A three judge panel from the DC Circuit Court has dealt a big blow to Obamacare. By a 2-1 vote, the judges ruled that the federal government could not provide health insurance subsidies to people who bought insurance from the federal insurance exchange. If the ruling stands, millions of Americans stand to lose their subsidies.
The second tropical depression of the 2014 hurricane season has formed in the Atlantic Ocean. Tropical depression #2 is currently located over 1100 miles East of the Lesser Antilles. The system is moving West at 16 mph, has maximum sustained winds of 35 mph, and a central pressure of 1012 mb.
The UN’s nuclear agency is reporting that Iran has eliminated all of its 20% enriched uranium as part of a deal made with Western powers. The US is now preparing to unfreeze over $2.8 billion in funds to hold up its end of the bargain. Negotiations are currently under to establish a permanent solution to the Iranian nuclear issue.
The Satsuma school system is looking to improve its athletic facilities. The school board has plans to build a new football stadium and renovate the field house, track, and tennis courts. The plans will be revealed at a public meeting tomorrow at 2:30 PM at the Satsuma Community Center.
After nearly two weeks of bombing the Gaza Strip, Israel sent ground troops into the territory yesterday. Much like previous ground invasions, Israel is aiming to weaken Hamas’ ability to launch rockets against Israeli cities. The Jewish nation is also looking to destroy tunnels from Gaza to Israel.
A Malaysia Airlines passenger jet has crashed over eastern Ukraine, near the Russian border. The flight in question MH17, was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. Approximately 295 people were on board, and all were believed to be lost. Early reports indicate that the plane was shot down by a surface-to-air missile.
Mobile had record low temperatures this morning, hitting a cool 64 degrees. The low temp broke a 128 year old record for the city. The previous record low was 65 degrees, set all the way back in 1886.
Israel and Hamas have agreed to a 5 hour cease fire to commence tomorrow from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. The cease fire was requested by UN special envoy Robert H. Serry. Previous cease fire agreements negotiated by Egypt have been agreed to by Israel, but denied by Hamas. The current truce is to open a “humanitarian window” so aid can be given to residents of Gaza.
Former Mobile County Commissioner Freeman Jockisch has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. Jockisch was arrested back in November by Saraland Police for soliciting a child for sex over the internet. He was found guilty in April.
Mobile Police are investigating the death of a 19 year old girl at the 1400 block of Cloverleaf Circle South. Around 10:30 PM last night, police were called to the scene of a shooting. There they found Selena Edwards, who had suffered a gunshot wound. She was pronounced dead on the scene.