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• WUFT News: A Jonesville man’s story challenges the logic of Florida’s process to award a marijuana license to a Black farmer. “Applying for the license amounted to buying a lottery ticket for Pigford farmers, who claimed the United States Department of Agriculture racially discriminated against them between 1981 and 1996.”
• The Alligator: After Sasse vote, Change Caucus calls for impeachment of UF Student Body President Lauren Lemasters. “Change’s call for impeachment follows a series of condemnations of Lemasters by Student Government leadership.”
• Florida Storms: Florida possibly getting much windier and wetter next week. “A large non-tropical area of low pressure will likely develop in the southwestern Atlantic this weekend and track toward Florida or the southeast U.S.”
• WUFT News: District 11 incumbent expected to retain his seat after a contested primary. “Daniel Webster has represented Central Florida in the House since 2010, but a contested primary and displeased voters might hint at a shrinking support base.”
• WUFT News: Levy County school shut down after drug scare. “Two students were found in a bathroom earlier this week with what turned out to be methamphetamine, authorities said, and students Thursday reported feeling ill with what turned out to be flu symptoms.”
• Ocala Star-Banner ($): Preparing For Light Up Ocala. “This year there will be about 400,000 LED lights hung for the Christmas season.”
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Around the state
• News Service of Florida: Tenure review for professors could be tied to Florida’s law that restricts race-related instruction. “A controversial law designed to restrict the way certain race-related topics can be taught in Florida classrooms could factor into a new tenure-review process for university professors, under a proposal that higher-education officials will consider next week.”
• The Palm Beach Post ($): A woman seeking an abortion in Florida gets a pamphlet containing false information. “The pamphlet, as well as content on state-funded Florida Pregnancy Support Service contractor websites, include false statements about pregnancy and the consequences of abortion that continue to cloud debate around women’s decisions to terminate pregnancies.”
• WMFE-Orlando: Hurricane Ian didn’t just bring historic flooding, but a record count of mosquitos, too. “Orange County is buzzing with higher levels of mosquito activity. County experts say the booming population came after Hurricane Ian.”
• WFLA-Tampa Bay: Forget to send back your mail ballot? Here’s what to do. “If you want to return your absentee ballot, you still have time — just don’t put it in the mailbox.”
• Florida Politics: Disney union advocates for $18 minimum wage to lift workers from poverty. “While contract negotiations continue with the company, one local released a new survey detailing union workers’ struggles with inflation and rising costs in Central Florida.”
• WFLA-Tampa Bay: Bartow airport traffic controllers could go remote in first-of-its-kind system in western hemisphere. “The Bartow-based remote air traffic controller would utilize digital towers with cameras at the corresponding airport, the first system of its kind in the western hemisphere.”
• WTSP-Tampa: At 106 years old, Peggy Glode is one of Florida’s oldest, most passionate voters. “‘I think it’s essential. It’s our duty to get out and vote and make our vote count,’ Glode told 10 Tampa Bay.”
From NPR News
• World: North Korea launches multiple missiles, triggering alerts in Japan and South Korea.
• Climate: Glaciers from Yellowstone to Kilimanjaro are predicted to disappear by 2050.
• Climate: Big food companies commit to ‘regenerative agriculture’ but skepticism remains.
• Politics: How documentary-style films turn conspiracy theories into a call to action.
• Economy: It’s not just buying a car — owning one is getting pricier, too.
• Law: U.S. court says a pageant can exclude transgender women in its competitions.
• Environment: Ready to toss out your pumpkins? Here’s how to keep them out of the landfill.
Kristin Moorehead curated today’s edition of The Point.