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Trade Me pushes for consumer law change
Stuff.co.nzMarch 1, 2012

Trade Me says it will continue to push for an amendment to a bill overhauling consumer law as it believes full and part-time traders should have to identify themselves as being professionals when selling goods online or at fairs, markets and car boot ...more »

Extendicare REIT Announces 2011 Fourth Quarter and Year-end Results
Daily Commercial NewsMarch 1, 2012

... a bill was passed that will reduce the amount of reimbursable bad debt for dually eligible residents from 100% to 65% over a three-year period commencing in 2013. The estimated impact of this change for Extendicare REIT is US$2.5 million in 2013, ...more »

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Alternative Energy
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St. Croix River Crossing Debated in the House of Representatives
Patch.comMarch 1, 2012

A suspension vote on the bill to exempt the river crossing from the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act will happen on Thursday. Below are remarks from Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) and Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minn.) Rep. Michele Bachmann made the following ...more »

Nanotechnology Law
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The Register-GuardMarch 6, 2012

Science Pub — Dave Johnson of the UO chemistry department will discuss “Nanotechnology: Unveiling the Big World of the Very Small” at 7 pm Thursday at Cozmic; $5 suggested donation to support Oregon Museum of Science & Industry.more »

Dumping & Disposing
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No Transformation Without Compliance to Environmental Laws - Benebo
AllAfrica.comMarch 19, 2012

By Omotola Oloruntobi, 18 March 2012 The Director-General of the National Environmental Standards Regulations Agency (NESREA), Ngeri Benebo, in this interview with Omotola Oloruntobi explains the need for Nigerians to adhere to environmental laws and ...more »

Natural Resources
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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signs contentious wetlands development bill into law
Pioneer PressMarch 1, 2012

Wisconsin has lost 5 million acres of its wetlands, nearly half of those in the state, to construction and agriculture over the last 150 years, according to state Department of Natural Resources data. The DNR said its current permitting process, ...more »

Park & Historic Preservation Law
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HILLSBOROUGH: Arson suspect said to feel strongly about demolition
Packet OnlineMarch 28, 2012

In other emails to the township in late January, Mr. Westover wrote about the condition of the property at 697 Amwell Road, meetings with the township administrator to talk about changing the historic preservation ordinance and anonymous complaints ...more »

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US-Canadian joint degree program will focus on energy law
The National Law JournalMarch 5, 2012

The International Energy Lawyers Program, as the initiative is called, will focus on preparing students to practice natural resources, energy and environmental law. Students will not have to study energy law specifically, but administrators expect that ...more »

Pest Control Law
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Lawn Doctor Offers Five Quick Tips for Spring Lawn Care
Albany Times UnionMarch 6, 2012

Lawn Pest Control: “We're not the only inhabitants to enjoy a mild winter. Lawn insect populations are often reduced by harsh winters. This spring, a proactive approach toward lawn pest control will be vital towards fighting a larger population of ...more »

Forest Preservation
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LETTER: Attack on Community Preservation Act — again
Fall River Herald NewsMarch 5, 2012

By Anonymous Although the Community Preservation Act (CPA) has easily defeated challenges at Town Meeting three times, the selectmen voted (3-2) at the Feb. 21 meeting to put CPA's future on a townwide ballot in April. The same small anti-CPA group ...more »

Act 13 a disaster for Pa. property owners
Yorkdispatch.comMarch 1, 2012

Pennsylvania now has a new state law known as Act 13, which places impact fees on natural gas drilling, yet deprives homeowners of any control over what happens in their own backyard. Act 13 goes beyond being industry friendly. Left in place, this law...more »

Hazardous Waste
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32 companies, Terre Haute to pay for waste cleanup
WHIO DaytonMarch 14, 2012

AP Federal regulators are billing 32 private companies and Terre Haute for most of the cost of cleaning up a hazardous waste disposal site. The Tribune-Star reports (http://bit.ly/zllI3G ) the US Environmental Protection Agency says the companies and ...more »

Public Utilities
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PPL exec jumps from one side of electricity market to other
Allentown Morning CallMarch 11, 2012

Gerry Norlander, former president of the Public Utility Law Project in Albany, NY, echoed that concern: "It would probably take a whistle-blower" to bring any violations to light, he said. Specifically, Norlander wondered if DeCampli's understanding of ...more »

Minerals & Mining
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Initial Underground Drill Results Show Continuity of Gold Mineralization at ...
MarketWatch (press release)March 1, 2012

Fire Creek is a compelling gold mining prospect located near power, transportation, mining infrastructure and several milling facilities. Fire Creek's mineral resource is reviewed in the most recent technical report available here with additional ...more »


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