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The Point, April 6, 2023: UF bans TikTok on campus network, university-owned devices

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• The Alligator: UF bans TikTok, other platforms on university network following other universities. "Conducting university marketing or advertising through the apps and their installation on university-owned devices is also prohibited."

• Mainstreet Daily News: School board halts elementary rezoning. "According to ACPS data, seven elementary schools in the district are operating with more than 100% of the school’s seats filled, while five elementary schools are underutilized with fewer than 80% of their seats filled."

• Mainstreet Daily News: GRU’s financial reporting earns clean audit. "The audit by independent firm Baker Tilly examined key transactions, as well as the areas in GRU’s financial reports that contain a significant number of estimates and the utility’s implementation of new accounting standards."

• WUFT News: Dog training program at Lowell Correctional Institution changes inmates’ lives. "Fueled by anger without a shred of ambition, Digiacomo was prepared to keep her head down and get through her three-year sentence, until an unexpected furry friend entered the picture two years ago and started to soften her outlook on life."

• WUFT News: Manatee sighting network in Alachua County kept track of the charismatic mammal at a time of statewide concern. "The network encourages citizens to report when and where they see manatees in springs and rivers in and surrounding Alachua County. The project monitors manatees from October to March."

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Around the state

• WUFT News: Florida House Bill threatens gender-affirming care for minors, adults alike. "The bill would not only continue to prevent minors from starting these treatments for gender transitions but stop treatments for those who have already begun the process. It would also ban public expenditures of all gender-affirming healthcare for those over 18, outside of Medicaid."

• Florida Politics: Bills that would end last remaining breed-specific dog bans head to House, Senate floors. "Senate legislation (SB 942) that would overturn Miami’s prohibition on pit bulls unanimously won a third Senate committee approval. And identical legislation (HB 941) awaits a full House vote."

• WLRN-Miami: UNGUARDED: Buying Guardianship homes turns into family affair. "The Guardianship Program’s real estate transactions are currently being reviewed and investigated by the Miami−Dade County Inspector General’s Office."

• News Service of Florida:Florida lawmakers crack down on catalytic converter thefts. "Catalytic converters include precious metals such as palladium and platinum. Supporters of the Senate bill (SB 306) and an identical House bill (HB 185) say thieves quickly cut catalytic converters off vehicles and sell the devices because of the metals."

• WLRN-Miami: Conservationist Jane Goodall tells younger generation to promote hope. "World renowned conservationist Jane Goodall recently spoke to a sold out crowd at Florida International University with a very clear message: don't give up hope."

From NPR News

• National: Judge orders Stormy Daniels to pay Donald Trump another $120,000 in legal fees

• Politics: Stacey Abrams is chosen as Howard University's first chair for race and Black politics

• Media: Twitter labels NPR's account as 'state-affiliated media,' which is untrue

• Business: Four key takeaways from McDonald's layoffs

• World: He felt the slither of a venomous snake in the cockpit — then turned the plane around

• Science: Check out the deepest-swimming fish ever caught on camera

• Health: A card game for people with dementia and their loved ones has no rules
Kristin Moorehead curated today's edition of The Point.

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