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The Kansas City Star (Sunday) - - RINGING UP RUMORS BUSINESS -

Try­ing again

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

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