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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Governor McAuliffe Restores Voting and Civil Rights to Over 200,000 Virginians

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

http://governor.virginia.gov/newsroom/newsarticle?articleId=15008

Describes the action and includes the text of the Governor’s order that restores the civil and voting rights of 206,000 Virginia residents who were convicted of felonies, served their time, and completed all post-incarceration requirements.  From the Office of the Governor

 

Trans-Pacific Partnership Opportunities by Market

Categories: Australia,Business/Economics,Canada,Chile,Foreign Trade/Investment,Headlines,Japan,Mexico,Treaties,Vietnam

http://www.trade.gov/fta/tpp/pdfs/full-country-report.pdf

Highlights benefits U.S. businesses can acquire when exporting to the 11 Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries.  Covers each market’s top export sectors and explains how existing tariffs will be affected once the agreement enters into force.  From the International Trade Administration of the U.S. Commerce Department

 

G.G. by his Next Friend and Mother, Deirdre Grimm v. Gloucester County School Board

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Education,Headlines,Sex Issues,Supreme Court/courts

http://www.ca4.uscourts.gov/Opinions/Published/152056.P.pdf

Decision of federal appeals court in Richmond that a transgender high school student in Gloucester County can sue the school board for a violation of his constitutional rights.  School board policy required students to use the bathroom of their biological sex rather than gender identity.  The court agreed with the U.S. Department of Education that the policy violated the law prohibiting sex discrimination in schools receiving federal funding.  From the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit

 

Changes in Life Expectancy by Race and Hispanic Origin in the United States, 2013-2014

Categories: Births/Deaths,Headlines,Health/Medical,Statistics,Women

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db244.pdf

Presents changes in life expectancy by race, Hispanic origin, and sex.  Noted in the news media for its finding that life expectancy for non-Hispanic white females declined by 0.1 years from 81.2 to 81.1.  From the National Center for Health Statistics

 

Bank Markazi v. Peterson

Categories: Congress,Headlines,Iran,Supreme Court/courts,Terrorism

https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/14-770

6-2 decision of the Supreme Court on a separation of powers issue that clears the way for American nationals to receive money damages in U.S. courts from state sponsors of terrorism.  Relatives of victims of the 1983 bombing of a Marine Corps barracks in Beirut, blamed on Iran, sought access to frozen Iranian assets in U.S. banks.  At issue was whether Congress had usurped the judicial role by passing legislation relating to a pending case. From the Legal Information Institute of Cornell University

 

Treasury Secretary Lew Announces Front of New $20 to Feature Harriet Tubman

Categories: African Americans,Civil/Human Rights,Govt Finance,Headlines,Women

https://www.treasury.gov/press-center/press-releases/Pages/jl0436.aspx

Announces plans for changes to the $20, $10, and $5 bills with the portrait of Harriet Tubman to be featured on the new $20 bill and other features dedicated to civil rights and suffrage movements on the reverse of the $10 and $5 bills.  Includes complete text of letter following press release.  From the Treasury Department

 

 

Oil and Gas and Sulfur Operations in the Outer Continental Shelf—Blowout Preventer Systems and Well Control

Categories: Energy,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Natural Resources,Weather/Disasters

http://www.bsee.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/final-well-control-rule/

Text of 500+ page final rule relating to the risk of offshore oil or gas blowouts such as the Deepwater Horizon tragedy.  The final rule covers all aspects of well control, including design requirements and operational procedures for well control equipment used in offshore oil and gas drilling operations.  From the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement of the Interior Department

 

Well Control Final Rule Fact Sheet

Categories: Energy,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Natural Resources,Weather/Disasters

https://www.doi.gov/sites/doi.gov/files/uploads/FACT%20SHEET-%20Well%20Control%20Final%20Rule%20-%20FINAL.pdf

Lists the major requirements in a final regulation designed to correct the problems that led to the Deep Water Horizon tragedy.  From the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement of the Interior Department

 

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