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• Gainesville High School students withstood yesterday’s awful weather to make their school proud. They raised more than $3,000 for victims of Hurricane Michael in Panhandle school districts. A lack of charitable giving is one of the biggest problems the region faces since the storm hit. (WUFT News, Tampa Bay Times)
• The state attorney’s office for Suwannee County has decided not to charge anyone in the case of the three children who died this month in a freezer. (WCJB)
• Gainesville Regional Utilities during the past three years has spent tens of millions of dollars from its reserve fund, bringing on a reckoning between city government spending and the utility’s management.
• Marion County is starting its reconciliation process over its history of lynchings. (Ocala Star-Banner)
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Around the state today
• Florida man Roger Stone was arrested Friday morning in Fort Lauderdale. He’s the latest associate of President Donald Trump to face charges in the special counsel’s investigation. The Sun Sentinel reported he seems to be enjoying himself following the indictment, and the Naples Daily News noted he makes frequent political visits to its region of the state.
• The ethics case against former Tallahassee mayor and gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum is proceeding, with a state commission on Friday finding probable cause that he accepted gifts and didn’t report them. (Tallahassee Democrat)
• Eglin Air Force Base personnel are trying to address the effects of climate change and coastal reef erosion in their area. (Panama City News Herald)
• Florida drivers who used SunPass during last summer’s backlog are about to be asked to pay up. (Florida Politics)
• Jennifer Kennedy is Florida’s new interim Secretary of State following the resignation of Michael Ertel last week. The resignation was brought on by the public release of 2005 photos of him wearing blackface and mocking Hurricane Katrina victims. (Tallahassee Democrat)
• Rapper XXXTenacion was shot and killed in June in Deerfield Beach. His son was born this weekend. (Sun Sentinel)
• Monroe County is going after large boats that are serving as Airbnb rentals in The Keys. (FLKeysNews)
• Employees at the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument are among those in Florida happy to be going back to work and getting paid again this week after the government shutdown’s end. (St. Augustine Record)
• The Maleficent dragon at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom is back. Perhaps this time it won’t catch fire. (Orlando Weekly)