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Students speak out against 'affirmative action' themed bake sale and ...
The Denver ChannelApril 1, 2017

DENVER -- At the private Jesuit college Regis University, some students have questions outside of the classroom. Two students, Junior Kiara Long and Senior ...more »

This Highly Unpopular Change Would Almost Certainly Fix Obamacare
Fox BusinessApril 1, 2017

With this requirement shelved, there's little the IRS can do to verify whether people had health insurance in the previous year. The IRS also can't garnish wages or seize property if you fail to pay your SRP. It could, in theory, come after you ...more »

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Alternative Energy
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Legislature approves bill curtailing solar panel incentives
Wichita EagleApril 10, 2017

Opponents, however, question the need for the bill, since current state law caps net metering once 1 percent of a utilities energy comes from an alternative energy source, like wind or solar. Kerwin Olson, of left-leaning utility watchdog group ...more »

Nanotechnology Law
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Swiss National Research Program Will Hold Closure Event in June
The National Law ReviewApril 13, 2017

During the closure event, NRP 64 will present the most important findings and current state of the art in nanotechnology research. NRP 64's final brochure on the results, outcome, and perspectives provides an overview of the most important highlights, ...more »

Dumping & Disposing
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DEC Cites Montauk Bus Company For Transforming Maintenance Yard Into Dumping Ground
27east.comApril 4, 2017

State environmental investigators have cited the owners of a popular school bus transportation company, which services at least a half-dozen East End districts, after discovering that they had transformed part of their Center Moriches maintenance yard ...more »

Natural Resources
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ARCO digs up vintage Copper King War law in Opportunity lawsuit ...
Helena Independent RecordApril 2, 2017

BUTTE — Atlantic Richfield Co. is reviving a century-old Montana legal maneuver — once used by the now ARCO-owned Anaconda Company to secure copper ...more »

Park & Historic Preservation Law
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My View: Historic districts preserve affordability
Portland TribuneApril 6, 2017

Historic district opposition strategy is to drive wedges: between the board and the rest of the neighborhood; Eastmoreland and the rest of Portland; affordability and privilege; and between density and preservation. Associating "redlining" with ...more »

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Environmental victories since the first Earth Day
WABC-TVApril 4, 2017

One of the first and most influential environmental protection initiatives, 1972's Clean Water Act made it illegal to dump pollutants into natural waters without a permit. Slate called the act "one of the greatest successes in environmental law ...more »

Pest Control Law
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One key way soggy California could save water for the next rainless days
Los Angeles TimesApril 17, 2017

When he didn't get a state wildlife job, he wound up doing agricultural pest control work for a small company used by Terranova. In 1981, he went to work for the 5,500-acre ... The law “is a big stick,” Cameron said. “They're understanding how ...more »

Forest Preservation
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Frayed Community Preservation partnership in danger of collapsing
Wicked Local BrooklineApril 10, 2017

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, APRIL 10, 2017.....As the state's contribution rate continues to decline to record low levels, supporters of the Community Preservation Act touted legislation they say is necessary to preserve the open space protection partnership.more »

Epic Fight Over Diesel Pollution And California's Future Clean Air Authority
KPBSApril 11, 2017

The Act requires EPA to deny a waiver application unless California shows that it has a compelling and extraordinary need for the specific emissions reductions set forth in the application." Hadzi-Antich makes no predictions about how the 9th Circuit ...more »

Hazardous Waste
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Dollar General parent company to pay $1.125M in hazardous waste suit
Davis EnterpriseApril 17, 2017

The consent judgment resolves allegations made in a civil enforcement lawsuit filed April 11 in Kern County that Dollar General retail stores throughout the state and its distribution center unlawfully handled and disposed of various hazardous wastes ...more »

Public Utilities
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Florida high court reverses public utilities ruling
Florida RecordApril 7, 2017

In a reversal of that petition, the Florida Supreme Court stated “[1] the commission departed from the requirements of law by failing to properly consider and apply the terms of the settlement agreement with regard to FPUC's petition, [2] the ...more »

Minerals & Mining
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Miners to fight DENR order to ban open-pit mines
Manila BulletinApril 28, 2017

Mining stakeholders won't let the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) off the hook for banning the open-pit method in extracting minerals in the country, an order that they think does not have any legal basis. ... When asked whether ...more »


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