Important Press Releases

FEMA Announces Grants To Help Two Louisiana Communities Mitigate Against Future Storm Damage

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BATON ROUGE, LA — The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is announcing funding awards for two Louisiana communities for projects related to Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Gustav. FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Program provides federal funds to eligible communities after a presidential disaster declaration to reduce the impact of future events.

MSU student honored as 2018 Newman Civic Fellow

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Jessica Gonzalez, a James Madison College senior majoring in social relations and policy, was one of only 268 students from across the nation selected to join Campus Compact's 2018 cohort of Newman Civic Fellows.

Governor Cuomo Issues Open Letter Calling on Members of Congress to Reject Appalling Federal Proposal to Eliminate States' Oversight of Student Loan Companies

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today issued the following open letter to Congress calling on members to oppose a backward new federal measure that would preempt state regulation of student loan companies and favor big banks and corporations over New York's hardworking students and families.

Two genes likely play key role in extreme nausea and vomiting during pregnancy

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Researcher Marlena Fejzo is depicted, in a drawing by her sister, being treated for hyperemesis gravidarum. The severe form of morning sickness resulted in Fejzo losing her baby and inspired her to do research into the condition.

Digital Taxation: Commission proposes new measures to ensure that all companies pay fair tax in the EU

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The European Commission has today proposed new rules to ensure that digital business activities are taxed in a fair and growth-friendly way in the EU. The measures would make the EU a global leader in designing tax laws fit for the modern economy and the digital age.

Harvard Extension Student Association secures major sponsorship

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Harvard Extension Student Association (HESA) Director of Finance Alexis Williams’ efforts to establish partnerships on behalf of the Association proved successful in obtaining a corporate sponsorship from Merrill Lynch, Bank of America Corporation. The sponsorship will help to offset expenses associated with Harvard Extension School (HES) Spring Ball, The Spring Reve: A Fantastical Ballroom Bash.

Gro Harlem Brundtland to give IIED's 2018 Barbara Ward Lecture

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The 2018 Barbara Ward Lecture will be given by the first woman Prime Minister of Norway Gro Harlem Brundtland, who chaired the UN World Commission of Environment and Development that presented the groundbreaking Our Common Future report on sustainable development.

Baker Institute expert available to discuss Trumps plan to stop opioid abuse

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HOUSTON — (March 21, 2018) – Several of the proposals President Donald Trump announced Monday in his “Initiative To Stop Opioid Abuse and Reduce Drug Supply and Demand” are unlikely to effectively address the epidemic, according to a drug policy expert at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

Governor Cuomo Declares State of Emergency for Downstate New York Ahead of Coastal Storm

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today declared a state of emergency for Putnam, Rockland, Westchester, Nassau and Suffolk counties, and all of New York City ahead of the coastal storm, which is expected to bring heavy, wet snow downstate through Wednesday evening. The Governor also announced 300 New York National Guard service members have been activated and will be deployed to areas impacted by the storm. Following recent weather events, the Governor directed rapid response teams comprised of Long Island Rail Road, Metro-North and utility company personnel to be prepared to address downed wires or power failures.

CBP Officers at Laredo Port of Entry Seize More Than $739K in Methamphetamine

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LAREDO, Texas— U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) CBP officers at Laredo Port of Entry recently seized hard narcotics worth more than $739,000 in one enforcement action.

FEMA Awards $5.4 Million For Desire Community Housing Corporation

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BATON ROUGE, LA — The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded more than $5.4 million to the Desire Community Housing Corporation in New Orleans for the replacement of their multi-function administrative center.  The facility sustained extensive flooding following Katrina with water levels in the building ranging from six to seven feet.

Statement by Commissioner Vestager on Commission decision to give conditional approval to Bayer's plans to buy Monsanto and decision fining producers of capacitors 254 million for participating in a cartel

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The Commission has today decided to give conditional approval to Bayer's plans to buy Monsanto under EU merger rules. We were able to do so because of the significant remedies the companies offered, which met our competition concerns in full.

Islet transplantation improves quality of life for people with hard-to-control type 1 diabetes

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NIH-funded study finds consistent, dramatic improvements among clinical trial participants.

Fair Taxation: Commission puts in place first EU counter-measures on listed non-cooperative tax jurisdictions

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The European Commission is today delivering on its pledge to ensure that the EU's common EU list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions is backed up by effective countermeasures.

CAIR Condemns Racist Incidents, Religious Slurs at a Maryland High School

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That school’s Principal Stephen Gorski wrote in a letter to parents that racial, ethnic and religious slurs and symbols were discovered last week scrawled on a toilet seat inside a boys’ bathroom. Last Friday, racial slurs were also discovered carved into a classroom doorway.

FEMA Approves $2.2 Million for Public Service Commission of S.C Santee Cooper for Hurricane Matthew

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ATLANTA – Santee Cooper will receive $2,206,238 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to offset costs to South Carolina’s rural electric utility resulting from Hurricane Matthew.

OECD: Probe Colombia's inaction on indigenous hunger crisis

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Amelia sat on a bench outside her one-room straw-roofed hut knitting a handbag while her toddler grandsons played nearby in the dirt. They were skinny, and itchy-looking red rashes spread up their arms.

NIH-supported international team confirms new genetic mutation link to ALS

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Kinesin family member 5A (KIF5A), a gene previously linked to two rare neurodegenerative disorders, has been definitively connected to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) by an international team from several of the world’s top ALS research labs.

Obituary: Anne Tessier, Retired Clerical Worker in Several Departments

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Anne R. Tessier, 92, of Florence, who earned associate and bachelor’s degrees in her 60s and was employed as a clerical worker in several departments, died March 17.

