Nightly Brief

     Top CNS stories for today including Coastal Commission reform dies in California, Tests confirm Zika in Florida mosquitoes, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service unveils a new policy to protect at-risk species, and more.
     
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     1.) Coastal Commission Reform Dies in California
      State lawmakers Wednesday overwhelmingly nixed two Democratic reform bills inspired by this year’s controversial firing of the director of the California Coastal Commission, allegedly for refusing to buckle to developers.
     
     2.) As Hanjin Collapses, Creditors Race to Court
     Businesses around the world are scrambling to secure assets after Hanjin Shipping, the world’s seventh-largest shipping line, filed for bankruptcy protection.
     
     3.) Hetch Hetchy Lawsuit Goes Down the Drain
     An environmentalist’s “profound commitment to species protection” can’t save a lawsuit challenging the way the National Park Service runs the Hetch Hetchy power project, a federal judge ruled this week
     
     4.) Tests Confirm Zika in Florida Mosquitoes
     Florida agriculture officials said Thursday that mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus have been found in the continental United States for the first time, after three samples from Miami Beach tested positive for the virus.
     
     5.) New Policy to Protect At-Risk Species Unveiled
     The Fish and Wildlife Service Wednesday unveiled a detailed proposal on appropriate measures to mitigate human caused impact on imperiled species.
     
     6.) Ninth Circuit OKs Sony’s Emailed Settlement
     Sony and a Taiwanese manufacturer of LCD screens reached a valid settlement via email to end long-running litigation over price-fixing, a divided Ninth Circuit ruled Thursday
     
     7.) Obama Touts ‘Sacred’ Tahoe in Enviro Tour Stop
     President Barack Obama stopped in Lake Tahoe on Wednesday to burnish his environmental credentials as his time in office draws to a close, saying that conservation means nothing without addressing climate change.
     
     8.) Tribe Takes Tobacco Tax Fight to 9th Cicuit
     Facing a $23 million federal tax bill it doesn’t believe it should pay, a Native American-owned tobacco company urged the Ninth Circuit to keep its land safe from seizure by the U.S. government.

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