Tuesday - June 27, 2017
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2010 National Conference on Education in Phoenix, Arizona, Feb. 11-13
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- The American Association of School Administrators issued the following news release: What: 2010 National Conference on Education hosted by the American Association of School Administrators When: Thursday, Feb. 11, to Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010 (pre-conference event on Wednesday, Feb. 10) Where: Phoenix Convention Center, 100 N. 3rd Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004 Conference Information: http://www.aasa.org/nce Media Registration: Members of the press w  more

AAAS Op-Ed in Washington Post Urges: 'Don't Let the Climate Doubters Fool You'
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- The American Association for the Advancement of Science issued the following news release: The American public is being subjected to inaccurate and non-scientific denials regarding global climate change, AAAS CEO Alan I. Leshner wrote in a 10 December op-ed (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/12/09/AR2009120903860.html?nav=hcmodule) that became the most frequently viewed opinion piece on the Washington Post Web site. Climate change related to h  more

ACC Reacts to CDC's Fourth National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals
ARLINGTON, Va., Dec. 10 -- The American Chemistry Council issued the following news release: The American Chemistry Council (ACC) and its member companies today reiterated their support for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) scientific efforts to understand human exposure to natural and man-made substances through biomonitoring. Like the previous three studies, the CDC report released today reaffirms that levels of man-made and natural compounds detected in Americans   more

Adrian College Celebrates Winter Commencement
ADRIAN, Mich., Dec. 10 -- Adrian College issued the following news release: On behalf of President Jeffrey R. Docking, Adrian College is pleased to congratulate its newest graduates. Commencement was held Friday Dec. 4, 2009 at Herrick Chapel. In an intimate ceremony with family, friends, and members of the College community present, 29 students received their diplomas. Those that participated are listed below along with their hometowns and degrees earned. The College wishes to congratulat  more

Alcohol Consumption Increases Risk of Breast Cancer Recurrence
SAN ANTONIO, Dec. 10 -- The American Association for Cancer Research issued the following news release: Moderate to heavy consumption of alcoholic beverages (at least three to four drinks per week) is associated with a 1.3-fold increased risk of breast cancer recurrence. Women who are post-menopausal or overweight may be most susceptible to the effects of alcohol on recurrence. Drinking fewer than three drinks per week was not associated with an increased risk. Marilyn L. Kwan, Ph.D., staf  more

Andres Belandria -- Successful at OPSU and Beyond
GOODWELL, Okla., Dec. 10 -- Oklahoma Panhandle State University issued the following news release: The placement rate of Oklahoma Panhandle State University graduates has always been a very high one, and OPSU graduates move on to occupations all over the country and all over the world. However, several also stay in the Panhandle Region and stay active with their alma mater, and a fine example of that is Andres Belandria. Already very well-traveled when he arrived in Goodwell, the native of  more

Annie Ingram's New Appointment to Thomson Professorship Furthers Initiatives in Environmental Studies
DAVIDSON, N.C., Dec. 10 -- Davidson College issued the following news release: Annie Merrill Ingram has been appointed as Davidson's inaugural Todd and Melissa Thomson Professor of Environmental Studies. Ingram, a professor of English who specializes in 19th- century American literature, has been serving as the college's Environmental Studies Coordinator since the subject was approved as an academic concentration in 2007. She will continue that duty, while the new professorship also positi  more

Another GSC Student Invited to Competition Finals
GLENVILLE, W.Va., Dec. 10 --Glenville State College issued the following news release: Glenville State College is becoming a regular at the finals of the West Virginia Colligate Business Plan Competition (WVCBPC) sponsored by the West Virginia University Entrepreneurship Center. For the third consecutive year, GSC will be represented in the finals of the competition, which is in its fourth year. The WVBPC allows students working as individuals or teams the opportunity to submit a business ide  more

Approval of Michigan Smoke-Free Legislation Is Historic Win for Health
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids issued the following statement: Statement of Matthew L. Myers, President, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids The Michigan Legislature today delivered a historic victory for health and the public's right to breathe clean air by passing legislation to make almost all workplaces, including all restaurants and bars, smoke-free. Gov. Jennifer Granholm has said she will sign the bill, which will make Michigan the 27th state to pass a strong s  more

ARS Scientists Help Fight Damaging Moth in Africa
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service issued the following news release: Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists have launched a preemptive strike to combat the false codling moth, a major pest in its native Africa. If the moth enters the United States, it will damage citrus, corn, cotton and a wide range of nuts and fruits, according to entomologist James Carpenter, at the ARS Crop Protection and Management Research Unit in Tifton  more

ASRT Supports FDA CT Exposure Recommendations
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., Dec. 10 -- The American Society of Radiologic Technologists issued the following news release: In an effort to address concerns about excess radiation exposure during CT perfusion imaging scans, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has released interim recommendations for imaging facilities, radiologists and radiologic technologists to help prevent overexposure. The American Society of Radiologic Technologists supports the recommendations issued by the FDA and encourage  more

ATSDR Consults Calcasieu Parish Residents in Planning Next Steps
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services's Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry issued the following news release: Officials of the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) met with community members from Calcasieu Parish, La., on December 8 to explore methods of collaborating effectively to answer remaining health questions in the community. The meeting was designed so that ATSDR could gain insight from some parish residents o  more

Australian Defence Force Academy and the University of New South Wales Continue Partnership
CANBERRA, Australia, Dec. 10 - The Australian Federal Minister for Defence issued the following news release: Minister for Defence, Senator John Faulkner, today congratulated the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) and the University of New South Wales (UNSW) on extending the current Agreement for the provision of academic services at ADFA. Senator Faulkner said UNSW plays a vital role in educating Defence personnel, by providing undergraduate degrees for Midshipmen and Officer Cadets  more

Baby, it's Cold Outside - but that's no Excuse for Missing Workouts, MU Experts Say
COLUMBIA, Mo., Dec. 10 -- The University of Missouri issued the following news release: Cold winter weather is often an excuse for people to stay inside, indulge in comfort foods and forgo workout routines. Exercise physiology experts from the University of Missouri say that chilly winter weather is no excuse for missing workouts. The researchers recommend that now, more than ever, people can and should benefit from the de-stressing and calorie-burning effects of exercise. "Maintaining an   more

Bentley Professor Joni Seager is Invited by Mozambican Government to Develop Strategy to Address Gender and Climate Change
WALTHAM, Mass., Dec. 10 -- Bentley University issued the following news release: The topic of gendered analysis and its role in climate change has become an important focus for the United Nations and other international agencies, making it a rich topic for exploration and research. The government of Mozambique (Africa) has taken the initiative and asked Bentley University professor Joni Seager to help develop a national strategy and five-year government policy plan to address gender and clima  more

Big 5, Guitar Center, J. Jill, Louis Vuitton, Meijer, Wendy's/Arby's Among NRF's Newest Members
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- The National Retail Federation issued the following news release: The National Retail Federation today announced that more than 100 companies and organizations have joined NRF's growing membership (http://www.nrf.com/modules.php?name=Pages&sp_id=1119). This diverse group of new members underscores the breadth and depth of retailers represented by NRF, and recognizes the strong value proposition that membership offers to these companies. One of NRF's newest members is Me  more

Bisphosphonates and Beyond: Managing Bone Density and Reducing Breast Cancer
SAN ANTONIO, Dec. 10 -- The American Association for Cancer Research issued the following news release: Bisphosphonates are routinely given to women with postmenopausal breast cancer, but new data suggest that these agents may play a role in reducing recurrent breast cancer as well. Theresa Guise, M.D., professor of medicine and Jerry W. and Peg S. Throgmartin professor of oncology in the Division of Endocrinology at the Indiana University School of Medicine, will moderate a press conferen  more

Bushnell Community Ed, CABI Classes for January
GALESBURG, Ill., Dec. 10 -- Carl Sandburg College issued the following news release: The Carl Sandburg College Center for Agriculture, Business & Industry (CABI) offers instruction in the operation of microcomputers for business and personal use. Both introductory and intermediate workshops are offered for various software applications. Call (309) 772-2177 or visit the Extension Center to register. Will the Defendant Please Rise: Agency & Escrow Join us as we explore agency's fine point  more

Campbell's Name Heard Round the World
BUIES CREEK, N.C., Dec. 10 -- Campbell University issued the following press release: On Dec. 3, 2009, Campbell University communications studies professor Dr. Michael Ray Smith debated the topic of "Google vs. Newspapers" live on France 24, a 24/7 international news channel. He was a guest on the daily show "The France 24 Debate." The show is a live debate on a particular topic of the day, with three guests, presented by Mark Owen. The two other guests on the show were Steven Erlanger, New Y  more

Case Western Reserve Researchers New Pathway Discovery Published as 'Paper of the Week'
CLEVELAND, Dec. 10 -- Case Western Reserve University issued the following news release: By Kimyette Finley Case Western Reserve University researchers, from the School of Medicine's Department of Nutrition (http://www.case.edu/med/nutrition/home.html), discovered two new metabolic pathways by which products of lipid peroxidation and some drugs of abuse, known as 4-hydroxyacids, are metabolized. The pathways were identified by a combination of metabolomics and mass isotopomer analysis. The  more

CEA and AE Ventures Announce CEA Techhome Mediterraneo 100 Summit
ARLINGTON, Va., Dec. 10 -- The Consumer Electronics Association issued the following news release: The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) today announced a partnership with AE Ventures to produce a new annual, hosted-buyer event for residential systems integration companies in Southern Europe. The CEA TechHome Mediterraneo 100 Summit will host owners and senior executives from the 100 top systems integrators from Italy, France and Spain for three days of intensive education, peer-networki  more

Center for Excellence in Advertising at Howard University Announces Pilot Launch of Two Training Modules
NEW YORK, Dec. 10 -- The American Association of Advertising Agencies issued the following news release: On December 15, 2009 the Center for Excellence in Advertising (CEA) will launch the first of a series of sessions for its "Making a Lateral Move into Advertising" pilot program. The primary focus of this module is to provide non-advertising minority mid-senior level managers who have transferable skills with insight and intelligence to be successful in advertising via intensive training an  more

Changes Needed to Reduce Volatility in California's Workers' Compensation Insurance Market
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- The RAND Corporation issued the following news release: California's workers' compensation insurance market will remain vulnerable to wide swings in performance unless changes are made to improve the predictability of costs, transparency of pricing decisions, regulatory oversight and consistency of the incentives facing different parties, according to a study issued today by the RAND Corporation and Navigant Consulting. "We do not recommend that California reregulate  more

City Tech Charts New Ground in Virtual World of 'Second Life'
NEW YORK, Dec. 10 -- The City University of New York's New York City College of Technology issued the following news release: These days, City Tech faculty and students are happy to oblige if anyone tells them to "get a life." That's because several classes are involved with developing the College's presence in Second Life (SL) (http://www.secondlife.com), a virtual digital world created by its more than nine million "residents," where alter egos (avatars) they have constructed live, play   more

