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The Point, March 17, 2023: Bill giving state control of GRU draws criticism from union leaders

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Today's Florida stories

• WUFT News: Labor union leaders speak out against a bill giving the state control over GRU. "The bill was drafted by Rep. Chuck Clemons (R-Newberry), who will present it to legislators on Friday. Clemons cited issues with customer representation in local government as well as the city’s debt for drafting the bill."

• WUSF-Tampa: A lawsuit says Florida went too far with training that led some schools to clear bookshelves. "The administrative legal challenge seeks to force the Florida Department of Education to roll back its media specialist training and follow the language of HB 1467."

• News Service of Florida: Removing Confederate monuments could become illegal. "Local governments would be blocked from removing historic monuments from public locations and could face lawsuits, under a controversial proposal that started to advance Wednesday in the Florida Senate."

• Mainstreet Daily News: Newberry approves new resident impact fees. "The fees only apply to new residents within Newberry city limits. Marlowe said existing residents will not have to pay the fees, nor will developers who already have approved construction plans."

• Florida Politics: Federal appeals court allows injunction against ‘Stop WOKE Act’ to stand. "Florida’s attempts to crack down on instruction regarding race and gender issues will have to remain on pause — at least for now — according to a federal court ruling against Gov. Ron DeSantis."

• WGCU-Fort Myers: Some on Pine Island still live in a post-Ian disaster zone. "Crews still are rebuilding the electrical grid, and some people are living in trailers or campers. Others on the island are focused on rebuilding and regaining some sense of normal."

• WUFT News: The Priest Theatre in High Springs still stands, but with no projected path forward. "The Priest Theatre was slated to be demolished in 2022. But the treasured building still stands today, desolate since its last screening of Disney’s 'Onward' in March 2020."

• WMFE-Orlando: Exploring Long COVID Part 3: How do we treat it? "While doctors aren't sure how to prevent Long COVID from developing there has been success in treating individual symptoms as they manifest."

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Kristin Moorehead curated today's edition of The Point.

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