The Point, Nov. 15, 2023: Searchers find plane that crashed in Paynes Prairie


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• WUFT News: Neighbors release new chemical test results from area surrounding old Clay County mining site. “The nation’s largest homebuilder has proposed plans to build townhomes on a property bordering an abandoned Clay County mining facility with a history of chemical contamination.”

• WUFT News: Searchers find wreckage of small private plane that crashed during poor weather. “A single-engine private plane crashed Tuesday afternoon in a state park south of Gainesville during poor weather, officials said. Rescuers found the wreckage after hours of searching.”

• Florida Storms: Two systems to produce heavy rain, strong winds over Florida this week. “Strong winds and heavy rain are forecasted to impact most of Florida through the end of the week. Two developing storm systems, one over the Gulf of Mexico, the other over the southwestern Caribbean are to blame for the unsettled weather.”

• Mainstreet Daily News: Alachua County OKs purchase of second vacant motel in south Gainesville. “The Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) approved $1.8 million for the purchase, and the county plans to turn the 31-unit motel into permanent supportive housing.”

• The Alligator: Florida Museums work toward Native American repatriation. “The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act of 1990 requires institutions receiving federal funds, like UF, to return ancestors and sacred objects to federally recognized tribes. The museum has recently reinforced its commitment to NAGPRA by resuming its initiative to return ancestral remains and planning renovations for a 20-year-old exhibit on indigenous history.”

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Around the state

• WMFE-Orlando: High housing costs are causing some Floridians to make tough choices. “Kevin Gallagher moved to an apartment in Deland six years ago to work in the aerospace industry and his rent has almost doubled since. He still has his home in South Carolina where his wife currently lives.”

• Associated Press: Disney says it has a $40 billion economic impact in Florida as it battles DeSantis in court. “Disney on Tuesday released a study showing its economic impact in Florida at $40.3 billion as it battles Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and his appointees over their takeover of the district that governs the entertainment company’s massive theme park resort in central Florida.”

• WGCU-Fort Myers: Emergency funding requested for Fla childcare, fentanyl. “President Biden requested $16 billion in emergency supplemental funding for child care in recent days. That breaks down to $917 million for Florida.”

• News Service of Florida: Florida lawmakers consider allowing spouses of veterans to live in long-term care facilities. “A Florida Senate panel has backed a proposal that would allow veterans’ spouses and, in some cases, the parents of veterans, to qualify to live in state-run long-term care facilities for veterans.”

• Associated Press: DeSantis signs legislation to sanction Iran and protect Jewish institutions. “DeSantis also signed measures on Monday to provide hurricane recovery money and expand a program to allow developmentally disabled students attend private school with taxpayer money.”

• USA Today ($): Pink fights ‘hateful’ book bans with pledge to give away 2,000 banned books at Florida shows. “The star teamed up with literary nonprofit PEN America and Florida bookseller Books & Books to give away 2,000 banned books at her upcoming concerts in Florida, according to a news release published Monday.”

From NPR News

• Politics: Congress on track to avoid a shutdown as House passes two-tier spending bill

• World: Israel says its troops have entered Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City

• Politics: GOP rifts boil over in exchange between Reps. McCarthy and Burchett

• National: Thousands took to the streets in Washington during pro-Israel march

• National: It’s been a year since Southwest’s epic meltdown. What’s changed?

• Technology: YouTube will label AI-generated videos that look real

• National: A warden tried to fix an abusive federal prison. He faced death threats

• Race: Roland Pattillo helped keep Henrietta Lacks’ story alive. It’s key to his legacy

Kristin Moorehead curated today’s edition of The Point.

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