CMU Holiday Break Dec. 19 to Jan. 4
FAYETTE, Mo., Dec. 10 -- Central Methodist University issued the following news release: The holiday break on the Central Methodist University campus begins Dec. 19. Assistance will be available to persons calling key administrative offices at Central Methodist University during the break. Phone lines will be monitored for needed responses to messages. Messages for the Admission Office can be left at 660-248-6374, for the Extended Studies Office at 660-248-6378 or 248-6651, for the Graduat  more

Committee Appointed In Kent State Athletic Director Search
KENT, Ohio, Dec. 10 -- Kent State University issued the following news release: Kent State University President Lester A. Lefton has named Robert "Yank" Heisler as chair of the 17-member search committee charged with finding the successor to Athletic Director Laing Kennedy, who will be retiring June 30, 2010, after 16 years of heading up the Golden Flashes' athletic efforts. Heisler has served as the Dean of the College of Business Administration and Graduate School of Management at Kent S  more

CUA President Appoints New Dean of Benjamin T. Rome School of Music
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- Catholic University of America issued the following news release: Very Rev. David M. O'Connell, C.M., president of The Catholic University of America, announced today that he has appointed CUA Professor Grayson Wagstaff as dean of the university's Benjamin T. Rome School of Music, effective in summer 2010. Wagstaff will succeed Dean Murry Sidlin who completes two terms in the post at the end of the current academic year. Sidlin noted that Wagstaff's appointment is "  more

Dahouda Publishes on French Caribbean
GENEVA, N.Y., Dec. 9 -- Hobart and William Smith Colleges issued the following news release: Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies and Chair of the Department Kanaté Dahouda recently published an essay in a new book on the French Caribbean "Poet of the Negritude" movement, Léon-Gontran Damas: poète modern, published by Ibis Rouge Editions (Matoury, Guyane, 2009). Dahouda's essay, "Léon-Gontran Damas et la quête de l'identité nègre," deals with ways in which the Frenc  more

Denison McNair Scholars Bring Home Award
GRANVILLE, Ohio, Dec. 10 -- Denison University issued the following news release: Denison University has received the 2009 University Award for International Education from the International Journal of Arts & Sciences (IJAS). The inaugural award was presented at November's IJAS Conference in Gottenheim, Germany, by that city's mayor, Volker Kieber, and was accepted by Denison juniors Jasmine McGhee, DiTallianna Patterson, Victoria Roberts and Julian Williams, all of Chicago, Ill. In its  more

Dodd, Lieberman Secure More Than $75 Million in Connecticut Funding in Consolidated Appropriations Bill
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- The office of Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, I-D-Conn., issued the following news release: Senators Chris Dodd (D-CT) and Joe Lieberman (ID-CT) today announced that they helped secure $75,373,800 million for transportation, housing, environmental, defense, and other projects across the state. The funding, which has been reported out of conference committee, is a part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act which includes the FY 2010 funding for Transportation, Housing and Urb  more

Drury Architecture Students Continue Revitalization Efforts
SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Dec. 10 -- Drury University issued the following news release: Drury University architecture students are continuing their work to improve urban development throughout Missouri as a part of Drury University's Center for Community Studies (CCS). This semester, students are working on projects in Appleton City and Warsaw, Mo. In Appleton City, the community's downtown has deteriorated some due to hard economic times. Residents have asked students to help them revitalize the  more

Drury University to Offer the Only Higher Education Program in Dallas County
SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Dec. 10 -- Drury University issued the following news release: Drury University will begin offering college courses in Dallas County in Spring 2010. Drury's classes represent the only college courses offered in the county. Classes will be offered at the Career Center in Louisburg on Monday evenings and at Buffalo High School on Wednesday evenings. Students will be able to choose from a variety of undergraduate courses including: * Fundamentals of Composition * The A  more

Durbin: Committee Recommends More than $126 Million in Funding for Illinois Projects
WASHINGTON, Dec. 9 -- The office of Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., issued the following news release: Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that the final Omnibus Appropriations Act which includes $126,432,544 in funding for several Illinois projects was approved by a joint House and Senate Conference Committee of which Durbin is a member. The House and Senate are expected to take up and pass the legislation before the end of the year. The bill will then go to the   more

Electrical Engineering Seniors Tackling Technological Projects
SOCORRO, N.M., Dec. 9 -- New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology issued the following news release: Five teams of electrical engineering seniors are culminating their undergraduate years with ambitious capstone projects. The 20 budding engineers are working with National Laboratories, research organizations or professors to solve technological challenges for practical issues. Each team has a difficult challenge in designing, simulating and building state-of-the art instruments. The   more

Elinor Ostrom Presented with Nobel Prize in Economics
BLOOMINGTON, Ind., Dec. 10 -- Indiana University issued the following news release: Elinor Ostrom today was presented the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel. She is one of only 64 people and the first woman to receive the award, also called the Nobel Prize in Economics, since it was created in 1968. Ostrom, who shares the prize with Oliver Williamson, is the Arthur F. Bentley Professor of Political Science at Indiana University and the co-founder and sen  more

Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Laura Stevens
TULSA, Okla., Dec. 10 -- The University of Tulsa issued the following news release: Dr. Laura Stevens, Associate Professor of English, delivered a paper in September on The Farther Adventures of Robinson Crusoe at the first International Defoe Society Conference in Tulsa. In October she participated in a panel of journal editors at the Society for the Study of American Women Writers, and a draft chapter of her book, "Obedience, Dissent, and the Biblical Esther in Eighteenth-Century Britain,"   more

Fairfield University's Carl and Dorothy Bennett Center for Judaic Studies Announces 2010 Winter and Spring Schedule
FAIRFIELD, Conn., Dec. 10 -- Fairfield University has issued the following news release: Fairfield University's Carl and Dorothy Bennett Center for Judaic Studies has announced its 2010 winter and spring schedule of special lectures and programs. The exciting list of events includes a talk by Middle East expert Martin S. Indyk, former United States ambassador to Israel; and the Fourth Annual Lecture in Jewish-Christian Engagement. All events are open to the public and take place on the Fai  more

Gonzalez Named Coordinator Of First Year Seminar Program
BOONE, N.C., Dec. 10 -- Appalachian State University issued the following news release: Joseph Gonzalez has been named coordinator of the First Year Seminar Program at Appalachian State University effective Jan. 4, 2010. He replaces Lynn Moss Sanders who held the position for the past year. Gonzalez is a visiting assistant professor in University College at Appalachian. He was director of the Living Learning Center at Appalachian and a member of the faculty in the Department of Interdiscip  more

Governor Paterson Announces All New Yorkers 6 Months and Older Now Eligible to Get H1N1 Vaccine
ALBANY, N.Y., Dec. 10 -- Gov. David Paterson, D-N.Y., issued the following news release: Governor David A. Paterson today announced that, effective immediately, health care providers may make the H1N1 flu vaccine available to all New Yorkers who want the vaccine, including those who are not in priority groups established by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The announcement applies to all providers, including local health departments with vaccine clinics scheduled   more

Governor, Patt-McDaniel Announce Round Three Historic Preservation Tax Credit Awards
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Dec. 10 -- Gov. Ted Strickland, D-Ohio, has issued the following news release: Governor Ted Strickland and Ohio Department of Development Director Lisa Patt-McDaniel today announced 12 Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit awards to owners planning to rehabilitate historic buildings throughout the state. "The vitality of our state's cities plays a key role in the economic development of Ohio," Strickland said. "Historic Preservation investments encourage local job creation   more

Hare Helps Secure Over $6 Million for Local Projects in Spending Bill
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- Rep. Phil Hare, D-Ill. (17th CD), issued the following news release: Congressman Phil Hare (D-IL) today voted in favor of the Fiscal Year 2010 Consolidated Appropriations Act conference report which invests over $6 million in local projects at his request. The bill now must be passed by the Senate and signed by the President to become law. "I am committed to ensuring that the 17th District gets its fair share of federal funding," Hare said. "With our local government  more

Health Care Innovators - Better Care, Lower Costs
WASHINGTON, Dec. 9 -- The U.S. Public Interest Research Group (US PIRG) issued the following news release: Across the country, hundreds of clinics, hospitals and other health care providers have been figuring out how to improve care while they also rein in the skyrocketing costs. Some of these innovations are part of the health care reform legislation being considered by Congress. But so far, only a few examples - notably the Mayo Clinic - have been cited as models. In order to cont  more

Hofstra University Museum Receives Over $75,000 in Funding to Continue Partnership with Schools
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y., Dec. 10 -- Hofstra University issued the following news release: The Hofstra University Museum has received a gift from JP Morgan Chase Foundation for the third year in a row. The $50,000 gift will fund third graders in local districts to participate in the JP Morgan Chase Art Travelers Through Time: Literacy and History through Art at the Hofstra University Museum. The museum also received over $20,000 in funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Communi  more

HSU Seeks WWII Internment Students
ARCATA, Calif., Dec. 9 -- Humboldt State University issued the following news release: Humboldt State University and the other 22 campuses of the California State University system are reaching out with honorary degrees to hundreds of former Japanese-American students whose CSU studies were halted when they were forced into World War II internment camps by presidential order. Humboldt State and the CSU are seeking public assistance to identify Japanese Americans who qualify for the Special  more

In Case You Missed It
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah (1st CD), issued the following news release: "I could not imagine any situation as dangerous and threatening to this country as what we're seeing along the border, especially in Arizona. Any country, to be sovereign, has to at least control its land. You cannot turn over areas to drug cartels, with the potential of terrorists coming through, and that is the situation we have on the southern border," said Congressman Rob Bishop. Lee Baiza, supe  more

In Rural Areas, more Women Falling into Health Care Gap
COLUMBIA, Mo., Dec. 10 -- The University of Missouri issued the following news release: For Americans living in rural areas, obtaining and maintaining health care can be challenging. Aside from common barriers, including shortages of care providers and facilities, older women face additional challenges, according to Kay Libbus, a public health researcher at the University of Missouri. Libbus says that women ages 50-65 living in rural areas are at-risk for inadequate health care coverage and l  more

International Award for Online Education Goes to UMass Lowell
LOWELL, Mass., Dec. 7 -- The University of Massachusetts at Lowell issued the following news release: The most prestigious international group of colleges and universities that offer online learning recently presented its top honor to UMass Lowell Executive Vice Chancellor Jacqueline Moloney, a pioneer in the field. Moloney was the only American educator to receive the 2009 award for the Most Outstanding Achievement in Online Learning by an Individual from the Sloan Consortium (Sloan-C) at  more

