The Point, March 4, 2022: Florida Legislature Passes 15-Week Abortion Ban

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• Mainstreet Daily News: Alachua County HB 1493 passes Florida House 80-35. “If passed, the bill would place a question on the Nov. 8 ballot that would ask Alachua County residents if they want to move the BOCC to single-member districts instead of having all citizens in the county vote. for all commissioners.”

• WUFT News: Alachua County, Gainesville approves funding for East Side Urgent Care Facility. “Alachua County and City of Gainesville Commissioners met in a joint meeting to approve funding for an urgent care center expansion at UF Health Shands Hospital. The agreement was unanimous, but the decision did not come without its share of questions.

• WUFT News: Bronson high school student with one hand excels as an athlete in three sports. “Stanley lost his right hand in an all-terrain vehicle accident when he was 8 years old. But his passion for sport has never wavered; it only intensified. She said it taught her to have determination in life.

• WUFT News: Buchholz High School plays aim to highlight a realistic teenage experience. “Two of the three plays are original student creations, which, according to theatrical arts teacher and director of performing arts, Ted Lewis, has been a tradition for 16 years. In previous years, his students wrote comedies, hard core dramas, musicals, and other genres.

• News4JAX: Documents show fractured relationship between fired Alachua County superintendent and school board. “School board member performance reviews submitted last month show that there was ongoing tension between former Alachua County Schools Superintendent Dr. Carlee Simon and board members — and that tension may have played a role in his dismissal.”

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• Associated Press: Florida Republicans send 15-week abortion ban to governor. “Abortions after 15 weeks would be banned in Florida under a bill Republican senators sent to Governor Ron DeSantis Thursday night, ending a bitter debate at the Statehouse as a looming US Supreme Court decision- States could limit abortion rights in America. DeSantis, a Republican, has previously signaled support for the proposal and is expected to sign it into law.

• Miami Herald ($): the Senate passes a bill aimed at preventing “illegal” migrants from being brought to Florida. “Florida Republicans are set to ban the state from doing business with companies that bring undocumented immigrants into the state, a move that Democrats and statewide religious leaders say , will complicate the resettlement of unaccompanied minors who come to Florida to be reunited with their families.”

• WFSU: Florida Supreme Court upholds new state legislative districts. “Unlike the proposed congressional districts, the state legislative maps generated little controversy. In its decision, the court explained that there were no opponents challenging the maps for the first time since the existing rules governing judicial review of the cards were put in place more than 50 years ago.Democrats, however, have expressed opposition to the cards, which would favor Republicans.

• WQCS: AAA: $4 a gallon is “a real possibility” in Florida. “Florida’s AAA predicts that $4 a gallon of gas could soon hit the sunshine state. Sanctions against Ukraine’s invasion effectively took Russian oil off the market, and OPEC agreed to only modest supply increases on Wednesday. The resulting shortage caused prices to soar at the pump.

• WUSF: Closure plan for troubled Piney Point phosphate plant released. “It is now up to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to determine if the plan complies with state regulations. It would permanently close four gypsum piles once used to store toxic wastewater from fertilizer production.

• Florida Storms: Drought areas stretch across Florida. “Although the winter months are considered Florida’s dry season, the past few months have been extremely dry. Since the start of the year, precipitation discrepancies between the Panhandle and the South Florida interior have ranged from about 2 inches below normal to 10 inches below normal.

• WLRN: Florida adopts new rules on two iconic fish. One is now easier to catch. “As expected, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has approved a controversial goliath grouper rule that will allow limited fishing for the first time in 30 years. The giant fish nearly disappeared in the 1980s after decades of heavy reef fishing where it hunkers down and grows to several hundred pounds or more, invincible to most predators.

• The News Service of Florida: 24-hour alligator hunting support. “The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission on Wednesday asked staff members to put rule changes in place that will ensure more daylight hours for alligator hunting in most areas of the state. The commission also supported allowing preloaded pneumatic air bows with lines attached as part of the equipment that alligator hunters can use.

• FOX35 Orlando: I-95 fatal crash eerily similar to scene 10 years ago on I-75. “The thick fog was hard to distinguish from the smoke from burning trucks, mutilated after a 17-car pile-up early Thursday morning. Three people were killed. The fog is blamed on drivers with little or no visibility. The site looks like strangely to another fatal pile-up 10 years ago.In 2012, 11 people were killed in crashes when heavy fog combined with smoke from a nearby fire on I-75 near Gainesville.

• WJCT: Fort Mose and other African American historic sites approved for state grants. “A handful of historic sites in the Jacksonville area receive millions in African-American cultural grants from the Florida Department of State. Prizes include more than $900,000 to build a representation of what St. Johns County Fort Mose looked like around 1738, when it was the first legally sanctioned free settlement of former slaves.

• Science: Striking new evidence points to seafood market in Wuhan as origin of pandemic

• World: Russians seize nuclear power plant after attack, Ukrainian officials say

• Politics: Biden wants more COVID relief funds. GOP wants to know where previous relief went

• National: Tens of thousands of Ukrainians can stay in the United States without fear of deportation

• National: ex-officer found not guilty of charges of raiding Breonna Taylor’s apartment

• Healthcare: Purdue Pharma and Sacklers Reach $6 Billion Deal With State Attorneys General

• Sports: NFL and players’ union agree to suspend COVID protocols for 2022 season

• Space: At first, a mysterious rocket part is about to hit the moon – by accident

About Today’s Curator

I am Gregorio Ruiz-Perez, journalist at WUFT. Originally from Naples, Florida, I’ve always loved running to clear my mind. I am a journalism major and part of a team that researches local state news each week that is important to you. Please send your comments on today’s edition of The Point or ideas for stories we may have missed to [email protected]

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