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The Point, Aug. 8, 2023: Feds investigate Florida DOE, gun summit day 2, ice cream locks

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• WUFT News: Day 2 of Gainesville’s gun violence summit closes with much work ahead. "Community leaders, gun violence prevention experts and the general public gathered to discuss possible policy options and try to find some sort of solution."

• WUFT News: Controversial PragerU curriculum approved for Florida classrooms, but it’s unclear where it will be used. "Alachua and Levy counties won’t be using the supplemental 'edutainment' teaching materials in the coming school year because of the timing of its release, spokespersons said."

• Mainstreet Daily News: It’s official: Publix coming to Newberry. "Publix has not yet announced an official timeline and has asked the city not to speculate, but it estimates the store will be open about nine months after a groundbreaking with no date set yet, according to Marlowe."

• WCJB: Florida schools adding cameras to school buses to stop illegal passing. "Florida school bus drivers reported 11,224 drivers illegally passed their stopped buses in one day last spring. Starting this school year, those who break the law could be mailed a hefty ticket under new state law."

• Ocala Star-Banner ($): Truck crash causes massive hazardous material spill at U.S. 27/I-75. "The crash happened about 11:15 p.m. Monday. According to troopers, the big rig was hauling a load of rock-form sulfur southbound in the right lane of Interstate 75."

• WUFT News: Acclaimed photographer Jerry Uelsmann gains new fans at the Harn’s “Celebration of Life and Art” exhibit. "Uelsmann was a professor at the University of Florida for 38 years and worked in a traditional wet darkroom, using up to seven enlargers to print multiple negatives. The resulting fantastical landscapes were lauded as innovative and riveting during the late 1960s and 1970s."

• The Alligator: Cross Creek celebrates late author Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings’ birthday. "Rawlings put Cross Creek on the map when she and her husband, Charles Rawlings, moved to the rural town in 1928. She wrote her Pulitzer Prize-winning book 'The Yearling' and other popular works such as 'Cross Creek' and 'South Under the Moon' there."

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Around the state

• Politico: Florida Department of Education ensnared in federal investigation. "Federal authorities are probing state and local officials over the Florida Department of Education’s handling of a multimillion dollar bid to oversee a rural school district, an issue the DeSantis administration pledged to investigate last year."

• WUSF-Tampa: Veterans exposed to toxins should enroll for PACT Act benefits by Wednesday's deadline. "While new claims can be filed afterward, those who make the cutoff could receive additional benefits or compensation backdated to Aug. 10, 2022, when the act was signed."

• WMFE-Orlando: Immigration Divide: Past and present with a lawmaker and a historian. "This week, WMFE is reporting on some of the issues surrounding Florida’s new immigration law, SB-1718. It took effect at the beginning of July."

• WUSF-Tampa: NOAA reports Gulf of Mexico's 'dead zone' is below average this year. "The hypoxic zone — an area of low to no oxygen — in the Gulf of Mexico is about 3,058 square miles. The 'dead zone' can kill fish and marine life."

• Florida Politics: Ron DeSantis now says ‘of course’ Donald Trump lost 2020 election. "During an interview on NBC News’ 'Today,' the Republican presidential candidate made his strongest statement yet about former President Donald Trump’s defeat."

• News Service of Florida: Florida school district seeks to end a library book fight with the state. "The lawsuit alleges that the school district violated First Amendment rights when it prevented children in kindergarten through third grade from having access to the book, which tells the story of two male penguins who raised a penguin chick at New York’s Central Park Zoo."

• WLRN-Miami: Longstanding quality of life problems are driving out Miami-Dade residents. "Census figures show that between 2020 and 2022, people leaving Miami-Dade County to live elsewhere outnumbered those coming in. Recent reports have cited high living costs — especially exorbitant housing prices — and a low-wage economy as the key factors driving an exodus from paradise."

From NPR News

• Health: Only 1 in 5 people with opioid addiction get the medications to treat it, study finds

• National: Part 1: Investigating how illicit fentanyl is actually getting into the U.S.

• Health: New blood donation rules ease restrictions on gay and bisexual men

• Politics: Biden is creating a new national monument near the Grand Canyon

• Books: Paramount sells Simon & Schuster to private investment firm

• National: With ice cream theft up, some grocery stores add lid locks to pints as a deterrence

• National: Beyoncé's Renaissance tour paid to keep D.C.'s metro running overtime
Kristin Moorehead curated today's edition of The Point.

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