Lawsuit Launched to Force Trump Administration to Curb Risks From Pesticide Malathion

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SAN FRANCISCO— The Center for Biological Diversity, Center for Environmental Health and Californians for Pesticide Reform filed a formal notice of intent today to sue two federal agencies for failing to finalize measures to protect endangered wildlife and the environment from pesticides containing the chemical malathion.

Questions and Answers on a Fair and Efficient Tax System in the EU for the Digital Single Market

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Why has the Commission presented a Digital Tax Package?

FEMA Approves $5.8 Million for Beaufort County for Debris Removal from Hurricane Matthew

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ATLANTA – Beaufort County will receive a total $5,858,517 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to offset costs for debris removal following Hurricane Matthew in October 2016.

Five universities including Purdue launch joint cyber security operations center

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Five Big Ten Academic Alliance institutions, including Purdue University, on Wednesday (March 21) announced the launch and activation of the OmniSOC, a collaborative cybersecurity operations center.

Understanding Effects of Climate Change on California Watersheds

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California relies on the Sierra Nevada snowpack for a significant portion of its water needs, yet scientists understand very little about how future changes in snowpack volume and timing will influence surface water and groundwater. Now researchers at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) are developing an advanced hydrologic model to study how climate change might affect California watersheds.

Attorney General Sessions Issues Memo to U.S. Attorneys on the Use of Capital Punishment in Drug-Related Prosecutions

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The opioid epidemic has inflicted an unprecedented toll of addiction, suffering, and death on communities throughout our nation. Drug overdoses, including overdoses caused by the lethal substance fentanyl and its analogues, killed more than 64,000 Americans in 2016 and now rank as the leading cause of death for Americans under 50. In the face of all of this death, we cannot continue with business as usual.

Eastern Caribbean: LGBT People Face Bias, Violence

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Bridgetown, Barbados, March 21, 2018) – Discriminatory laws in Eastern Caribbean countries make lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people targets for discrimination, violence and abuse, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.

A packed schedule of career events in April

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April 3: Fort Irwin Transition Summit. Open to active-duty servicemembers, Guard and Reserve, veterans and military spouses.

Earth Hour 2018 A New Generation of Leaders Turn Out to Turn Up Climate Action

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This Saturday, March 24th at 8:30pm local time, World Wildlife Fund’s Earth Hour will sweep the globe. Millions of people, cities and businesses across the world will switch off their lights for one hour to show support for taking action to fight climate change.

Texas Democrats Statement On Texas Credit Downgrade Risk

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Austin, TX — Republican Comptroller Glenn Hegar warned lawmakers this week that Texas’ budget is “riddled with enough unfunded liabilities” to worry credit rating agencies.

Rice U. event to focus on resilient housing

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HOUSTON – (March 21, 2018) – Local and national experts will discuss how resilience strategies can shape Houston’s affordable housing system at a March 27 event hosted by Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research and the Houston office of the Local Initiatives Support Corp.

University welcomes guests to celebrate Sikh Guru's 350th birthday

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From left to right – Shri D.P.Singh, Counsellor (Consular) High Commission of India, London, Bhai Saheb Dr Mohinder Singh , Chairman Nishkam Guru Nanak Sewa Jatha, Dr.

Britains pay squeeze has finally ended but public sector workers will have to wait

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Britain’s 12-month pay squeeze has finally ended, though public sector workers will have to wait until new higher pay settlements are agreed to see real pay rises, the Resolution Foundation said today (Wednesday) following the latest labour market statistics.

Bristol unveils high-fidelity radio models for ultra-reliable 5G deployment

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The University of Bristol's Smart Internet Lab unveiled its world-leading 5G radio models to government and members of the public last weekend [Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 March] at the Layered Realities 5G Showcase.

RAC recommends an occupational exposure limit for benzene

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At its March meeting, the Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) also recommended occupational exposure limits (OELs) for two other substances: nickel and its compounds and acrylonitrile. These opinions conclude the response to the European Commission, which for the first time asked RAC to assess the scientific basis for setting OELs.

Philip and Kathy Power donate renowned Inuit art collection, endow program at U-M Museum of Art

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ANN ARBOR—Ann Arbor community leaders Philip and Kathy Power have created the Power Family Program for Inuit Art at the University of Michigan Museum of Art, a program that will position the museum as a national leader in the curation, exhibition and understanding of Inuit art.

Washington Trust Provides $19.6 Million in Financing for the Construction of a Class-A Apartment Complex in East Providence, RI

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East Providence, RI – Washington Trust’s Commercial Real Estate Group recently provided $19.6 million in financing to Kettle Point Apartments, LLC, for the construction of a 134 unit, Class-A apartment complex in East Providence, Rhode Island.

Trump Administration Offers 77 Million Acres in Gulf of Mexico to Oil Industry

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NEW ORLEANS— The Trump administration is holding the biggest offshore oil and gas lease auction in U.S. history today, offering all 77 million acres of unleased, available federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico.

Nearly $100 Million in Disaster Relief Provided to Georgians in the Six Months since Hurricane Irma

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WARNER ROBINS, Ga. — In the six months since Hurricane Irma made landfall in Georgia, $91,553,288 in disaster assistance has been provided to individuals and businesses in seven counties. An additional $8,290,828 has been provided to local, county and state municipalities for debris removal, emergency protective measures and infrastructure repair throughout the state.

HRC Statement on IL03 Primary Result

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CHICAGO — Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, released the following statement on the primary election results in Illinois’ 3rd Congressional District.