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• Hail came with those early-morning storms yesterday in parts of Florida, including Trenton. There was enough to make it look like it had snowed. (Gainesville Sun)
• The state House today will begin discussing the Senate president’s proposal for the Suncoast Parkway extension, which could run through this part of the state. (Florida Politics)
• There’s a tribute to Vietnam War veterans this weekend in Alachua County at Veterans Memorial Park. (The Alligator)
• The Regional Transit Service has a microtransit service with two express routes — one from Trenton and the other from Lake City. The ridership hasn’t quite hit 30 in a single month, so RTS is changing the routes. (WUFT News)
• University of Florida Police officers have given away free bike lights all month to help bicyclists be seen better at night and avoid a $159 ticket. (WUFT News)
• A Gainesville man is the lead subject in a creepy story from The Atlantic about Airbnb hosts using hidden cameras. “The host could’ve been watching,” Airbnb guest Max Vest recounted of his experience. “Anybody could have been watching.”
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Around the state today
• Another Democrat has entered the 2020 presidential race, and this one is from Florida. Wayne Messam is the current mayor of Miramar. (Miami Herald)
• Gov. Ron DeSantis’ proposed budget is higher than the Florida Senate’s, which is higher still than the Florida House’s. (GateHouse)
• A decrease in Florida Forever program funding has state park advocates seeking more as the budget negotiations move along. (WUFT News)
• A state public records exemption is now closer to passing and would prohibit the release of recordings of mass shootings. (WFSU)
• “Alligator Ron” Bergeron will be allowed to hold a seat on the South Florida Water Management District board. (Sun Sentinel)
• State Rep. Kionne McGhee represents a part of South Florida yet wants to see more help for Hurricane Michael’s victims in the Panhandle. (WFSU)
• A state senator wanted to ban certain types of sunscreen because of damage they can do to coral reefs, but such a ban is unlikely to happen this session. (WUFT News)
• Jacksonville City Council has voted to buy the 32-year-old Jacksonville Landing mall. (Florida Times-Union)
• Hurricane Michael caused major damage at Tyndall Air Force Base in the Panhandle, and the Air Force is now seeking billions to repair it and other bases. (NPR News)