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The Point, June 22, 2022: Florida Law Targeting Social Media Giants Could Be Headed To U.S. Supreme Court

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• WUFT News: UF students express frustration due to ongoing construction projects and campus closures. "UF’s Director of Construction Frank Javaheri said that UF currently has $1 billion worth of projects. Some are in the planning and design stage, while others are already under construction."

• The Gainesville Sun:Gainesville police chief hopes new CADET training program will help fill vacancies. "Gainesville officials have launched a pilot program called the “Community Action via Development Education and Training" (CADET) that looks to recruit and train at-risk local residents, giving them skills to become full-time police officers, firefighters or Gainesville Regional Utility workers. The program also seeks out individuals who are the first in their family to attend college, starting with people as young as 17. The effort it meant to curb the nationwide officer shortage trend. 'We want to grow our own,' Gainesville Interim Police Chief Lonnie Scott said."

• WCJB TV20: Update: Marion County commissioners approve World Equestrian Center development. "The Marion County Commission is considering whether or not to change how the Ocala Jockey Club property can be used. Some residents oppose the proposal."

• CBS4: Where you can get free baby formula in Gainesville. "The need for baby formula continues to spread across North Central Florida. One local church is stepping up to help others receive items they need."

• The Gainesville Sun: No room at the animal shelter in Gainesville. "Alachua County Animal Services has an overflow of dogs and cats that are in need of adoption."

• Ocala Star-Banner: COVID-19 in Marion County: Cases up 37.3% in two weeks, though far below record in January. "The number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise in Marion County, with 1,573 new cases reported for the two-week period ending June 16, according to the Florida Department of Health's latest report, which was released on Friday."

• WCJB TV20: The city of Newberry is getting a new fire chief after the retirement of Ben Buckner. "Former chief Ben Buckner retired last week after 28 years with the city. Vogel previously worked as assistant fire chief for Alachua County Fire Rescue."

• Citrus County Chronicle: Hernando man killed fighting in Ukraine. "The department said Tuesday that Stephen Zabielski of Hernando had died in Ukraine and that it is in touch with his family to provide consular support and assistance."

•  Villages-News: Sumter County administrator among those subpoenaed in Miller perjury case. "Miller was charged with perjury for lying to an investigator looking into alleged violations of the Florida Sunshine Law."

• WFSU: North Florida tech entrepreneurs will soon be served by a large research and development laboratory. "Tallahassee’s Innovation Park will soon be the site of a large laboratory to develop new products and businesses. Many of Tallahassee's public and private sector leaders were on hand for the June 21st groundbreaking for the North Florida Innovation Lab. Lab Director Bill Lickson said, in the past, the closest facility for that kind of work was in Alachua County, 150 miles away."

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Around the state

• WFSU: Florida's fight with social media giants is likely heading to the U.S. Supreme Court. "Attorneys for the state and online-industry groups plan to go to the U.S. Supreme Court in a battle about a 2021 Florida law that would crack down on social-media giants such as Facebook and Twitter, according to new court filings."

• Politico: Federal judge to rule on attempt to block Florida law targeting woke’ lessons. "Lawyers representing a group of parents and educators challenging the so-called “Stop WOKE Act” faced off in court Tuesday."

• The New York Times ($): Inside One Abortion Clinic, Signs of Nationwide Struggles. "The Planned Parenthood clinic in Fort Myers, Fla., has seen an increase in patients arriving from Texas, even as it struggles to keep up with increasing restrictions in its own state."

• WUSF: Florida fights a proposed temporary injunction on the 15-week abortion limit. "Lawyers in Attorney General Ashley Moody’s office filed a 29-page document Monday urging Leon County Circuit Judge John Cooper to reject a request by abortion clinics and a doctor for a temporary injunction against the limit, which Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law in April."

• Tallahassee Democrat ($): Rep. Tant likely to be re-elected without a fight after challenger reportedly disqualified. "In a late evening Juneteenth bombshell, Florida Politics reported that Guy was registered as a non-party affiliated voter until this past April. Florida law requires candidates for a partisan office to affirm under oath they have been a registered member of the party whose nomination they seek for at least a year."

• WMFE: Climate change leads to extreme weather for most Floridians, new study finds. "Attitudes expressed in the study appear to support Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration’s focus on resilience projects."

• NBC6 South Florida: Florida Panel Finds Probable Cause to Revoke Broward Sheriff's Certification. "An FDLE report issued earlier this year said Tony repeatedly lied on his police applications, including failing to disclose that he fatally shot another teenager during a fight when he was 14."

• TCPalm ($): Florida rental assistance: The only statewide relief program is out of money. Now what? "OURFlorida spent over $1.3 billion aiding over 228,000 residents behind on rent or utility payments, but that didn't even scratch the surface."

• WTSP Tampa Bay: Pasco Co. firefighters say commissioners aren't honoring cancer legislation. "Commissioners say they plan to have a litigation meeting about the situation at a later date. Pasco County fire says this fight is not over."

• Spectrum News: Hillsborough school board votes to retire Chamberlain High's "Chiefs" mascot. "The decision comes despite some emotional testimony Tuesday night and an online petition that gathered more than 6,000 signatures."

• First Coast News:Northern Florida man credits dog for $2 million lottery win. "According to a release, Linton got a call that Ivy wasn't feeling well. He says he took a different route home in order to get to her more quickly, but needed to make a pit stop. That's when fate appeared to step in. Linton chose to stop at a Stop N Shop located in Live Oak. The winning ticket was then his. Tiny Ivy's little emergency paid off. Big time."

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About today's curator

I'm Fareeha Haque Abrar, a journalist at WUFT. Originally from North Carolina, I grew up reading Florida stories since moving to Jacksonville at 4 years old. I am a senior journalism major and am a part of a team searching for local and state news each week that's important to you. Please send feedback about today's edition of The Point or ideas for stories we may have missed to fareehaabrar@ufl.edu.

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