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The Nightly Turbo: Phil Hellmuth Wins at LAPC, FS+G Files for Bankruptcy, and More
PokerNews.comMarch 1, 2012

In this edition, Phil Hellmuth wins a poker tournament (finally), Federated Sports + Gaming files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, and more. Bwin.party is one of many gaming operators preparing for legalized poker in the US In the latest edition of The ...more »

DA Files Motion For High Court To Recuse Gableman, Rehear Act 10 Case
WISC MadisonMarch 1, 2012

... he accepted free legal services from prominent Wisconsin law firm Michael, Best & Friedrich, which represented the state of Wisconsin in the legal fight over Act 10. Act 10 is the contentious law that made changes to collective bargaining rights ...more »

Environmental Law News and Stories

Alternative Energy
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Don't export LNG in Maryland
Baltimore SunMarch 5, 2012

By Michael Brune In recent years, the natural gas industry plunged into a reckless gold rush across communities nationwide with dirty, dangerous drilling and "fracking" practices that are exempt from many clean air and water laws.more »

Nanotechnology Law
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Fundamental Steps Needed Now in Global Redesign of Earth System Governance ...
Science Daily (press release)March 17, 2012

Giving a leading role to the 20 largest economies (G20) would help the council act effectively. The authors also suggested an upgrade of the UN Environment Program to a full-fledged international organization, a move that would give it greater ...more »

Floodplain
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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 »

Natural Resources
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Court gives underground water rights to landowners
Amarillo.comMarch 1, 2012

Four Price, R-Amarillo, a member of the House Natural Resources Committee, who heard the news at a conference in San Antonio where he delivered a legislative update on water issues. “Overall, it's a victory for private property advocates.more »

Park & Historic Preservation Law
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Developers are increasingly pursuing adaptive reuse opportunities
SA Commercial Prop NewsMarch 1, 2012

Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives are managed through the National Park Service. Commonly referred to as historic tax credits, these incentives are available for income-producing buildings that are determined to be “certified historic ...more »

Forest Preservation
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Judge: Barnes move foes must reimburse legal fees
MiamiHerald.comMarch 12, 2012

By JOANN LOVIGLIO AP PHILADELPHIA -- The Barnes Foundation must be reimbursed $40000 in legal fees by opponents fighting the world-famous art collection's move from the suburbs to downtown Philadelphia, according to a ruling from the judge who has ...more »

Pest Control Law
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Another First from Extech: Share Live Borescope Inspection Video over the Web
Virtual-Strategy MagazineMarch 9, 2012

PC video recording and web connectivity are ideal for inspections and training in multi-site manufacturing plants, virtual technical training, continuing education programs, HVAC and refrigeration, electrical, automotive, energy auditing, pest control, ...more »

Hazardous Waste
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Defra makes hazardous waste plea
Materials Recycling WeekMarch 2, 2012

Defra has called on waste firms to shop companies dealing with hazardous waste outside the law, amid concerns that producers are sidestepping legislation. MRW is the leading recycling and waste management publication with over 20000 readers each week.more »

Coal's future: New Prairie State plant shows coal power isn't going away
Belleville News DemocratMarch 2, 2012

The nearly $5 billion cost included $1 billion in pollution controls. That equipment will scrub out mercury and other toxic pollutants as required by new federal regulations and an earlier Illinois law. It also will remove particulate matter, or soot.more »

Minerals & Mining
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Australian miners sanguine on new Indonesia law
ReutersMarch 9, 2012

* Newcrest says Gosowong gold mine stake unaffected * BHP Billiton says reviewing new rule; no Rio Tinto comment * Intrepid in talks with Indonesian government MELBOURNE, March 9 (Reuters) - Australian miners are playing down the impact of a new law in ...more »

Public Utilities
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Idaho Power customers can expect to see the cost of their electricity rise ...
The Idaho StatesmanMarch 11, 2012

If they don't want it, why do utilities have to buy this power? It's required by the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act. Passed by Congress in 1978, PURPA was written to provide a market and pay a set rate for small producers of what is, usually, ...more »

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