to Charlie Crist’s $1.6M as General Election season kicks off. “Democrat Charlie Crist secured the nomination for Governor, but spent most of his campaign cash getting there. As of Aug. 19, four days before the Aug. 23 Democratic Primary, his candidate account had under $1 million in cash-on-hand, and a campaign committee had less than that.”

• News Service of Florida: Florida’s ‘Tool Time’ tax holiday on home improvement items begins this weekend. “The seven-day holiday, which was part of a wide-ranging tax bill passed this year, will allow shoppers to avoid paying sales taxes on numerous home-repair and construction items from Saturday through Sept. 9.”

• New York Times ($): Ruby C. Williams, Folk Artist With a Produce Stand, Dies at 94. “At a produce stand in a rural part of Florida east of Tampa, Ruby C. Williams would sell you some squash or collard greens for a few bucks. At galleries in Florida and beyond, some of her vibrant, quirky paintings have fetched hundreds.”


From NPR News

• Health: FDA expected to authorize new omicron-specific COVID boosters this week

• Health: Marijuana use is outpacing cigarette use for the first time on record

• National: A Black pastor was watering his neighbor’s flowers. Then the police showed up

• World: Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev has died at 91

• Climate: Data centers, backbone of the digital economy, face water scarcity and climate risk

• Climate: Why even environmentalists are supporting nuclear power today

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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