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U.S. Ocean Observation Critical to Understanding Climate Change, But Lacks Long-Term National Planning
WASHINGTON, Oct. 20 -- The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine issued the following news release:

The ocean plays a critical role in climate and weather, serving as a massive reservoir of heat and water that influences tropical storms, El Nin~o, and climate change. In addition, the ocean has absorbed 30 percent of the carbon dioxide associated with human activities, lessening the climate effects of fossil fuel combustion.

Ocean observing systems are important as they provide information essential for monitoring and forecasting changes in Earth's climate on timescales ranging ... Show Full Article

Smithsonian Accepts First Lady Melania Trump's Inaugural Gown
WASHINGTON, Oct. 20 -- The Smithsonian Institution issued the following news release:

First Lady Melania Trump formally presented the gown she wore to the 2017 inaugural balls to the Smithsonian's First Ladies Collection, Friday, Oct. 20, during a ceremony at the National Museum of American History. The gown will be displayed in the center of the museum's popular exhibition, "The First Ladies," beginning today.

Mrs. Trump's dress is a vanilla silk crepe off-the-shoulder gown with a slit skirt, ruffled accent trim from neckline to hem and a claret ribbon around the waist designed by Herv­e Pierre ... Show Full Article

SBA to Open Disaster Loan Outreach Center in Anaheim
SACRAMENTO, Calif., Oct. 20 -- The Small Business Administration's Office of Disaster Assistance issued the following news release:

District Director J. Adalberto Quijada of the U.S. Small Business Administration's Santa Ana District Office today announced the opening of a Disaster Loan Outreach Center in Anaheim to meet the needs of businesses and individuals, who were affected by wildfires that began Oct. 8, 2017. The center will be located at the East Anaheim Community Center beginning Monday, Oct. 23.

"SBA customer service representatives will be on hand at the following center to answer ... Show Full Article

International Space Station Crew Invites Public Along for Photographic Trip Around World
WASHINGTON, Oct. 20 -- NASA issued the following news release:

NASA astronaut and Expedition 53 Commander Randy Bresnik will spend one full orbit photographing Earth from the International Space Station on Monday, Oct. 23, and he is inviting people around the globe to share images from their Earth-side vantage point on social media.

Bresnik, with help from fellow astronaut Joe Acaba, will begin the "photo frenzy" from the station's 360-degree Earth-facing cupola window beginning at 8:25 a.m. EDT. Traveling at about five miles per second, the station completes one orbit around Earth approximately ... Show Full Article

Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas Awards $7 Million in Affordable Housing Grants
DALLAS, Oct. 20 -- The Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas, a district bank in the Federal Home Loan Bank System, issued the following news release:

The Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas (FHLB Dallas) is pleased to announce that, in partnership with its member financial institutions, it has awarded $7 million in Affordable Housing Program (AHP) grants to 19 projects in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas, which will result in the creation or rehabilitation of 1,108 housing units.

FHLB Dallas annually returns 10 percent of its profits in the form of AHP grants to the communities served by its ... Show Full Article

Countering Radicalization Topic of Upcoming Helsinki Commission Briefing
WASHINGTON, Oct. 20 -- The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe issued the following news release:

The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, also known as the Helsinki Commission, today announced the following briefing:

"COUNTERING RADICALIZATION: INTERNATIONAL BEST PRACTICES AND THE ROLE OF THE OSCE"

Thursday, October 26, 2017

2:00PM

Russell Senate Office Building

Room 385

Live Webcast: http://www.facebook.com/HelsinkiCommission

As terrorist threats have multiplied in their scope and scale, the 57-member Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe has sought to ... Show Full Article

Administrator Pruitt Meets With Superfund Stakeholders in Texas
HOUSTON, Oct. 20 -- The Environmental Protection Agency issued the following news release:

Today, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt met with stakeholders at the Harris County Office who are monitoring cleanup efforts at the San Jacinto Superfund site that is contaminated with highly toxic dioxin. Last week, Administrator Pruitt signed a Record of Decision that approved a $115 million cost-effective cleanup plan of the toxic site that will completely remove highly contaminated material from the site and secure the less contaminated areas. This will also provide overall ... Show Full Article