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The Point, March 7, 2023: UF Health reports increase in gender-affirming care to state

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• The Alligator: UF Health complies with state audit, reports increase in gender-affirming care patients. "UF reported a steady increase of patients diagnosed with gender dysphoria or who received gender-affirming care at UF Health since 2018, according to an audit requested by the governor’s office and obtained by The Alligator."

• Mainstreet Daily News: Municipal elections move forward in Levy County. "In Levy County, three cities will move forward with elections on April 4 and three others will sidestep the ballot box after candidates ran unopposed."

• Florida Times-Union ($): UF campus in Jacksonville clears first vote by City Council committee. "The proposal faced a slew of questions from council members. Al Ferraro ended up casting the lone vote against it, saying it had too many unknowns."

• WLRN-Miami: What's next for the stalled UF campus in West Palm Beach? "In a statement that raised eyebrows, the university blamed the impasse over the planned 12-acre campus on 'some regrettable divisions in the local community.'"

• WUFT News: Sunrise Movement Gainesville stages march for climate action. "This march focused on the solar regulations enacted by the Florida Public Service Commission regarding solar power purchase agreements."

• WUFT News: Jewish holiday of Purim is ‘relevant in a different way this year,’ says UF Hillel rabbi. "Despite the discourse, Hillel and Chabad anticipate proceeding with plans for the holiday, beginning with the Jewish Student Union’s (JSU) Purim Carnival on Sunday."

• The Alligator: Gator Marching Band gears up for performance in Ireland. "About 340 out of the roughly 400 students who comprise the Pride of the Sunshine will spend Spring break performing in the Cork St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Limerick International Band Championship and Dublin St. Patrick’s Day Festival."

• WUFT News: Gallery: GRU participates in Florida Lineman Competition. "The GRU journeymen team participated in the Florida Lineman Competition in Orlando this weekend. The event hosted nearly 150 competitors."

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Around the state

• WFSU-Tallahassee: Florida parents weigh in on how a universal school choice plan will impact them. "Florida lawmakers have proposed bills to remove income caps from the state’s school voucher programs. That would make every school-aged child in the state eligible for a private school scholarship or to get funding for other education-related expenses."

• Florida Politics: Senate panel advances measure allowing death penalty without unanimous jury. "Under the bill, eight out of 12 jurors — a 'supermajority' — would have to agree for a defendant to face the death penalty, according to SB 450."

• WUSF-Tampa: Environmental groups sue feds over Gulf of Mexico oil, gas leases. "The lawsuit alleges the lease sale would jeopardize the survival of endangered marine life and prolong the nation's dependence on fossil fuels."

• Florida Politics: Brightline hits 130 mph during testing, making it fastest train in Florida. "Brightline reached the milestone during recent testing along the new 35-mile rail corridor between Orlando International Airport and Cocoa. The company’s previous record was 110 mph, set in the Treasure Coast."

• WLRN-Miami: LED streetlights are energy efficient, but are they environmentally friendly? It's complicated. "LEDs use significantly less energy, so they're seen as a tool in the fight against climate change. And it costs local governments less money to power and maintain them. But medical experts and scientists warn that, if not used correctly, LEDs can have harmful effects on people, wildlife and the environment."

• News4Jax: Looking back at the life of the last founding member of Jacksonville’s legendary Lynyrd Skynyrd. "The last founder of the Jacksonville-based rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd died Sunday, according to a statement put out by the band’s official Facebook account."

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Kristin Moorehead curated today's edition of The Point.

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