Important Press Releases

Reclamation reminds recreationists: Stanislaus River flows will stay high through Memorial Day weekend

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SONORA, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation is alerting the public to take extra safety precautions this Memorial Day weekend near the Stanislaus River below Goodwin Dam due to high flows. River flows were ramped up May 10 and will be maintained through the end of May, creating hazardous conditions for river recreation.

Hurricane season begins June 1; what are you doing to prepare?

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Early forecasts for this hurricane season predict an average to slightly above average number of storms, but one researcher has a bit of advice: prepare for the worst.

More than $194 Million in Federal Assistance Recently Approved for Puerto Rico Recovery

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For debris removal:More than $168 million to the Puerto Rico Department of Transportation and Public Works.More than $5 million to the Municipality of Añasco.Nearly $2 million to the Municipality of San Sebastián.More than $3.1 million to the Municipality of Vega Alta.

Navy to Commission Littoral Combat Ship Manchester

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The Navy will commission its newest Independence-variant littoral combat ship (LCS), the future USS Manchester (LCS 14), during a 10 a.m. EDT ceremony Saturday, May 26, at the State Pier in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

HomeAway Software Selects Bluetent to Offer New Website Services to Software Customers

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AUSTIN, Texas - May 24, 2018 - HomeAway Software®, the leading provider of vacation rental management software, and Bluetent, a digital agency specializing in the vacation rental industry, today announced the availability of a new website solution with robust features and preferred pricing, exclusively for Escapia and V12.NET users.

Virginia Pharmacist Indicted For Employment Tax Fraud

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A federal grand jury sitting in the Western District of Virginia returned an indictment today charging a Collinsville, Virginia pharmacist with failing to account for and pay over employment taxes, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and U.S. Attorney Thomas T. Cullen for the Western District of Virginia.

CBP Field Operations Seizes Over 1,500 Pounds of Marijuana Concealed Within a Commercial Trailer

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PHARR, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility discovered 1,659 pounds of alleged marijuana within a commercial trailer.

Climate change may lead to bigger atmospheric rivers

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WASHINGTON — A new study shows that climate change is likely to intensify extreme weather events known as atmospheric rivers across most of the globe by the end of this century, while slightly reducing their number.

President Trump Awards Medal of Honor to Retired Navy SEAL for Heroic Actions in Afghanistan

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WASHINGTON (NNS) -- On May 24, retired Master Chief Petty Officer (SEAL), Britt Slabinski became the 12th living service member to be awarded the Medal of Honor for bravery displayed in Afghanistan.

U.S. Senate Committee takes a stand to protect horses and burros

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The United States Senate Appropriations Committee passed the FY19 Agriculture Appropriations bill with a provision to maintain the ban on the slaughter of horses and burros for human consumption on U.S. soil. The provision bars spending by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to inspect horse slaughterhouses, saving millions of taxpayer dollars, and effectively banning horse slaughter in the United States.

UN Special Rapporteur on torture to visit Ukraine

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GENEVA (24 May 2018) – The UN Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment will visit Ukraine to assess the situation and developments related to the prohibition of torture and ill-treatment in the country.

Unemployment Rates Drop in Every County Across Tennessee

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NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips today announced county unemployment rates decreased in all 95 counties across Tennessee in April and all counties are at or below 5 percent.

World Food Programme applauds UN Security Council for tackling link between conflict and hunger

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NEW YORK – The Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP) today hailed the UN Security Council for its leadership in adopting a resolution that for the first time paves the way to address conflict-induced hunger around the world.

Remaking a reef: UW landscape architecture students to present design for new artificial reef at Redondo dive site

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A UW landscape architecture student’s illustration of part of an artificial reef to be built at Washington’s Redondo Beach dive area. UW students are working with the state, the dive community and others to design a new reef to provide a healthy habitat for marine life.

Farm Management Tour highlights progressive Indiana operations

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University’s Center for Commercial Agriculture and Purdue Extension will host the 86th annual Farm Management Tour in Johnson and Shelby counties June 21-22.

DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police to host 32nd Annual Youth Fishing Tournament

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DOVER – As part of Delaware’s participation in National Fishing and Boating Week, June 2-10, DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police will hold its 32nd Annual Youth Fishing Tournament from 10 a.m.

