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The Point, April 28, 2023: Boltin Center to be partially restored

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• WUFT News: Gainesville City Commission votes to partially restore Boltin Center. "The Gainesville City Commission unanimously voted Thursday to spend $5.6 million on a partial restoration of the Thelma A. Boltin Activity Center, a historic recreation center in downtown Gainesville."

• WUFT News: P.K. Yonge lockdown cleared. "A group message had P.K. Yonge parents, school officials and the University of Florida Police Department on high alert Thursday morning. The school was placed on lockdown for about two hours."

• Mainstreet Daily News: Florida House passes GNV bill with debate. "A slate of local bills passed through the Florida House on Thursday with the majority earning unanimous approval and no debate, but the local bill concerning Gainesville caused an hour of discussion, five proposed amendments and an 81-33 vote along party lines."

• The Alligator: Anthony Richardson drafted by Colts with fourth overall pick in 2023 NFL Draft. "Anthony Richardson became the highest-drafted Gator since Kyle Pitts — the fourth overall pick in the 2021 National Football League Draft — Thursday."

• WCJB: UF-IFAS hosted a field day to connect fruit producers with consumers. "Multiple doctors from the horticultural sciences department spoke about the production process of certain fruits."

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Around the state

• Florida Politics: Gov. DeSantis signs law cracking down on hate speech, says Florida ‘led the way’ fighting antisemitism. "On the same day he delivered a keynote speech at the Museum of Tolerance in Israel, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a law designed to curb a disturbing rise in antisemitism across Florida."

• News Service of Florida: New restrictions on unions in Florida are headed to Ron DeSantis for approval. "The Florida House on Wednesday gave final approval to a controversial plan that would place additional restrictions on public-employee unions, teeing up the issue for Gov. Ron DeSantis."

• Florida Politics: Legislature increases financial disclosure requirements for city, county elected officials. "The bill would require city and local government elected officials to reveal their entire net worth, including income sources, assets, property and business ownership, and debts."

• WFSU-Tallahassee: Florida leaders have agreed on a $350m fund to cover public schools amid voucher cost uncertainty. "Florida Republican lawmakers voiced confidence in their estimated costs for the state’s newest expansion of school vouchers, but they’re setting aside money just in case those estimates are off."

• Florida Politics: Radioactivity concerns not enough to derail phosphogypsum bill on path to Senate. "One person’s innovative waste reuse plan is another’s health and environmental concern as a potentially dangerous material could be included in road building for limited suitability studies with an aim toward wider use."

• WMFE-Orlando: Orange County School Board considers suing social media giants. "School boards in Florida and across the US are suing Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter and TikTok for damages they say students incurred on the platforms."

• WUSF-Tampa: Florida’s Attorney General launches a program to help domestic violence survivors. "The program will provide free doorbell cameras to survivors of domestic violence, human trafficking, stalking and sexual violence."

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• Technology: AI-generated deepfakes are moving fast. Policymakers can't keep up

• Health: Disability groups claim California's assisted suicide law discriminates against them

• Agriculture: Precision agriculture technology helps farmers - but they need help

• Books: Photographer's decade-long, 600,000-mile journey shows Indigenous life in new book

• World: 'Pelé' now officially means 'exceptional,' a Brazilian dictionary declares
Kristin Moorehead curated today's edition of The Point.

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