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USDA Retiree Honored for Lifelong Work on Wildland-Fire Mitigation
RENO, Nev., March 22 -- The International Association of Fire Chiefs issued the following news release:

Jack Cohen, USDA Forest Service retiree, has received the 2017 Wildfire Mitigation Legacy Award for being instrumental in developing the science behind many effective wildland-fire mitigation concepts used today across North America.

Mr. Cohen devoted his career to the importance of community wildfire-risk reduction through fire adaptation and helped create the tools and best practices that make up fire adaptation today.

The Legacy Award, the first ever presented, honors an individual ... Show Full Article

SPJ Gives $5,000 to Pay Trentonian Reporter's Legal Fees
INDIANAPOLIS, March 22 -- The Society of Professional Journalists issued the following news release:

The Society of Professional Journalists Legal Defense Fund will help pay legal fees of a journalist fighting a judge's order that prohibits him from reporting on a child abuse story.

Isaac Avilucea, a reporter for The (Trenton, New Jersey) Trentonian, obtained a confidential child custody report from the child's mother. He was preparing a news article about the matter for The Trentonian when, without giving notice to Avilucea or the newspaper, a New Jersey judge issued an emergency order prohibiting ... Show Full Article

NYS Home Sales Reach Second Highest February Total
ALBANY, N.Y., March 22 -- The New York State Association of Realtors issued the following news release:

Winter 2017 home sales remained strong during February with the 7,391 closings representing the second highest total for the month, according to the housing market report released today by the New York State Association of REALTORS. The February statewide median sales price of $242,000 represents an increase of 4.3 percent from a year ago.

"It's been a very strong start to 2017, reminiscent of the first months of 2016's record-setting run," said Duncan R. MacKenzie, CEO of the New York ... Show Full Article

NTEU National President Reardon Testifies on Staggering CBP Staffing Shortages
WASHINGTON, March 22 -- The National Treasury Employees Union issued the following news release:

Hiring another 3,500 Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officers, Agriculture Specialists and Trade Enforcement Specialists to staff the ports of entry would improve the nation's security and economy, National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) National President Tony Reardon testified to Congress on Wednesday.

Reardon, speaking on behalf of more than 25,000 frontline CBP Officers, urged Congress to fill the existing 1,400 vacancies and add enough funding to hire another 2,100, a figure based on ... Show Full Article

Irrigation Association Joins as Partner for National Lawn Care Month
FALLS CHURCH, Va., March 22 -- The Irrigation Association issued the following news release:

The Irrigation Association is pleased to announce that it will once again be a partner during the National Association of Landscape Professional's National Lawn Care Month.

For many years, the landscape industry has recognized April as National Lawn Care Month. In 2014, NALP created a grassroots campaign to promote the initiative. In order to support industry professionals when they talk about lawn care with their clients, a webpage was created, which provides a variety of tools that landscape and ... Show Full Article

EESI Earns Perfect Rating from Charity Navigator
WASHINGTON, March 22 -- The Environmental and Energy Study Institute issued the following news release:

Charity Navigator, America's leading nonprofit evaluator, has released its most recent evaluation of the Environmental and Energy Study Institute [] (EESI), and EESI once again earned the highest designation: Four Star Charity! Beyond earning its place as a Four Star Charity, EESI earned--for the first time ever--100 out of the 100 points possible in both categories considered by Charity Navigator: financial health and accountability and transparency.

According to Charity ... Show Full Article

Union President, Sen. Kaine Visit Federal Prison
HOPEWELL, Va., March 20 -- The American Federation of Government Employees issued the following news release:

On Friday, March 10, American Federation of Government Employees National President J. David Cox Sr., Council of Prison Locals representatives, members of AFGE Local 2052, and Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia toured the Federal Correctional Complex of Petersburg.

"I'm grateful that Sen. Kaine took the time to see the important work of FCC Petersburg's correctional employees firsthand," said Cox. "President Trump's hiring freeze has created staffing problems in the Bureau of Prisons, and ... Show Full Article