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The Point, Nov. 4, 2019: What You Can Expect From Gainesville’s New City Manager

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• A judge deliberated over the weekend on the fate of a former Gainesville Regional Airport employee who pleaded guilty Friday in the case of the $50,000 missing from the airport parking lot. He’s scheduled to announce Paul Adjan’s sentence this morning. (WUFT News)

• Beginning Thursday, the Florida Department of Transportation will demolish one of Cedar Key’s main bridges over the Gulf of Mexico in order to replace it. As the city’s fire captain said, “Here’s the deal, short and sweet: If this was not a planned repair, the bridge would possibly, eventually collapse.” (WUFT News)

• Gainesville’s new city manager, Lee Feldman, begins work in earnest today. This is what you should know about his background and his plans for the city. (WUFT News)

Forensic expert testimony was provided Friday in the attempted murder trial of a Gainesville man accused of stabbing his wife. The trial resumes this morning.

• News from the springs: Protesters met Friday as the sun was setting to speak out against Nestlé’s plans to pump and bottle water from Ginnie Springs and Santa Fe River. Elsewhere in High Springs, the Florida Springs Institute is holding its next monthly class tomorrow to educate people about the state’s freshwater resources. (WUFT News)


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Around the state today

• Florida has only had one vaping-associated death, but there are now dozens of vaping-related illnesses being reported statewide. (AP)

• It’s a year until the next presidential election, and state Democrats are putting together a plan for their party’s eventual nominee to win Florida’s Electoral College votes. (Florida Politics)

• Conversion therapy is banned in Gainesville and Alachua County, but the constitutionality of Tampa’s ordinance against it is still being determined in federal court. (WTSP)

• The trial of the confessed Parkland shooter remains scheduled for late January, just under two years after the shooting. (AP)

• Though their work to get an amendment on the ballot and passed by voters is through, supporters of felons’ voting rights are continuing to promote their cause with a statewide bus tour. (WMFE)

• Politico examined the benefits President Donald Trump likely considered as he decided to establish residency in Florida.

• Palm Beach County’s “most infamous principal” is appealing the school board’s firing of him in an effort to get a job back. (Palm Beach Post)

• Wishing you didn’t need to keep turning the clock back at this time of year? One of Florida’s U.S. Representatives agrees and is trying to get Congress to take action. (Sarasota Herald-Tribune)

• Weird one from Volusia County: The son of deceased parents (whose house burned more than a decade ago and was subsequently demolished) now owes over $16,000 to the county. (Daytona Beach News-Journal)


From NPR News

• Business: Saudi Aramco, World’s Most Profitable Company, Will Make First Public Offering

• Business: What Power Outages Means For Solar’s Potential

• Politics: Whistleblower Offers To Field Written Questions About Call Trump Says Was ‘Perfecto’

• Politics: The Issues Surrounding Katie Hill’s Resignation

• National: Mississippi Case Challenges Lifetime Felon Voting Ban

• Health: Google Buys Fitbit For $2.1 Billion, Pledges To Protect Health Data

• Health: Adding Up Warren’s ‘Medicare For All’ Plan

• World: In A Remote Arctic Outpost, Norway Keeps Watch On Russia’s Military Buildup

• World: Soup’s On! And On! Thai Beef Noodle Brew Has Been Simmering For 45 Years

About Ethan Magoc

Ethan is a journalist at WUFT News. He's a Pennsylvania native who found a home reporting Florida's stories. Reach him by emailing emagoc@wuft.org or calling 352-294-1525.

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