Arab american civil rights league http://michiganradio.org en In this morning’s news: farm bill, fracking, and Arab-American bank accounts http://michiganradio.org/post/morning-s-news-farm-bill-fracking-and-arab-american-bank-accounts <p><strong>U.S. House revisits Farm Bill</strong></p><p>United States House Republicans passed a farm bill yesterday that excludes food assistance legislation.&nbsp; Agriculture and food stamps have historically been a part of the same bill for nearly 40 years. Michigan Radio’s Steve Carmody <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/michigan-farm-bureau-not-happy-us-house-passed-farm-bill">reports</a> that the Michigan Farm Bureau is disappointed with the status of the new legislation.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>State Democrats increase fracking regulation</strong></p><p>Democrats in the state House have introduced eight new bills to increase regulations on hydraulic <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/state-house-democrats-want-regulate-fracking">fracturing</a> in Michigan. The bills do not ban fracking or stop the issuing of permits. According to Michigan Public Radio’s Jake Neher, “the legislation would require natural gas companies to disclose which chemicals they’re using in the fracking process. It would also give local governments more power to restrict the activity.”</p><p><strong>Arab-American group sues over bank account closures</strong></p><p>Hundreds of Arab-Americans received letters from Huntington Bank notifying them that their accounts have been closed.&nbsp; Many of these closures came with no explanation. The Arab-American Civil Rights League has filed a $75,000 lawsuit against the bank. Fri, 12 Jul 2013 12:53:16 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13504 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning’s news: farm bill, fracking, and Arab-American bank accounts Arab-American group sues bank for closing accounts based on race, religion http://michiganradio.org/post/arab-american-group-sues-bank-closing-accounts-based-race-religion <p>The Arab-American Civil Rights League says hundreds of Arab-Americans received letters from <a href="https://www.huntington.com/">Huntington Bank</a> this year explaining that their accounts have been closed, shut down or terminated.</p><p>No reason was given for closing the accounts, and no other link exists between the private and business account holders, except that they are all Arab-American owned accounts.</p><p> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 20:39:32 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13501 at http://michiganradio.org Arab-American group sues bank for closing accounts based on race, religion