New device uses DC voltage cold plasma technology for a safer, more cost-effective approach to sterilize medical tools

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Purdue researchers have developed a new device that generates cold plasma and could transform how medical tools are sterilized.

AF announces 2018 Blacks in Government Meritorious Service Award winners

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Air Force officials recently named the three winners of the 2018 Blacks in Government Meritorious Service Award.

Governor Carney Signs Angel Investor Job Creation and Innovation Act

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NEWARK, Del. – Governor John Carney on Thursday signed into law House Bill 170, the Angel Investor Job Creation and Innovation Act, at the Delaware Technology Park at the University of Delaware’s STAR Campus.

Application deadline extended to June 15 for DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Polices 3rd Annual Youth Academies

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DOVER – If you are a student aged 12 through 15 with an interest in natural resources and law enforcement, DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police is once again offering summer Youth Academies – with the deadline for applying extended to Friday, June 15.

Former Nashville Judge Pleads Guilty to Federal Obstruction and Theft Charges

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A former Davidson County, Tennessee judge pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court to five counts relating to obstruction of justice, witness tampering, and stealing money from an organization receiving federal funds, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General John P. Cronan of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Don Cochran for the Middle District of Tennessee.

TDCI: Crypto Scammers Use Technology for Harmful Digital Scams

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NASHVILLE – As part of the North American Securities Administrators Association’s (NASAA) crackdown on fraudulent cryptocurrency activities, the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance’s (TDCI) Securities Division warns consumers about the financial dangers of crypto-schemes that prey on consumers.

Originally 9, now 19, dogs seized in drug raid forfeited to HSHV

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Ypsilanti, MI (May 24, 2018) -- Following a March 9th Washtenaw Metro SWAT raid on a suspected drug house in the city of Ypsilanti, Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) Animal Control seized four puppies and five unsterilized adult dogs living in unsanitary conditions. Many of the adults were confined by wire cages in a basement stained with urine and littered with feces.


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Burlington, Vt. – At press conference Thursday, Governor Phil Scott was joined by the Vermont Community Loan Fund, which announced a $2 million loan from Bank of America to enable flexible financing and other services to Vermont’s small businesses, nonprofits and community facilities, as well as affordable housing developers and early care and learning programs.

A.G. Underwood And Albany Police Department Announce Takedown Of Capital Region Drug Trafficking Ring In Operation Cryptic Cipher

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ALBANY - Attorney General Barbara D. Underwood and the Albany Police Department today announced the indictment of 13 individuals for their roles in trafficking significant quantities of heroin, fentanyl, and cocaine from New York City and throughout the Capital Region – including in Albany, Bronx, Kings, and Schenectady counties. Unsealed today in Albany County Court, the defendants were charged with various narcotics-related crimes in an 84-count indictment for their involvement in the narcotics trafficking network. The defendants are being arraigned today in Albany Count Court by Judge William A. Carter.

New EU data protection rules take effect on Friday

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New EU data protection rules strengthening citizens' rights and simplifying rules for companies in the digital age will take effect on Friday.

Bank of Canada Should Hold Overnight Rate at 1.25% Next Week, Hike to 2% by Next Year

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May 24, 2018 — The C.D. Howe Institute’s Monetary Policy Council (MPC) called for the Bank of Canada to hold its target for the overnight rate, its benchmark policy interest rate, at 1.25 percent at its next announcement on May 30, 2018. Looking further ahead, the Council called for a hike in the target to 1.50 percent in July, with further increases raising it to 2.00 percent by May of 2019.

Bronx man charged following NY BEST investigation

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NEW YORK — A Bronx man was arrested yesterday after investigation initiated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in New York’s Border Enforcement Security Taskforce (BEST). The investigation, worked by taskforce members from the New York City Police Department (NYPD), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF), led to the arrest of Richard Laugel following a city wide manhunt, who is now charged with firearms and narcotics offenses.

American Heart Association and Aramark named 2018 Halo Award winners for improving diet, health of millions

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DALLAS, May 24, 2018 –The American Heart Association, the world’s leading voluntary health organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular disease, and Aramark, the largest U.S. food service company serving two billion meals each year, are thrilled their Healthy for Life® 20 By 20 collaboration is the 2018 Silver Halo Award winner in the health category.

