Legal news from Sunday, April 17, 2005
14:04 EDT

[JURIST] Florida became the first state in the nation to fully privatize its child welfare program [DCF website] after signing a $75 million contract Friday, transferring management of the last 2 remaining counties under governmental oversight. The agreement with Our Kids allows the private organization to manage all foster care, [read more]

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[JURIST] Japanese Trade Minister Shoichi Nakagawa [official profile] said Sunday that a lawsuit in an international court [Reuters report] is "one option" for dealing with a Japan-China dispute over natural gas drilling rights in the East China Sea. China has three projects in an area Japan claims as its own. [read more]

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[JURIST] Governor Joe Manchin vetoed a bill [AP report] on Saturday that would have made English the official language of West Virginia. Gov. Manchin, who has supported such legislation in the past, objected to the bill on the grounds that the state constitution limits legislation to one topic. The original [read more]

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[JURIST] New York City agreed on Friday to pay $150 each plus legal fees totaling about $215,000 to 108 protestors [AP report] arrested during the Republican National Convention [official website] and held after a judge ordered their release. Lawyers for the protestors claimed that the city intentionally violated [Newsday report] [read more]

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