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Today’s top stories
• A Florida panel tasked with looking into the causes of mass shootings managed to avoid discussion of stricter gun laws. Instead, the panel focused on the importance of improving behavior threat assessments across law enforcement agencies. (Sarasota Herald-Tribune)
• A Marion County man is charged with second-degree murder after his wife and four children were found dead in Georgia. (WUFT News)
• Elsewhere in Butler Plaza, the Cheesecake Factory’s Gainesville location is opening today. (WUFT News)
• Tonight on the University of Florida campus: A group of students organized a protest over the absence of emergency blue lights near Fraternity Row. (WUFT News)
• On Saturday, three inmates at Columbia Correctional Institution Annex in Lake City were found unresponsive due to a drug overdose. While two of the prisoners died, the third is in stable condition. (Miami Herald)
• In August, the Florida Department of Education launched a database of student information, including discipline and mental health records, that can monitor social media for words like “gun” or “bomb.” While the tool is intended to help keep schools safer for students, some civil rights groups are concerned the database jeopardizes student privacy and could lead to discrimination. (WLRN)
• A Gainesville firefighter crew working to provide relief in the Bahamas rescued a dog that was trapped under a collapsed building. One of the crew members is pursuing adopting the rescued dog. (Orlando Sentinel)
• Peanuts only make up 1.7% of Florida’s crops, but the impact the crop has on the state is significant. Although the crop yields are down this year at one Ocala farm, the harvest is still abundant. (WUFT News)
• The Marion County School District is cutting positions, which could have a negative impact on the classroom. School board member Nancy Thrower is concerned about the effects the staffing cuts will have on the schools, many of which are among the bottom 300 in the state. (Ocala Star-Banner)
• The cremated remains of 15 people were made into artificial reefs yesterday and dropped just off Pensacola Beach. (Pensacola News Journal)
• For just under $1 million, one of Gainesville oldest buildings — the Masonic Lodge — can be yours. (WCJB)
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