Senior leaders meet with industry to discuss utilizing artificial intelligence and quantum science throughout the Air Force

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Air Force leaders met with scientists and industry members May 17, 2018, at the Artificial Intelligence and Quantum Science Summit to chart how the service will utilize emerging technologies in the future.

H-2A Agricultural Worker Visa Modernization Joint Cabinet Statement

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In keeping with that commitment, our Departments are working in coordination to propose streamlining, simplifying, and improving the H-2A temporary agricultural visa program – reducing cumbersome bureaucracy and ensuring adequate protections for U.S. workers.

HCV Guidance Updates Recommendations for Screening and Treating Key Populations

Infectious Diseases Society of America's picture — a website developed by the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) and the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) to provide up-to-date guidance on the management of hepatitis C (HCV) — has updated several sections of the website to reflect new testing and management recommendations for pregnant women, people who inject drugs, men who have sex with men and people who are incarcerated.“Today, hepatitis C is curable for over 95 percent of people who undergo treatment,” explain HCV Guidance Co-Chairs, Marc G. Ghany, MD, MHSc; Arthur Y. Kim, MD; Kristen M. Marks, MD; and Hugo E. Vargas, MD. “With the success of HCV treatments, the medical community must now shift our focus toward eliminating HCV as a public health problem. As a first step, our Panel has made new recommendations to re-emphasize the importance of testing key populations and treating virtually all patients with the virus. We feel these recommendations are in alignment with the 2016 World Health Organization and National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) goals of eliminating HCV infection by 2030.”Universal screening for pregnant womenDrawing from recent studies highlighting a sharp increase of HCV-infected women giving birth in the United States between 2011-2014, and a lack of evidence that risk-factor-based testing is effective in identifying chronic HCV infection, the updated HCV Guidance recommends all pregnant women be tested for HCV infection, ideally at the start of their prenatal care.

A.G. Underwood And Rockland County DA Zugibe Announce Record $4.3 Million Settlement And Felony Charges In Bottle Bill Case

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NEW YORK—Attorney General Barbara D. Underwood and Rockland County District Attorney Thomas Zugibe today announced a $4.3 million settlement with Oak Beverages Inc.

State seeks public feedback on Duke Energys Buck Steam Station permits

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The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality is seeking public feedback on two draft stormwater permits and a draft wastewater permit for Duke Energy’s Buck Combined Cycle Station. The Rowan County facility discharges to the Yadkin River in the Yadkin-Pee Dee River Basin.

Second Iteration of Operation Sandman Leads to 170 Arrests Involving Human Smuggling

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YUMA, Ariz. – Special Operations Detachment and Intelligence Border Patrol agents detected and apprehended 170 suspects near the Imperial Sand Dunes west of Yuma during a three-week Border Patrol operation between April and May.

Colombia: State must provide assistance to people affected by the Hidroituango project

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The Colombian state must take urgent action to provide assistance to all those affected by the predictable flooding caused by the Hidroituango hydroelectric project.

Troxler names Stewart NCDA&CS assistant commissioner of agricultural services

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RALEIGH – Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler has appointed Dr. Alexander “Sandy” Stewart of Carthage as assistant commissioner of agricultural services for the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Stewart replaces Dr. Richard Reich, who retired in February.

Belgique : Quenast, une Grand-Place mtamorphose grce la BEI et son partenaire Belfius

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Depuis plusieurs années déjà, la commune de Rebecq s’attache à améliorer la performance énergétique de ses bâtiments et à repenser son espace public de manière à favoriser la convivialité, l’utilisation de modes de déplacement respectueux de l’environnement et l’accessibilité aux personnes à mobilité réduite. Une démarche qui s’inscrit pleinement dans une dynamique de développement durable et qui vient de se traduire par la réfection complète et le réaménagement de la Grand-Place de Quenast.

University leader David Christiansen appointed chancellor of Penn State York

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — David Christiansen, associate vice president for Commonwealth Campuses and senior associate dean for academic programs, has been named chancellor of Penn State York, effective Aug.

UN Committee against Torture adopts Concluding Observations following review of Qatar

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Geneva, May 24, 2018) – The UN Committee against Torture (CAT) has published its Concluding Observations on Qatar’s third periodic report following the state’s review on May 1 and 2, 2018. Prior to the review, Alkarama submitted a shadow report and briefed the CAT members on Qatar’s compliance with the Convention against Torture (UNCAT) since its last review in November 2012.