Top Stories of the Week – NBC 6 South Florida

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Here are some of the best stories from last week from NBC 6 News:

Synagogue challenges Florida abortion law over religion

A new Florida law banning abortion after 15 weeks with few exceptions violates Jewish religious freedom rights in addition to the privacy protections of the state constitution, a synagogue claims in a lawsuit.

The lawsuit filed by Congregation L’Dor Va-Dor of Boynton Beach argues that the law that takes effect July 1 violates Jewish teachings, which state that abortion “is required if necessary to protect the health, welfare, mental or physical being of the woman”. and for other reasons.

“As such, the law prohibits Jewish women from practicing their faith without government intrusion and this violates their right to privacy and religious freedom,” says the lawsuit, filed Friday in Leon County Circuit Court. .

The lawsuit adds that people who “do not share the religious views reflected in the act will suffer” and that it “threatens the Jewish people by imposing the laws of other religions on Jews.”

The lawsuit is the second challenge to the 15-week abortion ban enacted earlier this year by the legislature and signed into law by Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. Planned Parenthood and other reproductive health providers also filed a lawsuit earlier this month to block the law from taking effect.

In a previous statement, DeSantis’ office said it “is confident that this law will ultimately withstand all legal challenges.”

The two lawsuits are likely to be consolidated into one case. A hearing on a proposed injunction to block Florida’s abortion law is likely within the next two weeks.

The town of Surfside won’t fly the pride flag on town property, and the new mayor says it’s not about exclusion — but some think otherwise. NBC 6’s Ryan Nelson reports

The town of Surfside does not plan to fly the rainbow flag during Pride month

Surfside Mayor Shlomo Danzinger said the LGBTQ pride flag should not be flown on city property during June, which is Pride Month.

At Tuesday’s committee meeting, Danzinger cited a recent Supreme Court opinion in which the court determined that the City of Boston could not choose to fly certain flags of outside groups while choosing not to. stealing from others, as the flags were not considered government speech.

The flag flew on the Surfside property for the first time in June 2021 after a request made by former commissioner Tina Paul.

“It was an incredible feeling of pride, of fulfillment, of joy,” Paul said.

Surfside spokesman Frank Trigueros said the city does not have a written flag policy.

“…In the past, this only allowed city or government flags, except once in 2021 based on a request from the commissioner,” Trigueros said. “Since this matter arose, the City will bring this matter before the Commission to reaffirm past practices and policies.”

Former Surfside commissioner Eliana Salzhauer spoke out against the flag not being raised.

After months of fighting for a flight refund, a woman called NBC 6 is responding for help.

Woman calls NBC 6 for help with airline ticket refunds

After months of fighting for a flight refund, a woman called NBC 6 is responding for help.

Andrea Barton says traveling is now part of her usual routine. She travels back and forth to New York to help care for her daughter who is undergoing cancer treatment.

“I’ve spent as much time on a plane as you can imagine,” Barton says. “Trying to take care of her, going through treatments, surgery,” Barton said.

In December, she says she booked three tickets on the JetBlue website for a vacation trip with her daughter. She says she canceled it within the company’s 24-hour cancellation period.

But the next day, when she was trying to book another flight with JetBlue, she says an agent told her the trip was still on her account. She says the agency issued a refund at that time, but a few days after the phone call she noticed that her credit card had been charged again for the canceled flights.

“I had to call my credit union, I don’t know how many times…write and call everyone I could to let them know it wasn’t a fair charge,” Barton said.

Barton says his calls to the airline also didn’t resolve the issue.

NBC 6’s Ari Odzer details how several South Florida animal shelters are full

South Florida has an abandoned dog problem: animal shelter officials

Broward County Animal Care, commonly referred to as the Animal Shelter, is full of dogs, and almost all of them are strays.

“We’re over capacity,” said agency director Emily Wood. “Animals left in backyards, animals with overwhelmed guardians that have come out of a fence, that sort of thing, we have almost 120 animals in our building, almost all of them are from situations like this- the.”

Wood says Miami-Dade County is going through the same situation at their shelter.

“A lot of people took the dogs in during covid and when their lives got back to normal they got busy, they had no time for them,” said Lori Jacoby, an animal rescue volunteer.

Jacoby says it’s a sign of the times. Shelter dogs shouldn’t be there, but when rent skyrockets, sometimes pets get left behind when people move out. This appears to be what happened to one of Jacoby’s rescue dogs in Miami.

“He was left tied to the stairwell, a young couple saw him there, left during the night, so they asked the apartment manager, what’s the story with that dog and he said said they were gone, they didn’t want the dog,” Jacoby explained.

Prices are skyrocketing and many are looking for ways to cut their budget. NBC 6 consumer investigator Sasha Jones explains how inflation could impact your decision to retire.

Rising inflation worries some who plan to retire

Prices are on the rise for everything from food to accommodation. This forces many people to tighten their budgets, and some potential retirees might reconsider their plans.

The latest data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that inflation accelerated in May, rising 8.6% from a year ago.

A recent study by the Nationwide Retirement Institute shows that more than one in 10 people nearing retirement age have already postponed or plan to postpone their retirement plans.

“People who were looking to retire because of these factors may reconsider,” said Mihaela Pintea, associate professor of economics at Florida International University.

More people have retired during the COVID-19 pandemic than expected, she said, but rising inflation, changing stock markets and a boiling housing market are creating pause for those looking to retire in the near future.

“Their concern is that if I want to downsize I have to sell, which is a good thing, but I also have to buy, am I going to be able to buy a house for my retirement,” Pintea said.

NBC 6’s Heather Walker reports on the recent exoneration of a man wrongly convicted of murder.

Innocent Miami Man Who Spent Decades In Jail Couldn’t Get Compensation

Imagine spending decades behind bars for a crime you didn’t commit. This is the story of Thomas James, who was recently exonerated after being locked up for 32 years for murder.

Now, as he tries to rebuild his life, he faces another challenge: to be compensated for the years he lost. He is not the only one.

James is just one of many to think the system has failed them yet again after finally proving their innocence.

It was a party on the day of his release in April. The same office that sidelined him decades ago has admitted they made a mistake. But after the cameras left, James had to start over with nothing.

“I’m not mad, I’m hurt,” James said. “I’m hurt by it.”

James moved in with his mother. Everything he has is given.

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