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The Point, June 9, 2023: Special Report: Futures

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• WUFT News Special Report: Today WUFT News continues The Price of Plenty, a special report on the fertilizer industry by student journalists from the University of Florida and the University of Missouri. Funded by a grant from the Pulitzer Center’s nationwide Connected Coastlines reporting initiative, we spent 16 weeks reporting on fertilizer from Florida’s farm fields and phosphate mines to agrichemical plants along the Mississippi River and the communities that live in their shadow. Part V, Futures, features stories on how fertilizer use is flattening in Florida; on the state as a source of highly sought rare earth elements; and on regenerative agriculture, featuring Alachua County’s Nicoya Farms.

• Associated Press: Sheriff: White Florida woman claims Black neighbor she shot and killed threatened her first. "A white Florida woman accused of shooting and killing her Black neighbor told investigators she had been threatened by the victim in the months before the slaying, according an arrest report released Thursday."

• WUFT News: Alachua County parents say they’re fearful of book banning implications. "Jackie Johnson, the Alachua County Schools public information officer, said the county is having ongoing meetings to ensure that content abides by state and district standards in preparation for the 2023-2024 school year."

• Mainstreet Daily News: GNV votes to divide power district, prep for bids. "The power district lies northeast of Depot Park and consists of around 24 acres controlled by Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU). The site contains buildings no longer in use by the utility along with a couple buildings still used for storage."

• WUFT News: Alachua County 2020 voter fraud case results in 3-year prison sentence. "Robinson’s public defender previously asked for a maximum of 30 months; however, the state attorney proposed 36 months to close the case. The defendant agreed to take the deal."

• WUFT News: Santa Fe College students help build home with Habitat for Humanity. "The home is part of a two-semester project that started in the fall. The project’s purpose is to teach students how to build a house while allowing a person in need to affordably purchase a home."

• News4Jax: Elderly Hawthorne woman attacked by dogs speaks out. "The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office is advising the State Attorney’s Office to charge the owner of dogs that attacked an 86-year-old woman three weeks ago."

Around the state

• Florida Storms: Millions impacted by wildfire smoke; Florida escapes significant air quality issues. "The orange-hued images were reminders that our atmosphere is a fluid entity, and that fact is part of the reason why air quality in Florida is not expected to be impacted by wildfire smoke."

• NPR: DeSantis campaign shares apparent AI-generated fake images of Trump and Fauci. "It's the latest example of how rapidly evolving AI tools are supercharging political attacks by allowing politicians to blur the line between fact and fiction."

• WFLA-Tampa: Polk County commissioners reject LGBTQ+ Pride month proclamation. "A proclamation that for five years passed without any controversy or discussion was rejected after three commissioners said the commission had no place proclaiming support for the LGBTQ+ community."

• WFSU-Tallahassee: Governor Ron DeSantis signs infrastructure bill into law to boost rural economy. "DeSantis announced the signing of House Bill 1209 to aid fiscally constrained communities through the Rural Infrastructure Fund (RIF)."

• News Service of Florida: Florida cities end a constitutional challenge to the state's police budgets law. "Six cities are dropping a constitutional challenge to a 2021 Florida law aimed at shielding police departments from budget cuts, after the Legislature revamped the law this spring."

• WUSF-Tampa: Human Trafficking Lab at USF St. Petersburg is now home to the entire state data collection. "A new law signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis in May names the Trafficking in Persons Risk to Resilience Research Lab, or TiP Lab, as a sort of 'data dump' for law enforcement and state agencies."

• WMFE-Orlando: Orange County issues mosquito advisory for deadly disease. "Orange County Mosquito Control found 50% of a sentinel chicken coop tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis disease along the perimeter of the county."

From NPR News

• Law: Trump indicted in case of alleged mishandling of government secrets

• Law: In a surprise decision, the Supreme Court reaffirmed the 1965 Voting Rights Act

• Politics: Biden meets with U.K. PM Rishi Sunak about Northern Ireland and war in Ukraine

• World: India is now the world's most populous nation. And that's not necessarily a bad thing

• Health: An eating disorders chatbot offered dieting advice, raising fears about AI in health

• Law: Supreme Court sides with Jack Daniel's in trademark dispute with dog toy maker

• Science: His baby gene editing shocked ethicists. Now he's in the lab again
Kristin Moorehead curated today's edition of The Point.

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