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• WUFT News: Public schools in Alachua County launch free tutoring program. “The new Beyond the Bell virtual tutoring program is available to students of all grade levels and run by volunteer teachers from the school district. “

• Ocala Gazette: Marion schools are monitoring and waiting for the fallout of the new rule. “While the new rules are clear, their impact on COVID-19 cases in schools remains unclear. The recent ordinance revised the rule governing when students exposed to COVID-19 can return to school. Previously, any child exposed to the virus had to quarantine themselves for at least four days and show no symptoms before returning to school. The revised rule leaves the decision to the parents, assuming the student is asymptomatic. “

• Citrus County Chronicle ($): Appeal for review of sports coaches following the death of a student-athlete. “Although the cause of death is unknown and the school board has opened an investigation into the matter, school officials are likely to question again whether to revisit the need for athletic coaches during practices and games. sportsmen at school. “

• News4Jax: A family sues Alachua County Jail after the death of a baby born in prison. “(Erica) Thompson’s attorneys have said the facility violates Florida’s Tammy Jackson law, which requires incarcerated pregnant women who give birth to be transported promptly to an appropriate medical facility and receive appropriate care. The law also stipulates that pregnant inmates should not be kept in restrictive accommodation against their will. “

• Tampa Bay Times ($): Meet the Florida school principal at the height of the battle of the masks. “With (Carlee Simon) at the helm, Alachua County was one of the first two districts in Florida to introduce mask requirements for all students and staff this school year, a move that challenged the wishes of Governor Ron DeSantis. Nearly a dozen other districts, including Hillsborough County, have followed suit.

• WCJB: Florida Emergency Management Division Director explains why Dixie County will not receive FEMA assistance. Florida Division of Emergency Management Director Kevin Guthrie said the state had not reported enough flood damage for FEMA assistance. The county was eligible for loans at low interest rates for small businesses.

• WUFT News: A baseball team in Ocala has gathered to play in honor of the coach’s sick wife. Ocala Elite became Team Watson when coaches David “Davey” Watson, 38, and Richard Benoit, 63, brought the group of high school students together to play in support of David’s wife and the Rachel team after she was diagnosed with pneumonia. by the Covid-19. “

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• Fresh Take Florida: Florida awaits appeal decision on new social media law; legal experts say he probably won’t survive. “As Florida awaits a decision from the federal appeals court to see if it will be allowed to enforce a new law that prevents social media companies from shutting down the accounts of political candidates, some senior legal experts predict that the law is doomed to failure. unconstitutional.”

• Florida Information Service: Senate Speaker calls for prison closures and lashes out at correctional officials. “Senate Speaker Wilton Simpson has a message for state prison leaders: shut down institutions if you want pay increases for overworked correctional officers. Simpson, in a telephone interview Thursday with The News Service of Florida, blamed chronic staff shortages and high turnover rates on the “lack of vision” and “myopia” of correctional officers in the operation of the struggling prison system .

• Florida Policy: State records 1,719 more deaths from COVID-19 as cases collapse. “The grim toll from the summer wave of COVID-19 in Florida continues to mount as state officials on Friday reported 1,719 more deaths attributed to the virus.”

• Associated Press: The body of missing Florida student Miya Marcano has been found. Orange County Sheriff John Mina said on Saturday authorities found Miya Marcano’s body near an apartment building. The 19-year-old went missing the same day a maintenance man mistakenly used a master key to enter her apartment. Her family reported her missing after she missed a flight back to South Florida on September 24.

• WFSU: Capitol Hill protesters protest Florida’s anti-abortion bill. “The Florida legislature will soon be considering an anti-abortion bill similar to what was recently passed in Texas. Protesters gathered in many locations across the country, including the Florida Capitol on Saturday to voice their objections. “

• Yahoo! Finance: Trump on 2024 GOP Primary vs. Ron DeSantis: “I would beat him like I beat everyone.” “The former president was confident about his chances if he decided to run, even if it meant a possible face-to-face with DeSantis, another GOP frontrunner.”

• Health: Coronavirus FAQ: I have been vaccinated. Can I give a hug – or a handshake – safely?

• National: a massive oil spill in the Pacific Ocean reached the southern coast of California

• Business: How a small government agency will implement the vaccination mandate for 80 million workers

• Business: what the “Pandora Papers” show about how powerful people hide money from public view

• Business: Santa’s sleigh looks more empty. Fewer toys, higher prices looming for the holiday season

• Education: the loan forgiveness program for public services in difficulty will be overhauled

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