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The Point, Jan. 24, 2024: Local farms recovering from freezing temps

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• WUFT News: Growers recover after cold snap. "Local farms and plant nurseries are still working to clean up the damage from the widespread freeze."

• Mainstreet Daily News: Alachua County ends idea of Gaza ceasefire resolution. "Community members filled the Alachua County chambers on Tuesday to advocate for both sides of a cease-fire resolution concerning the war between Israel and Hamas."

• Mainstreet Daily News: Newberry, Archer enter wastewater treatment interlocal agreement. "The agreement will allow Archer to use up to 175,000 gallons of capacity per day at Newberry’s wastewater treatment plant when an expansion is completed in 2026."

• Gainesville Sun ($): Construction costs as part of plan to save live oak in downtown Gainesville exceed $600,000. "Gainesville Mayor Harvey Ward, in a social media post last April after the Gainesville City Commission unanimously voted to save the tree, estimated the total cost at $250,000."

• Ocala Gazette: Quick Statistic: How many drivers are licensed in Marion County? "According to reports from the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, the number of licensed drivers in Marion County has risen 18.7% in the last 10 years."

• WCJB: 94-year-old man in Levy County receives national award nominations. "Bill Brown, also known as Mr. Bill, says a small home garden growing vegetables has turned into a food bank for families in Levy County."

• The Alligator: Rabbit gets confiscated from UF fraternity brothers following Barstool video. "In the video, a man is standing on a platform and holding the rabbit over a large crowd at an off-campus fraternity house, at 21 SW 23rd Terrace."

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Around the state

• NPR: 121 potential gravesites found in a former Black cemetery at MacDill Air Force Base. "The U.S. Air Force plans to expand its search for gravesites in a former Black cemetery at a base in Florida after discovering 121 potential sites already, a base official said."

• WFSU-Tallahassee: DeSantis is back in Florida and lawmakers are asking, what's next?"That’s because the governor made his name on an agenda that capitalized on culture wars and he’s led the state—and the legislature—with an iron fist."

• WUSF-Tampa: Abortion rates are down in Florida, but not for out-of-state residents. "Strict abortion bans in nearby states are contributing to a nearly 50% increase in the number of out-of-state residents coming to Florida for the procedure in recent years."

• WFSU-Tallahassee: Confederate, other monument removal ban passes first committee. "Under SB 1122, local officials who vote to remove any historical monument, including confederate monuments, could be sued for the cost to replace them and suspended from office by the Governor."

• WMFE-Orlando: Florida has a chronic absenteeism problem. Here's how two districts are trying to fix it. "Florida ranks third in the country when it comes to kids being chronically absent from school."

• WMFE-Orlando: Brightline adds traffic delineator posts at crossing where three died in Melbourne. "Melbourne Mayor Paul Alfrey plans to discuss Brightline safety improvements at Tuesday's City Council meeting after crashes two days apart killed three people at a railroad crossing earlier this month."

• WUWF-Pensacola: Escambia County continues to have alarming number of opioid overdoses. "Updated statistics show Escambia Emergency Medical Services (EMS) ran a combined total of 10,529 opiate overdose calls over the last three years (from 2021-23), with 3,753 overdose calls from January 1 through December 10 of 2023."

• WFSU-Tallahassee: Candid photos of the private John Lennon are now on exhibit in Tallahassee. "Some of the most candid photos ever taken of musician John Lennon are now on exhibit in Tallahassee. Railroad Square's 621 Gallery has the images and the woman who took them is there as well."

From NPR News

• Elections: Trump wins the New Hampshire primary, putting him a step closer to the GOP nomination

• Education: Exclusive: The Education Department says it will fix its $1.8 billion FAFSA mistake

• Business: The FTC bars TurboTax maker Intuit from advertising 'deceptive' free services

• National: The FAA says airlines should check the door plugs on another model of Boeing plane

• Religion: An Ohio church is suing a city over not being allowed to house homeless people

• National: 'We don't want to be first place.' Wyoming tries to address high gun suicide rates

• World: A school in Jerusalem brings Arab and Jewish kids together to boost understanding

• Health: If you donate DNA, what should scientists give in return? A 'pathbreaking' new model

Kristin Moorehead curated today's edition of The Point.