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• The Florida Auditor General has raised concerns about Santa Fe College’s bookstore contract with Barnes & Noble after an audit found the school did not solicit competitive bids. (WUFT News)
• Firefighters are now among the Gainesville city employees who can take advantage of paid parental leave. One of their spouses shared this with our reporter: “Being married to a firefighter, we spend a third of our nights alone. So having him home when Riley’s up all the time at night – and not having to deal with that alone – has been so important.” (WUFT News)
• State Sen. Keith Perry is saying he won’t join the growing field of candidates to replace Ted Yoho in the U.S. House. (Gainesville Sun)
• It was the case that rocked the Marion County Sheriff’s Office when the video emerged almost four years ago, and now there’s been a civil settlement stemming from the violent August 2014 arrest. (Ocala Star-Banner)
• The Gainesville City Commission last night selected Ginger Bigbie as its new city auditor. (WCJB)
• The University of Florida reached a settlement with the faculty union over who gets to keep prize money — $2 million, in one recent case — that students and faculty win. (The Alligator)
• “The west side of Alachua County gets everything; the east side is just the forgotten area.” And now Hawthorne officials have a chance to help rectify that disparity with a $650,000 federal grant that can be used to improve a city park. (WUFT News)
• The weather could get very unpleasant over much of Florida this weekend. (Florida Storms)
• Reminder: We’ll return to your inbox on Dec. 30 with a year-in-review edition. Happy holidays to all.
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Around the state today
• The two Tallahassee-area U.S. Representatives helped to symbolize Florida’s and the nation’s division in the impeachment vote, the city’s newspaper reports.
• The family of a former Florida A&M University student has hired attorneys to investigate their son’s death. It happened on Sunday in a traffic stop. (WFSU)
• The Florida Senate President says the legislature might have to examine how to limit vaping. His concerns are based partly on advice from his son, a college student. “I feel like we have to take a hard look at it, politically popular or not,” Bill Galvano said. (News Service of Florida)
• The state’s chief resilience officer pointed out a worrying fact when it comes to sea level rise in Florida: “We have over 2,500 miles of roads that are three feet below the high tide line, making them prone to flooding.” (WFSU)
• A former airline mechanic pleaded guilty in Miami to sabotaging a plane’s navigation system. (Miami Herald)
• A UF researcher is going to study whether or how algae blooms affect human health. (WUSF)
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