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Today’s Florida stories
• WUSF-Tampa: One year after the Supreme Court’s ruling on Roe, abortion law in Florida remains uncertain. “In Florida, abortion remains legal up to 15 weeks of pregnancy but a more restrictive six-week ban could take effect pending a case before the Florida Supreme Court.”
• Associated Press: Florida court won’t reinstate prosecutor removed by DeSantis for refusal to prosecute abortion cases. “The (Florida Supreme Court) ruled that Andrew Warren had waited too long to file a petition. In a 6-1 decision, Florida’s highest court rejected the petition brought by Warren, a twice-elected state attorney for Florida’s Hillsborough County in the Tampa area. Warren claimed that DeSantis had misused his power.”
• New York Times ($): Senator Rick Scott Has Been Weighing a Presidential Run. “Mr. Scott, who came to power as governor during the Tea Party wave of 2010, has been discussing a possible campaign for several weeks, according to the people familiar with the talks. Like other recent entries, Mr. Scott appears to be assessing a G.O.P. field in which Mr. DeSantis, with whom Mr. Scott has had a difficult relationship, has lost some support after a series of missteps and unforced errors.”
• Politico: DeSantis won’t say if he’ll support Trump in 2024. “DeSantis, who launched his own presidential campaign last month, was asked whether he would “support” in the wake of Trump’s recent barrage of criticism over the governor’s handling of Covid-19. DeSantis sidestepped that part of the question and instead said Trump was ‘full of it’ for criticizing how DeSantis responded to the Covid-19 pandemic.”
• Gainesville Sun ($): Commission funds legal counsel, prepares to litigate impact of ‘GRU Takeover’ bill. “The (Gainesville City Commission) voted unanimously Thursday to authorize the spending of $250,000 from the GRU utility system reserves fund for the outside counsel of Ackerman, LLP, led by Cindy Laquidara. The decision comes as commissioners brace for Gov. Ron DeSantis to sign House Bill 1645, which will appoint a new five-member governance board to oversee all decisions related to the municipal utility.”
• WCJB: Up to a dozen sinkholes have opened near Jonesville. “They are up to 40 by 100 feet wide and 30 feet deep. The sinkholes appear to be interconnected and remediation plans have been approved.”
• WESH-Orlando: Brightline completes construction between Orlando and South Florida. “The 170-mile stretch of rail now connects Central and South Florida, and Brightline is gearing up to finally begin running routes on the new line. The project broke ground in 2019, about a year after services opened between Miami, to West Palm Beach.”
• WLRN-Miami: This FIU Professor is telling the world about the Miami dialect. “Phillip M. Carter studied the way Miamians speak. And what he found was more than Spanglish. More than an accent. He found Miami has developed its own dialect.”
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