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SBA Offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans in Alabama Following Secretary of Agriculture Disaster Declaration
ATLANTA, June 23 -- The Small Business Administration's Office of Disaster Assistance issued the following news release:

The U.S. Small Business Administration announced today that Economic Injury Disaster Loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and private nonprofit organizations located in Limestone and Madison counties in Alabama as a result of excessive rain, high winds and hail on April 22, 2017.

"These counties are eligible because they are contiguous to one or more primary counties in Tennessee. The Small Business ... Show Full Article

One Month Left to Apply for SBA Disaster Loans for Nevada Businesses and Residents
SACRAMENTO, Calif., June 23 -- The Small Business Administration's Office of Disaster Assistance issued the following news release:

Acting District Director Ben Raju of the U.S. Small Business Administration's Nevada District Office today reminded Nevada businesses and residents of the July 24, 2017, deadline to apply for an SBA federal disaster loan for property damage caused by the severe winter storms, flooding and mudslides in Elko County that occurred Feb. 5-22, 2017.

According to Raju, businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters may apply for ... Show Full Article

One Month Left to Apply for SBA Disaster Loans
SACRAMENTO, Calif., June 23 -- The Small Business Administration's Office of Disaster Assistance issued the following news release:

Director Tanya N. Garfield of the U.S. Small Business Administration's Disaster Field Operations Center-West today reminded small nonfarm businesses in 15 Louisiana parishes and four neighboring Mississippi counties of the July 24, 2017, deadline to apply for an SBA federal disaster loan for economic injury. These low-interest loans are to offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by drought in the following primary parishes that began Nov. 15, 2016.

Primary ... Show Full Article

North Carolina Deadline Approaching to Apply for SBA Working Capital Loans Due to November 2016
ATLANTA, June 23 -- The Small Business Administration's Office of Disaster Assistance issued the following news release:

The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations that July 24 is the filing deadline for federal economic injury disaster loans in North Carolina as a result of the drought that began on Nov. 15, 2016.

The declaration includes the following counties: Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Haywood, Iredell, Lincoln, ... Show Full Article

National Museum of African Art Collaborates With Google Cultural Institute to Explore Fashion
WASHINGTON, June 23 -- The Smithsonian Institution issued the following news release:

The Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art joins more than 180 museums, cultural centers and fashion houses around the world to bring 3,000 years of the world's fashion together in the largest-ever virtual exhibition of style. The "We Wear Culture" project, launched June 8, is organized and hosted by Google Arts & Culture and uses state-of-the-art technology to allow visitors to explore everything from the ancient Silk Road and courtly fashions of Versailles to British punk and the stories behind the ... Show Full Article

Mars Rover Opportunity on Walkabout Near Rim
PASADENA, Calif., June 23 -- NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory issued the following news:

NASA's senior Mars rover, Opportunity, is examining rocks at the edge of Endeavour Crater for signs that they may have been either transported by a flood or eroded in place by wind.

Those scenarios are among the possible explanations rover-team scientists are considering for features seen just outside the crater rim's crest above "Perseverance Valley," which is carved into the inner slope of the rim.

The team plans to drive Opportunity down Perseverance Valley after completing a "walkabout" survey ... Show Full Article

FHLBank Declares Second Quarter Dividend
TOPEKA, Kan., June 23 -- The Federal Home Loan Bank of Topeka, a district bank in the Federal Home Loan Bank System, issued the following statement:

We are pleased to announce that FHLBank Topeka's board of directors has declared this quarter's Class B stock dividend of 6.50%. The second quarter dividend is consistent with the Bank's continued solid financial performance and reflects a strong return on our members' investment in the Bank," says Mark Yardley, President and CEO. The board of directors approved the following second quarter dividends for both the activity-based capital stock (Class ... Show Full Article