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The Point, Feb. 21, 2023: GPD K-9 unit back on duty

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• Mainstreet Daily News: GPD K-9 unit resumes regular duty. "In a GPD press release sent Monday, the unit resumed duty after being moved to patrol duty on Jan. 9."

• The Alligator: UF, Alachua County Public Schools grant to improve mental health services. "The $4.8 million grant, called Gator Connect, is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and will place the trainees into elementary and middle schools that are in high need of mental health services."

• WUFT News: Gainesville police host rape aggression defense classes. "The class was designed to give women strategies for risk awareness, prevention, reduction and physical self defense."

• WUFT News: University Avenue receives $8M grant for new safety measures. "The project will affect a 4.15-mile stretch, including improvements for slower traffic, raised crosswalks and narrower lanes. Construction is set to begin in March 2024."

• Mainstreet Daily News: Perry pushes elementary music bill after UF study. "After financing a UF study, the Florida Legislature will consider financing twice weekly music classes for kindergarten through second grade students in a proposal brought forward by State Sen. Keith Perry."

• The Alligator: Alachua County slaughterhouse plan finds support in farmers, animal rights groups. "In a time when political agreement has become more of an idea than a reality, Alachua County’s proposed meat processing facility has proven an unlikely unifier."

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• News Service of Florida: Using Florida's new migrant transport law, DeSantis wants a lawsuit dismissed. "Arguing that the case is 'moot' because of a bill passed during a special legislative session, Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration has asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed after the state flew about 50 migrants from Texas to Massachusetts in September."

• Health News Florida: New COVID case count in Florida is the lowest in weeks, but deaths top 86,000. "The report said more than 86,000 Florida residents have died with COVID-19 since the pandemic started in 2020, with 77 percent of the deaths involving people 65 or older."

• Florida Politics: Senate panel Ok’s bill exempting Medicaid patients with mental health disorders from ‘step therapy.' "A Senate panel approved a measure allowing Medicaid beneficiaries with serious mental illness to bypass 'fail first' procedures, which require people to try less expensive options before “stepping up” to drugs that cost more."

• WLRN-Miami: Researchers turn to possums with GPS collars to track invasive pythons. "Wildlife researchers studying mammals in Key Largo have discovered a potentially groundbreaking — if not heartbreaking — way to locate and kill invasive Burmese pythons, especially the big ones."

• WUSF-Tampa: Florida's trend of declining gas prices continues. "According to a news release from AAA, the average price of a gallon of gas dropped for the third straight week, to $3.29 a gallon."

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• Space: Russia is launching a mission to give stranded space station crew members a ride home

• Science: New research could help nurses, police detect bruises on people with dark skin

• National: A new museum will be built in the cavernous space beneath the Lincoln Memorial

• Science: Researchers watch and worry as balloons are blasted from the sky

• Books: Changes to new editions of Roald Dahl books have readers up in arms
Kristin Moorehead curated today's edition of The Point.

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