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The Point, March 21, 2023: UF President Ben Sasse discusses strategic plan

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• WUFT News: UF President Ben Sasse on strategic plan. "University of Florida President Ben Sasse says the process to craft a new strategic plan will begin this summer. He made the announcement at Friday’s board of trustees meeting."

• The Alligator:First Black Alachua County Supervisor of Elections Kim Barton works to restore trust. "Growing up in a segregated Memphis, Tennessee, a young Kim Barton would go door to door with her family, asking neighbors if they needed a ride to the polls."

• WCJB: Family of four-year-old who drowned in retention pond considering legal action. "A bill currently being discussed in the Florida Senate could prevent the family from receiving damages for his death."

• Ocala Star-Banner ($): City Council member Wally Dunn is the new Dunnellon mayor. "The mayor's job has been vacant since January, following the sudden resignation of Bill White, who cited health reasons for leaving."

• WUFT News: Believing ‘Inn’ Community: Sweetwater Branch celebrates its 30th year. "At 15 years old, Cornelia Holbrook dreamed of opening her own inn. Born into a family of travelers, she spent years accompanying her parents on trips and becoming inspired by inns around the world."

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Around the state

• Florida Politics: Lawmakers open to study whether radioactive phosphogypsum can be used for road construction. "The Senate Transportation Committee approved SB 1258 to consider using the waste from fertilizer manufacturing despite objections from environmentalists during the hearing."

• WLRN-Miami: DeSantis’ election police have largely flopped in Florida voter prosecutions. A new law aims to change that. "A new Florida law gives Gov. Ron DeSantis’ prosecutors power to pursue more election-related cases – a move explicitly designed to circumvent recent judicial scrutiny of the state’s highly politicized voter prosecutions."

• Florida Politics: Jacksonville files motion to dismiss challenge to LGBTQ rights law. "The legislation was passed in expanded form in 2017 to protect the rights of housing, employment, and public accommodations for LGBTQ+ people."

• WFSU-Tallahassee: Florida's voter registration signature law draws a federal lawsuit. "The complaint argues the law disproportionately affects seniors, minorities and low-income residents."

• Florida Politics: Jason Brodeur environmental protection package takes aim at septic tanks. "SB 1632 takes aim at advanced wastewater treatment and septic tanks to help develop better infrastructure and limit nutrient pollution."

• WLRN-Miami: Broward County man exonerated after serving 34 years for armed robbery. "Sidney Holmes went to prison when he was 23 years old based on one faulty eyewitness identification. Now, at 57 years old, Holmes is free."

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• Media: The FBI raided a notable journalist's home. Rolling Stone didn't tell readers why

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• World: U.S. aid worker and French journalist freed after years in captivity in West Africa

• Animals: Giant African snails, a voracious invader, are intercepted at Detroit's airport
Kristin Moorehead curated today's edition of The Point.

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