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June 24, 2022

The U.S. Supreme Court has overturned Roe V. Wade. The decision removes the federal right to abortion care and hands decisions about abortion access to individual states. In Florida, a law that bans most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy is set to go into effect July first. Regan McCarthy reports the American Civil Liberties Union and other reproductive rights groups have filed a lawsuit to block it. A hearing in THAT case is set for Monday.

Former Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum pleaded not guilty to fraud charges this week after a 21-count federal grand jury indictment against him was unsealed. Gillum is accused of lying to the F-B-I and pocketing campaign contributions. As Valerie Crowder reports, the charges are rock bottom for Gillum, who was a rising star in Florida politics until allegations of corruption emerged...

Republicans dominate Florida’s government. Blue Dog Democrats are thin on the ground. Republicans fear being called RINOs -- Republican in Name Only. But has the state gone red for good? Margie Menzel reports.

The Everglades are getting record spending from the Biden administration. That includes a more than 1 (B) billion dollar allocation that the administration characterizes as the single largest investment ever in Everglades restoration. To understand where the money is going, WMFE environmental reporter Amy Green talked with Shannon Estenoz (ES-teh-nez), assistant secretary in the Department of the Interior.

Today [6/24] marks a year since the tragic Surfside condo collapse that killed 98 people. Law enforcement, rescue teams and faith leaders were among the first to respond to the scene. WLRN’s Luis Hernandez spoke with Rabbi Yossi [yah-see] Harlig [har-lig]. He is a chaplain with the Miami Dade County Police Department and director of the Chabad Center of Kendall and Pinecrest. He started by explaining Jewish tradition to honor lost loved ones.

Florida’s First Lady has launched a recruitment effort urging veterans and former law enforcers to fill a void at DCF - the Florida Department of Children and Families. Casey DeSantis chose Eglin Air Force Base in the panhandle this week to announce the initiative. Gina Jordan reports on the new program, called “Continue the Mission.”