The Point, June 2, 2023: Florida members of Congress split on debt ceiling compromise

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• Florida Storms: Tropical disturbance in Gulf will keep organizing and impacting Florida into this weekend. “The area of low pressure is becoming better organized and now has a 50% chance of tropical formation.”

• Mainstreet Daily News: Gainesville City Commission resets zoning. “The Gainesville City Commission voted 4-3 on a housing and zoning reset at its Thursday meeting, officially repealing three ordinances that opened single-family zoning to other uses and sparked community action in support and dissent.”

• The Alligator: Guns stolen from Gainesville Big Daddy Guns, two unidentified burglars still at large. “Sheriffs are looking for two people who stole several firearms from Big Daddy Guns in Gainesville early Thursday morning.”

• WCJB: Bradford Elementary School opening delayed. “This week Bradford County School District officials sent out a letter saying the Bradford Elementary School won’t be finished until September and students won’t begin class there until after Thanksgiving Break.”

• Mainstreet Daily News: ACPS to offer free summer meals. “The Summer Meals Program offers children 18 years old or younger free breakfast and lunch during the summer. The program will run from June 5 with some sites staying open until July 21.”

• WFLA-Tampa: Tampa student-athlete overcomes learning disability, gets full ride to UF. “A Wharton High School student-athlete is graduating after overcoming a learning disability and behavioral issues he has faced since elementary school.”


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• News Service of Florida: Florida governor signs bill to help catch drivers who illegally pass school buses. “Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday signed a bill that will allow school districts to use cameras designed to capture images of drivers who illegally pass school buses.”

• WUSF-Tampa: Florida medical board may pass a rule to reduce disruptions caused by the gender-affirming care law. “Transgender patients say their doctors have been holding off on prescribing treatments as they wait for new consent forms. Medical boards are proposing to allow them to continue for now.”

• Florida Politics: Here’s how Florida’s congressional delegation voted on the debt limit compromise. “Congress got a debt plan through. But the Fiscal Responsibility Act divided the Florida congressional delegation. The bipartisan bill ultimately passed on a 314-117 vote, Republicans split 149-71 on the deal, and Democrats 165-46.”

• WMFE-Orlando: Are drug shortages part of the new healthcare norm? “The Food and Drug Administration lists over 120 drugs that are in short supply, ranging from chemotherapy drugs to breathing medication. A recent Senate report found drug shortages increased by 30% from 2021 to 2022.”

• Florida Politics: Florida native journalist Aimee Sachs dies at 38, but leaves a courageous legacy of giving life to others. “Aimee Nicole Sachs, 38, one of Florida’s native bright lights in journalism — for sports, courts, and politics — died Wednesday, May 31, after suffering a pair of strokes in the past two weeks.”

• News Service of Florida: State tourism agency has a plan to draw visitors to Florida. “Visit Florida staff members have crafted a tourism-marketing plan intended to combat increased competition from states that in the past few years imposed tougher COVID-19 restrictions.”

• NPR: A 14-year-old from Florida wins the National Spelling Bee. “Shah’s winning word was ‘psammophile,’ a noun that is used to describe animals and plants that prefer to live in sandy soil environments, according to Merriam-Webster.”


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• Law: Unions are relieved as the Supreme Court leaves the right to strike intact

• National: 10 states and scores of local governments sue FEMA over higher flood insurance rates

• Politics: Senate sends debt ceiling legislation to President Biden’s desk with days to spare

• Weather: Bad weather dealt a heavy blow to Georgia peach crops

• Business: Amazon must pay over $30 million over claims it invaded privacy with Ring and Alexa

• History: When she won the first national spelling bee, Marie C. Bolden dealt a blow to racism

• Business: Dancers at a Los Angeles topless bar become the country’s first unionized strippers

• National: Tourist pleads guilty for handling a Yellowstone bison calf, leading to its death

Kristin Moorehead curated today’s edition of The Point.

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