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A Debate Over Who Regulates Gas 'Fracking' in Pa.
NPRDecember 1, 2011

A new Pennsylvania law could curb municipalities' ability to zone and regulate hydraulic fracturing — or "fracking." And that raises questions about how much say a local government should have over what goes on within its borders. ...more »

EPA Proposes Stricter Rules For Ship Ballast Water
SalonDecember 1, 2011

The agency took over the pension plans in 2004 and 2005 after United filed for bankruptcy court protection in December 2002. When the PBGC takes over plans, it pays promised benefits to retirees up to certain limits. ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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Beshear says constitutional amendment to expand gambling more likely than ...
Louisville Courier-JournalDecember 1, 2011

A constitutional amendment to expand gambling may have a better chance of passing the Kentucky General Assembly than simply amending existing law, Gov. Steve Beshear said Thursday. Beshear, who made his remarks following a speech to the Kentucky Farm ...more »

Freedom Of Speech & Religion
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The word “Slut” is an act of violence – SlutWalk Singapore organiser
The Online Citizen (blog)December 6, 2011

The following is a speech delivered by Cher Tan, one of SlutWalk Singapore 2011′s organiser at the event on Dec 4th. As I was walking up the stage, I was thinking of saying, “We f**king did it!” and then I realized I don't really want to see myself on ...more »

Age, Gender, Race & National Origin Discrimination
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13 WTHREvansville bans sexual orientation discrimination
WTHRDecember 1, 2011

The Evansville Courier & Press reports age, sexual orientation and gender identity were added this week to Evansville's nondiscrimination code by a unanimous vote of council members. The nondiscrimination code already had included race, religion, ...more »

Native Americans
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Civil War Talk Spreads To the Northwest
National Parks TravelerDecember 3, 2011

... over freedom and slavery, but also because of the army's particular relationship with the region's Native American groups. "An ongoing theme in the Civil War Sesquicentennial is 'Civil War to Civil Rights,' " explained Ranger Shine in a release. ...more »

Religious Discrimination
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Coronation Oath threatened by council prayers ruling, High Court told
Telegraph.co.ukDecember 2, 2011

They also say, in their skeleton argument, that the practice goes against Article 9 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which guarantees freedom of thought and religion, as well as Article 14, which prohibits discrimination. ...more »

Eminent Domain
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Bell Pushes Legislation for Eminent Domain Reform
NBC 29 NewsDecember 1, 2011

Restrictions on eminent domain often meet stiff opposition from local governments who don't want state limits on how they can seize property. Bell says the law is all about restoring fairness. House Bill 5 actually passed through the General Assembly ...more »

Sexual Harassment
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US Republican candidate plows ahead amid allegations of affair, sexual harassment
News1130December 1, 2011

Cain spent a month battling several sexual harassment accusations, which took a toll on both his standing in polls and, supporters say, his fundraising. The latest furor came Monday when businesswoman Ginger White, 46, said she and Cain had maintained ...more »

Freedom Of Information
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Case pits victim privacy against open records
Waterbury Republican AmericanDecember 2, 2011

Attorneys on both sides acknowledged the outcome could have wide-ranging ramifications in Connecticut courts, depending on how deeply the justices delve into questions of privacy, freedom of information laws and victims' legal standing to raise ...more »

Unlawful Search & Seizure
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Hand-held cellphone rule for truckers to take effect Jan. 1
Land Line MagazineDecember 2, 2011

OOIDA has argued that because the texting and hand-held cellphone bans do not come with specific enforcement plans, the rules violate the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution, which protects against unlawful search and seizure. ...more »

Freedom Of Press
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Press freedom a loser in Viktor Orbán's winner-take-all Hungary
Politics.huDecember 4, 2011

Discussions with dozens of journalists, media officials, regulation authorities, and government representatives validated the serious concerns expressed by international press freedom experts since the law was passed last December. ...more »

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