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• WUFT News: Alachua County School District makes changes to Camp Crystal Lake after last year’s scrutiny. “Following last year’s internal investigation into the camp’s management and use of taxpayer funds, the school board recommended a series of changes aimed partly at addressing equitable access to the summer camp.”
• Ocala Gazette: Baby box surrender is first in Florida. “A healthy baby recently was surrendered anonymously over the holidays in Ocala’s Safe Haven Baby Box. This marks the first time a child has been surrendered this way in Florida.”
• Mainstreet Daily News: GNV starts zoning repeal process, charter search. “The move came only hours after three new members joined the commission and replaced three of the four votes that narrowly passed the changes in October.”
• News Service of Florida: The University of Florida has ‘no standing’ to challenge Joseph Ladapo’s guidance on COVID-19. “A group of University of Florida medical-school faculty members challenged controversial guidance by state Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo on COVID-19 vaccinations, but a university official said Wednesday the guidance is outside the scope of Ladapo’s work with the school.”
• WCJB: GRU outlines plan to resolve major billing issues plaguing the utility. “After months of complaints from customers, Gainesville Regional Utilities officials outlined their plan to improve the way they bill customers to city commissioners on Thursday.”
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• News Service of Florida: DeSantis to scrutinize higher ed programs in Florida colleges and universities. “As Gov. Ron DeSantis targets “trendy ideology” in higher education, his administration is asking state colleges and universities for information about resources they are putting into activities related to diversity, equity and inclusion and critical race theory.”
• WGCU-Fort Myers: More than 1,300 refugees from Cuba, Haiti stopped at sea or removed from national park, Florida Keys since Dec. 30. “The Homeland Security Task Force – Southeast said they have stopped or removed more than 1,300 refugees at sea or from Dry Tortugas National Park and other areas of the Florida Keys since Dec. 30 and urged family members of Cubans and Haitians thinking of making their way to the U.S. to dissuade such efforts.”
• FL Keys News($): FDA says pharmacies can now give abortion pills by prescription. What about in Florida? “The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will allow select retail and online pharmacies in the United States to provide abortion pills to people with prescriptions, in a move that will greatly increase the availability of the medication at a time when many states are trying to limit these measures.”
• Florida Politics: John Rutherford slams Florida colleagues for messing with his constituent services. “As the process of naming a House Speaker drags, House staffers are unable to do their jobs. Now, U.S. Rep.-elect John Rutherford is calling out Florida colleagues by name for impacting his regular constituents.”
• Miami Herald ($): Honeybees can now get vaccinated, USDA says. Company aims to ‘protect our pollinators.’ “The U.S. Department of Agriculture has authorized the use of the world’s first honeybee vaccine in an effort to prevent the spread of a deadly bacterial disease.
From NPR News
• National: Biden shares his border security plan ahead of trip to Mexico
• World: Travelers from China must now test negative for COVID to enter the U.S.
• Business: Millions of workers are subject to noncompete agreements. They could soon be banned
• Race: Fisk University launches the first HBCU intercollegiate women’s gymnastic team
• Sports: As Damar Hamlin shows ‘substantial improvement,’ Buffalo Bills will play Sunday
• Business: Bed Bath & Beyond warns that it may go bankrupt
Kristin Moorehead curated today’s edition of The Point.