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• A decision on a massive planned development on Gainesville’s northern city boundary was delayed again at last night’s Plan Board meeting. Over 1,000 houses could be built if the city OK’s a plan from Weyerhaeuser (formerly known as Plum Creek). The Gainesville City Commission will next take up the issue in early December. (WUFT News)
• Volunteers stayed busy during yesterday’s Farmshare Food Giveaway at the Alachua County Fairgrounds. “We’re feeding between five and seven hundred people,” one said. (WUFT News)
• State Sen. Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala, wants to modernize the safety surrounding babies who are surrendered by their parents. (Florida Politics)
• A state legislative auditing committee could vote today on whether Gainesville’s city finances should be audited. It follows a request from state Sen. Keith Perry and state Rep. Chuck Clemons. (WCJB)
• One of our reporters obtained the security expense amount for last month’s visit from Donald Trump Jr. to the University of Florida campus. (Twitter)
• Gainesville Downtown has the story of the woman behind the poster for the city’s 38th Downtown Festival & Art Show. Eleanor Blair has become known for her local landscape paintings: “Doing landscapes helps remind people in whatever environment they’re in that ‘Hey, that just a few miles out of town, there’s a beautiful place and you could be there.’”
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Around the state today
• The Orlando police officer dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder from the Pulse shooting and a colleague’s death won’t be fired this week and likely not until her disability pension case is heard in the new year. (WMFE)
• Authorities think they have found in Alabama the remains of a 5-year-old child who went missing from Jacksonville. (Florida Times-Union)
• ProPublica reports on who a 2018 tax break given out in West Palm Beach will help — and who it won’t.
• Multiple former college athletes are now in positions of power in Tallahassee and determined to see future Florida college players get paid. (News Service of Florida)
• Hotter temperatures are already having an effect on people in many occupations, including those in the U.S. military in states like Florida. (Florida Phoenix)
• Calling it “the Silicon Valley of space,” Gov. Ron DeSantis announced a $3.9 million grant for the Melbourne airport that should continue to boost the Space Coast. (Florida Today)
• Tampa’s new mayor is taking a direct role in helping to fight crime, calling in a tip yesterday that resulted in an arrest in a burglary case from last month. (Tampa Bay Times)
From NPR News
• National: El Paso Walmart Reopens After Shooting