The Point, June 28, 2023: State attorneys ask judge to dismiss federal Disney lawsuit


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Today’s Florida stories

• WUFT News: Gainesville moving forward with gun violence prevention task force. “Commissioners agree that it is needed, but also expressed concern with city staff taking on more work as budget cutting eliminates some positions.”

• Associated Press: DeSantis, appointees to Disney World governing board ask that Disney lawsuit be dismissed. “Attorneys for Gov. Ron DeSantis, a state agency and his appointees to a revamped board that governs Disney World are asking a judge to dismiss a federal lawsuit in which Disney claims its free speech rights were violated by the takeover of its governing district.”

• Ocala Gazette: Family and attorneys of AJ Owens speak after formal charges filed against her alleged killer. “The attorneys for the family of Ajike ‘AJ’ Owens say her surviving loved ones are ‘extremely disappointed’ in the lack of a second-degree murder charge against Susan Lorincz, but they will continue to fight for the highest possible sentence for the manslaughter charge Owens’ alleged killer is facing.”

• WFSU-Tallahassee: Latino voter registration groups sue over Florida’s new elections law. “They claim the new law — SB 7050 — will significantly reduce the number of voters they’re able to register. They’re seeking a preliminary injunction to block the law from taking effect on July 1.”

• WCJB: Commissioners criticize UF Health for moving groundbreaking event virtual. “The in-person groundbreaking was moved to a virtual event due to a forecast of bad weather. Commissioners Anna Prizzia and Ken Cornell are unhappy with the way the event for the health clinic in East Gainesville was handled.”

• News Service of Florida: Judge refuses to block new state law regarding union due deductions. “Just days before the change is slated to take effect, a Leon County circuit judge this week refused to block part of a new state law that will prevent government employees from having union dues deducted from their paychecks.”

• WUFT News: How fish are helping to control the mosquito population in Alachua County. “It’s the insect Floridians love to hate and a challenge for the state’s mosquito control programs to overcome.”

• Florida Politics: Gov. DeSantis approves move to decriminalize fentanyl test strips in Florida. “The measure (SB 164), which both chambers of the Legislature approved unanimously, simply removes fentanyl test strips from Florida’s list of banned drug paraphernalia.”

From NPR News

• Law: Supreme Court rejects Independent State Legislature theory, but leaves door ajar

• Law: Negligence, staff failures led to Jeffrey Epstein’s suicide, a DOJ report says

• National: Guantánamo Bay detainees continue to face ‘inhuman’ treatment, U.N. investigator finds

• National: Over $200 billion in pandemic business loans appear to be fraudulent, a watchdog says

• National: Thousands of LGBTQ veterans have yet to receive the military benefits they’re owed

• Climate: A meteorologist got threats for his climate coverage. His new job is about solutions

• History: That’s no pizza: A wall painting found in Pompeii doesn’t depict Italy’s iconic dish

Kristin Moorehead curated today’s edition of The Point.

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