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The Point, March 24, 2023: Bill protecting Black cemeteries progressing after stall last year

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• Fresh Take Florida:Effort to protect abandoned African American cemeteries stalled last year; things are different now. "The House bill unanimously passed its second committee vote Tuesday as it winds its way through the legislative process."

• WUFT News: Gainesville police hold community meeting about its K9 unit. "It’s under scrutiny after an incident last July with a police dog, and community discussion on Tuesday quickly turned hectic as neighbors clashed over the unit’s suspension."

• Mainstreet Daily News: City readies lobbyists, counsel against GRU bill. "Commissioners voted unanimously to call on its Tallahassee lobbyists and prepare to hire outside legal counsel to defeat or alter legislation that could hand over control of Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU) to a five-member board appointed by Gov. Ron DeSantis."

• WCJB: ‘It’s rushed’: ACPS members seek parent input on possible rezoning plan for schools. "Overcrowding in some Alachua County schools may cause possible spot zoning changes in the 2023-2024 school year. Alachua County School board members heard from parents in the community input session at Terwilliger Elementary."

• WUFT News: From painters and sculptors, Venezuelans begin to make art history in Gainesville. "Every time he visits the United States, Romero seeks to exhibit his art because, in his home country, he said he feels it is more difficult to work as an artist due to the lack of local support."

• WCJB: Markers added to Cedar Key Cemetery for 90 unmarked burials. "A process that began over two years ago is now seeing physical results this week at the Cedar Key Cemetery."

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Around the state

• WFSU-Tallahassee: A universal school choice plan is heading to the governor's desk. "Florida is the latest state to expand its school voucher program to all students, regardless of their family income and whether they’re in private school or homeschool."

• News Service of Florida: Florida lawmakers send a lawsuit limits bill to the governor. "The Florida Senate on Thursday gave final approval to a far-reaching bill aimed at helping shield businesses and insurance companies from lawsuits, with supporters saying it will rein in 'billboard lawyers' and opponents saying it will harm consumers."

• WLRN-Miami: Report: Surging population, rising seas could lead to more of Florida being paved over. "As Florida’s population swells to more than 26 million people and more land is lost to rising seas, about 1 million more undeveloped acres could be paved over in less than two decades, according to a new study released Wednesday by the University of Florida and 1000 Friends of Florida."

• WUSF-Tampa: Tampa International Airport sets a daily passenger record as spring break travel heats up. "In fact, the top three days for passenger traffic overall have taken place in the last two weeks."

• Florida Politics:Disney World union workers reach tentative deal to $18 an hour starting pay. "Union members chanted, 'Disney workers got a raise!' during a press conference to announce the proposed deal which would eventually increase the starting pay to $20.50 by October 2026."

• NPR: A 3D-printed rocket launched successfully but failed to reach orbit. "A rocket made almost entirely of printed metal parts made its debut launch Wednesday night, but failed after three minutes of flight — far short of reaching orbit."

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Kristin Moorehead curated today's edition of The Point.

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