Ficheras

An appeals court in Texas upheld a ruling in favor of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission’s decision to cancel a bar’s alcoholic beverage permit based on the presence of “ficheras,” who are women that sit with male customers at bars, get them to buy a drink for an inflated price, and receive a ticket or cash from the bar for each drink they help sell.

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Oregon Natural Gas Pipeline Approved by Feds After State Rejection

Federal regulators on Thursday approved a hotly contested natural gas pipeline, with one big catch: the Canadian company behind the project must first get approval from state regulators, who have already denied key permits. Even if the state permits never come, federal approval means the company can begin using eminent domain to seize land along the pipeline route.

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Pipelines and Preservation

A federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., ruled against the Narragansett Tribe, which was seeking an order to compel the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to amend its regulations. While the tribe waited for the agency’s actions on its motion to intervene in the permitting process for a gas pipeline, construction was completed, destroying more than 20 ceremonial stone features. 

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Hunting and Fishing

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish was obligated to disclose the names and email addresses of everyone who applied for a hunting or fishing permit pursuant to a citizen’s public records request, an appeals court in the state ruled. The state argued disclosure of the information threatened the privacy of residents and could open hunters up to harassment.

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