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The U.S. Department of Justice has begun investigations into several banks who are being accused of manipulating the foreign currency market.  Many of the prosecutors tied to the investigations have forecasted indicting at least one bank by the end of this year.  The prosecutions will also include individual bank employees who manipulated foreign currency markets.  The investigations will also serve as an opening to re-investigate cases stemming from the financial crisis of 2008.
The Small Business Health Options Program or SHOP, was soft-launched in five states two weeks before Open Enrollment is slated to begin.  SHOP, the program designed to help small business owners negotiate employee insurance plans, fell apart last year in the initial rollout.  Employers in Delaware, Illinois, Missouri, New Jersey, and Ohio will be able to select a broker, upload a list of employees and determine if they are eligible for SHOP.
The U.S. Supreme Court upheld Texas’ embattled voter ID law.  The voter ID law, which would require voters to present an eligible form of photo identification before being able to cast a ballot, has been  subject of contention for several civil rights groups that argue the law is biased and will prevent thousands of eligible voters from voting.  The Supreme Court’s ruling was an interim move in response to an emergency appealed that was filed after the voter ID law was struck down.
New York City was one of the first jurisdictions to refuse to cooperate with federal detainers request for deportation, while the federal government is still sorting through the mire of immigration reform.  Federal detainers—or requests to hold someone who is in the United States without the appropriate paperwork, have been a point of contention for several local and state law enforcement agencies who argue a lack of manpower to enforce these detainers.
Kentucky, Arizona, Missouri and Indiana are just a few states that have passed recent legislation allowing companies that offer loans to individuals with subpar credit to increase their interest rates and origination fees.
Children piled into Florida Governor Rick Scott’s office with over 90,000 petitions demanding the governor to announce his plan for fighting climate change.  The petitions also called for a reduction in carbon emissions and increased investment in solar powers, action that would help the states comply with regulations that were developed by the Environmental Protection Agency earlier this year.
Infrastructure issues are taking center stage in Mississippi where lawmakers are calling for increased funding to repair state and local bridges.  The Mississippi Department of Transportation has estimated that it would cost $700 million to fix 700 posted bridges with weights limits.  The weight limits are impacting the state’s loggers and farmers that are forced to use alternate routes because they cannot use the bridges.
The U.S. Department of Justice is launching an investigation into the Baltimore police department amidst complaints of brutality and excessive force.  An investigation by the Baltimore Sun found that taxpayers paid more than $11 million in settlements, lawsuits and legal fees as a results of complaints filed on police brutality.
CDC officials will be sending in assistance to Ohio to help local and state epidemiologists track down individuals who may have come in contact with a health worker who had contracted the Ebola virus.  The nurse had been on staff in Dallas treating Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian man who contracted the virus on a trip to Liberia.  Contacts are being tracked down to see if they have any symptoms and to take possible steps if necessary.
Arizona, Wyoming and Alaska’s bans on gay marriage have been struck down after federal judges in Arizona and Wyoming struck them down.  The Supreme Court in a set of cases denied hearing appeals of gay marriage bans struck down in Alaska and other states.