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The Point, April 14, 2023: DeSantis signs 6-week abortion ban

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• WUFT News: Abortion rights activists lament six-week abortion ban approved by Florida Legislature. "Senate Bill 300, a bill sponsored by Sen. Erin Grall (R-Vero Beach), provides exceptions to the six-week ban for up to 15 weeks for victims of rape, incest or if the woman’s life is at serious risk."

• WUFT News: Santa Fe High School girls’ soccer coach Ricardo Morales defies youth stigma. "On a day destined for final goodbyes, Ricardo Morales’ prismatic cleats were symbolic of his energy and enthusiasm as he led team warmups in giggled German."

• WUFT News: Defendant in 2021 Swamp Car Wash murder case pleads guilty to manslaughter charge. "The man accused of murdering 36-year-old Bobby Bernard Hopkins in May 2021 at a car wash in east Gainesville pleaded guilty on Thursday morning to a manslaughter charge."

• Florida Storms: CSU forecast: Slightly below average hurricane season predicted for 2023. "If the forecast pans out, it will be the first season since 2014, almost 10 years ago, with below-normal activity."

• WUFT News: Monkey Island receives close to $100,000 for repairs. "Three monkeys call a historic island deep in Homosassa, Citrus County, home. But they’ve been relocated to Brooksville since their home is in disrepair."

• WUFT News: Residential ordinance lawsuit brought by realtors against city of Gainesville to continue. "The lawsuit, filed in the Eighth Judicial Circuit Court for Alachua County, comes after the city of Gainesville adopted a new rental ordinance in April 2021 that introduced efficiency guidelines and random mandatory inspections for rental properties in Gainesville to ensure standards were being followed."

• WUFT News: Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation falls short of fundraising goal at spring open house. "The Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation hoped to raise $20,000 at a March fundraiser. But donations from the foundation’s open house have fallen short of the goal, which is putting a strain on supplies and employees, said Christine Janks, the group’s president and co-founder."

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Around the state

• NPR: Florida governor signs bill banning abortion after 6 weeks of pregnancy. "The six-week ban will take effect only if the state's current 15-week ban is upheld in an ongoing legal challenge that is before the state Supreme Court, which is controlled by conservatives."

• Florida Politics: House passes supermajority jury verdict execution bills. "Two bills that would allow a supermajority jury decision to suffice for state executions were passed by the Florida House Thursday."

• WLRN-Miami: Health care providers worry judge ruling imperils preventive HIV drug. "A federal judge’s ruling last month to eliminate free coverage for many basic preventive care services and medications under the Affordable Care Act has health care providers nationwide concerned about its potential implications for patients."

• WFSU-Tallahassee: Democrats react to Florida lawmakers' proposed budget. "The Republican-led Florida House and Senate have passed record high budgets for the upcoming fiscal year, with each one totaling about $113 billion. Negotiations are underway."

• Tampa Bay Times ($): City of Largo sold contaminated fertilizer for months, records show. "More than a year after Mushaben raised red flags, both the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Florida environment regulators are lobbing penalties at the city after an investigation proved the city illegally sold more than 1,000 tons of contaminated fertilizer."

• WFSU-Tallahassee:Florida State University reaches a milestone at an archeological dig in Italy. "Florida State University students have been conducting archeological digs at Cetamura del Chianti in Italy since 1973. Their work is atop a hill in Tuscany."

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Kristin Moorehead curated today's edition of The Point.

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