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Southwest Research Institute, University of Texas at San Antonio Collaborate on a Novel Process to Produce Low Carbon Fuels
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, Aug. 4 (TNSPar) -- Southwest Research Institute issued the following news release:

Southwest Research Institute and The University of Texas at San Antonio are collaborating to combine two catalytic processes into a single reactor, with the overall goal of recycling carbon from CO2 to produce low-cost hydrocarbon fuels. The work, led by Dr. Grant Seuser of SwRI's Powertrain Engineering Division and Dr. Gary Jacobs of UTSA's College of Engineering, is supported by a $125,000 grant from the Connecting through Research Partnerships (Connect) Program.

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National Taxpayers Union: Attack on Conservation Deduction Means Trouble for Entire Tax System
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, Aug. 4 (TNSPol) -- The National Taxpayers Union issued the following statement on Aug. 3, 2021:

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Reacting to news today that the recently-reintroduced Charitable Conservation Easement Program Integrity Act is being offered as an amendment to the Senate's Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework package, Pete Sepp, President of National Taxpayers Union (NTU), offered the following statement:

"Just one week ago, NTU published a joint statement to Congressional leaders from three taxpayer organizations, warning that the Charitable Conservation Easement Program Integrity Act ... Show Full Article

Institute for Justice: Illinois Becomes Second State to Enact Right to Garden Bill
ARLINGTON, Virginia, Aug. 4 (TNSPol) -- The Institute for Justice issued the following news release:

Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Friday signed the Illinois Vegetable Garden Protection Act (HB 633), a bill that will preserve and protect the right of all Illinoisans to "cultivate vegetable gardens on their own property." Introduced by Rep. Sonya Harper, the Act will protect the right to grow vegetables, as well as "herbs, fruits, flowers, pollinator plants, leafy greens, or other edible plants."

"I just want to grow my own food on my own property. In America, that really shouldn't be such a controversial ... Show Full Article

Environmental Law Institute Staff, Former Board Members, Elected to the American College of Environmental Lawyers
WASHINGTON, Aug. 4 (TNSPol) -- The Environmental Law Institute issued the following news release:

The Environmental Law Institute is proud to announce that Linda Breggin, a Senior Attorney with the Environmental Law Institute, is among the American College of Environmental Lawyers' (ACOEL's) newly elected class of Fellows for 2021. ELI is equally proud to announce that ELI Board Member Gwendolyn Keyes Fleming and former Board Members Ann Carlson and Carlton Waterhouse--both of whom recently stepped down from ELI's Board to join the Biden Administration--were also elected to the 2021 class of Fellows.

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ACLU R.I. Sues Dept of Corrections Over Continued Incarceration of Inmates Granted Parole
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island, Aug. 4 (TNSPol) -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island issued the following news:

A habeas corpus petition filed today by ACLU of Rhode Island cooperating attorneys and the Public Defender argues that an inmate is unlawfully being held in prison despite a decision by the R.I. Parole Board to release him on supervised parole. This is the second time in two years the ACLU has had to go to court to address this ongoing and disturbing problem created by a controversial and, according to the petition, unlawful policy change by the R.I. Department of Corrections ... Show Full Article

ACLU Comment on Senate Markup of the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act
WASHINGTON, Aug. 4 (TNSPol) -- The American Civil Liberties Union, a 501(c)3 non-profit that works to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the U.S., issued the following statement:

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Vania Leveille, senior legislative counsel with the American Civil Liberties Union, issued this statement following the first-ever Senate committee vote of the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (S. 1486):

"Too many workers are forced to choose between a healthy pregnancy and earning a paycheck. The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act is the solution we need ... Show Full Article

ACLU Comment on New CDC Eviction Moratorium
WASHINGTON, Aug. 4 (TNSPol) -- The American Civil Liberties Union, a 501(c)3 non-profit that works to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the U.S., issued the following statement:

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The Biden administration announced the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will issue a new federal moratorium on evictions. The previous federal eviction moratorium expired on July 31. The new moratorium, which will remain in effect through October 3, bans evictions in counties with high rates of COVID-19 transmission.

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