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College students provide free help filing income tax returns in Springfield
KSPRFebruary 1, 2012

Students at both Drury University and Missouri State University will offer free income tax preparation this winter and spring. Here is the information for both. Students will provide free tax preparation through an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) ...more »

Gay marriage critics, supporters argue religious liberties, equal rights at ...
Washington PostFebruary 1, 2012

The Judicial Proceedings Committee hearing marked this year's first public debate on legislation to legalize same-sex unions, a measure introduced by Gov. Martin O'Malley last week. O'Malley, a Democrat, argued that the bill will grant necessary legal...more »

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Building Codes
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Rent regulation ruling cannot be used to scuttle deal: court
Thomson Reuters News & InsightFebruary 3, 2012

NEW YORK, Feb 3 (Reuters) - A real-estate firm cannot back out of a $6.2 million deal for an Upper East Side apartment building after a court ruled that several of the building's rental units had been wrongly converted from stabilized rent to ...more »

Industrial Development Issues
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Carrying out Forced Industrial Innovative Development Program is top ...
Gazeta.KZFebruary 6, 2012

In accordance with the President's instructions outlined in his state-of-the-nation address, the Government intends to introduce amendments into the Law "On national budget for 2012-2014." The preliminary draft amendments will be considered next week.more »

Commercial Real Estate
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Resource America, Inc. Reports Operating Results for the First Fiscal Quarter ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 3, 2012

LEAF's commercial finance assets at December 31, 2011 increased to $224.5 million, an increase of $32.5 million, or 17%, from September 30, 2011. -- Securitization: On October 28, 2011, LEAF securitized approximately $105 million of leases, ...more »

Mechanic's Liens
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Bowie & Jensen's, a Leading Business Law Firm, Michael W. Siri Gives Tips on ...
PR Web (press release)February 7, 2012

Michael W. Siri, Bowie & Jensen, a leading business law firm Subcontractors must provide a notice of intent to lien a property within 120 days from the last day they performed work or supplied materials on the project. Real estate markets were ...more »

Reverse Mortgage Workshop Coming to University Place on Feb. 15
Patch.comFebruary 1, 2012

Pierce County Community Connections Aging & Disability Resources is sponsoring "Reverse Mortgages: A Primer for Consumers." By Patch Staff Most Americans would prefer to remain in their own home for as long as possible. One way that people can do that ...more »

Construction Contracts & Disputes, Boundaries
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MOI positive about wetlands protection law
Taipei TimesFebruary 2, 2012

The Ministry of the Interior's (MOI) Construction and Planning Agency yesterday responded positively to a call by environmentalists for laws to protect the nation's wetlands as lawmakers across party lines yesterday urged the government to pay more ...more »

Reits And Limited Partnerships
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Spectra Energy Partners Reports Year End and Fourth Quarter 2011 Results ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 3, 2012

Distributions per limited partner unit for 2011 were $1.87, compared with $1.74 per limited partner unit for 2010, up 7.5 percent. The increase in net income and cash available for distribution reflects the acquisitions of an additional 24.5 percent ...more »

Construction Litigation
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Lady of the law left a lasting legacy
Pueblo ChieftainFebruary 6, 2012

The construction of John Martin Reservoir in the Lower Arkansas Valley led to a truce in the Colorado and Kansas water dispute. Posted: Monday, February 6, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 10:16 pm, Sun Feb 5, 2012. Colorado is famous for its mountains, ...more »

Residential Real Estate
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Homeowners In Limbo As Mortgages Go Unpaid, Foreclosures Drag On
LoanSafeFebruary 1, 2012

by Alex Ferreras on February 1, 2012 in Real Estate (Source: Kathleen Lynn The Record, Hackensack, NJ) – Almost three years after she last paid the mortgage, Linda Ganguzza remains in her New Milford home — one of thousands of troubled New Jersey ...more »

Eminent Domain
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City fighting eminent domain
St. Augustine RecordFebruary 14, 2012

His ostensible mission: Prevent passage of any House or Senate bill that gives FSDB eminent domain. City Attorney Ron Brown said the money for this would come from his office's professional services budget of $26000. “The $10000 will be a maximum no ...more »

Restrictive Covenant Injunctions
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Black History Month: Deed 'covenants' shaped region's racial makeup
Press of Atlantic CityFebruary 13, 2012

Such restrictions became unenforceable with the 1964 Civil Rights Act, but by then, blacks had been kept out of large parts of suburbia for decades. “Part of the reason why the covenants were put in place,” said Wendel A. White, professor of art at The ...more »

Foreclosure
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Sacramento holds steady in 'miserable cities' ranking
Sacramento Business JournalFebruary 6, 2012

Forbes said it ranks the country's largest cities on several factors, ranging from crime, taxes, unemployment, foreclosures, commute and sports. Sacramento, which also came in at No. 5 in 2011, ranks as one of the most miserable cities in part because ...more »

Title Litigation
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Rottenstein Law Group Learns of Zoloft Manufacturer's Motion to Consolidate 59 ...
PR Web (press release)February 1, 2012

Pfizer filed the motion on Jan. 18 under the following multi-district litigation number: MDR 2342. The motion's stipulations and some background on the cases that the motion seeks to consolidate are outlined in a Jan. 20, 2012, article on Law.com.more »

Hotel Reit Practice
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New Trend on China Real Estate Finance—Analysis on Real Estate Trusts and ...
JD Supra (press release)February 6, 2012

Now the business is moving from residential projects to commercial buildings and subsidiary houses, while more are targeting listed companies, large-scale groups or regional leading developers, and in the end may bring out REITs product.more »

Zoning Regulations, Land Use
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Delaware Township Committee introduces wind-energy rules
Hunterdon County Democrat - NJ.comFebruary 1, 2012

13, at 8 pm In the ordinance introduction, it's noted that “existing local zoning regulations do not address wind power, which while not intended to discourage the installation of small wind turbines, can substantially increase the time and costs ...more »

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