Renee Montagne and Linda Wertheimer has the latest on the Supreme Court's ruling on the Affordable Care Act. The court ruled that the law — with its "individual mandate," or requirement that virtually all Americans buy health insurance — is constitutional.
The law was upheld thanks to Chief Justice John Roberts, who sided with the court's more liberal wing, on a very narrow grounds: Instead of saying Congress has the authority to regulate interstate commerce, they said Congress has the authority to levy taxes. And the penalty for people who do not have health care is a tax and therefore constitutional.
The Supreme Court has just wrapped up its term with one of the most consequential cases in decades.
LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:
The justices have ruled that the landmark health care law that has become a signature of Barack Obama's presidency is largely upheld. The opinions run hundreds of pages. We're looking at all those pages now and we'll bring you detailed news and analysis all morning.
Ohio now has a tougher law against human trafficking. Governor John Kasich signed the law Wednesday in Toledo, a city law enforcement officers consider to be a hotbed of trafficking. Statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen reports.
Columbus Police say a 13-year-old girl driving on Interstate 70 on the South Side rear-ended an unmarked police cruiser early this morning. Both drivers were taken to local hospitals as a precaution. Authorities have not release their names but say the girl will be cited.
Central Ohio Transit Authority officials and the union representing its bus drivers and mechanics have scheduled contract talks for Sunday to resolve the salary issues that are holding up a new deal. The Transport Workers Union rejected a tentative agreement that included raises and higher worker contributions to pensions. COTA's bus drivers and mechanics could walk off the job Monday without a contract. Columbus safety officials have encouraged those who plan on attending the July 3rd fireworks show downtown to carpool in case of a strike.
A memorial service is scheduled today for a U.S. solder from Ohio who disappeared while boating near Hawaii's Big Island nearly 10 years ago. U.S. Army Second Lieutenant Jason Henderson went missing during a fishing trip, months after he was commissioned as an officer in the Hawaii National Guard. The service at a cemetery near Akron will include full military honors.
Two aides at a Columbus school for children with behavioral issues will be fired for their treatment of a student. The Columbus Schools say Fred Harrison and Leslie Polk took a non-violent Beatty Park Elementary School student into a "seclusion room" and restrained him in a dangerous manner last March. The student sustained bruises and scrapes. Both aides say they'll appeal.
The State Auditor and the State Education Department say they will investigate allegations that Columbus schools administrators manipulated attendance records to improve the district's state report card. The district has two weeks to turn over records and communications related to the issue. The records affect state aid to the district.