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• Today we share a story of how a hit-and-run incident in Newberry has helped to shed light on the effects of a new state law regarding immigration enforcement. It stems from the plight of Domingo Paez-Bautista, a Guatemalan man who authorities say was living in Alachua County illegally when he was involved in a fender bender and ran from sheriff’s deputies. He now faces a federal court case that will likely result in his deportation. (WUFT News)
• If you’ve never been to the Orange Lake Overlook just south of McIntosh, watch this story and learn of the efforts being made to conserve it. (WUFT News)
• Florida Politics dug into the background of an 8th Judicial Circuit Court judge following her controversial decision to dismiss charges against a student accused of plotting a mass murder.
• A Gainesville City Commission subcommittee is pushing for more diversified city spending decisions and hiring more minority-owned and women-owned businesses. (WUFT News)
• A company’s water test kit marketing strategy might cause confusion if it shows up in your front yard, but county health officials note it’s not an indication that your water is at all unsafe. (WUFT News)
• A six-month-old baby was the only survivor of a car crash on Waldo Road this past weekend, and about 500 donors have now raised more than $32,000 for her. (The Alligator)
• Downtown Ocala is getting five new murals in the coming months. (Ocala Star-Banner)
• Vox has produced a short documentary that retells the story of Florida’s infamous Johns Committee, a part of the University of Florida’s history in the 1950s and ’60s. (WLRN)
• The future improvement of Starke’s wastewater treatment is getting millions of dollars in federal funding. (WCJB)
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Around the state today
• Hillsborough County officials found evidence of another African-American cemetery buried under a structure — this one a school — and one county commissioner says, “there’s probably more to come.” (WUSF)
• The Florida Citrus Commission isn’t going to raise taxes on growers to help with marketing at a precarious time for the industry. (Florida Phoenix)
• Imagine having to abandon your home because, over months, inland floodwaters just keep rising. That’s becoming a reality for a group of people in one Central Florida community just off the Turnpike. (WMFE)
• The Trace included the stories of four Florida teenagers killed by gun violence in its follow-up series to “Since Parkland.” The second part is called “The Hardest Stories To Tell.”
• Being the mayor of a mid-sized city can help propel you to the top of the Democratic presidential candidate field — or you might be dropping out months before any votes are cast. Miramar Mayor Wayne Messam is out, even as Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, seems to be surging ahead. (Axios)
• The former city manager of a Panhandle city devastated by Hurricane Michael now faces federal charges related to $5 million in disaster aid. Four others have also been indicted. (New York Times)
• Hurricane Michael’s leftover damage was likely partly to blame for a slight drop in tourism this summer in Panama City Beach. (Panama City Beach News Herald)
• Miami-Dade is trying to improve student alertness by starting school days just a little later in the morning. (Miami Herald)
• What are the chances the Tampa Bay Rays move not to Montreal for part of the Major League Baseball season but permanently across Interstate 4 to Orlando? (Orlando Weekly)