The Point, June 12, 2023: See how Florida legislators voted on key issues


Subscribe to The Point, arriving in your inbox Monday through Friday at 8 a.m.

The stories near you

• News Service of Florida: Florida universities see potential and pitfalls of AI on campus. “The University of Florida Board of Trustees, for example, received an update Thursday from the school’s Provost Joe Glover on artificial intelligence, or AI, initiatives at UF.”

• Mainstreet Daily News: GNV plan board pauses on inclusionary zoning. “Recommendations for inclusionary zoning came from the same 2021 HR&A report that started the city down the exclusionary zoning path that the new City Commission just repealed.”

• Ocala Gazette: Bond set for woman accused in death of neighbor. “On Friday, June 9, bond for Lorincz was set at $154,000, according to an email from the Office of the State Attorney, Fifth Judicial Circuit, ‘with the condition that an ankle monitor be worn if the defendant bonds out of jail.'”

• Mainstreet Daily News: County pushes back on PACE program. “Alachua County is considering whether to file suit against a state agency over a home energy loan program that critics say saddles consumers with unaffordable debt.”

• The Alligator: LGBTQ Commissioners bring unique life experiences to local government. “Gainesville City Commissioner Casey Willits and Alachua County Commissioner Mary Alford represent Gainesville as the only two elected officials in the county who are openly a part of the LGBTQ community.”

Today’s sponsored message

Around the state

• Florida Politics: Florida Chamber releases 2023 How They Voted, Legislative Report Card. “The 2023 How They Voted report is a comprehensive review of what passed this Legislative Session, what didn’t, and what remains unfinished business.”

• WMFE-Orlando: Pulse memorial program changes venue, but message remains the same: never forget. “Monday marks seven years since the Pulse nightclub shooting where 49 people lost their lives.”

• Florida Politics: New law makes it easier for unwed Florida fathers to gain custody rights. “Just in time for Father’s Day, a measure that makes it easier for men with children born out of wedlock to be legally known as the child’s parent — with all the rights and responsibilities — is now law.”

• News Service of Florida: Citrus growers await for federal aid; season closes as lowest production in nearly 100 years. “The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Friday released a report that estimated Florida will produce 15.75 million boxes of oranges this season. That would be down from 41.2 million boxes during the 2021-2022 season — a total that itself was the lowest production in decades.”

• NPR: Florida families face confusion after gender-affirming care ban temporarily blocked. “But when he issued his preliminary injunction, Judge Hinkle only listed the three families who filed suit. That’s caused both confusion and hope for other families, and for the medical providers who treat trans youth.”

• Associated Press: The Great Grift: How billions in COVID-19 aid vanished. “An Associated Press analysis found that fraudsters potentially stole more than $280 billion in COVID-19 relief funding; another $123 billion was wasted or misspent. Combined, the loss represents 10% of the $4.2 trillion the U.S. government has so far disbursed in COVID relief aid.”

• WUSF-Tampa: USF professor resurfaces after living underwater for 100 days. “Nicknamed ‘Dr. Deep Sea,’ Dituri broke the record for the longest time living underwater without depressurization on May 13. He was 73 days into his 100-day underwater mission, dubbed Project Neptune 100.”

From NPR News

• Politics: These are the charges Trump was indicted on and what they mean

• National: A section of I-95 in Philadelphia has collapsed after a tanker truck fire

• Science: Coastal biomedical labs are bleeding more horseshoe crabs with little accountability

• Business: Children as young as 12 work legally on farms, despite years of efforts to change law

• World: To rebuild Notre Dame’s fire-ravaged roof, carpenters use centuries-old techniques

• Economy: The U.S. dollar conquered the world. Is it at risk of losing its top spot?

• Health: ‘Anti-dopamine parenting’ can curb a kid’s craving for screens or sweets

Kristin Moorehead curated today’s edition of The Point.

About WUFT News

Contact WUFT News by calling 352-392-6397 or emailing news

Check Also

The Point, Dec. 1, 2023: Convicted felon runs for Alachua County sheriff

Subscribe to The Point, arriving in your inbox Monday through Friday at 8 a.m. The stories …