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College students provide free help filing income tax returns in Springfield
KSPRFebruary 1, 2012

Students at both Drury University and Missouri State University will offer free income tax preparation this winter and spring. Here is the information for both. Students will provide free tax preparation through an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) ...more »

TripAdvisor rebuked over 'trust' claims on review site
BBC NewsFebruary 1, 2012

TripAdvisor has been ordered to rewrite some of its marketing claims by the UK's Advertising Standards Authority. The ruling follows complaints by hotels that the site had said that its holiday reviews could be "trusted". The ASA said it was concerned ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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“Legally invisible”: Law reform matters for Aboriginal health
Crikey (blog)February 2, 2012

A recent Croakey post suggested that Constitutional reform could bring important health benefits for Indigenous Australians. The article below argues that a clear legal framework is needed for better Aboriginal health, citing a paper recently released ...more »

Freedom Of Speech & Religion
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California DISCLOSE Act, Bill Putting More Sunlight Into Campaign Finance ...
Huffington PostFebruary 1, 2012

In the weeks preceding the vote, the California Chamber of Commerce sent a letter to every Assembly member framing the legislation as an affront to the First Amendment because, "[it] would inhibit protected free speech in the political process by ...more »

Age, Gender, Race & National Origin Discrimination
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Making Tracks in Houston County
Clarksville Leaf ChronicleFebruary 14, 2012

All clubs are open to the general public for membership regardless of race, color, age, national origin, or gender. Please call the Houston County UT Extension office at 289-3242 for more information. Family and Community Education (FCE) clubs meet at ...more »

Native Americans
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Cornelius' legacy lives on in Chicago
Boston.comFebruary 2, 2012

Cornelius, who became an icon defining black culture in America for decades, died at his California home Wednesday of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 75. While the South Side native and his show left Chicago decades ago for Los Angeles, ...more »

Religious Discrimination
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Victory For Landmark WWII Veterans Memorial: Jesus Statue To Remain On Big ...
Sacramento BeeFebruary 1, 2012

31, 2012 -- US Forest Service's Renewal of Jesus Statue Permit Seen as Triumph Over Attempted Government Religious Viewpoint Discrimination KALISPELL, Mont., Jan. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, Liberty Institute announces a great victory ...more »

Eminent Domain
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On the waterfront, eminent domain option stays afloat
Alexandria TimesFebruary 9, 2012

City Councilman Frank Fannon raised eyebrows last week when he slammed the approved waterfront plan as having “endorsed the seizure of private property through eminent domain as an option.” Fannon, who cast one of two votes against the controversial ...more »

Sexual Harassment
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(POLL) Simon Blasts Tort Law Changes
Patch.comFebruary 2, 2012

The Minnesota House passed four bills on Wednesday that would alter the state's tort laws. By James Warden Rep. Steve Simon (DFL - District 44A) Minnesota Legislature Hopkins and St. Louis Park Rep. Steve. Simon (DFL-District 44A) condemned a series of ...more »

Freedom Of Information
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Fighting state-government transparency
Thomson Reuters News & InsightFebruary 3, 2012

Virginia and Tennessee are defending their local versions of the Freedom of Information Act which allow them to respond only to public records requests from in-state residents -- and deny requests from out-of-staters. While the number of states with ...more »

Unlawful Search & Seizure
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Friendswood man arrested for child porn
KPRC HoustonFebruary 6, 2012

... investigators, armed with a search warrant, searched Julian Moya III's Friendswood apartment. During the search, officials said they seized the 38-year-old's computer, which was later determined to have several hundred illegal images.more »

Freedom Of Press
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Saskatchewan court says essential services law is unconstitutional
CanadianBusiness.comFebruary 6, 2012

... The Canadian Press | February 06, 2012 REGINA - A Saskatchewan court has ruled that the province's essential services legislation goes too far and is unconstitutional. Court of Queen's Bench Justice Dennis Ball said the law infringes on the freedom...more »


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