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The News You Need To Know Today

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Start the day informed. Here's the news you need to know this morning.

Okaloosa’s Sylvania Heights Seeks ‘Environmental Justice’
The predominately-Black neighborhood Sylvania Heights in Fort Walton Beach has been facing stormwater issues for decades. With aging infrastructure and no stormwater system, the problem is spilling into other neighborhoods and residents are anxious to see some action, some groups are calling for "environmental justice." Read more about it here.

10 Extra Innings For Blue Wahoos
Heading into its 10th season in 2022, the Wahoos and the city of Pensacola have reached an agreement to renew the lease for the stadium in the form of two, five-year terms. And they're working on improvements to the stadium to meet Major League Baseball standards. Read more here.

Florida's Desmond Meade Receives MacArthur Foundation Fellowship
The MacArthur Foundation released it's full list of 'Genius Grants' winners. Desmond Meade, a former drug dealer who has received international accolades after leading the drive to pass a 2018 Florida constitutional amendment to restore voting rights for felons, was among the named winners. Read more about it here.

Feds Cover Broward School Board Salaries
First Alachua and now Broward. The U.S. Department of Education is awarding more than $420,000 to the Broward County School Board to cover state financial penalties targeting school board members’ salaries after they voted for a student mask mandate. Read more here.

Florida Ratchets Up Immigration Fight
Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody launched another legal challenge Tuesday to immigration decisions by the Biden administration. Read more here.

Mail Delivery Is About To Get Permanently Slower And Pricier For The Holidays
Maybe start sending holiday gifts soon. Beginning Friday, the U.S. Postal Service will start to "implement new service standards" for first class mail and periodicals — slowing its target delivery time by about 30%, USPS spokesperson Kim Frum told NPR. Read more about it here.