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• “I wouldn’t have been able to afford gas money to get to school my first month without donating plasma.” A pair of first-year Alachua County teachers shared their experiences and struggles in our story about starting teacher pay. The school district and teachers’ union are close on a new contract that would increase salaries. (WUFT News)
• Marion County school employees won’t be administering medical marijuana to students, with the district instead asking parents to do so outside of school and thus skirting a tricky federal versus state legal issue. (Ocala Star-Banner)
• A local employment agency hosted a job fair for veterans yesterday, with twice the number of employers versus veterans in attendance. “Our veterans are awesome employees — awesome, awesome people — and they have a great skill set to offer,” one of the organizers said. (WUFT News)
• One Alachua County commissioner is skeptical that the county’s new nuisance abatement ordinance will help resolve the 192 outstanding property liens, one of which is more than $3 million. (WUFT News)
• Since jumping into a state House race earlier this fall, Kayser Enneking has now raised enough money to pull even with incumbent Chuck Clemons. (Florida Politics)
• A Gainesville city commissioner calls the city’s public email publishing system “fake transparency,” and he and a colleague want no part of it. (The Alligator)
• How do Hawthorne’s senior citizens stay active? The city’s library and health clinic are offering a variety of options to meet this goal: “Without engagement, you just deteriorate.” (WUFT News)
• One of the country’s Olympic qualifying events in horseriding begins tomorrow in Ocala for horse jumping, dressage, and cross country. (Bay News 9)
• The Tampa Bay Times compares the events in Washington D.C. to those on the University of Florida campus, where there’s now “a struggle between the executive and legislative branches, fanned by partisan loyalties.
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Around the state today
• State Sen. Kathleen Passidomo will be the Florida Senate’s president starting in 2022. State Sen. Wilton Simpson is up next. (Florida Politics)
• As many as 1,000 Florida inmates remain behind prison bars because of when they committed their drug-related crimes. (Miami Herald)
• Jacksonville’s utility wants the $5 million it says it’s owed for helping with Hurricane Maria recovery two years ago. (Jacksonville Daily Record)
• More effective “Judas snakes” are the current hope for solving the invasive python problem in South Florida. (WLRN)
• The dog found in the rubble in the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian has found a home in Palm Beach County. More than 10,000 people applied to adopt “Miracle.” (Palm Beach Post)
From NPR News
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