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Capital Report: June 28, 2024

A Florida law banning most abortions after six-weeks has been in place for about two months. Abortion access advocates say it’s putting women in danger. Some doctors are hesitant to use an exception in the law that allows for care to save the life of the mother and some pregnant people have been forced to travel out of the state. Regan McCarthy reports Earlier this week advocates used the anniversary of the fall of Roe v. Wade to encourage Floridians to take action.

Survivors of two infamous, and now-closed reform schools in Florida are set to receive compensation for the abuse they suffered as children. Tristan Wood reports the move comes after more than a decade of advocacy from survivors. And this advisory: details in this story may be disturbing to some listeners.

Nonprofit arts and culture organizations expected to tap into 32 million dollars in grants from the state starting next month. Not anymore. Governor Ron DeSantis vetoed that funding from the upcoming state budget. Now organizations statewide are scrambling to prevent staff layoffs, cuts to programming, or even shutting down altogether. WLRN's Wilkine Brutus reports.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today [Friday] cities can enforce bans on the unhoused population sleeping outside. The ruling comes as a Florida law goes into effect in October that blocks people from sleeping in public places. homeless advocates say punishing people who need a place to sleep would criminalize homelessness. For the last two months, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office has been tracking where the unhoused are sleeping. WMNF’s Chris Young spoke with Tampa Bay Times reporter Justin Garcia about a list he received with homeless people’s names and the agencies tracking them. The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office declined a request for an interview. But did give a statement that says: “In order to have the outreach to the affected homeless population we need to know where they are”.

Gov. Ron DeSantis has just signed a controversial measure allowing people to kill bears on their property if they feel threatened. It takes effect July 1st. But as Margie Menzel reports, a film being made in the Panhandle shows we have a lot to learn about the Florida black bear.

Finally tonight, Florida is making efforts to combat antisemitism. The Governor signed bills into law implementing more school security for Jewish Day Schools and revised the state’s definition for “antisemitism.” Adrian Andrews has more on the legislation.