Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about in Florida today.
Health ruling relieves consumers; GOP states remain critical
The Supreme Court ruling validating federal health insurance subsidies for nearly 6.4 million Americans wasn’t just a major victory for President Obama’s signature health law. It also had consumers breathing a sigh of relief that they would be able to afford their policies. At issue in the case were the subsidies given by the federal government to consumers in the 34 states that relied on the federal health insurance exchange. A handful of words in the federal Affordable Care Act suggested the subsidies were to go only to consumers using exchanges operated by the states. In its 6-3 ruling, the high court said those subsidies did not depend on where people live.
Scott drops Medicaid expansion, hospital funds lawsuit
Florida Gov. Rick Scott is dropping a lawsuit against the Obama administration after reaching an agreement over federal hospital funds. State and federal health officials reached an agreement in principle earlier this week to continue funding Florida’s hospital low-income pool for two more years, but at a lower cost. Florida will receive $1 billion this year — about half of what the state had been receiving — and $600 million next year. In a statement Thursday, Scott said his lawsuit was essential to getting the funds extended. Scott’s lawsuit accused the federal government of tying the funds to whether or not the state expanded Medicaid.
Univision drops Miss USA pageant over Donald Trump comments
Univision is dropping the Miss USA pageant and says it will cut all business ties with Donald Trump over comments he made about Mexican immigrants. The network said Thursday it will not air the July pageant and has ended its business relationship with the Miss Universe Organization, which produces the Miss USA pageant, due to what it called “insulting remarks about Mexican immigrants” by Trump, a part owner of Miss Universe. During his presidential campaign kickoff speech last week, Trump accused Latino immigrants of bringing drugs, crime and rapists to the U.S. He called for building a wall along the southern border of the U.S. Trump says he was only criticizing U.S. policies concerning Mexico, not its people. He says Univision is in default of a five-year contract.
Pensacola removes Confederate flag from city property
The Confederate flag known as the Stars and Bars will no longer be displayed on city of Pensacola property. Pensacola is known as “The City of Five Flags” in tribute to the city’s past under Spanish, French, British, Confederate and Unites States rulers. Displays at the city’s main post office and elsewhere have long featured each of the flags, including the original flag of the Confederacy known the Star and Bars. The flag is not as recognizable as the Confederate battle flag, but it remains a symbol of the Confederacy.
Florida killer of female prison guard loses another appeal
A Florida inmate who killed a female guard and a fellow prisoner has lost another round of appeals for his double murder conviction and death sentence. The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday ruled against Dwight T. Eaglin. He already was serving a life sentence for murder at Charlotte Correctional Institution in southwest Florida when he beat the two victims to death with a sledgehammer in 2003. Darla Kay Lathrem was the state’s first female correctional officer killed in the line of duty.