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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 »

Gyms investigated for unfair contracts
The IndependentFebruary 1, 2012

'The magic of the cup' isn'ta term often used to describe Spain's premier domestic cup competition,... Fears about flooding are rising - but of more pressing concern is the ending of the government agree... They were 27 days into their journey when ...more »

Environmental Law News and Stories

Alternative Energy
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Initiative aims to amend Michigan's constitution to increase green energy
Central Michigan LifeFebruary 1, 2012

In 2008, a law was passed that requires 10 percent of Michigan's electricity to come from renewable sources by 2015. According to a state report, less than 4 percent of the state's electricity currently comes from renewable sources.more »

Nanotechnology Law
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BIONOVA about BIONOVA Skincare
PR Newswire (press release)February 29, 2012

Equipped with the last findings in human physiology and biochemistry, utilizing a proprietary technology based on Life Science Nanotechnology this brand radically changed the total approach to the skin in a Beauty industry. By treating the skin as the ...more »

Dumping & Disposing
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A Tech Entrepreneur Finds a Niche in Pouncing on Law-Breaking Pet Owners
EntrepreneurFebruary 10, 2012

Enter BioPet Vet Lab's PooPrints, a service that fingers dumping doggies via the DNA in their stools. "After a year of testing, we found our technology had 100 percent accuracy," Boyd says, "and I've always been in the dog business, so it was a natural ...more »

Natural Resources
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Change in Iowa deer hunting law OKed by House panel
DesMoinesRegister.com (blog)February 7, 2012

A bill that would revise Iowa's deer hunting law was approved Tuesday by an Iowa House natural resources subcommittee. Under House File 2142, proposed by Rep. Richard Arnold, R-Russell, the daily bag limit for a hunting party would be one deer for each ...more »

Park & Historic Preservation Law
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Preservation tax losing steam
Boston.comFebruary 12, 2012

The program, which allows cities and towns to opt in through a local vote, raises funds for historic, open-space, recreation, and affordable-housing projects through a local property tax surcharge (ranging from .05 percent to a maximum of 3 percent) ...more »

Floodplain
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EPA announces summary of Pacific Northwest and Alaska enforcement actions for ...
Environmental Expert (press release)February 3, 2012

The EPA's compliance assistance programs help people understand and follow federal environmental laws. Enforcement deters those who might otherwise profit from violating the law and levels the playing field with environmentally compliant companies.more »

Pest Control Law
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Master Gardener program is offering 6 lawn and garden training classes over ...
The RepublicFebruary 4, 2012

14 and will offer tips on growing vegetables and pest control. This class will discuss how plant selection, growing environment, production levels and pest control are dependent on each other. For more information and a list of upcoming classes, ...more »

Forest Preservation
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Kansas lawmakers: Issues arose at governor events
Kansas City StarFebruary 7, 2012

Brownback spokeswoman Sherriene Jones-Sontag said Monday that the administration remains confident that the gatherings didn't violate the law. Brownback had gatherings scheduled Monday and today at Cedar Crest, his official residence, but the groups ...more »

Commission to add pharma pollutants to water regulation
EurActivFebruary 1, 2012

Social networks can act as a catalyst to help direct democracy prevail over current economic and political monopolies, writes Viktor Tkachuk from the "People First" organisation in Ukraine. With the help of new technologies and the social media, ...more »

Hazardous Waste
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Loose preparedness
Himalayan TimesFebruary 1, 2012

Although there are laws for punishing hospitals not managing their wastes properly, it seems that they are not being heeded. According to the law, the hospitals are responsible for management of their hazardous wastes as are other industries.more »

Public Utilities
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How to Fix Too Big Too Fail
Economic PopulistFebruary 22, 2012

If that should happen, policy makers could well take another look at the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 1935 as a model for accomplishing such a breakup over a limited time span of, say, seven years. The political mood is already shifting.more »

Minerals & Mining
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Buchans Minerals announces terms of SG Spirit Gold financing and date for ...
DigitalJournal.com (press release)February 8, 2012

With an office that is fully Sarbanes-Oxley compliant, Forbes West is vertically integrated with in-house geology, legal and corporate finance departments. Forbes West is focused on enhancing value to its growing portfolio of noteworthy public mining ...more »

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