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SC Treasurer Sounds Alarm About State Investments
News Channel 7February 1, 2012

He says the legislature doesn't need to pass any new laws regarding the state's investments; the current laws just need to be enforced. So who enforces those laws? "In some cases it's the treasurer; some cases the Budget and Control Board; ...more »

WA Govt funds Telstra mobile expansion
DelimiterFebruary 1, 2012

news The nation's largest telco Telstra the Western Australian State Government's Regional Mobile Communication Project (RMCP) contract, a deal which will see Telstra receive $39.2 million from the state government and in return provide a value return ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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After high court ruling, advocates question rules on police searches using GPS
Fox NewsFebruary 1, 2012

"The court merely held that the installation of the GPS was a Fourth Amendment 'search,'" George Washington University Professor of Law and computer law expert Orin Kerr wrote on The Volokh Conspiracy website. "The court declined to reach when the ...more »

Freedom Of Speech & Religion
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Seattle Library Turns Porn Heaven for Men; Battle Between Moral Police and ... 3, 2012

When she was reminded of the court ruling, Howe said she very well knew what freedom of speech laws talked about. Howe, who seemed to be quite hurt by the incident, wrote further, "I had spoken extensively to the library about the incident clearly and ...more »

Age, Gender, Race & National Origin Discrimination
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House committee endorses adding nondiscrimination statement to child custody ...
Deseret NewsFebruary 1, 2012

Anderson testified on behalf of HB88, which would add to Utah's divorce statute a statement that the court may not discriminate against a parent based on age, race, color, national origin, religious preference or gender. The bill's sponsor, Rep.more »

Native Americans
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African American movers & shakers in South Mississippi
WLOXFebruary 8, 2012

The great civil rights leader Martin Luther King once said, "Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase." The three people highlighted stepped out on faith and achieved remarkable success. Karen Sock is the General ...more »

Religious Discrimination
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Christian group pushes House to pass school prayer bill
Orlando Sentinel (blog)February 6, 2012

“After years of educating and lobbying our state officials on this issue, all schoolchildren in Florida are one step closer to protection from religious discrimination thanks to today's vote, said Anthony Verdugo, Founder and Executive Director, ...more »

Eminent Domain
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Pennsylvania landowners fight eminent domain in Marcellus Gas natural gas field
Lehighvalleylive.comFebruary 6, 2012

When federal regulators approved a 39-mile natural gas pipeline through northern Pennsylvania's pristine Endless Mountains, they cited the operator's assurances that it would make sparing use of eminent domain as it negotiated with more than 150 ...more »

Sexual Harassment
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Vicksburg mayor faces sexual harassment lawsuit
Jackson Clarion LedgerFebruary 1, 2012

The former chief of staff for Vicksburg Mayor Paul Winfield is accusing the mayor of sexual harassment when she worked for him. Kenya Burks filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday in US District Court in Jackson against Winfield and the city of Vicksburg.more »

Freedom Of Information
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We should still be worried about Internet freedom
Daily AthenaeumFebruary 2, 2012

Demonstrators gather in front of the Presidential Palace in Warsaw, Poland, to protest the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. With the dirt still fresh on the grave of the Stop Online Privacy Act and PROTECT IP Act (SOPA/PIPA), another onslaught ...more »

Unlawful Search & Seizure
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Police: Assault rifle, ammunition, and drugs confiscated in raid on house in ...
TribLocalFebruary 1, 2012

... services team executed a search warrant in the 1700 block of Monroe Street as part of an illegal drug investigation, said Parrott. He said that in addition to the rifle and ammunition, police also seized approximately 115 grams of cannabis, ...more »

Freedom Of Press
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Armenian Journalist Freed Amid Media Uproar
Armenialiberty.orgFebruary 6, 2012

Facing an uproar from Armenia's leading press freedom groups and independent media outlets, law-enforcement authorities released on Monday a prominent journalist who was arrested on controversial charges on Friday. Hayk Gevorgian, a veteran editor and ...more »


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