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The Point, Nov. 8, 2022: Live election tracker

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The stories near you

• WUFT News: Live tracker: See who wins Florida’s races for governor, U.S. Senate, U.S. House, state legislature and more.

• Florida Storms: Hurricane, tropical storm watches issued along Florida’s east coast ahead of Nicole’s midweek arrival. "Late Monday morning’s advisory from the National Hurricane Center shows Subtropical Storm Nicole centered east of the Bahamas with sustained winds of 45 miles per hour."

• The Alligator: The poll worker’s plight. "When voters enter their precincts on Election Day, Woody Blue said she sees one predominant emotion — fear."

• WCJB: UF President Ben Sasse’s contract sent to Board of Governor’s for approval. "The proposed contract for Senator Ben Sasse has been published in the agenda for this week’s State Board of Governors meeting. In it, Sasse would receive a base salary of $1,000,000 a year."

• WUFT News: Beats on the block: Gainesville artists are showing their talents downtown. "The City of Gainesville is paying street musicians to perform downtown in hopes of bringing more life and color to the city."

• WUFT News: Interactive art exhibit brings Gainesville immigrant community together. "Participants on Saturday cautiously walked through a maze of tightly arranged clay pieces. Afropop music plays as artist Eugene Agyei explained his interactive art."

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Around the state

• WTSP-Tampa: Is Florida still a swing state? Tuesday's election could tell us a lot. "In a sea of red and blue states, Florida has historically been — purple. A state where statewide elections could go either way and voters can make or break presidential campaigns."

• News Service of Florida: A district judge in Tallahassee has rejected a challenge to federal laws on guns and pot. "A U.S. district judge has tossed out a lawsuit filed by Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried and other plaintiffs challenging federal prohibitions on medical-marijuana patients buying and possessing guns."

• Florida Politics: State orders average 8.4% reduction in workers’ compensation rates. "David Altmaier, the state’s top insurance regulator, announced he issued a final order approving the proposed 8.4% average reduction in rates requested by the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) this summer."

• Mainstreet Daily News: Florida pump prices surge. "In Florida – where the state saw the fifth highest increase in the nation since last week – the average went from $3.28 to $3.45."

• WMFE-Orlando: Stetson professor says voter suppression laws hurt early voting in Florida. "Early voting in 36 states is actually surpassing 2018 numbers, but notably in Florida and Texas participation in this year’s midterm election is way down. Stetson Law professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy says that’s most likely due to both states passing what she calls voter intimidation laws."

• WLRN-Miami: There's a new plan to end decades of drilling in Big Cypress."A bitter fight has already erupted over damage caused by early survey work conducted by Burnett Oil in 2017 and 2018. Thumper trucks weighing 33-tons and using low-frequency vibrations to look for oil left deep ruts and plowed over 200 year-old dwarf cypress trees."

From NPR News

• Elections: Why mail voting laws may slow the count in some key swing states.

• Politics: How you can avoid disinformation about election vote counting and the results.

• Climate: U.N. plan would help warn people in vulnerable countries about climate threats.

• Agriculture: Could this cheaper, more climate-friendly perennial rice transform farming?

• Sports: NHL team yanks contract of a player who bullied a Black classmate with disabilities.

• History: 150 years ago, Victoria Woodhull became the first woman to run for president.
Kristin Moorehead curated today's edition of The Point.

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