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Transportation, Education Focus of Florence Legislative Event
FLORENCE, Ore., Oct. 18 -- The Oregon Senate Democrats issued the following news release:

Education and transportation will be the key topics of a town hall hosted by Sen. Ar nie Roblan, D - Coos Bay, and Rep. Caddy McKeown, D - Coos Bay, this weekend in Florence.

The event - scheduled for 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28, in the Bromley Room of the Siuslaw Public Library, 1460 Ninth St., in Florence - will feature Oregon Education Inn ovation Officer and Oregon Department of Education Interim Director Colt Gill, in addition to Oregon Department of Transportation Region 2 Manager Frannie B rindle ... Show Full Article

State Announces $7.5 Million in Grants to Aid Home Visits for Families
BALTIMORE, Oct. 18 -- The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene issued the following news release:

The Maryland Department of Health announced today $7,450,938 in funding from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration for Maryland's Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program. These funds will allow Maryland to continue to provide voluntary, evidence-based home visiting services to women during pregnancy, and to parents with young children up to kindergarten entry.

"Evidence-based home visiting programs help children get off to a better, healthier start," ... Show Full Article

Rep. Wheatley Leads Effort for Gas Drillers to Help Close Budget Hole
HARRISBURG, Pa., Oct. 18 -- The Pennsylvania House Democrats issued the following news release:

State Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny, and members of the House Finance Committee today approved seeking a higher tax on the companies extracting record volumes of natural gas from shale formations deep under Pennsylvania.

"Pennsylvania is facing a serious budget crisis and this is one sensible step toward fixing it. We need to start collecting this recurring revenue from companies that can easily afford to pay it," Wheatley said.

Currently, Pennsylvania is the second-largest producer of natural gas ... Show Full Article

New Pool Coming to Grand Lake St. Marys State Park Campground
ST. MARYS, Ohio, Oct. 18 -- The Ohio Department of Natural Resources issued the following news:

A new pool at the campground at Grand Lake St. Marys State Park, located in Auglaize and Mercer counties, is currently under construction and is scheduled to be ready for the 2018 summer season.

In recent years, Grand Lake St. Marys State Park has received a number of improvements that have made camping and visiting the park more enjoyable.

These projects include;

* A new campground splash pad;

* 20 campsites that have been upgraded to full-service;

* A new pavilion and shower house in the campground; ... Show Full Article

Michigan's September Jobless Rate Moves Up
LANSING, Mich., Oct. 18 -- The Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget issued the following news release:

Michigan's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in September increased over the month by four-tenths of a percentage point to 4.3 percent, according to data released today by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget (DTMB). The number of unemployed rose in September by 19,000 while total employment was essentially flat. The net result was a 17,000 advance in the state's workforce.

The Michigan jobless rate in September 2017 was seven-tenths of a percentage ... Show Full Article

Influenza Season Begins in Ohio; Ideal Time to Get Flu Shot
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Oct. 18 -- The Ohio Department of Health issued the following news release:

With the arrival of flu season, the Ohio Department of Health is recommending that all Ohioans six months and older get a flu shot now. Flu activity traditionally begins to increase in October and can last as late as May, with cases typically peaking between December and February.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the best protection against seasonal flu viruses. Flu vaccines have been updated this year to better match circulating flu viruses.

"Flu ... Show Full Article

Comptroller Mendoza Endorses Override of Governor Rauner's Veto of Mco Bill
SPRINGFIELD, Ill., Oct. 18 -- Illinois Comptroller Susana A. Mendoza issued the following news:

It's the largest procurement in Illinois history. And all that the legislature and I asked for was a little transparency. Governor Rauner decided to shrink the number of Managed Care Organizations serving Illinois Medicaid patients, from 12 to six. Or seven. It's not clear.

Governor Rauner has kept the whole process behind closed doors by going around standard procurement rules intended to protect taxpayers from bad deals. This is not a partisan critique of the governor. The Governor's Democratic ... Show Full Article