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The Point, Sept. 15, 2023: Terrell Bradley requests change of plea

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• WUFT News: Man mauled by police K9 signals plans to change plea in case. "This week, his attorney, Curtis Lee, told a judge that Terrell Marquis Bradley, 32, of Gainesville, wanted to change his plea during a case management hearing at the Alachua County Courthouse."

• WUFT News: Death sentence appeal rejected by Florida Supreme Court. "Floyd Damren, 72, challenged his death sentence after being diagnosed with autism and post-traumatic stress disorder."

• Mainstreet Daily News: Gainesville moves to reinstate open container ban. "The reinstatement will take Gainesville’s open container ordinance to where it stood before the COVID-19 pandemic—when the commission lifted the ordinance to help downtown businesses. If passed on second reading, open containers will not be allowed on public property."

• News4Jax: UF Health welcomes Flagler Health+ to the family, renames hospital UF Health Flagler Hospital. "UF Health and Flagler Health+ celebrated Wednesday after the completion of the merger agreement between the two health systems."

• Mainstreet Daily News:Santa Fe restarts provost search, changes interim. "SF decided to create a new position of vice provost to assist and restart the search with altered parameters to account for shifts in higher education."

• WUFT News: UF School of Music will receive new funding to repair its facilities. "The University of Florida School of Music is due to receive new funding in the 2024 fiscal year budget. The $35 million will repair its deteriorated facilities."

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Around the state

• Washington Post:DeSantis took undisclosed private flights and lodging through wealthy donors. "DeSantis did not report the flights or accommodations as gifts or campaign contributions and it’s unclear whether he used a separate legal option to personally reimburse for the flights at the cost of coach airfare."

• News Service of Florida: Florida tees up conservation deals across the state. "Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Florida Cabinet next week could approve spending more than $141 million to conserve 42,000 acres of land from the Panhandle to the Devil's Garden area southwest of Lake Okeechobee."

• Associated Press: Contradicting federal health officials, DeSantis recommends against new COVID booster. "Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and the state's top health department official are directly contradicting federal health recommendations and warning residents against getting a new COVID-19 booster, saying there's not enough evidence it provides benefits that outweigh risks."

• WMFE-Orlando: Advocacy groups file civil rights complaint over Florida's post-pandemic Medicaid process. "The groups say Florida's process for redetermining Medicaid eligibility is unfair to recipients who are Latino, immigrant or Black."

• News Service of Florida: Florida's health coverage rate is improving, but still lags behind most of the US. "With top Florida lawmakers signaling that health-care issues could be a priority during next year’s legislative session, a report released Thursday showed that Florida saw improvement in 2022 in people having health insurance — but still trailed most of the country."

• Florida Politics: Miami Commissioner Alex Diaz de la Portilla arrested for money laundering, bribery. "The FDLE in a press release claimed that a management services company bribed the Commissioner with the funds in exchange for his support toward building a sports complex in the city."

• News4Jax: Clay County leads state in school book objections, removals, state says. "More than 300 books have been removed from Florida school districts in the last year, according to a list released by the state’s Department of Education."

• WFTS-Tampa Bay: The secret life of dolphins: What 50 years of research is uncovering in Sarasota Bay. "The Chicago Zoological Society's Sarasota Dolphin Research Program is the longest-running study of bottlenose dolphins in the world."

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Kristin Moorehead curated today's edition of The Point.

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