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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 »

Arkansas town strikes deal with IRS to repay $36000 in back payroll taxes
The RepublicFebruary 1, 2012

AP BAUXITE, Ark. — A central Arkansas town has reached an agreement with the Internal Revenue Service to repay payroll taxes it owes. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette ( reported for Tuesday's editions that Bauxite owes more than ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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Our View: It's time Supreme Court clarified legality of state's emergency ...
Adrian Daily TelegramFebruary 1, 2012

The court did rule, finding that most of the law was valid. Similar cases include Gov. Jennifer Granholm skipping the Court of Appeals during Kwame Kilpatrick's removal when she wanted to confirm her constitutional power to remove officials from office ...more »

Freedom Of Speech & Religion
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Ga. Court Overturns Assisted Suicide Restrictions
ABC NewsFebruary 6, 2012

Georgia's top court on Monday struck down a state law designed to discourage assisted suicides after a legal battle brought by four members of a suicide group who said the law also violated free speech rights. The Georgia Supreme Court's unanimous ...more »

Eminent Domain
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Guest column: Supports FSDB's mission but opposes its quest for eminent domain
St. Augustine RecordFebruary 12, 2012

By DAVID HAYNES I am writing to voice my support of the mission of the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind in St. Augustine, and my strong opposition to House Bill CS/HB 1037, which gives FSDB almost unlimited eminent domain powers over surrounding ...more »

Native Americans
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Refugio author's book on black frontiersmen trailblazes during Civil Rights...
Victoria AdvocateFebruary 17, 2012

Though he never participated in a sit-in or a boycott, author and Refugio native J. Norman Heard sought to do his part in the movement with the publication of his book "The Black Frontiersmen: Adventures of Negroes Among American Indians 1528-1918.more »

Religious Discrimination
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Va. Senate passes adoption discrimination bill
WTOPFebruary 9, 2012

The Virginia Senate passed legislation Thursday allowing private adoption agencies to deny placements that conflict with their religious or moral beliefs, including opposition to homosexuality. The mostly party-line 22-18 vote virtually ensures the ...more »

Freedom Of Information
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Govt to Domesticate FoI Act
AllAfrica.comFebruary 2, 2012

By Nseobong Okon-Ekong and Tunde Sanni, 2 February 2012 A domesticated version of the Freedom of Information Act (FoI) fashioned by the Ogun State Government will come into force this month, according to Governor Ibikunle Amosun.more »

Sexual Harassment
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Judge OKs adding First Amendment violation to Weber sexual harassment suit
StandardNetFebruary 3, 2012

By Tim Gurrister OGDEN -- A federal judge has ruled a woman suing Weber County for sexual harassment can add claims of violation of her First Amendment rights to the lawsuit. Marcia Eisenhour now adds allegations that Weber officials retaliated against ...more »

Freedom Of Press
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Audio recording law under scrutiny in Illinois
NewsdayFebruary 7, 2012

Lucy Dalglish, executive director for Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, said the "bone-headedness" of the current law could be an embarrassment to the state during the upcoming international summits. "You might be OK if you are CNN, ...more »

Unlawful Search & Seizure
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5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Tuesday, February 7
ABC Action NewsFebruary 7, 2012

Further investigations revealed the pair had been involved in international money laundering and illegal narcotics activity. The HSCO seized two homes, 3 vehicles, 2 custom motorcycles, 2 campers, a yacht and cash. One of the homes had a secret room as ...more »


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