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Smithsonian American Art Museum Debuts Exhibition 'American Visionary: John F. Kennedy's Life and Times' May 3
WASHINGTON, April 21 -- The Smithsonian Institution issued the following news release:

A new exhibition commemorating President John F. Kennedy's life and work will be on view at the Smithsonian American Art Museum's main building from May 3 through Sept. 17. "American Visionary: John F. Kennedy's Life and Times" brings together 77 images culled from the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, Getty Images, private collections and the Kennedy family archives that capture the dramatic scope of Kennedy's life. The exhibition is one of the most exhaustively ... Show Full Article

New Look at 2004's Martian Hole-in-One Site
PASADENA, Calif., April 21 -- NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory issued the following news:

A new observation from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) captures the landing platform that the rover Opportunity left behind in Eagle Crater more than 13 years and 27 miles (or 44 kilometers) ago.

A series of bounces and tumbles after initial touchdown plunked the airbag-cushioned lander into the crater, a mere 72 feet (22 meters) across, on Jan. 25, 2004, Universal Time (Jan. 24, PST).

The scene includes Eagle Crater and Opportunity's nearby parachute and backshell, from the April 10, 2017, ... Show Full Article

Medicare for Railroad Families
WASHINGTON, April 21 -- The Railroad Retirement Board issued the following news release:

The Federal Medicare program provides hospital and medical insurance protection for railroad retirement annuitants and their families, just as it does for social security beneficiaries. Medicare has the following parts:

* Medicare Part A (hospital insurance) helps pay for inpatient care in hospitals and skilled nursing facilities (following a hospital stay), some home health care services, and hospice care. Part A is financed through payroll taxes paid by employees and employers.

* Medicare Part B ... Show Full Article

Government of Uganda Commits $5 Million to the U.S. African Development Foundation's Development Model
WASHINGTON, April 21 -- The U.S. African Development Foundation issued the following news release:

The Government of Uganda recently renewed its commitment to supporting smallholder farmers and agribusinesses in Uganda, in partnership with the U.S. African Development Foundation (USADF). Currently, both parties match funds for up to $1 million dollars each a year to fund agricultural enterprises to improve lives and livelihoods for Uganda's poorest and most vulnerable populations. The Government has recently committed an additional $5 million dollars over 5 years. Over this 10-year partnership ... Show Full Article

Four Heroes Win SBA's 2017 Phoenix Award For Outstanding Disaster Recovery Efforts
WASHINGTON, April 21 -- The Small Business Administration issued the following news release:

A South Carolina mayor who championed his city's post-disaster economic recovery, a volunteer who extended herself to support a small West Virginia town's rebuilding after a flood, a Texas business owner who rebuilt his company after a devastating flood, and a Northern California public official leading the relief efforts for a fire-ravaged county have been named winners of the 2017 Phoenix Award by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

The awards will be presented by SBA Administrator Linda McMahon ... Show Full Article

EPA Administrator Pruitt Addresses Earth Day Texas, Meets with Environmental Groups
DALLAS, April 21 -- The Environmental Protection Agency issued the following news release:

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt addressed Earth Day Texas on Friday, one of the largest gatherings for Earth Day in the United States. The audience in the Hall of State included a mix of environmental lawyers, organizations and legislators.

"On Earth Day, we celebrate the great natural resources that the United States is blessed with. The Environmental Protection Agency was created by Congress to protect these resources, along with human health. We intend to do just that - ... Show Full Article

Chairman Wicker Decries Russian Ban of Jehovah's Witnesses
WASHINGTON, April 21 -- The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe issued the following news release:

Following yesterday's decision by the Russian Supreme Court to declare Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia an "extremist organization," Helsinki Commission Chairman Sen. Roger Wicker (MS) issued the following statement:

"Russia's failure to respect religious freedom is yet another inexcusable violation of Moscow's OSCE commitments. People who practice their faith peacefully should never be in danger of being harassed, fined, or jailed.

The court order to seize organization property ... Show Full Article