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The Point, July 26, 2023: DeSantis uninjured after car crash in Tennessee

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• WUFT News: Gainesville police need your help identifying this armed robbery suspect. "The department says he is a suspect in an armed robbery in which he and two others targeted victims in two separate hotel rooms."

• WCJB: State officials explain murky water that caused temporary closure of Blue Springs. "10 days after Blue Springs was closed, state officials are responding to what caused the spring’s murky water."

• Jacksonville Daily Record: CSX donates $10 million toward Jacksonville UF graduate center. "The university is moving forward with raising funds for the center’s next phase, which will include project development, potential site selection and programmatic evaluation."

• Mainstreet Daily News: UF Health mobile stroke unit responds to first call. "The unit houses clot-busing drugs, medications given intravenously to lower high blood pressure, a diagnostic CT scanner and medications used to reverse the effects of bleeding inside the brain."

• The Alligator: UFORA apartment delays leave students scattered in August. "Incoming residents received an email July 6 from Marcia Brown, the UFORA community manager, stating the new luxury apartment building is experiencing 'contractor delays' and would not be ready for move-in by Aug. 5."

• Ocala Star-Banner ($): World Equestrian Center in Ocala announces major additions to its campus. "In a news release issued Monday, the WEC announced that it is building The Shoppes Off 80th. This 80,000-square-foot outdoor shopping area is scheduled to open in 2025."

• WUFT News: UF College of the Arts hosts panel conversation on men’s mental health. "These men didn’t meet to talk about sports, movies or work — but to discuss their mental health, connect with each other and help their peers."

• Ocala Star-Banner ($): Former Olympian for Great Britain now teaching youngsters to swim in Ocala. "FAST Aquatics Program Director Gemma Fleming swam in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics. Now she's teaching youngsters how to swim at FAST in Ocala."

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Around the state

• Associated Press: DeSantis is unhurt in a car accident in Tennessee while traveling to presidential campaign events. "Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis was involved in a multi-car accident on Tuesday in Tennessee but was uninjured as he traveled in a motorcade to a campaign stop for his 2024 presidential bid."

• Tampa Bay Times ($): Mosaic wants to test ‘radioactive road’ with 337 tons of phosphogypsum, records show. "Documents shed new light on the Tampa fertilizer giant’s plan to test its phosphate byproduct in road construction."

• WLRN-Miami: Farmers fear rare agricultural land in South Dade will be turned into parking lots. "The Redland area is one of the only swaths of land in the continental United States where truly tropical fruits can be grown at a commercially viable scale."

• Politico: DeSantis lets go of more than a third of campaign staff as reset continues. "The cuts, which were confirmed by advisers, will amount to a total of 38 jobs shed across an array of departments."

• USA Today ($): '100% coral mortality' found at Florida Keys reef due to rising temperatures, restoration group says. "The discovery means all corals on the Sombrero Reef have died and the reef will not recover on its own without active restoration, the foundation said."

• The Tributary: Duval jail will dump troubled Armor health provider. "Armor Correctional Health Services’ role at the jail has come under fire since The Tributary reported in May on the death of Dexter Barry, a 54-year-old recent heart transplant who begged police for his anti-rejection medication. He died days after his release from the jail."

• WFLA-Tampa: Publix makes Forbes’ 2023 Best Employers for Women list. "This year, Publix was ranked No. 133 out of 400 companies and ninth in the retail and wholesale industry."

• WUWF-Pensacola: Think you found an archaeological relic? Here’s what to do. "The most important thing that archeologists stress to people who believe they have found an object of archeological or historical significance is to leave the item undisturbed and in place."

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Kristin Moorehead curated today's edition of The Point.

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