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The Point, June 30, 2023: Parkland deputy acquitted of all charges

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Today's Florida stories

• Associated Press: Deputy acquitted of all charges for failing to act during deadly Parkland school shooting. "A Florida sheriff’s deputy was acquitted Thursday of felony child neglect and other charges for failing to act during the 2018 Parkland school massacre, concluding the first trial in U.S. history of a law enforcement officer for conduct during an on-campus shooting."

• The Alligator: UF to issue parking citations on university vehicles. "A review of vehicular movement on campus showed continuous violations after an initial announcement, according to a statement released by the Office of Business Affairs."

• Florida Politics: Gov. DeSantis signs bill letting businesses to sue local governments, halt ‘arbitrary or unreasonable’ ordinances. "Businesses at odds with local governments over the regulation of everything from noise and plastic straws to the size of cruise ships calling on small seaports will soon have a lot more firepower at their fingertips."

• Mainstreet Daily News: GNV couple share love for travel with community. "There are not many people in the world who can say they have traveled to over 100 countries and gone on a six-month-long cruise across the world. Charles and Diane Jacobson are among the few."

• WMFE-Orlando: Central Florida professors, students react to Supreme Court affirmative action repeal. "Public colleges and universities in Florida since 1999 have been acting under an order issued by then Governor Jeb Bush prohibiting using race as a factor in admissions."

• Mainstreet Daily News: SF College forms ecochallenge team. "The challenge involves community members in an educational challenge intended to improve their awareness and help form habits of reduced plastic consumption."

• WGCU-Fort Myers: Ramifications from harsh anti-immigration laws set to go into effect Saturday already being felt. "More than 1,000 immigrants – those with legal documents and those without – gathered in Fort Myers Wednesday for the first-day of the week-long work stoppage."

• Florida Politics: Gov. DeSantis signs measure to test use of controversial radioactive road material. "Conservation groups are warning against using the material, and the feds reversed course on its advisability after the Donald Trump administration left office."

From NPR News

• Law: Supreme Court guts affirmative action, effectively ending race-conscious admissions

• Technology: AI-generated text is hard to spot. It could play a big role in the 2024 campaign

• Weather: A big swath of the U.S. is under red and purple air quality alerts from Canada's smoke

• National: 16 people are hospitalized after an Amtrak train crashes into a water truck

• Technology: Google says it will start blocking Canadian news stories in response to new law

• Health: Hepatitis C can be cured. So why aren't more people getting treatment?

• Business: Shein invited influencers on an all-expenses-paid trip. Here's why people are livid

• Media: Not coming to a screen near you — viewers will soon feel effects of the writers strike
Kristin Moorehead curated today's edition of The Point.

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