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Senators support failed bid to reverse Hobby Lobby ruling

By SEÁN O’DONOGHUE

Managing Editor

WASHINGTON, D.C. - West Virginia’s two United States senators joined their Democratic colleagues and just three Republicans in a failed effort to reverse the effects of the recent Hobby Lobby ruling by Supreme Court justices. The vote for cloture on the “Protect Women's Health From Corporate Interference Act of 2014” came Wednesday afternoon, July 16, 2014. A three-fifths (60 vote) majority was required for the motion to pass. It narrowly failed with 56 votes in favor of proceeding and 43 votes against. Senator Schatz (D-HI) did not vote.

Both Senator Jay Rockfeller (D-WV) and Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) voted in favor of cloture. The bill sought to…

$70,000 announced for job creation, development

U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller (both D-WV), along with Congressman Nick Rahall (D-WV3), last week announced that the Economic Development Administration will provide a total of $490,000 to regional councils around the state to invest in economic development strategies that support job creation. Region II Planning and Development Council (Cabell, Lincoln, Logan, Mason, Mingo, and Wayne Counties) will receive $70,000.

“Federal investments like these EDA grants help give our region some leverage to compete in a global marketplace,” said Rahall, ranking Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee which has jurisdiction over the EDA.  “Our Regional Councils…

Apple settlement could see state consumers receive $1.7m

CHARLESTON — Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced, last week, that West Virginia consumers could receive as much as $1.7 million as part of a $400 million settlement between Apple Inc. and 33 states and territories to resolve a price-fixing lawsuit against the company.

According to the AG’s office, the proposed settlement agreement, which still has to be approval by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, would resolve claims for consumer damages brought by West Virginia and 32 other states and territories, as well as the states’ civil penalty claims.

“We are pleased with this settlement, which, combined with previous publisher settlements, will provide…