International Research Team Finds Hidden Sensory System in the Skin
ALBANY, N.Y., Dec. 10 -- Albany Medical Center issued the following news release: The human sensory experience is far more complex and nuanced than previously thought, according to a groundbreaking new study published in the December 15 issue of the journal Pain (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19836135 ). In the article, researchers at Albany Medical College, the University of Liverpool and Cambridge University report that the human body has an entirely unique and separate sensory system   more

Introns: A Mystery Renewed
BLOOMINGTON, Ind., Dec. 10 -- Indiana University issued the following news release: The sequences of nonsense DNA that interrupt genes could be far more important to the evolution of genomes than previously thought, according to a recent Science report by Indiana University Bloomington and University of New Hampshire biologists. Their study of the model organism Daphnia pulex (water flea) is the first to demonstrate the colonization of a single lineage by "introns," as the interrupting seq  more

K-State Documentary On The Hardships Of Deployment On Families Of Reservists Airing On Kansas Public Television Stations In December
MANHATTAN, Kan., Dec. 10 -- Kansas State University issued the following news release: A new Kansas State University documentary that captures how deployment affects the families of military reservists will air on public television stations in Topeka and Wichita starting Dec. 17. "On Our Behalf: Supporting Guard and Reserve Families" looks at how deployment affects the families of some reservists who have been activated in support of U.S. military operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo an  more

K-Staters Recognized As Distinguished Graduates Of The U.S. Army Command And General Staff College
MANHATTAN, Kan., Dec. 10 -- Kansas State University issued the following news release: Army Maj. David K. Anderson will be recognized today as a distinguished graduate of the United States Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. Anderson, a December 2009 K-State graduate, will receive the Gen. Douglas MacArthur Military Leadership Writing Award at the Dec. 11 graduation ceremony at Fort Leavenworth. This award is designed to encourage and recognize scholarship and   more

Killer Catfish? Venomous Species Surprisingly Common, Study Finds
ANN ARBOR, Mich., Dec. 10 -- The University of Michigan issued the following news release: Name all the venomous animals you can think of and you probably come up with snakes, spiders, bees, wasps and perhaps poisonous frogs. But catfish? A new study by University of Michigan graduate student Jeremy Wright finds that at least 1,250 and possibly more than 1,600 species of catfish may be venomous--far more than previously believed. The research is described in a paper published online Dec. 4  more

Kilmer is December Career Service Employee at SDSU
BROOKINGS, S.D., Dec. 9 -- South Dakota State University issued the following news release: Kilmer,-Carey-tinyTechnology has become a part of everyday life, but when it doesn't work, things can just be miserable. Thanks to computer support specialists on the South Dakota State University campus, though, work runs fairly smooth as they quickly fix technological glitches. One of those tech wizards is senior computer support specialist Carey Kilmer, the December Career Service Employee of the  more

Larson's Local Priorities in Arts, Education, and Health Care Pass the House
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- Rep. John B. Larson, D-Conn. (1st CD), issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Congressman John B. Larson (CT-01) announced the House of Representatives passed legislation to provide over $1.7 million in funding to support local projects in education, health care, and the arts. The funding was provided in broad legislation that invests in the growth of our economy, provides educational opportunities to our youth and adults, and enhances the overall health of our   more

Limited EPA Study Finds Low Level of Concern in Samples of Recycled Tires from Ballfield and Playground Surfaces
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- The Environmental Protection Agency issued the following news release: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released results of a limited field monitoring study of artificial-turf playing fields and playgrounds constructed with recycled tire material or tire crumb. The study was intended to gain experience conducting field monitoring of recreational surfaces that contain tire crumb. EPA will use the information to help determine possible next steps to address qu  more

Live from Buffalo State, It's Saturday Night!
BUFFALO, N.Y., Dec. 9 -- Buffalo State College issued the following news release: Be part of a live studio audience this Saturday evening, December 12, as the television and film arts program (TFA) presents a comedy sketch show in the vein of Saturday Night Live. The performance, "BS Live: A First Class Finale," starts at 7:00 p.m. in the Donald Savage Theater and Communication Building's Flexible Theater. Arrive early to ensure a seat. Admission is free, but donations at the door are welc  more

Lost Boy of the Sudan Ready to Graduate After Long Journey
RICHMOND, Va., Dec. 9 -- Virginia Commonwealth University issued the following news release: The four-bedroom apartment that Awer Bul shares with three other VCU students in Ackell Hall has a kitchen, a living room, a dining room, two bathrooms and a full array of appliances -- refrigerator, electric range, dishwasher, garbage disposal, washer and dryer. "It's got everything you need," he says. In a corner of the living room, near a window overlooking the courtyard, Bul has appointed a sm  more

Marshall Scholar to Focus on Latin America
U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo., Dec. 10 -- The U.S. Air Force Academy issued the following news release: Not only is Cadet 1st Class Austin McKinney at the top of his class academically, he is the Academy's newest Marshall Scholar. The management major with a minor in Spanish will attend the University of London next year to begin pursuing two master's degrees, one in Latin American studies and another in globalization and Latin American development. Cadet McKinney received word of the a  more

Mechanism Discovered by Which Body's Cells Encourage Tuberculosis Infection
SEATTLE, Dec. 10 -- The University of Washington Health Sciences campus issued the following news release: Scientists have discovered a signaling pathway that tuberculosis bacteria use to coerce disease-fighting cells to switch allegiance and work on their behalf. Epithelial cells line the airways and other surfaces to protect and defend the body. Tuberculosis bacteria co-opt these epithelial cells into helping create tubercles: the small, rounded masses characteristic of TB. The tubercles en  more

Mentoring Program Gives Students Behind-the-Scenes View of Washington, D.C.
GETTYSBURG, Pa., Dec. 10 -- Gettysburg College issued the following news release: Sixteen Gettysburg College students took part in Inside Politics, a semester-long mentoring and research experience on campus and in Washington, D.C. This fall's Inside Politics expert-in-residence was journalist, speechwriter, and presidential historian Kasey S. Pipes. Each semester, Gettysburg College's Eisenhower Institute brings a different expert to campus to work with students selected from a wide range  more

MSU College of Music Presents 'A Jazzy Little Christmas'
EAST LANSING, Mich., Dec. 10 -- Michigan State University issued the following news release: Join the Michigan State University professors of jazz as they celebrate the holiday season with jazzy renditions of their own holiday favorites during "A Jazzy Little Christmas," at 8 p.m. Dec. 19 at Wharton Center's Pasant Theatre. Led by artistic director and jazz bassist Rodney Whitaker, the world-class musicians who make up the faculty in the MSU College of Music's jazz studies program, promise  more

N. C. Arts Organizations Receive $429,000 of NEA Money to Support Arts Projects
RALEIGH, N.C., Dec. 10 -- The North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources' Arts Council issued the following news release: The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded almost a half-million dollars to twenty two North Carolina arts organizations in the first round of grants announced under the new leadership of Rocco Landesman. Nationally, more than $26 million will be distributed for FY 2010 to support 1,207 projects in a variety of categories including Access to Artistic Excellenc  more

NCC Journalism Students Examine Right to Know Law
BETHLEHEM, Pa., Dec. 10 -- Northampton Community College issued the following news release: Myra Saturen Students at the Monroe Campus of Northampton Community College's (NCC) Journalism and Society class played an integral part in the Associated Press (AP) Pennsylvania-wide audit, "Right to Know." They were the only students to take part in the project, which otherwise included media professionals. The audit tested local agency response to the state's new open law records. The law, pa  more

New NPC Report Provides Guidance on Evaluating and Interpreting Comparative Effectiveness Studies
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- The National Pharmaceutical Council issued the following news release: A new report released today by the National Pharmaceutical Council (NPC) provides guidance in the evaluation of comparative effectiveness research (CER), including easy-to-use "checklists" that help make sure such studies can be used to improve the dialogue between health care providers and patients, as well as better inform health care decision-making. The report, "Demystifying Comparative Effec  more

NIH Launches Program to Develop Innovative Approaches to Combat Obesity
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services' National Institutes of Health issued the following news release: The National Institutes of Health is launching a $37 million program that will use findings from basic research on human behavior to develop more effective interventions to reduce obesity. The program, Translating Basic Behavioral and Social Science Discoveries into Interventions to Reduce Obesity, will fund interdisciplinary teams of researchers at seven res  more

Nursing Graduates Honored at Capping and Pinning Ceremony
MELBOURNE, Ark., Dec. 10 -- Ozarka College issued the following news release: Practical and Registered Nursing graduates at Ozarka College were honored at a Recognition Ceremony in the John E. Miller Education Complex on December 8, 2009. Students completing their studies in practical nursing were: Mandy Brokaw of Melbourne, Jerry Clagg of Wiseman, Aaron Dailing of Melbourne, Joy Elrod of Melbourne, Lindsey Faulkner of Melbourne, Kayla Finley of Sidney, Raegan Groves of Melbourne, Katie La  more

Owens Recognizes Honors Program Students for Excellence During First-Ever Honors Medallion Ceremony, Dec. 11
PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio, Dec. 10 -- Owens Community College issued the following news release: Four Owens Community College students pursuing academic studies at the highest level will be honored for their educational success and leadership as the Honors Program hosts its first-ever Honors Medallion Ceremony on Friday, Dec. 11. The special ceremonies will culminate each student's academic attainment with the bestowing of an Owens Honors Program medallion at 7 p.m. in the College's Center  more

Payment Problems, Malpractice Suits Top Concerns of Quality Pros
MILWAUKEE, Dec. 8 -- The American Society for Quality issued the following news release: While Congress debates the best options for reform, a new poll of U.S. healthcare quality improvement experts shows that solving payment problems and restructuring malpractice suits/tort reform top the list of areas that would help to eliminate waste. Recent studies estimate U.S. healthcare system waste at $600-$800 billion annually. The online poll was conducted with 120 healthcare quality professiona  more

Penn, Georgia Collaboration Awarded $14.6 Million to Expand Pathogen Database, Expedite Worldwide Research
PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 10 -- The University of Pennsylvania issued the following news release: Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Georgia have been awarded a five-year, $14.6 million contract from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the US National Institutes of Health, to expand and extend work on the Eukaryotic Pathogen Genome Database Resource, http://EuPathDB.org. This revolutionary open database enables scientists to examine g  more

Penn, University of Georgia Collaboration Awarded $14.6 Million to Expand Pathogen Database, Expedite Worldwide Research
PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 10 -- The University of Georgia issued the following news release: Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Georgia have been awarded a five-year, $14.6 million contract from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the U.S. National Institutes of Health, to expand and extend work on the Eukaryotic Pathogen Genome Database Resource, http://EuPathDB.org. This revolutionary open database enables scientists to examine gene  more

