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Rockefeller Supports Blind Trust for Members of Congress
HNN Huntingtonnews.netFebruary 1, 2012

The Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act of 2012 (STOCK Act) says US Representatives and Senators may not use information they gain in their role as Members of Congress. “Elected officials have a duty to our constituents to be above board in ...more »

Bishops point to dignity for asylum seekers
Catholic LeaderFebruary 1, 2012

THE Australian Catholics Bishops Commission for Justice, Ecology and Development has called for a common vision among political parties in the approach to asylum seekers. On Australia Day the commission encouraged "the Australian sense of justice and ...more »

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Building Codes
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Law Firm Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP Names Three New Partners
DigitalJournal.com (press release)February 3, 2012

Since graduating from law school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2003, Ginger Hunsucker has been practicing defense litigation at Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog with significant experience in medical malpractice and professional...more »

Industrial Development Issues
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Governor Announces Appointments to Commissions and Boards
WIBWFebruary 1, 2012

She earned a Masters of Public Administration and a Masters of Social Work from the University of Kansas. Mays is also a licensed specialist in Clinical Social Work and a Certified Mediator. (Law Enforcement and JJA Agencies Member) Dona Booe, ...more »

Commercial Real Estate
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SFC's Frederick to Congress: Sports Becoming “Glorified Real Estate Scam”
Business InsiderFebruary 1, 2012

Sports Fans Coalition Executive Director Brian Frederick told a House Judiciary subcommittee today that professional sports has become a “glorified real estate scam” because owners are able to manipulate the public into financing stadiums that provide ...more »

US Watchdog to Examine Freddie Mac Use of Floaters
Wall Street JournalFebruary 1, 2012

By ALAN ZIBEL WASHINGTON—A federal watchdog said Tuesday it would examine Freddie Mac's use of a mortgage derivative amid allegations that such investments gave the mortgage company an incentive to prevent borrowers from refinancing their home loans.more »

Reits And Limited Partnerships
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5 Unique Energy Stocks For Big Dividend Income
Seeking AlphaFebruary 3, 2012

Nustar Energy (NS) is a master limited partnership that spun off from Valero Energy (VLO) and now owns most of Valero's pipeline network and storage facilities. A series of acquisitions over the year that include a major grab from Citgo in 2008 of some ...more »

Construction Contracts & Disputes, Boundaries
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Audit: Delaware State University broke state law on issuing bids for ...
Dover PostFebruary 4, 2012

By Antonio Prado Delaware State University broke state law that required it to seek bids for minor capital construction work that used state funds to make more than $98000 in improvements to the president's home, a state audit report said.more »

Residential Real Estate
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Bringing real estate into a mobile world
The Register-GuardFebruary 5, 2012

By Sherri Buri McDonald RealLead is a new Eugene company designing technology that enables real estate agents to get more mileage out of their mobile marketing of real estate listings. The company's owners are Caroline Cummings (left), ...more »

Construction Litigation
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Syracuse Car Accident Attorney Joins Call for Crackdown on Drugged Driving
PR Web (press release)February 1, 2012

New York personal injury lawyer Scott C. Gottlieb of the Law Offices of Scott C. Gottlieb & Associates says he supports improving technology and training for local law enforcement in their efforts to stem the rising threat of drugged driving accidents.more »

Restrictive Covenant Injunctions
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Cos Cob residents rail against proposed AT&T tower
Greenwich TimeFebruary 10, 2012

"How can such a clear restrictive covenant be disregarded?" he asked. Some residents are planning a court action against the plan on the basis of the deed and have asked for the town to join with them. In a letter dated Jan. 27, the residents asked the ...more »

Eminent Domain
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Proposed Constitutional Amendment on Eminent Domain: Cons and Pros
JD Supra (press release)February 4, 2012

Virginia Local Government Law Proposed Constitutional Amendment on Eminent Domain: Cons and Pros By: Andrew McRoberts. Thursday, February 2nd, 2012 The proposed eminent domain constitutional amendment is pending at the 2012 Virginia General Assembly.more »

Title Litigation
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Hecla Mining Shareholder Alert: The Briscoe Law Firm and Powers Taylor, LLP ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 2, 2012

2, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Former United States Securities and Exchange Commission attorney Willie Briscoe, founder of The Briscoe Law Firm, PLLC, and the securities litigation firm of Powers Taylor, LLP announce that the firms are ...more »

Foreclosure
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Live Q&A; 11 am ET
Washington Post (blog)February 9, 2012

Research schools, recent home sales, demographics, crime stats and nearby establishments. Thanks to lower or stable price trends -- and to declining interest rates -- homes in the DC area are becoming more affordable. What does the foreclosure...more »

Zoning Regulations, Land Use
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GUEST COLUMN: Local GOP off base on zoning
The Daily News JournalFebruary 1, 2012

I find the local Republican Party and the Rutherford County Concerned Citizen's for Property Rights conclusion that the Comprehensive Plan and proposed Zoning Map and Ordinance to be “… unwarranted and not needed, as it infringes upon a property ...more »

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