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     The day’s top stories from Courthouse News in short takes with links.
     
     1.) Judiciary Committee Relentless With California State Bar Director
     Lawmakers raked California State Bar Executive Director Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker over the coals Wednesday as they debated a bill that would allow the Bar to collect dues this year.
     
     2.) Massive Federal Parkland Move in Maine Angers Locals
     Designation of the largest federal parkland in Maine this week — just in time for the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary — is sparking objections from locals and state officials.
     
     3.) California Passes Twin Climate-Change Bills
     A 20-month battle between California’s Democratic leaders and the oil industry over an environmental plan requiring deep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions was settled Wednesday when lawmakers approved a pair of climate change bills.
     
     4.) No ‘Post-Apocalyptic Nightmare’ Here, Say Gun-Friendly States
     Joined by a lone Democrat, 15 Republican attorneys general urged the D.C. Circuit to block tougher gun control in the nation’s capital.
     
     5.) Possibly Habitable Planet Found Around Nearest Star
     As climate change and turbulent world politics wreak havoc on planet Earth, people have looked to the stars for a hospitable planet to call our new home. As it turns out, such a planet may be closer than we expected.
     
     6.) Food Stamp Recipients Win Against Michigan
     The Sixth Circuit upheld an injunction against Michigan for cutting off food stamps to recipients wrongly identified as felons.
     
     7.) Whistleblower-in-Blue Has Case for Retaliation
     The Second Circuit advanced claims Wednesday by a police officer who says blowing the whistle on her pension-padding brothers-in-blue got her fired.
     
     8.) Whistleblower-in-Blue Has Case for Retaliation
     The Second Circuit advanced claims Wednesday by a police officer who says blowing the whistle on her pension-padding brothers-in-blue got her fired.

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