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Florida, other states lose Supreme Court case against Obamacare
The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a challenge by Florida and 17 other states to the Affordable Care Act, leaving intact the law that has helped more than 2 million Floridians obtain subsidized health insurance this year. The court, in a 7-2 decision, did not opine on the crux of arguments by Florida and other plaintiffs that the law was unconstitutional after Congress in 2017 eliminated a financial penalty for people who didn’t carry mandated coverage. More from the News Service of Florida.
Fast-spreading COVID variant from India reported in Florida
The highly aggressive delta variant first detected in India has surfaced in Florida, just as national leaders warn it could soon become the dominant COVID-19 strain in the U.S. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s COVID tracker shows Florida has at least 72 cases of the variant as of June 15. Federal health officials have labeled Delta a “variant of concern,” a designation given to strains that show evidence of increased transmissibility or that cause a more severe disease. More from the South Florida Sun-Sentineland Health News Florida.
Tropical storm warning extends to Florida’s Panhandle
For the developing storm known as Potential Tropical Cyclone 3, the projected range includes the Florida Panhandle, and its outer winds are expected reach Louisiana’s coast today. The National Hurricane Center extended its tropical-storm warning from Intracoastal City, Louisiana to the Alabama/Florida border including the Okaloosa-Walton county line, the NHC said in its 8 a.m. update. The warning also includes Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Maurepas, and Metropolitan New Orleans to the west. More from the Orlando Sentinel.
Algae task force to gather in West Palm; meeting follows city's toxic water emergency
Florida’s Blue-Green Algae Task Force will convene in West Palm Beach next week in its first meeting in Palm Beach County and a month after a cyanotoxin emergency left the city’s tap water undrinkable by some vulnerable populations. West Palm Beach's battle with a toxin produced by the Cylindrospermopsis cyanobacterium, also known as blue-green algae, will likely be on the agenda for discussion June 23, but if it’s not, one member said he plans to make it an issue. More from the Palm Beach Post.
Tampa’s Sykes Enterprises to be sold in $2.2 billion deal
Sykes Enterprises, one of the largest public companies in the Tampa Bay area, is being sold to a private Miami company in a deal worth $2.2 billion. The Tampa company, which provides corporate services like customer assistance and technical support, will be sold to Sitel Group, a global customer service firm, in an all-cash deal worth $54 per share, a 31.2 percent premium over Thursday’s stock price. More from the Tampa Bay Times.
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At Val’s GF Cafe in Boca Raton, gluten-free dining has an Argentinean twist
When Valentina Suez’s doctor told her she had celiac disease and could no longer eat traditional bread products, she immediately thought of the beloved Argentinean pastries she grew up with and would have to give up. “I love everything sweet,” said Suez, 53, a Buenos Aires native who was diagnosed in 2002, shortly after giving birth to her daughter Mia. “I started experimenting to see if I could make them myself."
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