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• One of our reporters this week visited Union County, the scene of another case of animals living in a terrible situation. This time, more than 80 animals were found in unsanitary conditions. (WUFT News)
• Alachua County schools are in the midst of a weeklong effort to prevent bullying. (WUFT News)
• There’s now a lawsuit filed against the University of Florida related to how much it charged students for freshman orientation. (Gainesville Sun)
• “I just don’t think we’ve done anything wrong. I don’t think we should pay it out.” And yet against the Ocala mayor’s wishes, that’s what the city will do in a legal settlement with three former city police officers. (Ocala Star-Banner)
• Alachua County and Gainesville leaders seem to have worked out a funding deal for the homeless shelter Grace Marketplace, after all. (WCJB)
• Publix is planning to redevelop one of its locations on Southwest 34th Street in Gainesville. Hundreds of miles away in South Florida, there are plans for a Publix where boaters can dock and shop. (The Alligator, Sun Sentinel)
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Around the state today
• The Orlando Sentinel reports on the disciplinary record of the police officer who last week arrested a 6-year-old and who has since been fired.
• The Tampa Bay Times pulled together the public statements from Florida’s U.S. House members following yesterday’s news of a formal impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.
• Here are the latest updates in the state’s ongoing Everglades restoration efforts. (Miami Herald)
• Jacksonville’s mayor took a direct approach to solving his area’s school maintenance problems. And he’s getting a direct response. (Florida Times-Union)
• Polk County schools suffered as much Hurricane Irma damage as many Florida school districts, and they’re still waiting for federal reimbursement more than two years later. (Lakeland Ledger)
• Donald L. Tucker was the first Florida House Speaker to serve in that role in the current Capitol building. He died last night at age 84. (Tallahassee Democrat)
• There have been plenty of recent headlines about pending opioid lawsuit settlements nationally, and Florida’s Attorney General explained yesterday where this state is in the process of receiving compensation. (Florida Phoenix)
• The fallout from the Palm Beach Post’s July reporting on a principal and his philosophy on (not) teaching Holocaust history has resulted in a new state education rule.
• Cashew cheesecake and plenty of other vegan and vegetarian options will soon be served at Disney World. (Orlando Weekly)