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News releases, reports, statements and associated documents from the U.S. Executive Branch, covering all aspects of the Obama administration including cabinet departments, federal agencies, regulatory and independent agencies.

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Two Counties Added to Disaster Declaration for Public Assistance Funding
LITTLE ROCK, Ark., July 20 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency issued the following news release:

Two more Arkansas counties are now eligible to apply for FEMA's Public Assistance funding to supplement state and local recovery efforts in areas that sustained damage from April 26 to May 19.

Fulton and Searcy counties may now request reimbursements under the Public Assistance grant program. Assistance would cover eligible disaster-related debris removal, emergency protective measures, and the repair or rebuilding of public facilities, such as roads, ... Show Full Article

SBA Disaster Assistance Now Available in Jackson and Jefferson Counties for Private NonProfit Organizations in Tennessee
ATLANTA, July 20 -- The Small Business Administration's Office of Disaster Assistance issued the following news release:

The U.S. Small Business Administration announced today that Jackson and Jefferson counties have been added to the Presidential disaster declaration for Public Assistance resulting from damages caused by severe storms, straight-line winds and flooding on May 27- 28, 2017. Certain Private NonProfit organizations (PNP) that do not provide critical services of a governmental nature may be eligible to apply for low-interest rate disaster loans.

PNP's located in Blount, Cumberland, ... Show Full Article

Photos: Pruitt Stops in Arkansas for State Action Tour
LITTLE ROCK, Ark., July 20 -- The Environmental Protection Agency issued the following news release:

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt continued his state action tour in Arkansas today. Administrator Pruitt met with Governor Asa Hutchinson and Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, and representatives from the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality to discuss restoring cooperative federalism by re-visiting the 2015 "Waters of the United States" (WOTUS) rule. He also announced EPA's approval of Arkansas' 303(d) water quality standards that list impaired waters ... Show Full Article

New Law Prohibits Handheld Device Use While Driving
FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash., July 20 -- The U.S. Air Force Fairchild Air Force Base (92nd Air Refueling Wing) issued the following news:

By Senior Airman Janelle Patino

92nd Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs

More austere rules regarding handheld devices will be in effect July 23, for all Washington State drivers.

Typing or reading any kind of message, picture or data while driving will be prohibited as well as using handheld devices at a stop sign or red-light signal. Photography while driving is also illegal. This new law permits "minimal use of a finger" to activate an application or ... Show Full Article

NIH-Supported Scientists Elicit Broadly Neutralizing Antibodies to HIV in Calves
WASHINGTON, July 20 -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases issued the following news release:

Scientists supported by the National Institutes of Health have achieved a significant step forward, eliciting broadly neutralizing antibodies (bNAbs) to HIV by immunizing calves. The findings offer insights for HIV vaccine design, and support further study of modified bovine antibodies as HIV therapeutics or prevention tools in humans, scientists reported in a paper published online today in Nature.

Researchers have observed that about ... Show Full Article

Frontiers in Science Talk Explores Space Weather
LOS ALAMOS, N.M., July 20 -- The U.S. Department of Energy's Los Alamos National Laboratory issued the following news release:

Geoff Reeves, a Los Alamos National Laboratory Fellow and scientist in the Space Science and Applications group, will discuss the science behind space weather during three Frontiers in Science lectures titled "Whether There's Weather in Space" beginning July 24 in Santa Fe.

"Space is not a dark, cold void as many people think. Instead, it churns with energy--in the form of magnetic fields and electrically-charged particles," Reeves said. "Intense solar storms can disrupt ... Show Full Article

Canton Man Indicted on Child Pornography Charge
CLEVELAND, July 20 -- The Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, David A. Sierleja, issued the following news release:

A Canton man was indicted on child pornography charges, said Acting U.S. Attorney David A. Sierleja.

Larry P. Smith, 65, was charged with receiving, distributing and possessing visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

Smith knowingly received and distributed numerous computer files which contained visual depictions of real minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. This took place between Oct. 7 and 10, 2013, according to the indictment.

The ... Show Full Article