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Today’s Florida stories
• Gainesville Sun ($): Gainesville expected to cut funding for homeless services in half. What does it mean? “Jon DeCarmine, the executive director of Grace Marketplace, said city leaders estimate a 50% budget cut for the Grace shelter, removing $750,000 from the $1.5 million budget. The city may also completely defund Grace’s street outreach team, resulting in an overall budget defunded of 62%.”
• NPR: Photos: Donald Trump’s federal indictment. “Former President Donald Trump pleaded ‘not guilty’ to 37 felony charges during a Miami federal court appearance. Trump is facing charges including obstruction of justice and unlawful retention of defense information.”
• Mainstreet Daily News: County manager proposes another tax rate cut. “Alachua County Manager Michele Lieberman is recommending lowering the county’s general government tax rate for fiscal year 2024, and if passed, it will be the seventh year in a row that the county has lowered taxes.”
• WUSF-Tampa: A new report offers suggested solutions to Florida’s housing crisis. “Housing affordability in Florida is a struggle for a lot of people. A new report from the Florida Policy Project offers potential solutions to those challenges.”
• News Service of Florida: FPL bills will go down thanks to lower natural gas costs. “The approval by the Florida Public Service Commission came after more than a year of volatility in fuel prices that helped drive up bills for customers of FPL and other utilities — but in recent months has allowed FPL to begin passing along savings.”
• Mainstreet Daily News: ACPS students earn record number of certificates. “Students earn these certificates from outside organizations, who assess their knowledge and skills in a particular career field. ACPS students have industry certification opportunities in fields such as information technology, healthcare, agriculture and more.”
• News Service of Florida: A decision on Florida importing drugs from Canada could come this fall. “A judge has put on hold key parts of a lawsuit filed by Florida against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, after the federal agency said it expects to make a decision by Oct. 31 on the state’s plan to import cheaper prescription drugs from Canada.”
• WLRN-Miami: New law is pushing South Florida’s indigenous Guatemalan immigrants to flee – again. “Across the street from Lake Worth High School, dozens of immigrants sat in a dark room, bowing their heads in prayer. This isn’t a church though — the group is gathered at the Guatemalan-Maya Center to learn more about SB1718, Florida’s aggressive new law targeting undocumented immigrants.”
• WUSF-Tampa: USF Board of Trustees approve $340 million funding for Tampa campus football stadium. “If all goes as planned, the $340 million stadium will be finished in time for the 2026 football season.”
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