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Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare Subsidies

In a major win for the Obama administration, the Supreme Court is upholding taxpayer subsidies in the Affordable Care Act. The case involved federal subsidies for low-income patients in nearly three-dozen states that have not set up health insurance exchanges. The federal government runs exchanges in those states. More than six-million people could have lost their health insurance coverage if the high court had ruled for the plaintiffs. The other closely-watched case this week involves the legality of efforts by some states to prohibit same-sex marriage.

Funerals For Charleston Church Shooting Victims Begin Today

Two of the nine people killed in last week’s mass shooting at a Charleston, South Carolina church are being laid to rest today. Funerals are being held today for Reverend Sharonda Coleman-Singleton and Ethel Lance. The 45-year-old Coleman-Singleton was an assistant pastor at Emanuel AME Church, where a gunman opened during a Bible study. The 70-year-old Lance was a sexton at the historic black church.

Hogan Approves Construction Of Purple Line

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan is giving his stamp of approval to the construction of the Purple Line. Hogan today said he is not opposed to mass transit and that the Purple Line is a longterm investment. The Purple Line is a proposed light rail line that would run 16 miles between Bethesda and New Carrollton. The governor added, however, that Baltimore’s proposed east-west Red Line light rail will not be built as is currently designed. Meanwhile, Governor Hogan announced nearly two-billion-dollars in highway and bridge improvement projects including major upgrades for I-270 and Route 404 on the Eastern Shore.

2015 NBA Draft Tonight In Brooklyn

The 2015 NBA Draft tips off tonight. The Minnesota Timberwolves hold the first overall pick and are expected to take Kentucky big man Karl-Anthony Towns. The Los Angeles Lakers will have the second pick, followed by the Philadelphia 76ers and New York Knicks. ESPN is airing the draft from New York’s Barclays Center at 7:00 pm Eastern.

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Harold T. Fisher is a broadcast journalist and author. He is currently the host of the news/talk program, “The Daily Drum” on WHUR-FM and H-U-R Voices, Sirius/XM Channel 141. Highlights of his journalism campaigns include the aftermath of the earthquake in Port Au Prince, Haiti; coverage of the 2008 Democratic and Republican conventions; the Jena 6 protests in central Louisiana; the Midwestern floods of 1994 and hurricane Andrew in 1992.

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