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In Case You Missed It . . . Week in Review!!!

Tropical Storm Alberto

Tropical Storm Alberto , is the first tropical storm of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season developed Saturday afternoon from a disturbance off the coast of the Carolinas.

Alberto is expected to drift slowly through Sunday, but a trough of low pressure swinging in from the nation’s midsection should pick Alberto up and carry it to the north and northeast by later Monday.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg takes a Bride

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg marries his longtime girlfriend Priscilla Chan on Saturday. The Union comes on the heels of Facebook’s historic IPO.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerbergmarries his longtime girlfriend Priscilla Chan on Saturday. The Union comes on the heels of Facebook’s historic IPO.

Two Major Broward Mail Processing Centers moving to Miami-Dade County

Two Major Broward Mail Processing Centers will close in Broward, taking with it about 800 jobs and consolidating it into their Miami-Dade County facility.

The centers to be closed are the Fort Lauderdale Processing and Distribution Center at 1900 W. Oakland Park Blvd., which has been in the same spot for 38 years and The South Florida Processing Center at 16000 Pines Blvd., at the same location for 20 years.

With the closing of the two centers, 800 workers will be affected, even though Debra Fetterly, the Postal Service regional spokeswoman states that all the workers will be reassigned throughout other facilities.

The move comes on the heels of a gradual decline from an all-time high of 213 billion pieces in 2006 to 171 billion in 2010.

MIAMI HAS HIGHEST HEALTHCARE COST IN THE NATION

Miami-Dade area continues to have the highest healthcare cost in the country and their cost exceeds that of New York and Chicago, according to a new study. The main question should be why?

Steven Ullmann, a healthcare policy professor at the University of Miami said Miami has an “ironic situation” with an unusually large numbers of physician specialists and “a lot of diagnostics, with an MRI [magnetic resonance imaging] on every corner.”

What’s more, Ullmann said, the region’s propensity for malpractice lawsuits means many physicians can’t afford liability insurance. To protect themselves, many doctors practice “defensive medicine,” often ordering any possible test they can think of.

Ullmann also reiterated that “fraud” also is a major factor in driving up South Florida’s costs and then add to the equation that Miami-Dade has 600,000 uninsured residents and the state has reduced Medicaid rates by more than 15 percent the past two years, meaning that providers need to look to employer-based insurance to get rates needed to offset losses elsewhere.

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