The Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments on Dec. 2, 2009. The case, which started with legal action in 2004, involves a dispute over restoration of a stretch of Florida panhandle beaches damaged by storms.
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A new report identifies 25 park units considered to be most threatened, but the vulnerability principles spill over to hundreds of additional national park units and other types of natural areas that may be of interest to your audience.
In this issue: New Journalism-Science Initiatives; Veteran Newspaper Writer Finds Teaching's Hidden Pleasures; Photographers Document and Protect Borderland Environments; Germ Killer, Largely Unregulated, Attracts New Concern for Wildlife; Improve Your Video — Get Good Audio; and more.SEJ Publication Types:
An online compendium of key source documents behind all the big stories seems on its way for future reference from ProPublica, thanks to a Knight News Challenge $719,500 grant.Topics on the Beat:
Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) says Congress has to do more to fix the Freedom of Information Act — especially stemming the hundreds of special exemptions created by Congress itself.
A federal law protecting reporters who maintain the confidentiality of their sources is currently stalled in the Senate Judiciary Committee as Obama breaks campaign promise.
Some justices skeptically questioned a 10-year-old law, intended to outlaw "crush videos," making it a criminal offense to possess or publish many depictions of cruelty to animals.
Congress must once again approve a 6-year plan for transportation funding. Lobbyists on all sides of the issues have already spent about $45 million in just the first half of 2009, according to the Center for Public Integrity.Topics on the Beat:
A report prepared by the Congressional Research Service is likely to be one key focus of an upcoming Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing.
Flat-screen TVs can be stunningly energy-inefficient. New California standards could shift manufacturing processes significantly.Region: