The Point, Jan. 30, 2023: UF holds 11th largest number of Native American ancestral remains
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• WUFT News: The University of Florida holds the remains of thousands of Native American ancestors – the 11th largest holding in the U.S. "These are not artifacts, challenge those seeking their return. They are human beings with family members. It’s time to bring them home."
• WUFT News: University of Florida Provost Joe Glover intends to step down after record 15-year tenure. "Glover will officially step down at the end of July. He will remain on campus as a senior advisor to UF’s new president, Ben Sasse."
• Gainesville Sun ($): UF Health hospital fined $14,500 after federal investigation into employee safety. "The labor department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) proposed a $14,502 penalty to UF Health after discovering employees had suffered bone fractures, concussions and other serious injuries from patient interactions."
• The Alligator: Inmate dies at Alachua County Jail from ‘medical emergency,’ sheriff announces. "The case was transferred to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to investigate the cause of death."
• Mainstreet Daily News: GNV focuses on education as road redesign proceeds. "Gainesville’s Corridor Walks finished Thursday after taking six groups up and down the intersection of University Avenue and 13th Street, but the Project Development & Environmental (PD&E) Study using the input from the walks will continue through 2023 and into 2024."
• WUFT News: Buchholz science teacher named ACPS Teacher of the Year. "Cheers erupted from the crowd on Thursday night as Karen Kearney, a science teacher from Buchholz High School, was named Alachua County Public Schools’ Teacher of the Year."
• WUFT News: UGA Director of the Willson Center for Humanities & Arts visits the Gators. "Allen, the Director of the Willson Center for Humanities & Arts at the University of Georgia (UGA) discussed the connection between humanities and environmental humanities on Jan. 26, 2023."
• WUFT News: A 40-year career as the rat catcher at the Hoggetowne Medieval Faire. "For three weekends in January, Jim Greene smears his face in green paint, adopts medieval inflections and transforms into Emrys Fleet, the Rat Catcher at Hoggetowne Medieval Faire in Gainesville."
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Around the state
• Florida Politics: Lawmaker refiles bill letting businesses sue local governments over ‘arbitrary or unreasonable’ ordinances. "Supporters cheered it on as the preemption to end all government preemptions. Detractors decried it as a litigious tarpit."
• NPR:Local election officials in Florida call for scrapping new ID rules for mail voting. "In a report sent to the Florida Department of State earlier this month, a working group of local elections officials warned that the new identification requirements — which will require voters to provide a driver's license number or partial Social Security number on their ballots — will create significant election reporting delays and a slew of costs for local election offices, and could disenfranchise large numbers of voters."
• WFSU-Tallahassee: Commissioner Jeremy Matlow drops his bid to lead Florida Democrats. "The party will choose a new leader next month. Former Chairman Manny Diaz resigned a couple of week ago following Republican sweeps of all statewide races in November."
• WUSF-Tampa: Here are some reasons why Florida leads the nation in Affordable Care Act enrollment. "Over 3.2 million people in the state signed up for the benefits through the Marketplace. That’s nearly 500,000 more than last year."
• WFSU-Tallahassee: Leon's school board chair says the district won't defend teachers accused of violating state law. "Alva Swafford Smith’s (formerly Striplin) comments were made earlier this month during a school board meeting after Leon Superintendent Rocky Hanna reportedly told board members that he was under investigation by the Florida Department of Education."
• Florida Storms: Central Florida suburb named the lightning capital of the U.S. "According to environmental technology company Vaisala, Four Corners ranked first in lightning density this year with 474 lightning events per square kilometer, or 1,229 lightning events per square mile."
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