Laws & Regulations

November 15, 2023

Three-Part Legal Training in Spanish for Journalists

These free online courses in Spanish are part of the Reporters Committee's ProJourn collaboration with Microsoft and Davis Wright Tremaine. Register for one or all: Newsgathering rights (Oct 18); Pre-publication review of articles, podcasts, documentaries (Nov 1); and Access and transparency (Nov 15). 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET.

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Pope Urges Leaders At UN Talks To Slow Global Warming Before It’s Too Late

"Pope Francis shamed and challenged world leaders on Wednesday to commit to binding targets to slow climate change before it’s too late, warning that God’s increasingly warming creation is fast reaching a “point of no return.”"

Source: AP, 10/05/2023

Oil Firms Helped Craft Texas’ New Waste Rules For 2 Years Before The Public

"State regulators on Monday released their draft rules for what to do with all the hazardous oilfield waste that’s left over once a well is drilled. The announcement gives the public one month to comment on the new rules — while some industry representatives started giving input more than two years ago, documents and interviews show."

Source: Texas Tribune, 10/05/2023

EPA Opens Civil Rights Probe Into Alabama’s Management Of Sewage Funds

"The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will investigate possible racial discrimination in Alabama’s management of funds that can be used to bolster sewage infrastructure."

Source: The Hill, 10/05/2023

Arizona To Cancel Leases Allowing Saudi-Owned Farm Access To Its Groundwater

"Arizona governor Katie Hobbs said this week her administration is terminating state land leases that for years have given a Saudi-owned farm nearly unfettered access to pump groundwater in the dry southwestern state."

Source: AP, 10/04/2023

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