The bill to overhaul financial regulations is going back to conference committee. Some Republican cooperation on the bill is needed in the Senate, and the death of Sen. Robert Byrd made the Democrats’ task even tougher. Sen. Scott Brown, a Massachusetts Republican, said he couldn’t go for the “final” version worked out last week because it included a fee on big banks and hedge funds. It’s possible in conference that a shift of some Troubled Asset Relief Program money could replace the revenue the fee would have generated. Always low THC?
A 30-year-old Michigan man, Joseph Casias, who uses medical marijuana to treat symptoms of an inoperable brain tumor and cancer, contends in a lawsuit filed Tuesday he was wrongfully fired from a Wal-Mart store in Battle Creek after testing positive for the drug. He said he was legally registered to use the drug and didn’t use marijuana at work or come to work under the influence. Wal-Mart said it sympathized with Casias’ situation but that it raised customer and employee safety issues. | Star news services