President Ilves: Estonian Institute of Historical Memory will Continue to Investigate Human Rights Violations During the Soviet Period
TALLINN, Estonia, Dec. 9 - The office of the President issued the following news release: "Estonia and the people of Estonia have endured a lot. However, even today we don't have a real overview of what exactly happened in Estonia during the Soviet period," said President Toomas Hendrik Ilves yesterday in Kadriorg, at the first session of the Learned Committee of the Estonian Institute of Historical Memory. According to the head of state, together with our children we have the right to kn  more

President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- The White House released the following news release: Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key administration posts: * Sharon E. Burke, Director of Operational Energy Plans and Programs, Department of Defense * Marilyn A. Brown, Member, Board of Directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority President Obama said, "I am pleased that these talented individuals have joined my administration as we work to tackle t  more

Professor Examines Life of Cow Boys
SHERMAN, Texas, Dec. 10 -- Austin College issued the following news release: Austin College Professor of History Jacqueline Moore traveled 2,500 miles to research her recently released book--and never left Texas. Her book, Cow Boys and Cattle Men: Nineteenth Century Class and Masculinity on the Texas Frontier, was released December 1 by New York University Press. "The cowboy is an icon of masculinity in America and around the world," Moore said. "But what did the historical cowboy himself   more

Professor John Kincaid Oversees New Book on the Role of Local Government in Federal Systems
EASTON, Pa., Dec. 9 -- Lafayette College issued the following news release: By Meghan Cloonan As senior editor of the Global Dialogue on Federalism series, which is published by McGill-Queen's University Press, Professor John Kincaid has overseen publication of a new book exploring the role of local government in countries with federal political systems. The book, Local Government and Metropolitan Regions in Federal Systems, was edited by Nico Steytler, director of the Community Law Ce  more

Recession Expected to Further Weaken Latinos' Already Low Retirement Savings
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- The National Council of La Raza issued the following news release: An analysis released today by NCLR (National Council of La Raza), the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States, highlights that the recession can only deepen the alarmingly low retirement savings rate of Latino workers. Insecure Retirements: Latino Participation in 401(k) Plans explains that, even in the best of times, employer-sponsored 401(k) retirement plan  more

Rep. Courtney Secures Critical Funding for Important Eastern Connecticut Initiatives
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- Rep. Joe Courtney, D-Conn. (2nd CD), has issued the following news release: Today, Representative Joe Courtney voted in favor of the 2010 Consolidated Appropriations Act (H.R. 3288), which passed the House of Representatives by a 221-202 vote. H.R. 3288 includes significant funding secured by Congressman Courtney and the Connecticut delegation for critical priorities in eastern Connecticut and across the state. These investments will help to improve the region's econ  more

Rep. Griffith-backed Bill Restores Ares Funding
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- Rep. Parker Griffith, D-Ala. (5th CD), issued the following news release: Congressman Parker Griffith announced today final approval by the U.S. House of Representatives for several North Alabama projects included in the 2010 Omnibus Appropriations bill. The legislation restores and increases funding for North Alabama space programs, and creates several space research, transportation, justice and education projects that Griffith has worked toward since January. The bill  more

Retired Business Faculty Member Establishes Scholarship
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa., Dec. 10 -- Pennsylvania College of Technology issued the following news release: A former professor has taken advantage of a special federal program to establish a scholarship fund at Pennsylvania College of Technology. Patricia J. Rambo, who retired as a professor of business administration in 1994, recently established the Robert and Patricia Shoff Rambo Scholarship. The endowed fund is expected to generate in excess of $1,000 annually for scholarship awards. Penn C  more

Review Compares Findings and Implications of Economic Studies on Effects of Clean Energy Legislation on Agriculture Sector
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- The American Farmland Trust issued the following news release: To help address the confusion over the economic implications of climate policies on U.S. agriculture, a team of seven Kansas State University (KSU) researchers completed an analysis and comparison of six key economic studies that looked at the effects of the Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (H.R. 2454--also known as the Waxman-Markey bill) on the agriculture sector. Reviewing all the significant studies  more

RSU Student Named Brad Henry International Scholar
CLAREMORE, Okla., Dec. 10 -- Rogers State University issued the following news release: Brian Lunk, a Rogers State University student from Adair, was one of seven students recently named a Brad Henry International Scholar and will spend the spring 2010 semester participating in an international study and internship program at Swansea University in Wales. Lunk is majoring in liberal arts with an emphasis in global humanities. He is a member of the RSU Honors Program and the Alpha Chi Honor   more

Sen. Gillibrand: Congress Set To Approve $850,000 To Help Stop Youth Gun Violence In NYC
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- The office of Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced today that Congress is set to give final approval for $850,000 for a program to encourage New York City students to report weapon-related threats in their schools and communities. Senator Gillibrand aggressively lobbied members of the Appropriations Committee to include funding for the project in this year's spending bill. "I have met with stude  more

Shoals Course Sets Cornell Senior on a Path to Study Parasites
ITHACA, N.Y., Dec. 9 -- The Cornell University College of Agriculture & Life Sciences issued the following news release: By Shelley Stuart, freelance writer Lauren Quevillon, a senior Biology major currently "consumed by tests," vividly remembers the reason she decided to pursue science: Richard Preston's book The Hot Zone. "I fell in love with science then and there," she recalled. During her freshman year at Cornell, Quevillon learned about the Biodiversity & Biology of Marine Inverte  more

Shultz Receives NFL Charities Grant to Study Knee Biomechanics
GREENSBORO, N.C., Dec. 10 -- The University of North Carolina-Greensboro issued the following news release: Roughly 20 minutes into a football game or practice, ACL injury rates begin to rise. That's the same amount of time it takes for intermittent physical activity to increase the looseness of the knee. Thanks to a $125,000 grant from NFL Charities, Dr. Sandra Shultz at UNCG will conduct an 18-month study of precisely how the increase in knee laxity during sports activity affects the joi  more

SIU Cancer Institute to Provide Cancer Care For Southwestern Illinois
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill., Dec. 10 -- Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville issued the following news release: The Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine in Alton is collaborating with the SimmonsCooper Cancer Institute (SCCI) at the SIU School of Medicine in Springfield to provide onsite evaluations of patients with head and neck tumors. The biweekly service will be provided by fellowship-trained head and neck surgeons from the medical school, according to Dr. K. Thomas Robbi  more

State Organization Honors BGSU Student
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio, Dec. 10 -- Bowling Green State University issued the following news release: The Ohio Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (OAHPERD) has named Anthony Bryson, a Bowling Green State University senior from Mason, as among five winners of its Memorial Student Scholarship Award. Bryson, who is majoring in exercise science and human movement studies at BGSU, received the $1,000 award earlier this month at the association's annual awards luncheon.  more

Studies Find Proposed Health Care Reforms Offer Big Savings to Individuals, Families
BERKELEY, Calif., Dec. 10 -- The University of California at Berkeley issued the following news release: Four million Californians who are uninsured, have unaffordable job-based coverage or who are buying coverage in the individual market, would be eligible for Medicaid or subsidized coverage under bills under consideration in the U.S. Congress, according to a new study from the University of California, Berkeley. The research by UC Berkeley's Center for Labor Research and Education is the  more

Study Explores Deployment Impact on Older Children
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- The U.S. Department of Defense's American Forces Information Service issued the following news release: By Elaine Wilson Children in military families experience emotional and behavioral difficulties above national averages, a study has revealed. The Rand Corp. study, commissioned by the National Military Family Association, explored how older children from military families deal with the deployment of a parent. The results were published in the journal "Pediatric  more

SUNY Potsdam Students Inspired by Best Practices in Teaching
POTSDAM, N.Y., Dec. 10 -- The State University of New York at Potsdam issued the following news release: Nineteen SUNY Potsdam students majoring in education recently participated in the Best Practices in Teaching Seminar, "Keys to Effective Teaching." The Teacher Opportunity Corps (TOC) and the School of Education and Professional Studies at SUNY Potsdam sponsored the event. Carol Rossi-Fries, clinical faculty member of the School of Education and Professional Studies and former social st  more

SUNY Potsdam Students Produce EPA Manual
POTSDAM, N.Y., Dec. 10 -- The State University of New York at Potsdam issued the following news release: Two SUNY Potsdam Environmental Studies students attended the EPA Region 2 Indian Leaders meeting in Syracuse, November 18, where their draft manual on collecting household hazardous waste was critiqued. Ian Isler and Michelle Davis attended the meeting in order to observe the feedback process from the Tribal Leaders. Several SUNY Potsdam students assisted the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe's Solid  more

Ten Allegheny College Students Elected to Phi Beta Kappa
MEADVILLE, Pa., Dec. 10 -- Allegheny College issued the following news release: Ten members of Allegheny College's class of 2010 have been elected to Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious honorary scholastic fraternity. The students were formally inducted at a ceremony held recently on the Allegheny campus. "These students represent the highest achievement that Allegheny students can attain," said Joshua Searle-White, associate professor of psychology and secretary of th  more

The Citizens' Guide to Transportation Reauthorization
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- The CATO Institute's Center for Trade Policy Studies has issued the following news release: A new study from Randal O'Toole, senior fellow, examines the government's attempts to reduce the environmental impact of transportation by altering the behavior of its citizens. Sometime in 2010 or 2011, Congress expects to decide how to spend the $250 billion or more of federal gas taxes and other highway user fees that will be collected over the next six years. The process o  more

Two Second-Year Students at Holy Cross Receive High Honors
WORCESTER, Mass., Dec. 10 -- College of the Holy Cross issued the following press release: Biology major Emily Atkinson '11 of Florence, Mass., and economics/accounting and classics double major Matthew Mullaney '11 of Livingston, N.J., are the co-recipients of the 2009 Mrs. Kate C. Power Medal, funded by an anonymous bequest in 1942 and given to the second-year student with the highest class rank. Atkinson and Mullaney both earned a top-notch 4.0 GPA in their class of 723 students. "I was  more

Two Students Receive MN High Tech Foundation Scholarships
COON RAPIDS, Minn., Dec. 10 -- Anoka-Ramsey Community College issued the following news release: Current Anoka-Ramsey Community College student Loan (Mei) Luu, a sophomore majoring in Mathematics, and an Anoka-Ramsey alumna, Tanya Prader, recently received a 2009 Minnesota High Tech Foundation Scholarship. Despite living in the U.S. for only three years, Luu has been on the Anoka-Ramsey Dean's list for four semesters. She is also vice-president of the college Math Club, and a participant i  more

UAB's Whitley Installed as President of Infectious Diseases Society
BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Dec. 10 -- The University of Alabama at Birmingham issued the following news release: Richard Whitley, M.D., director of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases (http://medicine.uab.edu/Peds/62093/) and a renowned researcher on antiviral therapies designed to fight infections in children and adults, has been installed as president of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) (https://www.idsociety.org/). IDSA represe  more

