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Q: We remodeled our basement about 10 years ago and used a company that is still in business. It doesn’t seem like they obtained any permits for the work in our basement. We still own the home and plan to be here for some time to come. Do we have to report this to the local housing department and what should we do about our home improvements?

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Whether it’s local covenants or municipal laws that call for permits for a garage door, make sure your contractor works under those regulations to avoid unpleasant surprises later.

Unexpected delays can quickly turn a fun home remodeling project into stressful misery. But you’ve got more power than you think to keep your project on schedule — and it…

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The president and whomever he chooses to serve as his Interior secretary will have broad authority to decide what kind of energy development should take place on land owned by the federal government. On this question, Biden has been clear — he has said he would not issue new leases for fracking on federal lands.

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Q: I’ve always been told that when buying a house, I should ask to see any building permits to make sure major changes made to the house were built to code. However, I am constantly being told by home sellers that they did work to the home themselves over time, so they didn’t need permits, even if I know this not to be true.

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NIKKI HALEY, former ambassador to the United Nations, on the Democrats: "They want a government takeover of health care. They want to ban fracking and kill millions of jobs." — Monday.

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Effective for the 2020-21 Archery Deer Hunting Season, the Cerro Gordo County Conservation Board will conduct a lottery for the 35 annual archery permits at the Lime Creek Conservation Area.

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This UNESCO World Heritage site features a five-mile underground river, which meanders through an extensive limestone cave system before emptying out into the turquoise South China Sea. Most tours enter the seaside cavern in small group paddleboats or kayaks to explore the first mile of the river. Venturing farther into the cave is possible with a special permit from the National Park Office in Puerto Princesa.

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