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State Treasurer Eric Schmitt Announces Public Education Initiative for MO ABLE
KANSAS CITY, Mo., April 25 -- Missouri State Treasurer Eric Schmitt issued the following news release:

Missouri State Treasurer Eric Schmitt today visited the Easterseals Midwest Kansas City headquarters to announce a new public education initiative aimed at increasing awareness of the MO ABLE program.

Launched on Monday, April 24, the program enables Missourians with disabilities to save for their long-term needs through tax-advantaged savings accounts. The public education initiative will include social media, paid advertising, partnerships with disability organizations, and more.

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State Labor Department Releases Preliminary March 2017 Area Unemployment Rates
ALBANY, N.Y., April 25 -- The New York State Department of Labor issued the following news release:

The New York State Department of Labor today released preliminary local area unemployment rates for March 2017. Rates are calculated using methods prescribed by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The State's area unemployment rates rely in part on the results of the Current Population Survey, which contacts approximately 3,100 households in New York State each month.

From March 2016 to March 2017, the State's private sector job count increased by 111,100. In March 2017, the number of private ... Show Full Article

Rep. Miller Votes for Pro-Life Proposals in Minnesota House
ST. PAUL, Minn., April 25 -- The Minnesota State House Republican Caucus issued the following news release:

State Representative Tim Miller (R-Prinsburg) said he was pleased to support a pair of pro-life provisions that were approved by the Minnesota House recently.

"As citizens, we value life and protect all forms of human life," Miller said. "These two measures brought forward are recognition that of that fact. Most residents do not want their tax dollars spent against their will to help pay for abortions."

The first bill prohibits funding for abortions from state-sponsored health programs ... Show Full Article

Michigan Government Honored for Technology Achievement and Leadership
CRYSTAL CITY, Va., April 25 -- The Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget issued the following news release:

The state of Michigan was well represented at the 2017 StateScoop 50 Awards ceremony on Sunday night, taking home three awards for cybersecurity innovation and leadership as well as rising leadership.

The Department of Technology, Management and Budget's work to develop a volunteer team of trained experts was recognized as one of the top state IT innovations of the year. Members of the Michigan Cyber Civilian Corps, which is one element of Gov. Rick Snyder's vision ... Show Full Article

Governor Cuomo Announces Grand Opening of New Recovery Community and Outreach Center in Watertown
ALBANY, N.Y., April 25 -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D-N.Y., issued the following news release:

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the grand opening of Anchor Recovery Community and Outreach Center in Watertown. The Center, which will be run by Pivot, will provide critical free programs for people in recovery from a substance use disorder and their families. The Center is supported through a $1.75 million award from the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services.

"Recovery centers are vital tools in our efforts to help New Yorkers break the cycle of addiction and restore ... Show Full Article

Coram Bill May Clear the Way for Colorado Hemp Boom
DENVER, April 25 -- The Colorado Senate Republicans issued the following news:

Industrial hemp may become Colorado's next big cash crop, following Monday's unanimous approval by the Colorado House of Senate Bill-117, authored by Montrose Republican Senator Don Coram, which ensures that Washington can't deny hemp growers access to water from federal reclamation projects, due to disagreements between Washington and Denver on drug and farm policies.

After Colorado voters approved hemp's cultivation as part a broader legalization of marijuana, questions arose about the legality of using federal ... Show Full Article

Commissioner Gonzales Announces Weekly Formula Rate April 25, 2017
NASHVILLE, Tenn., April 25 -- Tennessee Department of Financial Institutions issued the following news release:

Tennessee Department of Financial Institutions Commissioner Greg Gonzales announced today that the maximum effective formula rate of interest in Tennessee is 8.0 percent per annum.

The rate is based on a ceiling of 4.00 percent over the weekly average prime loan rate of 4.0 percent as published by the Federal Reserve on Aprill 24, 2017.

Commissioner Gonzales said the rate remains in effect until the average prime loan rate as announced by the Federal Reserve Bank changes.

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