UI's December Commencement Features Honorary Doctorate for Henry Tippie
IOWA CITY, Iowa, Dec. 10 -- The University of Iowa's College of Business issued the following news release: The University of Iowa will award an honorary doctorate to UI alumnus and benefactor Henry B. Tippie as part of this December's commencement ceremonies. Tippie will be honored at the undergraduate commencement for the Tippie College of Business at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, at Carver Hawkeye Arena, with UI President Sally Mason, Tippie College of Business Dean Curt Hunter, and Graduat  more

UI's December Commencement Features Honorary Doctorate for Henry Tippie
IOWA CITY, Iowa, Dec. 10 -- The University of Iowa issued the following news release: The University of Iowa will award an honorary doctorate to UI alumnus and benefactor Henry B. Tippie as part of this December's commencement ceremonies. Tippie will be honored at the undergraduate commencement for the Tippie College of Business at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, at Carver Hawkeye Arena, with UI President Sally Mason, Tippie College of Business Dean Curt Hunter, and Graduate College Dean John Ke  more

UIS Utilizes Google Wave for Online Learning and Teaching
SPRINGFIELD, Ill., Dec. 10 -- The University of Illinois at Springfield issued the following news release: The University of Illinois Springfield is one of the first universities in the nation to use Google Wave for online learning and teaching. Google Wave is an online tool for real-time communication and collaboration. According to Google, a wave can be both a conversation and a document where people can discuss and work together using richly-formatted text, photos, videos, maps and more  more

Underrepresented Minority Scientists Encouraged to Seek International Collaborations to be Competitive
WASHINGTON, Dec. 9 -- The American Association for the Advancement of Science issued the following news release: By Molly McElroy Young scientists from the nation's historically black colleges and universities need to develop research communities not just at their home institutions and at professional conferences, but also on a global scale, experts told attendees at a recent AAAS-organized conference in Washington, D.C. Science in the 21st century is increasingly an international enter  more

University of Memphis Wind Ensemble Invited to Perform at CBDNA Conference in February
MEMPHIS, Tenn., Dec. 7 -- University of Memphis issued the following news release: The University of Memphis Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Kraig Alan Williams, director of bands and area coordinator for wind studies, has been invited to perform at the College Band Directors National Association/National Band Association (CBDNA/NBA) Southern Division Conference scheduled for February 2010 in Oxford, Mississippi. The U of M ensemble's application was screened by a panel of distinguished  more

Whole Terrain's ((r)e)volution is Here!
KEENE, N.H., Dec. 4 -- Antioch University of New England issued the following news release: The sixteenth volume of Whole Terrain (http://www.wholeterrain.org/issue_16/default.cfm), Antioch New England's journal of reflective environmental practice, has arrived. The volume explores the link between evolution and revolution, spurring the editorial board to coin a term that serves as the issue's title: "((r)e)volution (http://www.wholeterrain.org/issue_16/default.cfm)." This year's journal feat  more

Winter 2010 Offers Many Options
CENTRALIA, Wash., Dec. 7 -- Centralia College issued the following news release: Open registration for the winter quarter at Centralia College begins on December 10, and a record enrollment is predicted. Students wishing the best choice of classes are encouraged to register early for the best selection. Incoming students this winter have the widest range of course options ever offered at Centralia College. Depending on the specific classes chosen, students may wish to sign up for tradition  more

$2.7 Million for Maryland Gang Task Force Gets Final Approval by House
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md. (8th CD), issued the following news release: U.S. Representatives Chris Van Hollen, Steny H. Hoyer, and Donna Edwards announced that $2.7 million they secured for gang prevention and suppression efforts in Prince George's and Montgomery Counties was approved today in the FY2010 House-Senate Omnibus Appropriations Conference Report that passed the House. Passage of the omnibus package is the final step in the appropriations process, with the  more

AAAS Program Finds Early Success Connecting Scientists, Human Rights Organizations
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- The American Association for the Advancement of Science issued the following news release: By Benjamin Somers As organizations around the world observe International Human Rights Day on 10 December, a pioneering AAAS initiative launched just over a year ago has produced several active collaborations bringing scientific expertise to bear on human rights. Since its launch in October 2008, the "On-call" Scientists initiative, which pairs scientists and engineers inte  more

ACC Reacts to CDC's Fourth National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals
ARLINGTON, Va., Dec. 10 -- The American Chemistry Council issued the following news release: The American Chemistry Council (ACC) and its member companies today reiterated their support for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) scientific efforts to understand human exposure to natural and man-made substances through biomonitoring. Like the previous three studies, the CDC report released today reaffirms that levels of man-made and natural compounds detected in Americans   more

Adults With Chronic Health Conditions at Highest Risk for Death From H1N1 Influenza
HELENA, Mont., Dec. 10 -- The Montana Department of Health and Human Services issued the following news release: The Department of Public Health and Human Services announced today that so far nearly all of the deaths in Montana related to 2009 H1N1 influenza have been adults and most had pre-existing underlying medical conditions. So far, 18 people in Montana have died from complications associated with 2009 H1N1 influenza. Of those deaths, 11 were in adults aged 45 to 64. The informati  more

Aerosols in the Atmosphere: From Mexico to Japan, Finland to Switzerland, the Same Everywhere
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- The National Science Foundation issued the following news release: It's no secret that the emissions leaving a car tailpipe or factory smokestack affect climate and air quality. Until now, scientists have struggled to know where the organic molecules from these emissions go, and what happens to them once they leave their source. Climate and air quality models therefore have been incomplete or less than accurate. Now a collaborative effort of more than 60 scientist  more

Alvarez and Marsal Presents Final Blueprint of Redesigned Maricopa
TEMPE, Ariz., Dec. 10 -- Maricopa Community Colleges issued the following news release: At a public meeting Wednesday night, the team from Alvarez & Marsal presented a comprehensive blueprint for a redesigned 21st Century Maricopa Community Colleges. Alvarez & Marsal (A&M), an independent restructuring and performance improvement consulting firm hired by the Board to conduct an effectiveness and efficiency review of the District, outlined the proposed changes as follows: 80 recommendations  more

American Materials Manufacturing Alliance Concerned About New EPA Analysis of Climate Legislation
ARLINGTON, Va., Dec. 10 -- The American Chemistry Council issued the following news release: The American Materials Manufacturing Alliance (AMMA), a group of energy-intensive, trade-exposed industries (EITEs), issued a letter to Senators Bayh (D-IN), Specter (D-PA), Brown (D-OH), McCaskill (D-MO) and Stabenow (D-MI) regarding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) analysis of the impact that H.R. 2454 will have on EITEs. (The Effects of H.R. 2454 on International Competitiveness an  more

Annie Ingram's New Appointment to Thomson Professorship Furthers Initiatives in Environmental Studies
DAVIDSON, N.C., Dec. 10 -- Davidson College issued the following news release: Annie Merrill Ingram has been appointed as Davidson's inaugural Todd and Melissa Thomson Professor of Environmental Studies. Ingram, a professor of English who specializes in 19th- century American literature, has been serving as the college's Environmental Studies Coordinator since the subject was approved as an academic concentration in 2007. She will continue that duty, while the new professorship also positi  more

Approval of Michigan Smoke-Free Legislation Is Historic Win for Health
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids issued the following statement: Statement of Matthew L. Myers, President, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids The Michigan Legislature today delivered a historic victory for health and the public's right to breathe clean air by passing legislation to make almost all workplaces, including all restaurants and bars, smoke-free. Gov. Jennifer Granholm has said she will sign the bill, which will make Michigan the 27th state to pass a strong s  more

Army Of Crews Work Around The Clock, But It's Slow Going
RUTLAND, Vt., Dec. 10 -- Central Vermont Public Service issued the following news release: Line workers restored service to thousands of customers today, rebuilding major sections of the electrical system in the wake of a storm with winds that topped 90 mph. As of 5 p.m. 1,500 CVPS customers remained without power. New estimates this afternoon put the total number of CVPS customers affected by yesterday's storm at 19,000. It was painstaking work today as CVPS workers - assisted by crews  more

Army Releases November Suicide Data
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- The U.S. Department of Defense issued the following news release: The Army released suicide data for the month of November today. Among active-duty soldiers, there were 12 potential suicides, all of which are pending determination of the manner of death. For October, the Army reported 16 potential suicides among active-duty soldiers. Since the release of that report, three have been confirmed as suicides, and 13 remain under investigation. There were 147 reported ac  more

ARS Scientists Help Fight Damaging Moth in Africa
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service issued the following news release: Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists have launched a preemptive strike to combat the false codling moth, a major pest in its native Africa. If the moth enters the United States, it will damage citrus, corn, cotton and a wide range of nuts and fruits, according to entomologist James Carpenter, at the ARS Crop Protection and Management Research Unit in Tifton  more

Attorney General Issues Guidelines for Investigating Domestic Violence Incidents Involving Police Officers
TRENTON, N.J., Dec. 10 -- The New Jersey Attorney General issued the following news release: View Model Policy pdf (http://www.nj.gov/oag/dcj/agguide/DV-Model-Policy-Final-12-10-09.pdf) Attorney General Anne Milgram has issued a model police department policy for handling domestic violence incidents that involve law enforcement officers. The model policy, supplementing long-standing Attorney General directives related to the seizure of weapons from state, county or local law enforcement  more

B'nai B'rith Welcomes OAS Intervention to End Hunger Strike in Venezuela
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- B'nai B'rith International issued the following news release: B'nai B'rith International welcomes Organization of American States (OAS) Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza's decision to send a three-member delegation to Caracas on Dec. 8. The visit helped end the 18-day hunger strike conducted by 21 students to protest the government's treatment of political prisoners. According to the protesters, more than 40 people have been imprisoned in Venezuela because of the  more

Bentley Professor Joni Seager is Invited by Mozambican Government to Develop Strategy to Address Gender and Climate Change
WALTHAM, Mass., Dec. 10 -- Bentley University issued the following news release: The topic of gendered analysis and its role in climate change has become an important focus for the United Nations and other international agencies, making it a rich topic for exploration and research. The government of Mozambique (Africa) has taken the initiative and asked Bentley University professor Joni Seager to help develop a national strategy and five-year government policy plan to address gender and clima  more

Benton Harbor Man Pleads Guilty During Trial
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Dec. 9 -- The U.S. Department of Justice's Federal Bureau of Investigation Detroit Field Office issued the following news release: Travis Santelle Burton, 30, of Benton Harbor, Michigan, pled guilty to being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, U.S. Attorney Donald A. Davis announced today. The plea came during the first day of the jury trial scheduled for the case in front of U.S. District Court Judge Robert Jonker. The case stems from an incident on July 19,  more

