WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on the first day of its 1994-95 term upheld several environmental and tax rulings that have important ramifications for state and local governments.

The court, which refused to review about 1,800 cases, also heard oral arguments in Hess v. Port Authority, Trans-Hudson Corp., a case that is important to states because the justices could set forth general principles for determining whether single or bistate agencies and their subsidiaries are immune from suits in federal court.

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