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Today’s top stories
• The new school year started this week in Alachua County, and at Gainesville High School, the school band has $100,000 worth of new brass instruments to play — all thanks to an anonymous donor. (WUFT News)
• Nelson Armas, on trial for first-degree homicide in the 2016 death of his ex-girlfriend Hannah Brim, will decide today whether he will take the stand in his own defense. (Gainesville Sun)
• U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho spoke to a group of seniors in Gainesville last night about healthcare. (WCJB)
• WMFE investigated deeply the events leading up to a Transportation Security Officer’s suicide at Orlando International Airport in February.
• It’s been 15 years since the hurricane season when four made landfall in Florida. (Miami Herald)
• The Manatee County School Board has a mess on its hands at Lincoln Memorial Academy, where there are allegations that students are being taught by uncertified teachers. (Sarasota Herald-Tribune)
• The Florida Phoenix interviewed the new head of Florida’s state prisons during a particularly difficult period for the department’s public image.
• People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals says there’s a right and wrong way to kill Florida’s invasive species. (WFSU)
• In other news about Floridians killing reptiles, alligator hunting season is about to begin. (TCPalm)
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