Big 5, Guitar Center, J. Jill, Louis Vuitton, Meijer, Wendy's/Arby's Among NRF's Newest Members
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- The National Retail Federation issued the following news release: The National Retail Federation today announced that more than 100 companies and organizations have joined NRF's growing membership (http://www.nrf.com/modules.php?name=Pages&sp_id=1119). This diverse group of new members underscores the breadth and depth of retailers represented by NRF, and recognizes the strong value proposition that membership offers to these companies. One of NRF's newest members is Me  more

Bisphosphonates and Beyond: Managing Bone Density and Reducing Breast Cancer
SAN ANTONIO, Dec. 10 -- The American Association for Cancer Research issued the following news release: Bisphosphonates are routinely given to women with postmenopausal breast cancer, but new data suggest that these agents may play a role in reducing recurrent breast cancer as well. Theresa Guise, M.D., professor of medicine and Jerry W. and Peg S. Throgmartin professor of oncology in the Division of Endocrinology at the Indiana University School of Medicine, will moderate a press conferen  more

Board Approves Legislative Agenda
WHEATON, Ill., Dec. 10 -- DuPage County issued the following news release: The DuPage County Board approved its 2010 State Legislative Agenda on Tuesday, which is a compilation of the County's top legislative priorities at the state level for the next legislative session. The County's 2010 Agenda includes ethics and finance reform, replanting of trees on recreational trails, and a restoration of state funding to support probation services and community care for seniors, among others. "DuPa  more

Bright Votes Against Omnibus Appropriations Act
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- Rep. Bobby Bright, D-Ala. (2nd CD), issued the following news release: Today, Congressman Bobby Bright voted against the Conference Report on H.R. 3288, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2010. H.R. 3288, also known as the Omnibus Appropriations bill, combines six separate spending bills at a total cost of nearly $447 billion, an almost 10% increase over fiscal year 2009. Each bill has been previously passed by the House. "The House has a duty to adequately fund   more

Building a Post-Crisis Global Economy--An Address to the Japan Society, by John Lipsky, First Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- The International Monetary Fund issued the following speech by First Deputy Managing Director John Lipsky: Good afternoon. It's a pleasure to be here. This venue is appropriate for today's discussion. The Japan Society is dedicated to fostering dialogue between the United States, Japan and East Asia. The Society's foundation is the understanding that international cooperation serves common global goals. This same understanding motivated the architects of the Internation  more

Business Can Learn from Work of Economics Nobel Prize Winners
NEW YORK, Dec. 10 -- The Conference Board issued the following news release: Business has a lot to learn from the 2009 Nobel Prizes in Economic Sciences awarded today, say experts from The Conference Board. Elinor Ostrom and Oliver E. Williamson have spent their careers researching how transactions are conducted within and between businesses, governments, and other agents. Their work has relevance not only for academia, but also for companies seeking ways to approach increasingly intertwin  more

BYOBiz Speaking from Experience Announces Spring Line-Up
BURLINGTON, Vt., Dec. 9 -- Champlain College issued the following news release: Champlain College's Bring Your Own Business (BYOBiz) Program announces its Spring 2010 Speaking from Experience series of lectures and talks, which features local business and entrepreneurial leaders. All events are held in Alumni Auditorium at Champlain College and are free and open to the public. Tuesday, Jan. 26, 7 pm: Brad Robertson, Publisher, The Burlington Free Press, "On Intrapreneurship." In addition t  more

Carter Blasts Democrats' Vote to Jack Federal Spending Up 25 Percent
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- Rep. John R. Carter, R-Texas (31st CD), issued the following news release: The House of Representatives has spiraled into outright fiscal madness, according to Republican Conference Secretary John Carter, who today helped lead futile efforts against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's attempt to increase federal spending by an astounding 25 percent over 2008 levels. Pelosi again violated House Rules requiring all bills be allowed 72-hours of public access before a vote, in   more

Cassidy: Taxpayers Deserve Better
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- Rep. William Cassidy, R-La. (6th CD), issued the following news release: Today, while the House considered a $446.8 billion spending bill (H.R. 3288) that includes 5,224 earmarks totaling nearly $4 billion, Louisiana Congressman Bill Cassidy wrote the following to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi: The Honorable Nancy Pelosi Speaker United States House of Representatives H-232, The Capitol Washington, DC 20515 Madame Speaker, After the House passed a $410   more

CCM Trustee Participates in PA Town Hall with President Obama
RANDOLPH, N.J., Dec. 8 -- County College of Morris issued the following news release: In one of her first official duties as the County College of Morris Trustee Chair, Elaine Johnson, got the invitation of a lifetime - a seat to hear President Barack Obama speak at Lehigh Carbon Community College in Allentown, PA on Dec. 4. "It was a very positive experience." said Johnson. "The room was really charged. Of course, I was especially happy to hear about his plans and appreciation for community   more

Chairman Serrano Statement on Financial Services Section of Consolidated Appropriations Bill
WASHINGTON, Dec. 9 -- Rep. Jose E. Serrano, D-N.Y. (16th CD), issued the following news release: Congressman Jose E. Serrano, Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, issued the following statement today following the conference agreement on a consolidated appropriations bill late last night. "The Financial Services and General Government section of the consolidated bill reflects our desire to protect consumers, shore up the regulatory  more

Changes Needed to Reduce Volatility in California's Workers' Compensation Insurance Market
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- The RAND Corporation issued the following news release: California's workers' compensation insurance market will remain vulnerable to wide swings in performance unless changes are made to improve the predictability of costs, transparency of pricing decisions, regulatory oversight and consistency of the incentives facing different parties, according to a study issued today by the RAND Corporation and Navigant Consulting. "We do not recommend that California reregulate  more

Chartering, 2nd Mortgage Rules Slated
ARLINGTON, Va., Dec. 11 -- The National Association of Federal Credit Unions issued the following news release: The NCUA Board is poised to release proposed revisions to the agency's chartering rules and to finalize a current, interim rule allowing an exception to maturity limits on second mortgages during its Dec. 17 open meeting. The chartering proposal is expected to provide for easier-to-follow requirements on credit union requests for community charters. NCUA Chairman Debbie Matz has   more

CIDH Publishes Its New Rules of Procedure
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- The Organization of American States issued the following news release: The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) publishes today its new Rules of Procedure, based on reforms approved during the 137th Period of Sessions that took place in October and November 2009. The new Rules of Procedure will enter into force on January 1, 2010. The central objective of these reforms is to further strengthen the Inter-American system through the enhancement of: partici  more

City of Belfast Issues Planning Board Meeting Agenda
BELFAST, Maine, Dec. 9 -- The Belfast Planning Board issued the following meeting agenda: 1. Roll Call- Chairman, Roger Pickering, Secretary, Paul Hamilton, Members Biff Atlass, Diane Allmayer-Beck and Elizabeth Minor and Associate Member William Affleck. 2. Review of Meeting Minutes. DEVELOPMENT REVIEWS 3. Bob Johnson, applicant, request to operate a food preparation and wholesale home business from his existing single family residence located at 57 West Waldo Avenue, Map 6, Lot 51C  more

City of South Portland Issues Planning Board Meeting Agenda
SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine, Dec. 8 -- The South Portland Planning Board issued the following meeting agenda: Pledge of Allegiance 1. Approval of the October 27, 2009 and November 10, 2009 Planning Board minutes. 2. Consent Calendar 2A. Performance Guarantee Releasess - City of South Portland- Performance Guarantee Releases for Development Projects - throughout the City 3. Zoning Map Change - Zoning Map Change from G to LB - 586 Westbrook Street - IMPALA, LLC PUBLIC HEARING IMPALA  more

Coal and Iron Ore Export Volumes at Record Levels
CANBERRA, Australia, Dec. 10 - The Australian Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry's ABARE (Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics) issued the following news release: Australia's export earnings from energy and mineral resources declined by 2 per cent to $30.2 billion in the September quarter 2009, with a 10 per cent increase in the value of the Australian dollar against the US dollar a major factor in the decline of export earnings during the quarter, accordin  more

Coen: GAO Report Highlights Crucial State Role
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners issued the following news release: National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners President David Coen of Vermont issued the following statement in response to today's Government Accountability Office report on wireless phone service: "On behalf of the nation's State regulators, I want to commend GAO staff for responding to a complex Congressional request quickly and comprehensively. A strong Sta  more

Commerce Secretary Gary Locke Issues Statement on October 2009 U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- The U.S. Department of Commerce issued the following statement: On the eve of his trip to Copenhagen, U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke issued the following statement on the release of the October 2009 U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services report by the Commerce Department's U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. Today's report showed that U.S. exports increased by 2.6 percent to $136.8 billion since September 2009. Imports to the U.S. in  more

Congresswoman Kilpatrick Forges Deal for Woodward Corridor Light Rail and the City of Detroit
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- Rep. Carolyn Kilpatrick, D-Mich. (13th CD), issued the following news release: Congresswoman Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick (MI-13), Michigan's sole Appropriator, successfully added an amendment that would allow the City of Detroit to use matching funds for the construction of light rail to the omnibus appropriations bill. The Congresswoman was appointed to serve on the committee responsible for reviewing and approving the $450 billion, six-bill appropriations measure. The   more

Congresswoman Matsui Secures Over $40 Million in Federal Funding for Sacramento
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- Rep. Doris O. Matsui, D-Calif. (5th CD), issued the following news release: Today, Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D - Sacramento) joined her colleagues in passing the Consolidated Appropriations Act, H.R. 3288. This bill will provide Sacramento projects and programs with $40,055,000 in funding through Fiscal Year (FY) 2010 from the federal government. "When the State of California faces a staggering budget shortfall, it is critical that federal dollars bolster our comm  more

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks Bearing The Name Access 1st Capital Bank, Denton, Texas, are Reportedly in Circulation
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation issued the following special alert: TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer) SUBJECT: Counterfeit Cashier's Checks Summary: Counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the name Access 1st Capital Bank, Denton, Texas, are reportedly in circulation. Access 1st Capital Bank, Denton, Texas, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit cashier's checks bearing t  more

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks Bearing the Name Peoples Bank & Trust Company, Manchester, Tennessee, are Reportedly in Circulation
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation issued the following special alert: TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer) SUBJECT: Counterfeit Cashier's Checks Summary: Counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the name Peoples Bank & Trust Company, Manchester, Tennessee, are reportedly in circulation. Peoples Bank & Trust Company, Manchester, Tennessee, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit   more

County Wellness Program Changes Lives
PHOENIX, Dec. 10 -- Maricopa County issued the following press release: Maricopa County's Wellness Program boosts fitness, changes lives Praising the efforts to promote fitness and good health habits, Maricopa County supervisors honored the county's Employee Health Initiatives Department with a "Wellness Week" official proclamation. Board Chairman Max Wilson presented Employee Benefits Manager Pat Vancil with the proclamation in a special ceremony today. Wilson has made employee apprec  more

