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• Potholes might not be as deep or pervasive in this part of the country as in others where the roads are constantly freezing and thawing, but homeowners on one Gainesville street have grown tired of them. One of our reporters went to see the drainage and pothole problems they’ve dealt with for more than a decade, and her resulting story explains how city government goes about prioritizing repaving projects. (WUFT News)
• Michael Reuschel, the Gainesville man accused of attempting to murder his wife, testified for six hours yesterday and will likely do so for a while longer this morning as his trial nears an end. (WUFT News)
• Ocala City Council is paying $300,000 for a final piece of the historic Fort King property. The first fort there dates to 1827. (Ocala Star-Banner)
• Get ready to decide on another sales tax on the Alachua County ballot in 2020. (Gainesville Sun)
• Citrus County got itself into some national headlines after county commissioners decided against spending taxpayer money on a subscription to the New York Times. (WUSF)
• University of Florida researchers found an innovative use for drones, mapping out a thousand-year-old settlement on Raleigh Island near Cedar Key. (UF News)
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Around the state today
• In the ongoing quest for accountability over who knew what or did what before and during the Parkland shooting, a Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School assistant principal was absolved in an investigation into whether he violated any school district policies. Two FBI workers, though, were disciplined for not properly handling a tip about the confessed shooter. And nearly a dozen Florida sheriffs, including Alachua County’s, just don’t want to comment on the precedent that’s been set by Scott Israel’s removal from that position in Broward County. (Sun Sentinel, Miami Herald, Florida Phoenix)
• The Florida Supreme Court today is hearing from both sides of the Amendment 4 felon voting rights implementation law. (AP)
• A Hillsborough County science teacher detailed for the Bradenton Herald how she teaches her students about climate change.
• Buddy Dyer remains extremely popular as Orlando’s mayor, winning reelection to a fifth term last night with 72% of the vote. (Orlando Sentinel)
• “It’s frustrating on our end because we have cases that are solvable.” And yet dozens of Orange County murder cases are not reaching a resolution. (WFTV)
• The battle against pythons in the Everglades chugs along, with 3,600 having been removed in the past two years. (WMFE)
• WLRN reported deeply on the issue of “climate gentrification” that’s likely to affect many Miami neighborhoods as seas continue to rise.
• Federal block grants might be on the way to help the Panhandle’s timber industry recover after Hurricane Michael. (WFSU)
• It’s that time of year when monarch butterflies pass through parts of the Panhandle en route from Canada to Mexico. (Pensacola News Journal)
From NPR News
• Business: FCC Clears T-Mobile/Sprint Merger Deal