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The Point, May 26, 2023: Alachua County Sheriff loses employee lawsuits

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• WCJB: Judge rules against Alachua County Sheriff Clovis Watson in employee lawsuits. "Eighth Circuit Judge Donna Keim issued an order granting 'extraordinary relief' in three cases involving employees of the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office who claimed the agency violated Florida’s Officers’ Bill of Rights while conducting internal affairs investigations."

• Mainstreet Daily News: GNV to cut parks, positions as budgets tighten. "Cuts came from 22 unfilled and 8 filled positions, along with programs like youth services and the Ironwood Golf Course. The parks and recreation department took the largest hit with a $3.1 million decrease."

• The Alligator: Sasse announces new Strategic Enrollment Management Taskforce. "The taskforce will assess a broad set of issues related to undergraduate enrollment, including academic programs, physical learning spaces, digital delivery and residential housing, according to the release."

• WUFT News: Water management districts want visitors to enjoy springs, rivers responsibly. "Before Memorial Day Weekend and the unofficial start of summer, Florida’s water management districts want to remind visitors to springs and rivers to leave no litter and protect nature."

• WCJB: UF researchers excavate prehistoric elephant graveyard in NCFL. "Intact remains from a 10,000-pound, four-tusk relative of the elephant were found in Montbrook, south of Williston. The animal is called a gomphothere."

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Around the state

• News Service of Florida: Elections bill draws First Amendment challenges. "After Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a major elections bill Wednesday, legal battles immediately began about new restrictions on voter-registration groups."

• Florida Storms: NOAA and National Hurricane Center predict a near average hurricane season. "The preliminary forecast from the Nation Hurricane Center predicts 12 to 17 named storms, five to nine of which are hurricanes, and one to four of which are major hurricanes."

• WLRN-Miami: Protesters slam DeSantis outside Miami meeting with campaign donors. "About 200 protestors gathered Wednesday across from a downtown Miami hotel where campaign donors met with Gov. Ron DeSantis before he formally announced he was running for president."

• News Service of Florida: DeSantis signs a package of tax breaks. "The package includes a series of tax holidays, reducing a commercial-lease tax and providing permanent sales-tax exemptions for such things as diapers and incontinence products and baby and toddler items."

• NPR:Fla. businesses aim to counter any backlash from the governor's conservative policies. "As Memorial Day nears, businesses that rely on tourism worry about travel advisories issued by the NAACP and Human Rights Campaign following Gov. DeSantis policies on diversity, race and identity."

• WGCU-Fort Myers: Sterile Insect Technique reduces Lee County mosquitoes. "What is the Lee County Mosquito Control District doing to bring down their numbers? Believe it or not, last month they released more mosquitoes – 30,000 more, as a matter of fact."

From NPR News

• Law: The Supreme Court has narrowed the scope of the Clean Water Act

• Law: Stewart Rhodes, Oath Keepers founder, sentenced to 18 years for seditious conspiracy

• National: Why predicted border chaos after Title 42's end didn't pan out

• Health: Virtually ouch-free: Promising early data on a measles vaccine delivered via sticker

• Climate: Vietnam's human rights record is being scrutinized ahead of $15 billion climate deal

• World: Ukraine's Zelenskyy surprises Johns Hopkins grads as their commencement speaker

• Media: HGTV renovates 'Brady Bunch' house and lists it for $5.5 million
Kristin Moorehead curated today's edition of The Point.

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