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Capital Report: June 9, 2023

Florida’s bans on gender affirming care have been temporarily blocked. Regan McCarthy reports while the injunction focuses on three kids involved in the case, legal experts say the court found the bans are likely unconstitutional. Meaning that the bans shouldn’t be enforced as the case moves forward and that, at least for now, transgender kids should be able to access healthcare such as puberty blockers and hormone therapy.

The Florida Supreme Court is hearing a case that challenges the state’s 15-week abortion ban, even though one justice may have a conflict of interest. One expert says nothing requires Justice Charles Canady to remove himself from the case, but ethically, the situation doesn’t look great, as WMNF’s (tuh-LEE-uh Van SIS-teen) reports.

Efforts to ban books around the country are leading to a new wave of censorship that the American Library Association has called “unprecedented”. Most of the books being targeted are by and about LGBTQ people and people of color … and Florida schools are at the center of the fight. Now readers around the state are asking how they can push back … to keep books on shelves. WLRN’s Kate Payne reports.

Several groups interested in preserving democracy are learning about white supremacist activities in Florida. They held a virtual meeting this week, as WGCU’s Cary Barbor reports.

The University of South Florida’s St. Petersburg campus is the new home of a repository for human trafficking data in Florida. WUSF’s Meghan Bowman tells us the facility has a goal to disrupt trafficking and help victims.

Rural communities are preparing for a much-needed makeover to their infrastructure thanks to a new Florida law signed by the governor on Monday. The law means the state’s fiscally constrained counties wouldn’t have to come out of pocket to pay for costly infrastructure projects and repairs. Adrian Andrews has more.

Increasing polarization among Democrats and Republicans is reviving calls for a third political party -- that doesn't cater to the extreme right or left. Enter the Forward Party, co-chaired by former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang. WUSF's Steve Newborn asked Yang what his new party brings to the table and how it could impact Florida.

A new app developed by a Florida attorney aims to empower young people in the foster care system. It provides easy access to information about their benefits and their rights. WMFE’s Joe Byrnes reports the FosterPower app addresses a big concern among advocates and foster youth.

It’s still early in the new hurricane season, and Florida’s newer residents might find themselves experiencing a hurricane for the first time this year. Florida Public Radio meteorologist Megan Borowski says the best cure for any storm-related anxiety is to learn the terminology. She spoke with WMFE’s Danielle Prieur (prior).