Crews Restore Power To More Than 12,800 Customers
RUTLAND, Vt., Dec. 10 -- Central Vermont Public Service issued the following news release: Overnight crews made good progress last night, restoring service to 12,800 customers, as CVPS prepares to flood Addison and Bennington counties with fresh line, tree and contract crews this morning. "Crews made steady progress through the night as winds died down, but the storm did tremendous damage in particular areas of Addison County right around dark," CVPS spokeswoman Christine Rivers said. "We   more

Criminal Acts and Applicable Penalties for Drug Trafficking: European Legislation Brings Mixed Results
BRUSSELS, Belgium, Dec. 10 -- The European Union issued the following news release: The Framework Decision laying down minimum provisions on the criminal acts and the penalties applicable in the field of drug trafficking has helped to establish a common core, but has not brought all of the results expected. Commission Vice President Jacques Barrot, in charge of Justice, Freedom and Security, said: 'European citizens rightly view combating international drug trafficking as a priority for th  more

CTIA-The Wireless Association Statement on GAO Report on Wireless Phone Service
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- CTIA-The Wireless Association issued the following news release: Today, CTIA-The Wireless Association President and CEO Steve Largent issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on wireless phone service: "While we have not yet had a chance to read the full report, the wireless industry is pleased that 84% of Americans are very or somewhat pleased with their wireless service. In this fiercely competitive indust  more

DeLauro Calls for Equality for Women Farmers
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- Rep. Rosa L. DeLauro, D-Conn. (3rd CD), issued the following news release: Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-3) today introduced the Equality for Women Farmers Act. She was joined by Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (CA-14), an original co-sponsor of the bill, and by six women farmers who shared their stories of discrimination by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) simply because of their gender. This legislation will seek to change the USDA's history of discrimi  more

DeLauro Votes to Rebuild Our Economy, Keep Americans Safe
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- Rep. Rosa L. DeLauro, D-Conn. (3rd CD), issued the following news release: Congresswoman Rosa L. DeLauro (CT -3) today applauded the passage of the 2010 fiscal year Consolidated Omnibus Appropriations Act, H.R. 3288, and its continued focus on funding America's priorities, rebuilding and strengthening our economy, and keeping our country safe. The Consolidated Appropriations Act will create jobs immediately while investing in our local communities and workforce for t  more

Department of Natural Resources Oversees Cleanup of Lead Spill Near Farmington
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., Dec. 7 -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources issued the following news release: The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is overseeing the cleanup of lead concentrate in St. Francois County following a truck accident this morning. The department's Environmental Emergency Response section was contacted at about 7:30 a.m. by a representative of A&K Trucking, Mineral Springs, who reported one of the company's trucks had overturned about 7 a.m. on Highway 221  more

Department of Natural Resources Responds to Tractor-Trailer Accident in Clinton County
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., Dec. 8 -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources issued the following news release: The Missouri Department of Natural Resources this morning responded to the scene of a Clinton County accident involving two tractor-trailers that collided on a bridge west of Lathrop. Both trucks are believed to have lost automotive fluids that threatened the nearby Little Platte River. The two trucks collided at approximately 10 a.m. on Highway 116 just east of Highway 33 west of  more

Discovery Studios Names Emmy Winner Beth Hoppe Executive Producer for Curiosity: The Questions of Life
SILVER SPRING, Md., Dec. 10 -- Discovery Communications issued the following corporate news: Discovery Studios President Carole Tomko today announced the addition of Beth Hoppe as executive producer of CURIOSITY: The Questions of Life. Hoppe will oversee production of the multiyear television project for Discovery Studios, the internal production unit within Discovery Communications. As executive producer for the series, Hoppe will report to Tomko and work closely with Discovery Communicat  more

Dodd, Lieberman Secure More Than $75 Million in Connecticut Funding in Consolidated Appropriations Bill
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- The office of Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, I-D-Conn., issued the following news release: Senators Chris Dodd (D-CT) and Joe Lieberman (ID-CT) today announced that they helped secure $75,373,800 million for transportation, housing, environmental, defense, and other projects across the state. The funding, which has been reported out of conference committee, is a part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act which includes the FY 2010 funding for Transportation, Housing and Urb  more

Driehaus, Kilroy Call for Renewed Focus on Small Business Recovery
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy, D-Ohio (15th CD), issued the following news release: Representatives Steve Driehaus (D-OH) and Mary Jo Kilroy (D-OH) have called for improved and expanded loan programs for small businesses as part of ongoing efforts to create jobs and promote economic growth. In a letter to President Obama, Driehaus and Kilroy, along with five additional freshman members of Congress, underscored the importance of small businesses in job creation and recommended usi  more

Driehaus, Kilroy Call for Renewed Focus on Small Business Recovery
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- Rep. Steve Driehaus, D-Ohio (1st CD), issued the following news release: Representatives Steve Driehaus (D-OH) and Mary Jo Kilroy (D-OH) have called for improved and expanded loan programs for small businesses as part of ongoing efforts to create jobs and promote economic growth. In a letter to President Obama, Driehaus and Kilroy, along with five additional freshman members of Congress, underscored the importance of small businesses in job creation and recommended usin  more

Drive Less, Pay Less: Environmental and Transportation Groups Unveil Performance Standard for Pay-As-You-Drive Auto Insurance
BOSTON, Dec. 9 -- The Conservation Law Foundation issued the following news release: Today at the National Association of Insurance Commissioners' Winter Meeting, Ceres and a diverse group of transportation and environmental organizations unveiled a proposed performance standard to rate Pay-As-You-Drive (PAYD) auto insurance policies in the U.S., which save consumers money when they reduce their vehicle travel. Priced on the amount a vehicle is driven during the policy term, PAYD has the   more

Durbin: Committee Recommends More than $126 Million in Funding for Illinois Projects
WASHINGTON, Dec. 9 -- The office of Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., issued the following news release: Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that the final Omnibus Appropriations Act which includes $126,432,544 in funding for several Illinois projects was approved by a joint House and Senate Conference Committee of which Durbin is a member. The House and Senate are expected to take up and pass the legislation before the end of the year. The bill will then go to the   more

East Mink Creek Nordic Center Opens this Weekend
POCATELLO, Idaho, Dec. 10 -- The city of Pocatello issued the following news release: The City of Pocatello Parks & Recreation Department is excited to announce that the East Mink Creek Nordic Center will officially open for business this Saturday, December 12, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. Five kilometers of trail will be ready for enthusiasts. "The crew has been hard at work making what snow we have stretch as far as possible," said Lance Clark, Outdoor Recreation Programmer. "We will open at least  more

Edmonds CC Will be Closed Dec. 19-27, Register Online
LYNNWOOD, Wash., Dec. 10 -- Edmonds Community College issued the following news release: Edmonds Community College will be closed from 5 p.m., Dec. 18 through 8 a.m., Dec. 28. Enrollment is way up and state funding is down, so we're taking a winter break to save money. Winter quarter classes start Mon., Jan. 4, soon after our break, so please plan ahead to take care of your college business -- get transcripts, unemployment progress reports, books, or use the cashier -- before the break. Mo  more

Electrical Engineering Seniors Tackling Technological Projects
SOCORRO, N.M., Dec. 9 -- New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology issued the following news release: Five teams of electrical engineering seniors are culminating their undergraduate years with ambitious capstone projects. The 20 budding engineers are working with National Laboratories, research organizations or professors to solve technological challenges for practical issues. Each team has a difficult challenge in designing, simulating and building state-of-the art instruments. The   more

Europe Region Meeting Defines Key ICT Development Priorities
GENEVA, Dec. 10 -- International Telecommunication Union issued the following news release: The Europe Regional Preparatory Meeting for the ITU World Telecommunication Development Conference 2010 (WTDC-10) concluded on Thursday 3 December in Andorra La Vella with delegates reaching consensus on regional strategies to foster the development of information and communication technologies (ICTs). The agreed strategies and priorities will serve as inputs to next year's WTDC. The meeting was ope  more

FAA to Expand Public Access to Airport Delay Information
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration issued the following news release: As part of the Obama Administration's new Open Government initiative, the Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will expand public access to its frequently-updated information on airport delays through an Airport Status and Delays Web service registered on Data.gov. "In this day and age of constant travel we want to make sure the f  more

Faculty Council Meeting Held Dec. 9
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Dec. 10 -- Harvard University issued the following news release: At its sixth meeting of the year on Dec. 9, the Faculty Council approved the Summer School Courses of Instruction for 2010 and voted on a proposal to establish a Committee on Student Life. A discussion of the Provost's Report on the Task Force on University Libraries also took place. The council next meets on Jan. 27. The preliminary deadline for the Feb. 2 faculty meeting is Jan. 18 at noon.  more

Fall 2009 Commencement Ceremony to be Held Dec. 16 in Convocation Center
JONESBORO, Ark., Dec. 10 -- Arkansas State University issued the following news release: Arkansas State University in Jonesboro will hold its 2009 fall commencement ceremony Saturday, Dec. 19, at 2 p.m. the Convocation Center. Chancellor Robert L. Potts will confer degrees upon 859 graduates, including 582 undergraduate degrees, 254 masters, and 23 doctorate degrees. A reception withpunch and cookies will be held following the ceremony. Dr. Anthony (Tony) Campolo, professor emeritus of sociol  more

Fishermen Challenge Federal Agency
CAPE COD, Mass., Dec. 10 -- EarthJustice issued the following news release: Recreational and commercial fishermen have filed separate actions against the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) seeking to close loopholes in the way it monitors the industrial Atlantic herring midwater trawl fleet and bring accountability to this fishery. Today, recreational fishing advocate Patrick Paquette of Hyannis, Mass. filed a complaint under the Freedom of Information Act to obtain a NMFS video prev  more

Fishery Violations in the Gulf Nova Scotia Area
ANTIGONISH, Canada, Dec. 9 - The government of Canada issued the following news release: The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) announced today the latest sentences imposed on fish harvesters for violating fisheries regulations. On November 16, 2009, Gerald Kevin Thompson of Avondale, Nova Scotia, pleaded guilty in New Glasgow Provincial Court to being in possession of undersized rock crab, contrary to Section 22 (7) of the Fishery (General) Regulations. During a dockside inspection  more

Former DOD Contracting Officer Sentenced to 110 Months in Prison for Filing False Tax Returns
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- The U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division issued the following news release: A former civilian employee of the U.S. Department of Defense was sentenced today to 110 months in prison for filing false tax returns in which he failed to report more than $2.4 million in income, announced Assistant Attorney General of the Criminal Division Lanny A. Breuer and Assistant Attorney General of the Antitrust Division Christine A. Varney. Tijani Ahmed Saani, 53, was als  more

