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• On day two of the trial that has a husband accused of attempting to murder his wife at their Haile Plantation home, she took the stand and faced stiff questioning from his defense attorney. The trial will continue for the remainder of this week and into next. (WUFT News)
• We spoke further with U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho about his thoughts on the current impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. (WUFT News)
• Florida has stayed near the bottom of states nationwide in influenza vaccination coverage the past five years. Alachua County health officials are expecting “a pretty severe flu season.” (WUFT News)
• A University of Florida alumna obtained by public record request emails between the school’s student body president and a Trump reelection campaign representative. The exchange relates to Donald Trump Jr.’s visit earlier this month. (The Alligator)
• If you’ve tried without success to keep up with the leadership squabbles in the Marion County School District, here’s a summary of what has happened so far during the superintendent’s three-year tenure. (WUFT News)
• A Gainesville consultant remains in the running for the state’s top financial regulator position. (News Service of Florida)
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Around the state today
• The NCAA might just preempt Florida and other states’ lawmaking efforts to allow college athletes to profit from their “name, image and likeness.” (AP)
• Each of Florida’s 96 prison inspectors had to investigate about 115 cases apiece during the past year, a seemingly unsustainable pace to maintain prison safety. (Florida Phoenix)
• One of the world’s top pathologists is casting doubt on Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged suicide. “Fractures are extremely unusual in suicidal hangings and could occur much more commonly in homicidal strangulation,” Dr. Michael Baden tells the Miami Herald.
• Anyone charged with a crime has a right to legal counsel, right? This Miami New Times story found that’s not always the case in Florida when it comes to public defenders assisting with misdemeanor cases.
• The Palm Beach County principal who once wrote in an email that he had “to be politically neutral” when it comes to Holocaust history is out of a job. (Palm Beach Post)
• What has Gwen Graham been up to since her Democratic gubernatorial primary loss to Andrew Gillum last year? What’s next for her? The Tallahassee Democrat tried to get some answers.
• On Halloween, there’s this reminder of how many frightening creatures are all too real in Florida. (Fort Myers News-Press)