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5 Things To Know on Monday, June 27, 2022

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Posted at 7:11 AM, Jun 27, 2022

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1. State court to rule on Florida 15-week abortion ban lawsuit
A state court is being asked to block a new Florida law which bans most abortions after 15 weeks just days after a conservative U.S. Supreme Court majority overturned a landmark case that had provided constitutional protections for women seeking abortions for almost 50 years.

The American Civil Liberties Union, Planned Parenthood and other reproductive health providers on Monday are asking a Florida judge in Tallahassee to stop the new law from taking effect on Friday.

The civil rights groups and abortion providers argue that an amendment in the Florida constitution guarantees a broad right to privacy, which includes the right to abortion.

State court to decide on Florida 15-week abortion ban

2. President Biden signs gun safety bill following mass shootings
President Joe Biden signed a bipartisan gun safety bill on Saturday that passed through Congress this week following a growing number of mass shootings.

The bill passed by a 234-193 margin with 14 Republicans joining all 220 Democrats in passage.

The Senate approved the bill late Thursday by a 65-34 margin. While the bill had the support of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and 14 other GOP members, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy encouraged House Republicans to vote against it.

President Biden signs gun safety bill following mass shootings

3. 3 areas in the tropics to watch for development
A tropical wave over the open Atlantic now has 90% chance of development in the next 5 days and 70% over the next two days. A tropical depression may form by the middle of the week.

It's expected to race west towards the Lesser Antilles and Caribbean. No direct U.S. impact is expected right now, but we'll be on the lookout for changes.

Another tropical wave in the Eastern Atlantic and a tropical wave in the Gulf of Mexico have low formation chances with just 20% over five days.

3 areas in the tropics to watch for development

4. Brian Laundrie's suicide letter says he ended Gabby Petito's life
The attorney for the family of Brian Laundrie released the contents of a suicide letter Friday. In the letter, Laundrie claimed responsibility for the death of Gabby Petito.

Petito was reported missing on Sept. 11 and her body was found in Wyoming's Bridger-Teton on Sept. 19. Petito's remains were found in Wyoming at the Grand Teton National Park on Sept. 19. Laundrie was then sought by police and his body was found on Oct. 20.

A judge is currently deciding if a lawsuit filed by the parents of Petito against the parents of Laundrie will move forward.

Brian Laundrie's suicide letter says he ended Gabby Petito's life

5. Avalanche dethrone Lightning to win Stanley Cup for third time
The Colorado Avalanche have won the Stanley Cup after dethroning the two-time defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Avalanche beat the Lightning 2-1 on Sunday night in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals behind a goal and an assist from Nathan MacKinnon.

Tampa Bay fell two victories short of becoming the NHL's first three-peat champion since the early 1980s New York Islanders dynasty.

Colorado Avalanche left wing Artturi Lehkonen celebrates after scoring goal on Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 of 2022 NHL Stanley Cup Finals
Colorado Avalanche left wing Artturi Lehkonen celebrates after scoring on Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) during the second period of Game 6 of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals on Sunday, June 26, 2022, in Tampa, Fla.

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Highs in the low 90s, heat index values in the triple digits Monday

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On This Day In History
On June 27, 1950, President Harry S. Truman announces that he is ordering U.S. air and naval forces to South Korea to aid the democratic nation in repulsing an invasion by North Korea.

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