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Local charity drops Catholic affiliation, will place kids with couples in ...
WPSD Local 6February 1, 2012

In June, Illinois lawmakers made it legal for same-sex couples to enter into civil unions, meaning they have the same rights as married couples. That includes the ability to become foster parents. With the new law came the stipulation that any ...more »

Palike to reclaim Clarence School playground
Deccan HeraldFebruary 1, 2012

The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike will take legal measures to reclaim the Clarence School playground. Commissioner M K Shankaralinge Gowda, while replying to a discussion on the issue in the Council meeting on Tuesday, said the lease of the ground ...more »

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Alternative Energy
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Report Evaluates Federal Green Energy Loans
NPRFebruary 11, 2012

Solyndra was the first renewable-energy company to receive a loan guarantee under a stimulus-law program to encourage green energy and was frequently touted by the Obama administration as a model. The company filed for bankruptcy last year and laid off ...more »

Nanotechnology Law
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Take Zap! Tech Geeks, Starved for More Battery Power, Give Themselves a Charge
Wall Street JournalFebruary 7, 2012

A tech truism called Moore's Law holds that computing power will grow exponentially, as transistors get smaller. But it doesn't apply to batteries. Apple Inc.'s latest iPhone 4S comes with eight hours of talking time—exactly as much as the original ...more »

Dumping & Disposing
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Paper Industry Decimating Indonesia's Tigers
Inter Press ServiceFebruary 20, 2012

Despite concerns raised by environmental groups, APP claims to be "committed to being socially, environmentally and economically sustainable throughout its operations". When Indonesia's Eyes on the Forest released a report on APP clearing Sumatra's ...more »

Natural Resources
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VY decision could have far-reaching ramifications
Brattleboro ReformerFebruary 3, 2012

In that case, which was decided in 1983, California refused to allow the construction of a new nuclear power plant because there was no adequate plans to deal with high-level nuclear waste. The state's resource commission had ruled that a new power ...more »

Park & Historic Preservation Law
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Proposed changes threaten Louisville's preservation efforts
Louisville Courier-JournalFebruary 16, 2012

Four decades of historic preservation efforts have created the Old Louisville district. The neighborhood boasts some of the city's finest grand old houses. / Bill Luster The statue of General Castleman is a centerpiece in the Cherokee Triangle ...more »

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Bill to undo dredging permit headed to SC gov
CBS NewsFebruary 1, 2012

The maritime commission has joined an appeal by the Southern Environmental Law Center, arguing the permit was improperly granted. It contends the dredging will deplete dissolved oxygen in the already impaired river, destroy habitat of endangered fish ...more »

Pest Control Law
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Pest concerns in Saratoga Springs
WXXAFebruary 1, 2012

Wright is angry because, he says, months ago the Housing Authority refused to let him pay for his own private pest control company to come in to treat the problem. Wright said, "I can go into my home, but it's very limited. I don't like to go in there, ...more »

Forest Preservation
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Guidance Software to Acquire CaseCentral
Business Wire (press release)February 8, 2012

The integrated solution will span from legal hold to identification, collection, preservation, processing, first pass review, and, now with CaseCentral's market leading software-as-a-service (SaaS) offering, best-in-class early case assessment (ECA), ...more »

Quebec's environment law given more bite
Montreal Gazette (blog)February 3, 2012

Quebec's Environment Department says new penalties that came into effect February 1 will help protect the province's waterways, forests, wetlands and natural areas from pollution. The department now has the power to impose penalties between $250 and ...more »

Hazardous Waste
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Decades of toxic waste in KZN
Independent OnlineFebruary 6, 2012

By Tony Carnie The remains of the dilapidated mercury-recycling plant at Thor Chemicals in Cato Ridge, where thousands of barrels of toxic mercury waste are piled up in a warehouse. Picture: Environmental Affairs Department Decades after the first ...more »

Public Utilities
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Pipeline foes weigh taking Highlands battle to court
NorthJersey.comFebruary 19, 2012

The Sierra Club, the Highlands Coalition and the Delaware Riverkeeper are being represented by attorneys from Columbia University's Environmental Law Clinic in their fight against the pipeline. At issue is whether the Highlands Council misinterpreted ...more »

Minerals & Mining
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Search Mineral's phase III drilling extends REE mineralization to 400m depth ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

1, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Search Minerals Inc. ("Search" or the "Company") /quotes/zigman/621164 CA:SMY -2.27% and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Alterra Resources Inc., announce positive results from the third phase of drilling at its Foxtrot ...more »


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