The STOCK Act, a bill that would ban members of Congress from trading stock based on nonpublic information they get because they're lawmakers, has 61 co-sponsors and counting. And after years of languishing with only one hearing, the measure is getting one in the House Financial Services Committee.
What's remarkable about this is that the STOCK Act had just nine co-sponsors last week. What changed? The CBS news magazine 60 Minutes did a story about congressional insider trading.
Melissa Block checks back in with Jason Potteiger with the Occupy Boston movement. The recent college graduate was unemployed when we first talked to him last month. Now he's got a job, but he continues to work with the movement on various projects.
An Allen County mother of six was in court Wednesday fighting charges involving her home school. Allen County Attorney Bill Hagenbuch filed charges against Amy Jessup, claiming the woman intentionally breached state attendance regulations and laws requiring that a parent or custodian send his or her child to school, according to court records. Jessup, whose family was profiled in the Aug. 26 edition of the Daily News, home schools her children using a method called “unschooling,” which teaches children lessons through natural experiences, in addition to academic curriculum.
Halloween may be over, but the haunting continues at Buffalo Trace Distillery where new Ghost Tours start. The tours will feature places explored in Wednesday episode of SyFy’s paranormal reality show “Ghost Hunters.” “There are more spirits here than the ones aging in our warehouses,” said tour guide Teresa Barney, who will be leading the Ghost Tours. The “Ghost Hunters” crew filmed an episode at the distillery in August after viewers alerted them to “strange happenings” at the more than 200-year-old distillery.
Two Franklin County men have been indicted for scamming an elderly woman for work on her house, a prosecutor said. Joseph Lewis, 28, and Antone Miller, 42, were charged after they exploited Martha Guthrie, of Frankfort, by requesting around $4,000 for work on her house in late September, said Commonwealth’s Attorney Larry Cleveland.
A West Virginia billionaire bid $25 million on Wednesday to purchase Mercer County's Anderson Circle Farm on U.S. 127. Forbes Magazine lists Jim Justice II was one of the 400 richest Americans. Unlike some bidders who wanted to purchase parts of the farm and development it, Justice says he plans to keep the property as a working farm with cattle, thoroughbreds and cash grains.
Californians who oppose same-sex marriage just won a procedural victory in court.
The state's Supreme Court ruled this hour that opponents of same-sex marriage who successfully pushed the Proposition 8 law that bans such unions in the state may defend the initiative in court. The court's opinion is here.
The focus is on Manhattan today as protesters mark the two-month anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement, but there are things happening in other U.S. cities as well. We'll add to this post as reports come in.
-- 4:15 p.m.: Our colleague Bill Chappell has used Storify to gather other feeds and reports about what's happening at various protests.
From New York to California and places in between, Occupy protesters are in the streets today. That's because it was exactly two months ago that the movement began in a New York City park. Police in riot gear were deployed in lower Manhattan this morning, as hundreds of demonstrators marched with the aim of shutting down Wall Street. NPR correspondent Margot Adler has been following the events, and she joins us now live. Good morning, Margot.