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The Point, Aug. 23, 2023: Alachua County ends meat processing plant plans

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• Mainstreet Daily News: Split BOCC kills meat processing plans. "The Alachua County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) ordered staff to stop all work on a county-owned meat processing center, killing the controversial project after several special meetings and previous split votes."

• Florida Storms: Above average temperatures predicted for the next 3 months. "Warm water temperatures in the Gulf of Mexico have contributed to high humidity and what feels-like triple digit temperatures."

• Mainstreet Daily News: Stormwater pipe plant breaks ground in Alachua. "Once completed, the Alachua site will produce high-density polyethylene pipe (HDPE) and poplypropylene pipe (PP)."

• WCJB: Ocala doctor faces $5k fine after missing signs of sepsis, causing woman’s hands and feet to be amputated. "Dr. Crowe ran several blood tests. According to lab results, the woman showed signs of sepsis but instead was given IV fluids and pain medication."

• Florida Storms: TS Harold makes landfall in TX; Franklin likely a hurricane this weekend. "According to Colorado State University’s Phil Klotzbach, only 6 other years on record had 9 or more named storms by Aug. 22."

• Ocala Gazette: New golf cart rules for Ocala. "In order to comply with a new state statute, the Ocala City Council approved an amendment to the city code that requires all people from ages 16 to 17 to have a driver’s license to operate a golf cart, but people 18 and older no longer need to be licensed drivers."

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Around the state

• NPR: Two families sue Florida for being kicked off Medicaid in 'unwinding' process. "A toddler with cystic fibrosis living in Jacksonville, Fla. missed weeks of her medication after she and her mother were cut off from Medicaid. And in Miami-Dade county, a one-year-old missed a routine vaccination – her mother got a call the day before the appointment informing her the check-up was canceled because the child no longer had insurance."

• News Service of Florida: Democrat announces challenge to Sen. Rick Scott in Florida. "Former U.S. Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, an immigrant born in Ecuador who served one term in Congress, entered the race Tuesday to challenge Republican U.S. Sen. Rick Scott in 2024."

• WUSF-Tampa: Frustrated by Florida's changes to Black history curriculum? A scholar urges people to speak up. "Experts like James Stewart say broad participation is needed to push back against Florida's changes to Black history standards."

• WMFE-Orlando: Is leprosy endemic in Central Florida? Experts argue yes. "In July, a report showed Central Florida accounted for 81 percent of leprosy cases in Florida and almost one-fifth of nationally reported cases in 2022, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention."

• News Service of Florida: Nondisclosure agreements are required in Florida university president searches. "Months after the Legislature and Gov. Ron DeSantis approved a law that shields parts of searches, state university system officials added an additional layer of secrecy that requires nondisclosure agreements."

• Associated Press: Free Disney World passes are the latest target of DeSantis appointees. "Board members of the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District submitted a complaint to the state Inspector General, claiming that the millions of dollars in season passes, as well as discounts on hotels, merchandise, food and beverages, that their Disney-supporting predecessors provided governing district employees amount to unethical benefits and perks."

• WLRN-Miami: Water, breaks and limits: Miami-Dade schools will enforce temperature protocols for athletes. "The district follows guidelines from the Zachary Martin Act, a 2020 bill that requires schools to monitor heat stress and modify athletic activities based on heat stress guidelines."

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• Politics: How to watch the first GOP presidential debate on Wednesday night

• World: Japan to release treated water from Fukushima nuclear plant later this week

• Education: Arkansas drops AP African American Studies course

• Climate: Some of Canada's wildfires likely made worse by human-driven climate change

• Health: 1 in 5 women report mistreatment from medical staff during pregnancy

• Books: Harvard's Drew Gilpin Faust says history should make us uncomfortable

• Health: Milkshakes from a Tacoma burger joint tied to listeria outbreak that killed 3 people
Kristin Moorehead curated today's edition of The Point.

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