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The Point, Nov. 14, 2019: Will The State Decide To Audit Gainesville's City Finances?

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The top stories near you

• 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

• Politics: What Happened During The First Day Of Public Hearings In The Impeachment Inquiry

• Politics: Federal Appeals Court Lets Stand Ruling That Congress Can Subpoena Trump Tax Returns

• World: The Worst Flood In More Than 50 Years Has Submerged Venice

• World: Greta Thunberg Sets Sail For Home — And The U.N. Climate Conference

• National: El Paso Walmart Reopens After Shooting

• Health: Google Health Data Project Under Scrutiny

• Science: Molecular Scissors Could Help Keep Some Viral Illnesses At Bay

• Sports: Colin Kaepernick Is Getting An NFL Workout. Skeptics Question League's Timing

About today's curator

I'm Ethan Magoc, a news editor at WUFT. Originally from Pennsylvania, I've found a home telling Florida stories. I’m part of a team searching each morning for local and state stories that are important to you; please send feedback about today's edition or ideas for stories we may have missed to emagoc@wuft.org.

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