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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 »

Supreme Court order a signal to stop misuse of sanction power
Daily MailFebruary 1, 2012

By Mail Today Reporter There seems no end to the embarrassment that the United Progressive Alliance government has had to face on account of the 2G spectrum scam. The Supreme Court's order of Tuesday stating that Janata Party leader Subramanian Swamy ...more »

Environmental Law News and Stories

Alternative Energy
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Town turns off wind, opts for solar energy
Boston.comFebruary 2, 2012

“It's an opportunity to save money,'' Jim Goldenberg, chairman of the town's Alternative Energy Committee, said after town selectmen signed a 20-year agreement with a solar energy company that plans to build its facility in Acushnet.more »

Nanotechnology Law
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Is nanotechnology safe in the workplace?
The GuardianFebruary 14, 2012

"The main question posed by nanotechnologies," she concludes, "is if the risk assessment and the safety and health measures as decided by the employers are really efficient. Can we generally assume that legal provisions are respected when facing new ...more »

Dumping & Disposing
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Letter to UN Asks for Review of Chevron in Ecuador Case for Possible ...
PR Newswire (press release)February 6, 2012

Some commentators have likened the secret arbitration panel to a "kangaroo court" rife with conflicts of interest and imbued with a pro-business culture. See this article. The arbitrators are private sector lawyers who generally rule in favor of ...more »

Natural Resources
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Mo. AG says man illegally burning demolition waste
Legal News LineFebruary 6, 2012

During an inspection by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Bennett was allegedly found burning demolition waste, construction waste and tires without a permit. "We all have not only a moral obligation, but also a legal obligation, ...more »

Park & Historic Preservation Law
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Officials closer to putting historic preservation law on the books
TribLocalFebruary 1, 2012

Mayor Terry Weppler pushed to add some wording in the proposed law. He wants homeowners outside historic preservation districts to have the freedom to opt in or out of the application process for landmark status in the rare scenario that someone else ...more »

Floodplain
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Environmental cases: 'Tribunal head can't be appointed sans new law'
The Express TribuneFebruary 1, 2012

By Our Correspondent A new head cannot be appointed to the Punjab environment tribunal until the Punjab Assembly passes new legislation to replace the Punjab Environment Protection Act of 1997, said Environment Protection Department Director General ...more »

Pest Control Law
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S. Korea Suggests Inter-Korean Talks on Pest Control
Arirang NewsFebruary 8, 2012

The South Korean government has proposed holding working-level talks with North Korea over a possible joint pest control exercise near ancient tombs in the North. There are 30 tombs designated as the UNESCO historic site that date back to the Goguryeo ...more »

Forest Preservation
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Heirs' property group to honor Sanders
Charleston Post CourierFebruary 2, 2012

Sanders said the law has changed barely if at all since the '60s, but that he admires the work the Center for Heirs' Property Preservation does to help protect land owners. Sanders said he doesn't necessarily consider himself to be a champion for ...more »

EPA Proposal Allows 1 in 28 People to Get Sick at US Beaches
Huffington Post (blog)February 1, 2012

But EPA's proposed approach could mask a serious pollution problem and expose families to an unnecessary risk of illness without any required cleanup. This is entirely incompatible with the Clean Water Act's goal of "fishable/swimmable" waters.more »

Hazardous Waste
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It's not about equality of outcome, it's about equality under law
The Laconia Daily SunFebruary 2, 2012

Laws like "Right to Work — FOR LESS" is typical right wing pandering to this unclean aristocracy of avarice. Not since the 1920s, right before the crash, has this country had such a gulf of income inequality. And that is the world that right wingers ...more »

Public Utilities
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In the news:
The Seattle TimesFebruary 3, 2012

Seen moving through the lot is a Seattle Public Utilities vehicle. No comments have been posted to this article. Lawmakers are advancing a plan that could limit how governments respond to requests for public documents. A Senate panel voted 4-2 on ...more »

Minerals & Mining
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Canadian miner suspends Paraguay gold operations
BusinessWeekFebruary 2, 2012

Rather than help protect the mine, local authorities have encouraged these renegade efforts, the subsidiary of Toronto-based Latin American Minerals Inc. said in a statement. Latin American Minerals Paraguay SA, known as LAMPA, said it is closing its ...more »

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