SCOTUS on AZ Immigration Law, Gas Prices Fall, Tropical Storm Debby

Gov. Jan Brewer signs into law Senate Bill 1070 on April 23, 2010.
Gov. Jan Brewer signs into law Senate Bill 1070 on April 23, 2010.

The Supreme Court issued a victory to the Obama Administration today, ruling against Arizona in its fight for tougher immigration laws. The Court upheld part of Arizona's Senate Bill 1070, but reversed a majority of it. In the majority opinion, Justice Antony Kennedy agreed mostly with the federal government, who argued the Arizona law is invalid because federal immigration law trumps state law. Arizona argued the law didn't conflict with immigration law, but matched it almost entirely, with the exception that it encouraged more frequent citizenship checks. The act would have required police to check citizenship status during traffic stops "where reasonable suspicion exists" the person is in the U.S. illegally. It would also have required officers to verify citizenship when people are arrested and put more pressure on employers who hire illegal immigrants.

Average retail gasoline prices in Cleveland have fallen 20.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.40/g Sunday. This compares with the national average that has fallen 7.9 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.45/g, according to gasoline price website  Including the change in gas prices in Cleveland during the past week, prices Sunday were 5.8 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 28.3 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 21.7 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 14.0 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.

After drenching central Florida with heavy Sunday, slow moving tropical storm Debby is expected to continue to move across parts of northern Florida and southeast Georgia. High winds as well as tornadoes and waterspouts were reported across the Florida, killing at least one person. Tropical Storm Debby drenched Florida as the storm continues moves slowly through northern Florida and southern Georgia. Flooding and heavy rains will continue in northern Florida. Although total rain accumulations of 10 to 15 inches are expected, isolated accumulations of up to 25 inches are possible in some areas. The storm will also continue to soak central Florida and southeast Georgia, with total accumulations projected to reach 5 to 10 inches. Accumulations of 10 to 15 inches are also expected in the Florida panhandle.

Julia Tullos, WOIO Assignment Manager