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The Point, July 6, 2022: Florida's 15-week abortion ban is back in place after a judge blocked it

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Today's Florida stories

• Associated Press: Florida 15-week abortion ban reinstated after legal appeal. "Florida’s new 15-week abortion ban was blocked and then quickly reinstated Tuesday after an appeal from the state attorney general in a lawsuit challenging the restriction. Judge John C. Cooper issued the order temporarily halting the law after reproductive health providers argued that the state constitution guarantees the right to the procedure. The state quickly appealed his order, automatically putting the law back into effect."

• WMFE-Orlando: A new highway once again threatens the historic African American community of Royal. "No matter which proposed route you look at, the northern extension of Florida’s Turnpike could destroy the African American community of Royal in Sumter County. And while the Florida Department of Transportation now says it will tweak the routes to minimize the impact, residents are worried."

• Gainesville Sun ($): 3 more inmates sentenced for election-related crimes in local voter fraud investigation. "The three men are among the 10 charged by the state attorney's office for election-related crimes. Each registered to vote or cast a ballot for the 2020 general election following a voter drive held by the Alachua County Supervisor of Elections Office that occurred at the county jail after the passage of Amendment 4."

• City & State Florida: Experts question science behind Florida's decision to not order COVID vaccines for kids. "Florida is the only state that hasn’t ordered COVID-19 vaccines for kids under 5, butting heads with the federal government and reducing vaccine access to hundreds of thousands of families. The Florida Department of Health decided to not recommend the vaccines for children, and some experts say the rationale behind the department’s decision is based on misinterpretations and misrepresentations of the studies they cited and issues they discussed in their guidance in March."

• Lakeland Ledger ($): Giant African snail spotted in Florida: What we know about most damaging snail in the world. "A giant African snail sighting in Florida enacted a quarantine over parasite concerns. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services confirmed a giant African land snail was spotted in New Port Richey on June 23."

• WLRN-Miami: Monkeypox cases are growing in South Florida. Here's what you should know. "The nationwide monkeypox outbreak continues to grow. Dozens of those cases have been detected in South Florida — mostly in Broward County — and those numbers are believed to be an undercount."

• WFSU-Tallahassee: Gadsden County sees a deadly spike in fentanyl overdoses. "The DEA issued a warning in April about mass overdose events happening around the country due to the powerful opioid. It’s often mixed into other drugs – unbeknownst to the users. Gadsden County Sheriff Morris Young says the weekend overdoses are believed to be connected to marijuana or cocaine being laced with fentanyl."

• Florida Politics: State changing abortion reporting rules to reflect 15-week ban. "All providers who terminate pregnancies are required to electronically submit reports detailing the number of abortions they provided in a month, the method of abortion performed and the number of live births. The forms also have providers reporting to the state information about their patients’ ages, marital status, education levels and reasons for having an abortion."

• News4Jax: ‘We really did give a damn’: Scarlett O’Hara’s, Dos Gatos in St. Augustine close doors. "Scarlett’s writes that many factors brought it to this point. ' much as we’ve fought the fight, at the end of the day skyrocketing costs, the pandemic’s (lingering effect) on tourism and the natural change of guests’ tastes have won the day.'"

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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

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