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People pray at the memorial to the victims of the collapsed 12-story Champlain Towers South condo building. Photo: Anna Moneymaker via Getty Images

A judge said Wednesday that victims and families who suffered losses in the collapse of the oceanfront condo in Surfside, Florida, are entitled to a minimum of $150 million in initial compensation, AP reports.

Catch up quick: The June 24 collapse killed at least 97 people and led to several lawsuits, per an NBC affiliate. The National Institute of Standards and Technology is leading a federal investigation into the structural failure.

Details: The $150 million covers insurance on the building and the expected proceeds from the sale of the now-collapsed property, Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Michael Hanzman said at a Wednesday hearing. He added that victims include visitors and renters, not just condo owners.

  • "The court’s concern has always been the victims here," Hanzman said. "Their rights will be protected."
  • The sum does not include proceeds from the lawsuits filed since the collapse, which are being consolidated into one class action suit, per Hanzman.
  • "I have no doubt, no stone will be left unturned," Hanzman said.

The big picture: It remains unclear what led to the deadly collapse. Condo owners have differing opinions on what to do with the site, according to AP.

Go deeper

Video released by federal investigators indicates Surfside Condo had extensive corrosion

Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Video newly released by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) shows evidence of extreme corrosion and overcrowded concrete reinforcement in the Champlain Towers South, or the Surfside Condo, that partially collapsed in late June, the Associated Press reports.

Why it matters: The toppling of the tower killed 98 people.

GOP Rep. Gonzalez retires in face of Trump-backed primary

Ohio Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R) Photographer: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Ohio Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R) announced his retirement on Thursday, declining to run against a Trump-backed primary challenger in 2022.

Why it matters: Gonzalez has suffered politically since siding with House Democrats to impeach the 45th president after the Capitol riot.

Swing voters oppose Texas abortion law

Protesters at a rally at the Texas State Capitol. Photo: Jordan Vonderhaar/Getty Images

All 10 swing voters in Axios’ latest focus groups — including those who described themselves as "pro-life" — said they oppose Texas' new anti-abortion law.

Why it matters: If their responses reflect larger patterns in U.S. society, this could hurt Republicans with women and independents in next year's midterm elections. The swing voters cited overreach, invasion of privacy and concerns about frivolous lawsuits jamming up the courts.