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Wolf Administration Official Tours Stream Restoration Project at Michaux State Forest, Project Supports Clean Water, Fish Habitat, Climate Change Resiliency
CUMBERLAND COUNTY, Pa., Oct. 20 -- The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources issued the following news release:

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn today joined partners in a visit to Camp Michaux in the Michaux State Forest in Cumberland County to view a project to restore Tom's Run to its historic location.

"DCNR's Bureau of Forestry implements practices that promote the long-term health of our forests in Pennsylvania for many values, including clean water," Dunn said. "Forests and trees play an incredible role in slowing the flow ... Show Full Article

Texas Department of Banking Commissioner Issues Consent Order Relating to C. Johnson Funeral Home, Inc.
AUSTIN, Texas, Oct. 20 -- The Texas Department of Banking issued the following news release:

On October 19, 2017, Texas Banking Commissioner Charles G. Cooper issued a Consent Order relating to C. Johnson Funeral Home, Inc. (Johnson) of Houston, Texas. Johnson is a seller of prepaid funeral benefits and holds permit number 545.

The Consent Order is based on the Commissioner's finding that Johnson violated Texas Finance Code Chapter 154 by failing to timely renew its permit before expiration on June 1, 2017. The expiration of Johnson's permit resulted in the issuance of Cease and Desist Order ... Show Full Article

New DWC Prosecution Unit Gets Indictments for Health Care Fraud
AUSTIN, Texas, Oct. 20 -- The Texas Department of Insurance issued the following news release:

A Travis County grand jury has indicted EME International, Inc. and three individuals on charges of engaging in organized criminal activity for overbilling for exams of injured employees. The indictment alleges fraud of between $20,000 and $100,000.

The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers' Compensation's (DWC) new prosecution unit obtained the indictments. The DWC prosecution unit is embedded in the Travis County District Attorney's Office and was created during the 85th Texas Legislature.

The ... Show Full Article

Inslee Announces Acting Director for Washington State Lottery
OLYMPIA, Wash., Oct. 20 -- Gov. Jay Inslee, D-Wash., issued the following news release:

Gov. Jay Inslee today announced the appointment of Marcus Glasper as acting director of Washington State Lottery.

Glasper is currently the deputy director at the Washington State Department of Revenue. In his role, he is responsible for the administration of Washington state tax law and management of day-to-day operations. Prior to that role, Glasper served as senior assistant director for administrative services at DOR for 10 years.

"Marcus has a wide breadth of leadership experience in state government," ... Show Full Article

Governor Cuomo Announces More Than $1.2 Million in Farm Funding Available to Support New Farmers and Military Veterans
ALBANY, N.Y., Oct. 20 -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D-N.Y., issued the following news release:

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that $1.25 million in funding is available through two grant programs designed to assist farmers across the state. The New Farmers Grant Fund helps new and early-stage farmers, and the New York State Veterans Farmer Grant Fund supports farms owned and operated by military veterans. Both programs are designed to promote growth and development in the state's agriculture industry.

"Agriculture remains a major sector of our economy and by supporting the development of early-stage ... Show Full Article

Alabama's Unemployment Rate Lowest in History at 3.8%
MONTGOMERY, Ala., Oct. 20 -- Gov. Kay Ivey, R-Ala., issued the following news release:

Governor Kay Ivey announced today that Alabama's preliminary, seasonally adjusted September unemployment rate is 3.8 percent, down from August's rate of 4.2 percent, and well below September 2016's rate of 6.0 percent. The last time Alabama's unemployment rate was this low was in April 2007, when it also measured 3.8 percent, the lowest rate in recorded history.

"We've been working extremely hard over the past six months to bring Alabama's unemployment rate down, and today's news shows that our efforts are ... Show Full Article

'Salmon Sunday' Is November 12 -- Learn About the Salmon Life Cycle
CONCORD, N.H., Oct. 20 -- The New Hampshire Department of Fish and Game issued the following news:

Bring the kids and explore the life cycle of landlocked salmon, fish prized by anglers on New Hampshire's big lakes, at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's annual "Salmon Sunday" event on Sunday, November 12, 2017, from 12 noon to 2 p.m. at Pope Dam in Melvin Village. Pope Dam is nine miles north of Wolfeboro on Route 109 in the town of Tuftonboro, N.H.

"Salmon Sunday is a great chance for everyone to get a close-up look at landlocked salmon from Lake Winnipesaukee in their fall spawning ... Show Full Article