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• WUFT News: Malachowsky Hall remains closed for students despite grand opening Friday. "Students approached the new building Monday morning, often looking for new study spaces or to tour the locations of their spring classes, only to find the doors locked, accessible only by specific UFID credentials."

• Mainstreet Daily News: Alachua County School Board elects McGraw as chair. "The School Board of Alachua County (SBAC) unanimously elected Diyonne McGraw as its new chairwoman at its annual organizational meeting on Tuesday. Leanetta McNealy will continue to serve as vice chair, based on another unanimous vote after she turned down a nomination for chair."

• WUFT News: Learning from home: How home-schooled students in Alachua County look for community. "He is one of the roughly 154,000 home-schooled students in the state of Florida, according to the Florida Department of Education’s home education report in 2022. However, according to his mother Nicole, the Howes family has struggled to find community in Alachua County."

• Mainstreet Daily News: High Springs taps newcomers Miller, Tapanes for city commission. "High Springs voters selected Andrew Miller and Steve Tapanes to join its City Commission on Tuesday, defeating incumbents Ross Ambrose and Gloria James."

• News4Jax: UF strengthens recruitment, retention efforts to address nursing shortages in Jacksonville. "One of those efforts includes its Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, which allows students with a bachelor’s degree or higher in another field to pursue a bachelor’s degree in nursing at its Gainesville and Jacksonville campuses."

• Mainstreet Daily News: Newberry Planning and Zoning Board shapes comprehensive plan. "The city of Newberry’s Planning and Zoning Board workshopped an initial comprehensive plan update on Monday. The plan includes 11 elements, seven of which have proposed changes."

• Ocala Gazette: Horse Farms Forever conversations about conservation. "Some of the biggest names in Marion County development convened Oct. 16 for what Horse Farms Forever (HFF) President Bernie Little described as a “starting point’’ for finding a better balance between development and farmland preservation."

• WCJB: Levy County Commissioners move forward with plans of banning compost manure and dumping. "Commissioners said this issue is long overdue; however, before making their decision commissioner Tim Hodge voiced his concerns about the jobs this ordinance will take away."

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• WFSU-Tallahassee: Florida continues to debate Iran, education, and hurricane relief policies in special session. "HB 7-C, presented by Rep. Randy Fine (R-Brevard), gives members of the Jewish community or any group of people or institutions at risk of 'violent attacks or hate crimes,' additional funding for security."

• WUSF-Tampa: Tampa police release video of persons of interest in the Ybor City shooting. "Police continue to ask for assistance from anyone who might have information on the Oct. 29 shooting that killed two and injured 16 others."

• Politico: Vote over Israel exposes rift within Florida Democrats. "Florida Democratic legislators split in dramatic fashion on Tuesday over support for Israel amid the ongoing war with Hamas, mirroring a nationwide split within the party over the Mideast conflict."

• WLRN-Miami: Are breast implants behind a debilitating illness? These women say they are proof. "For the first ten years, Leslie Zakian's loved her breast implants. But then, around 20 years ago, she started experiencing a series of strange and increasingly alarming symptoms."

• WUSF-Tampa: What does Florida's new rule on the American Library Association mean for public libraries? "The Florida Department of State issued a new rule that says it will 'not allow grant project activities' associated with the American Library Association and its affiliates."

• WMFE-Orlando: EV's may help Florida’s environment, but what about your budget? "If you drive an electric vehicle in Florida, you could end up paying hundreds of dollars additional in registration fees starting next year."

• News Service of Florida: State lawmakers eye more money for the My Safe Florida Home program. "As lawmakers Tuesday approved covering the costs of thousands of backlogged applications, several House members said more money needs to be approved next year for a program to help residents make home improvements to reduce insurance premiums."

• WUSF-Tampa: Southwest Florida's Babcock Ranch offers lessons in resilience and sustainability. "Babcock Ranch in Southwest Florida offers a vision for resilient, sustainable design, even in the face of climate change, a booming population and a precarious insurance market."

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Kristin Moorehead curated today's edition of The Point.

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