The Point, Feb. 9, 2023: East Gainesville fights landfill expansion – again


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• WUFT News: East Gainesville neighbors fight the expansion of a landfill in their backyard – again. “To the west of the landfill is Showers of Blessings church. To the north, an organic farm that has provided produce to the county’s schools. To the south, Prairie View Elementary School, Paynes Prairie and Boulware Springs.”

• WUFT News: Medical community hopeful following FDA’s accelerated approval for Alzheimer’s disease treatment. “Local doctors and nurses say they are encouraged by Lecanemab, sold under the brand name Leqembi, an Alzheimer’s disease treatment approved by the Food and Drug Administration in January.”

• Mainstreet Daily News: Buchholz student named finalist in music competition. “Sophomore Madelyn Urbine will be traveling to Washington, D.C., later this week to compete in the final round of the competition, where she will perform an ensemble selection with the Navy’s Concert Band.”

• Ocala Gazette: BOCC budget strategic planning workshop focuses on inflation costs. “The Marion County Board of County Commissioners received presentations from county staff about various budget projections and projects in the pipeline with a focus on emergency services, traffic and roadway needs and a general review of development in its Jan. 30 workshop meeting.”

• WCJB: North Central Florida rural communities slated to receive COX fiber-optic internet. “Parts of Alachua, Gilchrist, Marion, and Putnam counties will be receiving all-fiber networks, reaching around 7,000 homes in the area.”

• Ocala Gazette: Marion’s Teacher of the Year. “Ocala Springs Elementary’s first-grade language students trickle into a colorful and well-ordered language arts classroom. Their teacher, Lindsey Bigelow, stands at the door and greets each of them with a good morning, and they provide a salutation in return or a special greeting unique just to them.”

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Around the state

• WFSU-Tallahassee: Florida senators are backing an affordable housing plan by Kathleen Passidomo. “A priority of Senate President Kathleen Passidomo to make housing more affordable for workers started to move forward Wednesday despite some questions about issues such as preventing rent controls.”

• WMFE-Orlando: Bill would require sellers to disclose a property’s flood history. “The measure would require sellers to disclose ‘water or moisture-related damage caused by a natural flood event within the last 10 years,’ according to the bill’s language.”

• Florida Politics: Walt Disney Company cutting workforce by 7,000 jobs. “Iger announced the layoffs that amount to about 3% of the company’s employees during his first earnings call since he returned to lead the company in November.”

• WUSF-Tampa: President Biden will speak at University of Tampa following his State of the Union. “The topics will be his plan to ‘protect and strengthen Social Security and Medicare and lower healthcare costs,’ according to a news release.”

• WMFE-Orlando: About a million Floridians are getting kicked off Medicaid, here’s how that could affect the state. “Estimates on how many Floridians will be no longer eligible vary between 900,000 and 1.75 million residents.”

• News Service of Florida: GOP senators support DeSantis’ migrant flights plan. “The Florida Senate will likely take up a plan that would bolster Gov. Ron DeSantis’ efforts to send migrants to ‘sanctuary’ cities and states, as Republicans and Democrats battle over the issue.”

• WJCT-Jacksonville: Fear and hopelessness growing among Duval students. “Students in Duval Schools have reduced dangerous behaviors in many ways, but a new survey shows alarming increases in suicide risk, hopelessness, fighting and weapons.”

From NPR News

• World: Hopes fade as rescuers press search for quake survivors in Turkey and Syria

• Politics: Romney tells Santos ‘you don’t belong here’ in a tense State of the Union run-in

• Business: Southwest’s COO will tell senators ‘we messed up’ over the holiday travel meltdown

• Business: Zoom is the latest tech firm to announce layoffs, and its CEO will take a 98% pay cut

• Climate: Why the EPA puts a higher value on rich lives lost to climate change

• Sports: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar reflects on his strained relationship with LeBron James

Kristin Moorehead curated today’s edition of The Point.

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