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Legal Action Taken Against EPA to Protect Bees, Environment from Pesticide-Coated Seeds
WASHINGTON, April 27 -- The Center for Food Safety issued the following news release:

Today Center for Food Safety, on behalf of beekeepers, farmers and sustainable agriculture and conservation groups, filed a formal legal petition requesting reforms in the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) regulation of harmful neonicotinoid insecticide seed coatings, which are used on dozens of crops. Numerous studies have shown devastating impacts specifically to pollinators from the broad use of the seed coatings. With endorsement by all three of the national beekeeper associations, the American Beekeeping ... Show Full Article

Generational Split on Health Benefits Led by Millennials
WASHINGTON, April 27 -- The Employee Benefit Research Institute issued the following news release:

There are major differences between younger Millennial workers and their older Gen X and Baby Boomer colleagues when it comes to how they view and use health benefits, according to a new analysis by the nonpartisan Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI).

The Consumer Engagement in Health Care Survey (CEHCS) by EBRI and Greenwald & Associates finds that Millennials are much more satisfied than Baby Boomers and Gen Xers with health plan choices and financial aspects of their health plans; ... Show Full Article

Florida's Constitution Should Not Include Abortion
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., April 27 -- Liberty Counsel issued the following news release:

Liberty Counsel's Assistant Vice President of Legal Affairs, Roger Gannam, will testify and present a brief today at the public meeting of the Florida Constitution Revision Commission (CRC), urging amendment of article I, sec. 23 of the Florida Constitution to clarify that it does not include a right to abortion.

Liberty Counsel prepared an amicus brief in support of amending article I, sec. 23 to clarify that it was intended to apply strictly to protect citizens from government intrusion into their private ... Show Full Article

Corruption Risks in Afghanistan's Humanitarian Sector Prevent Aid from Reaching Those in Need
BERLIN, April 27 -- Transparency International issued the following news release:

Transparency International said today that corruption risks in Afghanistan hamper humanitarian aid from getting where it needs to go, and called on the government of Afghanistan, donor agencies and humanitarian agencies to strengthen transparency and accountability in the humanitarian response to ensure fair, rapid and corruption-free humanitarian aid.

In a new report, Collective Resolution to Enhance Accountability and Transparency in Emergencies: Afghanistan report, developed in partnership with Humanitarian ... Show Full Article

College (Un)Affordability: Lowest Income Students Face Highest Cost Burdens at 2- and 4-Year Public Colleges in All 50 States, Even After Aid, New Analysis Finds
OAKLAND, Calif., April 27 -- The Institute for College Access and Success issued the following news release:

A sobering new analysis released today by The Institute for College Access & Success (TICAS) finds striking inequities in public college affordability, both within and across states. College Costs in Context: A State-by-State Look at College (Un)Affordability exposes the financial burdens that the actual costs of getting a public college education place on students at different income levels. While college costs are high relative to family incomes for most students in most states, the ... Show Full Article

'Orcas Suffer at SeaWorld' Banner to Fly Over Fiesta Parade
SAN ANTONIO, April 27 -- People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals issued the following news release:

A massive PETA banner proclaiming, "Orcas Suffer at SeaWorld--Stay Away," will fly over the Battle of Flowers Parade during Fiesta San Antonio on Friday. PETA is calling on SeaWorld to release all the orcas in its tanks to sea sanctuaries--including Takara and her newborn calf, the last orca to be born into captivity at the park and, if not released, doomed to spend decades in a small concrete tank.

Where: The plane will fly over the parade, from Broadway and E. Grayson streets to N. Santa ... Show Full Article

'Citizen Scientists' Enlisted to Support SW Native Trout
PHOENIX, April 27 -- Trout Unlimited issued the following news release:

Biologists from Trout Unlimited, the University of Arizona and state and federal agencies this week announced expanded "citizen science" stream monitoring projects that will help them understand the impacts of climate change on Southwest native trout and aid recovery of these rare species.

The efforts will be detailed at this week's annual Southwest Native and Wild Trout Conference in Phoenix, which brings together leading biologists and conservationists from more than 35 agencies and organizations involved in protecting ... Show Full Article