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William J. Howell et al v. Terence McAuliffe et al.

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Crime/Justice,Elections/Campaigns,Headlines,Supreme Court/courts,Virginia Issues

http://www.courts.state.va.us/opinions/opnscvwp/1160784.pdf

4-3 ruling of the Virginia Supreme Court that Governor McAuliffe exceeded his constitutional authority in restoring civil rights to convicted felons who had served their time.  At issue was whether the governor had the power to restore rights prior to the fall election to all those meeting the requirements en masse or had to individually review and approve each individual case. From the Supreme Court of Virginia

 

June Marks 14 Consecutive Months of Record Heat for the Globe

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,Weather/Disasters

http://www.noaa.gov/june-marks-14-consecutive-months-record-heat-globe

Press release on the record high global temperatures in June, the highest in 137 years of record keeping.  The year to date temperatures also broke the previous record set in 2015.  From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 

Marc Veasey et al v. Greg Abbott et al; United States et al v. State of Texas et al.

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Elections/Campaigns,Headlines,Laws/Regulations

http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/14/14-41127-CV3.pdf

9-6 decision by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals that the Texas law which requires a voter to show a particular kind of photo ID discriminates against minorities and the poor.  The case was sent back to the district court to find a way to accommodate those who are registered to vote but lack a photo ID.  From the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

 

Connectome Map More Than Doubles Human Cortex’s Known Regions

Categories: Headlines,Health/Medical,Mental Health,Science/Technology

http://www.nimh.nih.gov/news/science-news/2016/connectome-map-more-than-doubles-human-cortexs-known-regions.shtml

Press release about the mapping of 180 distinct areas in the brain’s cortex.  Includes a brief description of the research and a citation to the article in the issue of Nature where the research was fully reported.  From the National Institute of Mental Health

 

United States of America … v. Aetna, Inc. and Humana Inc.

Categories: Antitrust/Monopoly,Headlines,Health Insurance,Supreme Court/courts,Virginia Issues

https://www.justice.gov/opa/file/877881/download

Text of the law suit filed by the Justice Department and eleven states including Virginia against the proposed merger of Aetna and Humana, the third and fifth largest health insurers in the U.S.  From the Justice Department

 

United States of America … v. Anthem, Inc, and Cigna Corp

Categories: Antitrust/Monopoly,Headlines,Health Insurance,Supreme Court/courts,Virginia Issues

https://www.justice.gov/opa/file/877886/download

Text of the law suit filed by the Justice Department and eleven states including Virginia against the proposed merger of Anthem and Cigna, the 2nd and 4th largest health insurers in the U.S.  From the Justice Department

 

Justice Department and State Attorneys General Sue to Block Anthem’s Acquisition of Cigna, Aetna’s Acquisition of Humana

Categories: Antitrust/Monopoly,Headlines,Health Insurance,Supreme Court/courts,Virginia Issues

https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/justice-department-and-state-attorneys-general-sue-block-anthem-s-acquisition-cigna-aetna-s

Press release on the reasons why the U.S. Justice Department is attempting to block two proposed health insurance mergers.  Eleven states including Virginia are suing in the Federal District Court for the DC Circuit to prevent the mergers from reducing from five to three the number of national health insurers in the nation. From the Justice Department

Draft Technical Assessment Report: Midterm Evaluation of Light-Duty Vehicle Greenhouse Gas Emission Standards and Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards for Model Years 2022-2025

Categories: Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Statistics,Transportation

http://www.nhtsa.gov/staticfiles/rulemaking/pdf/cafe/Draft-TAR-Final.pdf

1200+ page report on progress made toward achieving corporate average fuel economy (CAFÉ) and greenhouse gas emission standards established in 2012 legislation for cars and light trucks by 2025.  Provides first technical assessment of technologies available to meet these standards and differing compliance pathways.  Also includes a 13 page summary of the major points.  From the National  Highway Traffic Safety Administration

 

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