Landowners Lose Again in Fight to Strip Protections for Rare Spider

A rare species of blind, cave-dwelling spider in the Central Texas hill country will remain federally protected under the Endangered Species Act for now, despite a legal fight brought by landowners and private property advocates who claim the spider’s protection has threatened development projects and led to tens of millions of dollars in permitting costs.

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Super-Rich on California Beachfront Lose Campaign to Stop Coastal Access by Public

A pristine stretch of California coast is controlled by a super-rich set with showpiece cars and 100-acre-minimum estates. While aggressively stopping any outsider that get close to long stretch of pristine coves and beaches, the “ranch” owners have managed to also engineer a tax break. But all that looks about to change.

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Walmart and Wetlands

The Oregon Supreme Court upheld a determination that the Department of State Lands impermissibly issued a permit allowing Walmart to fill wetlands on private property in order to build a new store, ruling the record lacks a finding about whether or not the project will interfere with the state’s policy of preserving its waters for public purposes.

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