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Guzzlers of super-sized sodas, rejoice. Your drinks are safe.
New York’s highest court ruled Thursday not to reinstate a ban on big sodas. The state’s Court of Appeals said the city’s health department overstepped its bounds by restricting the sale of sodas larger than 16 ounces.
The ban originated in May 2012 when then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg was looking for ways to combat obesity and other health conditions. It would have applied to restaurants, delis, movie theaters, stadiums and street carts. That brought swift lawsuits from restaurants, theater owners and beverage companies, who argued the city didn’t have the authority to implement the ban.
Lorna Baldwin is an Emmy and Peabody award winning producer at the PBS NewsHour. In her two decades at the NewsHour, Baldwin has crisscrossed the US reporting on issues ranging from the water crisis in Flint, Michigan to tsunami preparedness in the Pacific Northwest to the politics of poverty on the campaign trail in North Carolina. Farther afield, Baldwin reported on the problem of sea turtle nest poaching in Costa Rica, the distinctive architecture of Rotterdam, the Netherlands and world renowned landscape artist, Piet Oudolf.
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