The Two-Way
10:56 am
Fri June 26, 2015

Roberts: 'Celebrate Today's Decision ... But Do Not Celebrate The Constitution'

U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, followed by Justice Antonin Scalia, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., in 2013
Win McNamee AP

Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 1:40 pm

Updated at 11:49 a.m. ET

The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that states cannot keep same-sex couples from marrying and must recognize their unions. Those dissenting were the court's four conservative justices: Chief Justice John Roberts, Justice Antonin Scalia, Justice Clarence Thomas and Justice Samuel Alito.

Roberts' Rationale

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News
10:20 am
Fri June 26, 2015

Court Upholds Same Sex Marriage

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The Supreme Court declared Friday that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States.

Gay and lesbian couples already can marry in Florida and 35 other states and the District of Columbia. The court's 5-4 ruling means the remaining 14 states, in the South and Midwest, will have to stop enforcing their bans on same-sex marriage.

The outcome is the culmination of two decades of Supreme Court litigation over marriage, and gay rights generally.

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Making Sense of the Media
10:00 am
Fri June 26, 2015

Making Sense of Paying News Sources

Wikileaks Wanted Poster

Wikileaks is offering a $100,000 bounty for the text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. We talk with Kelly McBride of The Poynter Institute about when it's okay to pay news sources.

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Off The Base
8:51 am
Fri June 26, 2015

Help Promised To WWII Mustard Gas Vet

John and Joan Tedesco stand before a wall of World War II memorabilia including John's Navy photograph and military ribbons and medals.
Bobbie O'Brien WUSF Public Media

This week - NPR revealed that 60,000 World War II veterans were exposed to mustard gas while training in the U.S. and some are currently living in the Tampa Bay region.

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News
8:45 am
Fri June 26, 2015

AG Bondi, Human Trafficking Council Identify Areas That Still Need Work

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi speaking during Thursday's Statewide Council on Human Trafficking, while Martin County Sheriff William Snyder, among other panel members, listens.

Originally published on Thu June 25, 2015 7:10 pm

While the state has made new strides in efforts to combat human trafficking, a statewide panel convened by Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi says there are still areas that need some work.

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News
8:37 am
Fri June 26, 2015

Children's Program Boost Makes Budget

Originally published on Thu June 25, 2015 8:57 am

After worries about cuts earlier in the year, $13 million is being added to the state’s Early Steps program, which serves babies and toddlers with developmental disabilities or delays.

House and Senate budget negotiators initially agreed on $3 million for Early Steps -- and Senate President Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando, added $10 million to the program as legislative leaders finished hammering out a $78.7 billion budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1.

Gov. Rick Scott included the program in his final budget, signed Tuesday.

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Health News Florida
8:36 am
Fri June 26, 2015

100,000 Need Power for Medical Devices

Nearly 18,000 Central Florida residents need power for medical devices.

Originally published on Thu June 25, 2015 8:52 am

More than 100,000 Floridians depend on electrical power to keep life-saving medical devices running, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The interactive map released Tuesday shows that nationwide, 1.6 million Medicare patients need power for medical devices.

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Health News Florida
8:36 am
Fri June 26, 2015

Free HIV Tests Being Offered Across Florida

Originally published on Thu June 25, 2015 2:17 pm

Saturday is National HIV Testing Day. In the lead up, groups across Florida are offering free tests for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.

  Many Florida Department of Health offices are conducting simple blood tests for HIV and syphilis.

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Law & Order
3:34 pm
Thu June 25, 2015

Tampa Council Cannot Sue for I-275 Expansion

Tampa Heights residents are opposed to an I-275 expansion.
Credit By Ben Ostrowsky via Wikimedia Commons

Tampa city council members learned Thursday they can not sue the state for its planned widening of Interstate 275. 

 

Council members wanted to know if they could sue to stop the Florida Department of Transportation from adding an express lane through Tampa Heights.

 Tampa City attorney Sal Territo said only people can sue, not another governmental body.

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It's All Politics
11:55 am
Thu June 25, 2015

'Judicial Tyranny' To 'A Great Day,' Candidates React To Health Care Ruling

"Today's decision only reinforces why we need a president who will bring about real reform," Sen. Ted Cruz said Thursday.
Susan Walsh AP

Originally published on Thu June 25, 2015 2:49 pm

Following the Supreme Court health care ruling to uphold subsidies nationwide, President Obama said Thursday that the Affordable Care Act is "here to stay."

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The Two-Way
11:55 am
Thu June 25, 2015

Obama: Affordable Care Act Is 'Here To Stay'

President Obama delivers remarks in the Rose Garden after the U.S. Supreme Court's 6-3 ruling to uphold the nationwide availability of tax subsidies that are crucial to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
Gary Cameron Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Thu June 25, 2015 1:28 pm

Updated at 1:25 p.m. ET

President Obama, commenting on the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling today to uphold a key provision of his signature health care law, said after numerous challenges, the Affordable Care Act has been "woven into the fabric of America" and "is here to stay."

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Health News Florida
10:21 am
Thu June 25, 2015

HealthCare.gov Subsidies Safe in Florida

U.S. Supreme Court

Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 11:49 am

The U.S. Supreme Court decision on health subsidies keeps intact the way more than 1 million Floridians buy and pay for insurance through HealthCare.gov.

People like Phil Ammann. After nearly a decade without insurance, the St. Petersburg resident on Thursday was thrilled by the news. A $300 subsidy means he pays just $93 a month for coverage.

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Culture
6:48 am
Thu June 25, 2015

Tampa Bay Lightning Win Top GM Honor

Lightning General Manager Steve Yzerman
Credit Tampa Bay Lightning

Although the Tampa Bay Lightning fell just shy of winning hockey's coveted Stanley Cup - the team's general manager captured top honors Wednesday night.

The Lightning's Steve Yzerman was voted the National Hockey League's general manager of the year and received the trophy at the NHL's Awards Show in Las Vegas.

The league's 30 club general managers, a panel of NHL executives, print and broadcast media voted on the award at the conclusion of the Second Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The final voting totals include points for first, second and third place.

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Culture
3:22 pm
Wed June 24, 2015

Bigger Gains Expected from St. Pete Pride

World Pride 2012 in London.
Credit "WorldPride 2012 - 164" by Tom Morris via Wikimedia Commons

St. Pete Pride, the annual LGBT celebration in downtown St. Petersburg is here for it's 13th year and organizers expect a $15-20 million economic impact. 

"We've seen hotels throughout downtown St. Pete just booking like crazy," executive director of St. Pete Pride, Eric Skains said. "A lot of them are sold out. The typical ones are already sold out and a few are booking up quickly that really normally don't."

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World War II Secret Mustard Gas Testing
1:59 pm
Wed June 24, 2015

Lawmakers Promise To Take Action After NPR's Mustard Gas Exposure Report

Originally published on Wed June 24, 2015 12:41 pm

This week, NPR has been reporting on World War II veterans who were exposed to mustard gas. The men were used as test subjects in secret experiments conducted by the U.S. military.

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