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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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Veterans Showcase Talents at National Creative Arts Festival in Buffalo, N.Y.: Exhibit, Stage Show Open to Public and Media
WASHINGTON, Oct. 20 -- The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs issued the following news release:

Nearly 120 Veterans from across the country will participate in the National Creative Arts Festival in Buffalo, New York, beginning Oct. 23.

The festival is hosted by the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) Western New York Healthcare System and will culminate with an art and writing exhibition and stage show performance on Oct. 29.

"Veterans at the Creative Arts Festival are an example of the tremendously talented men and women who have worn the uniform in service of our nation," said VA Secretary ... Show Full Article

Two ORNL-Led Research Teams Receive $10.5 Million to Advance Quantum Computing for Scientific Applications
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Oct. 20 -- The U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory issued the following news release:

By harnessing the power of quantum mechanics, researchers hope to create quantum computers capable of simulating phenomenon at a scale and speed unthinkable on traditional architectures, an effort of great interest to agencies such as the Department of Energy tasked with tackling some of the world's most complex science problems.

DOE's Office of Science has awarded two research teams, each headed by a member of Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Quantum Information Science ... Show Full Article

NRCS Funds Available to Farmers Within Lower Elkhorn NRD to Improve Irrigation Water Management and Reduce Soil Erosion
LINCOLN, Neb., Oct. 20 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service Nebraska office issued the following news release:

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) entered into an agreement with the Lower Elkhorn Natural Resources District (NRD) to help farmers improve irrigation water management, reduce soil erosion and install conservation practices through the Lower Elkhorn Water and Soil Conservation Initiative. This Initiative is available through the USDA's Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP).

Producers located within the northeast ... Show Full Article

NLRB Issues Decisions for Week of Oct. 10-13
WASHINGTON, Oct. 20 -- The National Labor Relations Board issued the following weekly case summary:

Summarized Board Decisions

Midwest Terminals of Toledo International, Inc. (08-CA-135971 and 08-CA-136613; 365 NLRB No. 138(https://apps.nlrb.gov/link/document.aspx/09031d458258a02a)) Toledo, OH, October 11, 2017.

The Board adopted the Administrative Law Judge's conclusions that the Respondent violated Section 8(a)(5) and (1) by unilaterally changing the selection process and criteria for adding employees to its contractual skilled employee list, and violated Section 8(a)(3) and (1) by discriminatorily ... Show Full Article

Former Owner of Inca's Secret Restaurant Pleads Guilty to Federal Charges
HARRISONBURG, Va., Oct. 20 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Virginia, Rick A. Mountcastle, issued the following news release:

A pair of Harrisonburg residents, who formerly owned and managed a Peruvian-themed restaurant in the city, pleaded guilty yesterday in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Harrisonburg to federal harboring charges, Acting United States Attorney Rick A. Mountcastle announced.

Maria Rosalba McTague Alvarado, 49, and her son, Felix Adriano Chujoy, 29, each pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court to charges related to the ... Show Full Article

Energy Department Invests $12 Million in Coal Combustion Projects
WASHINGTON, Oct. 20 -- The U.S. Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory issued the following news release:

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy (FE) and the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) have selected nine projects to receive approximately $12 million in federal funding for cost-shared research and development projects. These projects aim to address critical technology gaps and develop transformational advanced combustion system technologies that will improve the efficiency and reliability of existing power plants.

These projects were ... Show Full Article

Cadets Show Support to 'It's On Us' Campaign
WEST POINT, N.Y., Oct. 20 -- The Military Academy issued the following news release:

The U.S. Military Academy Corps of Cadets will continue its commitment to the "It's On Us" campaign tomorrow at Michie Stadium by joining together in the effort to prevent sexual assault. Be part of the solution by visiting itsonus.org to take the pledge and join the conversation at #ItsOnUs.

After President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden initiated the campaign on Sept. 19, 2014, and asked for men and women across America to make a personal commitment to step off the sidelines and be part of the solution ... Show Full Article