WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court yesterday bolstered the ability of municipalities to seize property for public use by refusing to hear challenges in two cases that questioned the breadth of municipal eminent domain powers.

In one case, Golden Gate Heights Investments v. City of San Francisco, the plaintiff sought review of a California appeals court ruling that allowed the city to avoid paying the full value of land it took. In the other case, the justices declined to review a Texas Court of Appeals ruling in which the court upheld a decision by a city to condemn property for use by the U.S. Postal Service.

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