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Man charged with homicide in death of baby sitter
Bloomington PantagraphFebruary 1, 2012

Prosecutors charged a Utah man Tuesday with child abuse homicide in the overdose death of his teenage baby sitter whose body was found in a shallow grave more than a month after she was reported missing. Suspect Eric Millerberg also faces charges of ...more »

SPORTCHECK: Not properly enforced!
New Straits TimesFebruary 1, 2012

"Not just athletes, but officials who are investigated and found guilty of supplying or administering the drugs can also face bans from their sports," Dr Jegathesan clarified. "To legislate a law, it would mean we are taking it a step further.more »

Environmental Law News and Stories

Alternative Energy
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Transportation Bill Would Streamline Environmental Review, Sponsors Say
Bloomberg BNAFebruary 2, 2012

2 will mark up a transportation reauthorization bill that Republican sponsors say will streamline the environmental review process for new construction projects. The American Energy & Infrastructure Jobs Act (HR 7) would impose new timetables on the ...more »

Nanotechnology Law
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IEEE gives honor to Tyndall professor for SOI work
EE TimesFebruary 16, 2012

Professor Colinge's most recent work is on the junctionless transistor with publication in Nature Nanotechnology in 2010 although the IEEE has given him the Grove Award for "contributions to silicon-on-insulator devices and technology.more »

Dumping & Disposing
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Letter to UN Asks for Review of Chevron in Ecuador Case for Possible ...
MarketWatch (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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After Ohio wild animal melee, Illinois looks at changing its laws
Bloomington PantagraphFebruary 7, 2012

SPRINGFIELD -- The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is pushing for a rewrite of the state's dangerous animal laws. Agency spokesman Chris McCloud said leaders believe an update is needed because the statutes haven't been beefed up since 1969.more »

Park & Historic Preservation Law
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2 Alabama entries in Dwell magazine's historic building preservation contest
al.com (blog)February 8, 2012

By Julie Clark, al.com Merchants & Farmers Bank in Roanoke, Alabama, built in 1921, is one of the state's entries in Dwell magazine's Rethinking Preservation contest. (Photo courtesy of Kesa Johnston Dunn, builder owner who hopes to remodel the old ...more »

Floodplain
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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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S. Korea proposes inter-Korean talks on pest control at NK ancient tombs
Yonhap NewsFebruary 8, 2012

8 (Yonhap) -- South Korea has proposed holding working-level talks with North Korea later this month on joint pest control near ancient tombs in the North, an official said Wednesday, in an apparent bid to help ease lingering tension on the divided ...more »

Forest Preservation
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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 »

Developers Vow to Fix Fans at Old Post Office
NBC ChicagoFebruary 7, 2012

At issue are the exhaust fans the building is required by law to operate to blow away the soot and smoke generated by trains operating on the Union Station tracks running below the sprawling facility. Under rules put in place when the building was ...more »

Hazardous Waste
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Wastewater a key issue in NY's fracking debate
Utica Observer DispatchFebruary 20, 2012

NRDC and other environmental groups support legislation that would close a loophole exempting oil and gas waste from the hazardous waste law that applies to other industries. The bill was passed Feb. 13 by the Assembly but a companion bill in the ...more »

Public Utilities
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Law may get tougher
Danville NewsFebruary 13, 2012

The bill's sponsor, Butler County Republican Daryl Metcalfe, said he introduced the measure after hearing about repeated thefts of copper wiring from communications companies and electric utilities. "By signing this legislation into law, ...more »

Minerals & Mining
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Starved Rock mine controversy aired in Springfield
The State Journal-RegisterFebruary 7, 2012

By CHRIS YOUNG Longtime resident Merlin Calhoun compared LaSalle County to an apple that has been repeatedly bruised – bruised by mining. Tony Giordano said his company, Mississippi Sand, is going above and beyond what is required to address ...more »

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