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• WUFT News: Duke Energy Florida reaches milestone; One gigawatt of energy thanks to High Springs solar facility. "To put that into perspective, that amount can power around 350,000 households according to Duke Energy senior communications consultant Audrey Stasko."
• WUFT News: County commissioners approve list of roads for construction. "The 10-year program includes five different sections to focus on, including improvement and widening of roadways and pavement management with minor improvements."
• Mainstreet Daily News: BOCC aims to host three-week athletics competition. "The World Masters Athletics would draw in 4,000 athletes and around 2,500 other visitors for three weeks in the spring of 2025, and County Manager Michele Lieberman said the opportunity allows Alachua County to gain early international renown for its sports and event center at Celebration Pointe."
• WJCT-Jacksonville: Florida-Georgia game extended two years. "The Gators and Bulldogs have agreed to extend their agreement to play in Jacksonville for two more years, the city announced Wednesday. The two universities were already signed for 2023."
• WCJB: Gun violence concerns rising again after another incident in Gainesville. "Two members of the city’s police advisory board shared their frustrations about inaction over gun violence in the city."
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• NPR: Ron DeSantis debuts presidential bid in a glitch-ridden Twitter 'disaster.' "It was supposed to be a historic moment for Twitter: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis would smoothly kick off his presidential candidacy on the social media platform."
• WLRN-Miami: Top education official defends decision to restrict presidential inauguration poem. "Local officials pulled Amanda Gorman’s poem 'The Hill We Climb' from the elementary grades section of the library at the Bob Graham Education Center after a parent claimed it was meant to 'cause confusion and indoctrinate students.'"
• News Service of Florida: State board of education approves library book objection list. "The state Board of Education on Wednesday approved a new rule that will lead to Florida officials publishing an annual list of library books and instructional materials that have drawn public objections, in a move that the board’s chairman said will 'provide transparency for our families.'"
• News Service of Florida: State Pushes Back on Transgender Athletes Rule. "The State Board of Education on Wednesday adopted a statement condemning a proposed rule by the U.S. Department of Education that is geared toward allowing transgender athletes to participate on teams consistent with their gender identity."
• Florida Politics: Gov. DeSantis signs ‘Greyson’s Law’ safeguarding children at risk of parental harm. "The measure (SB 130), which goes into effect July 1, provides several additional factors courts must weigh in determining guardianship and time-sharing, including evidence of domestic violence, sexual violence, neglect, abuse or abandonment — or reasonable belief by a parent that they or their child is in imminent danger."
• Florida Politics: Memorial Day holiday weekend is expected to break travel records in Florida, AAA says. "Nearly 2.4 million Floridians plan to travel at least 50 miles for the holiday weekend, the agency said. According to AAA, that figure is 172,000 more people compared to 2022’s holiday and about 96,000 more travelers than pre-pandemic 2019."
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