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• WUFT News: Doctor urges Fourth of July revelers to practice safety and avoid an ER visit. “Around 10,200 people were treated for fireworks-related injuries in U.S. hospital emergency departments during the 2022 calendar year, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission 2022 Fireworks Annual Report.”
• Florida Storms: Excessive heat and rip currents expected across the state this Independence Day weekend. “Heat indices across the state have already exceeded 100 degrees for several days this week and record high temperatures have been chased or broken.”
• Ocala Gazette: Impact fees may return to help fund schools. “A new estimate shows the Marion County school district will need to spend about $459.4 million over the course of the next 15 years to build new schools and expand existing schools to accommodate the projected growth in the county’s student population.”
• Mainstreet Daily News: LifeSouth seeks blood donors due to shortage. “Hospitals in the area rely on the blood donated through LifeSouth, but there has been a drop in donations due to summer travel, school breaks, and weather.”
• WCJB: Applications for new GRU board now open. “The nomination process is open and accepting applications through August. The Governor will appoint the five directors within 60 days of the application window closing.”
• Mainstreet Daily News: UF’s cancer center ranked third in Florida. “Hospitals are marked based on an online survey of health care professionals, hospital quality metrics and results from patient experience surveys.”
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Around the state
• Associated Press: How the Supreme Court student loan decision affects you. “The Supreme Court has ruled the Biden administration overstepped its authority in trying to cancel or reduce student loan debt, effectively killing the $400 billion plan, which would have canceled up to $20,000 in federal student loans for 43 million people.”
• News Service of Florida: Florida’s sports betting deal with the Seminole Tribe gets a big win in court. “In a move that could remake Florida’s gambling landscape, a federal appeals court on Friday overturned a ruling that blocked a deal giving the Seminole Tribe control over sports betting throughout the state.”
• WUSF-Tampa: An anti-Trump video shared by the DeSantis campaign is ‘homophobic,’ says a conservative LGBT group. “The video drew immediate criticism from prominent LGBTQ+ Republicans, including the Log Cabin Republicans, which bills itself as the nation’s ‘largest Republican organization dedicated to representing LGBT conservatives.'”
• Inside Climate News: In the Everglades, a clash pits a leading scientist against his former employer. “An influential foundation contends that Tom Van Lent stole ‘trade secrets.’ Environmentalists question why such ‘secrets’ exist, as work unfolds on a controversial reservoir touted by Gov. Ron DeSantis as the ‘crown jewel of Everglades restoration.'”
• WGCU-Fort Myers: Southwest Florida wildlands to become part of the National Wildlife Refuge System. “Southwest Florida is so rich in wildlife habitat and has so many threatened and endangered species that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wants to add the region to the world’s largest network of protected lands.”
• Florida Politics: Donna Deegan era begins in Jacksonville. “On Saturday, Donna Deegan took over Jacksonville’s top job for four years, delivering a speech full of aspirational rhetoric and signaling hope for the city’s long-suffering Democratic Party.”
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