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Today’s top stories
• The on-duty deputy during the Parkland shooting last year was arrested yesterday on 11 criminal charges. Scot Peterson faces charges including child neglect, culpable negligence and perjury with penalties up to 100 years in prison. (AP)
• Alachua County Animal Services this Saturday plan to lift the shelter’s quarantine that followed an outbreak of canine distemper. (WCJB)
• Buying the property for the new Alachua County fairgrounds in Newberry is budgeted at $15.3 million for this coming fiscal year. (Gainesville Sun)
• “You’re doing the right thing,” a doctor told the Ocala City Council as its members opted to keep fluoride in the city’s water. (Ocala Star-Banner)
• One of our reporter and photographer teams has this profile of Andrew Cao, a Broadway performer-turned-faculty-member at the University of Florida. (WUFT News)
• “I could not support a bill that is completely fiscally irresponsible,” one Republican Congressman said after he and another from Florida voted against the $19.1 billion disaster relief bill this week. The state’s chief financial officer, who’s from Panama City, took aim at other representatives who last week blocked the relief bill from moving forward. “If I was in their district, I’d vote ’em out,” Jimmy Patronis said. (Tampa Bay Times, Sarasota Herald-Tribune)
• In Bay County, there’s hope that the relief money will help rebuild Tyndall Air Force Base and other parts of the local economy damaged by Hurricane Michael. (Panama City News Herald)
• The Miami Herald published this sweeping series, “Priced Out Of Paradise,” showing just how severe its affordable housing crisis has become amid a booming market.
• Florida’s governor is leaving it up to the state House speaker to take action against state Rep. Mike Hill in the wake of his comments in May that have since caught so much attention. (Pensacola News Journal)
• Collecting signatures for ballot initiatives in Florida could become a lot more difficult if this legislature-approved bill receives the governor’s signature. (Florida Phoenix)
• Traditional beach bungalows on Anna Maria Island are facing more demolition in favor of new luxury homes, a trend that worries local politicians there. (Bradenton Herald)
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