Frost & Sullivan Recognizes Best Practices in Latin America
SAO PAULO, Brazil, Dec. 9 -- Frost and Sullivan issued the following news release: Frost & Sullivan presented 25 awards to the best in Latin American industry at the 2009 Frost & Sullivan Latin America Best Practices Excellence Banquet, celebrated December 3, 2009, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, Sao Paulo. During this event, companies and individuals were recognized for their industry leadership, innovative strategies and performance during 2009. Held for the third consecutive year, the Frost &  more

FWC Wraps up Clewiston Meeting
TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Dec. 10 -- The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission issued the following news release: The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) ended a two-day meeting in Clewiston Thursday. Commissioners voted to retain Rodney Barreto as chairman and selected Dick Corbett to serve as vice chairman for 2010. During the Wednesday session, the FWC adopted final rules allowing use of peregrine falcons for falconry in Florida. Commissioners approved draft   more

Games Developer and Footwear Company Settle with BSA for Unlicensed Software Use, Agree to Pay $175,000
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- The Business Software Alliance issued the following news release: The Business Software Alliance (BSA), the voice of the world's commercial software industry, today announced settlements with BreakAway Ltd. of Hunt Valley, MD and Aetrex Worldwide, Inc. of Teaneck, NJ. Breakaway paid $75,000 and Aetrex paid BSA $100,000 in damages. The unauthorized software included products from BSA members Adobe and Microsoft. As part of the settlement agreement, the companies agreed  more

Gangs and Crime in South Carolina: How Much, How Bad?
BLYTHEWOOD, S.C., Dec. 10 -- The South Carolina Department of Public Safety issued the following news release: The South Carolina Department of Public Safety has released a report on gang violence that documents increases in gang activity and gang-related murders in last decade in the state. The report, prepared by SCDPS' Office of Justice Programs, analyzed statistical indicators of criminal gangs and criminal gang activity in the state. This report was partially funded by the U.S. Dept.   more

GAO Report Highlights W&L Black Lung Clinic
LEXINGTON, Va., Dec. 10 -- Washington & Lee University issued the following news release: The U.S. General Accounting Office has released a report examining processes and outcomes in the Federal Black Lung Benefits program. The program provides medical and income assistance to coal miners who suffer total disability or death due to lung disease caused by coal dust. The Black Lung Clinic at Washington and Lee University School of Law is mentioned several times in the report as a prominent prov  more

GAO: Early Termination Fees Harming Consumers
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- The FreePress issued the following news release: High early termination fees are a major barrier to consumer choice in the mobile phone marketplace and are preventing millions of consumers who want a new carrier from making the switch, according to a new report released on Thursday by the Government Accountability Office. The new report, "FCC Needs to Improve Oversight of Wireless Phone Service," is a review of consumers' experience with wireless services and how the  more

Government Tables Response to Export Development Canada Legislative Review
ONTARIO, Canada, Dec. 10 - The government of Canada issued the following news release: The Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, today tabled in Parliament the government's Response to the Legislative Review of Export Development Canada (EDC). The Response includes proposals to ensure EDC meets the current and future needs of Canadian companies. "EDC plays a key role in the Canadian economy, and has been critical in helping Ca  more

Governor O'Malley Accepts Task Force Report to Strengthen, Support Small Businesses
ANNAPOLIS, Md., Dec. 9 -- Gov. Martin O'Malley, D-Md., issued the following news release: Governor Martin O'Malley today joined with members of the Governor's Task Force on Small Business to formally accept their recommendations to strengthen and support Maryland's small businesses and create jobs. The Task Force, which is made up of small business owners, legislators, and leaders of several State and local agencies, presented the Governor with a report on the key issues impacting small busin  more

Governor Paterson Announces All New Yorkers 6 Months and Older Now Eligible to Get H1N1 Vaccine
ALBANY, N.Y., Dec. 10 -- Gov. David Paterson, D-N.Y., issued the following news release: Governor David A. Paterson today announced that, effective immediately, health care providers may make the H1N1 flu vaccine available to all New Yorkers who want the vaccine, including those who are not in priority groups established by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The announcement applies to all providers, including local health departments with vaccine clinics scheduled   more

Governor Paterson Signs Tier V Pension Reform into Law, Enacting Most Significant Pension Reform in 25 Years
ALBANY, N.Y., Dec. 10 -- Gov. David Paterson, D-N.Y., issued the following news release: Governor David A. Paterson today signed into law pension reform legislation that will provide more than $35 billion in long-term savings to New York taxpayers over the next thirty years. The legislation creates a new Tier V pension level, the most significant reform of the State's pension system in more than a quarter-century. Governor Paterson first proposed a new pension tier in his 2009-10 Executive Bu  more

Governor Riley's KidCheck Program Wins Award
MONTGOMERY, Ala., Dec. 10 -- Gov. Bob Riley, R-Ala., issued the following news release: The Auburn University Montgomery (AUM) Center for Government & Public Affairs and Center for Advanced Technologies named Governor Bob Riley's Alabama Rural Action Commission (ARAC) KidCheck program as the overall winner for their 2009 Innovative Alabama Governments Award for Government Program Innovation at the State / Regional Level. KidCheck was chosen over five other finalists at a special award ceremon  more

Governor, Patt-McDaniel Announce Round Three Historic Preservation Tax Credit Awards
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Dec. 10 -- Gov. Ted Strickland, D-Ohio, has issued the following news release: Governor Ted Strickland and Ohio Department of Development Director Lisa Patt-McDaniel today announced 12 Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit awards to owners planning to rehabilitate historic buildings throughout the state. "The vitality of our state's cities plays a key role in the economic development of Ohio," Strickland said. "Historic Preservation investments encourage local job creation   more

Graduation Rate Task Force to Meet December 16
JACKSON, Miss., Dec. 10 -- The Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning issued the following news release: The Graduation Rate Task Force, co-chaired by Senator Doug Davis and Representative Kelvin Buck, will meet at 1 p.m. Wednesday, December 16, 2009, in the IHL Board Room in the Universities Center, 3825 Ridgewood Road, Jackson, MS 39211. The task force was established by the Mississippi Legislature during the 2009 regular session to study and report on gra  more

Graduation Rate Task Force to Meet December 16
JACKSON, Miss., Dec. 10 -- Board of Trustees of State Institution of Higher Learning issued the following news release: The Graduation Rate Task Force, co-chaired by Senator Doug Davis and Representative Kelvin Buck, will meet at 1 p.m. Wednesday, December 16, 2009, in the IHL Board Room in the Universities Center, 3825 Ridgewood Road, Jackson, MS 39211. The task force was established by the Mississippi Legislature during the 2009 regular session to study and report on graduation rates in   more

Grants for Community News Startups Available
MIAMI, Dec. 10 -- The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation issued the following news release: American University's J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism is calling for a new round of grant proposals to fund community news start-ups around the country. Nine projects will each receive up to $25,000 in grants over two years. The call for proposals comes on the heels of a new report issued by J-Lab and American University that describes how online community news sites are helping   more

Grants to Support College Initiatives Awarded by RVC Foundation
ROCKFORD, Ill., Dec. 10 -- Rock Valley College issued the following news release: This year, despite the economic downturn, the Rock Valley College Foundation is pleased to have been in a position to allocate $65,000 for grant funding to support RVC events and initiatives that benefit students, staff, faculty, as well as the community. On December 1, 2009 the Grant Selection Committee (made up of eight RVC Foundation board members) met to discuss each grant proposal in detail. After much d  more

Grassley Says Treasury Has Obligation To Track And Disclose How TARP Dollars Are Used
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- The ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee issued the following news release: Senator Chuck Grassley said the Treasury Department has finally agreed to a recommendation from the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) that it report on use of TARP funds by individual TARP recipients, and that what already has been revealed, thanks to the work of the Special Inspector General for the program, validates grassroots skepticism and ange  more

Growing China Industry Helps Clean Energy Boom
COPENHAGEN, Denmark, Dec. 11 -- World Wildlife Fund issued the following news release: Clean energy technology is on track to become the third largest industrial sector globally with a rapidly increasing share taken up by China, predicted a WWF report released at the UN climate summit in Copenhagen today. Clean Economy, Living Planet - Building Strong Clean Energy Technology Industries is a first ever worldwide country ranking by clean energy sales, finding that relative to GDP it is wind   more

Hare Helps Secure Over $6 Million for Local Projects in Spending Bill
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- Rep. Phil Hare, D-Ill. (17th CD), issued the following news release: Congressman Phil Hare (D-IL) today voted in favor of the Fiscal Year 2010 Consolidated Appropriations Act conference report which invests over $6 million in local projects at his request. The bill now must be passed by the Senate and signed by the President to become law. "I am committed to ensuring that the 17th District gets its fair share of federal funding," Hare said. "With our local government  more

Hastings Provides Update on Nuclear Cleanup
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash. (4th CD), issued the following news release: Congressman Doc Hastings (WA-04) today spoke at the annual meeting of the Energy Facilities Contractors Group (EFCOG) in Washington, D.C. Hastings discussed the outlook for the cleanup budget and appropriations, stimulus funds, future land use at cleanup sites and efforts to preserve certain Manhattan Project facilities, including Hanford's historic B Reactor. As the founder and chairman of the bi  more

Health Care Innovators - Better Care, Lower Costs
WASHINGTON, Dec. 9 -- The U.S. Public Interest Research Group (US PIRG) issued the following news release: Across the country, hundreds of clinics, hospitals and other health care providers have been figuring out how to improve care while they also rein in the skyrocketing costs. Some of these innovations are part of the health care reform legislation being considered by Congress. But so far, only a few examples - notably the Mayo Clinic - have been cited as models. In order to cont  more

Higher Prices and Better Applications Will Boost the EU Digestive Health Ingredients Market, Says Frost & Sullivan
LONDON, Dec. 9 -- Frost and Sullivan issued the following news release: Growing consumer awareness of functional foods fuels demand and boosts product availability for digestive health ingredients in the EU. In 2008, digestive health was the largest product segment of the total EU approved functional food market, accounting for 68.0 per cent of sales. Rising product prices, coupled with the extension of application areas, will continue to enhance market prospects. Recent analysis from Fros  more

Highlights of the December State Board of Education Meeting
TOPEKA, Kan., Dec. 10 -- The Kansas State Department of Education issued the following news release: The Kansas State Board of Education met December 8-9, 2009, in the boardroom at the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE), 120 SE 10th Ave., Topeka. Nine Board members were present; Kathy Martin joined the Board by phone at 11:30 a.m. The meeting was called to order by Chairman Janet Waugh. Following the statement of the mission of the Kansas State Board of Education, the State Board obs  more

Hodes Report: Over 400,000 New Hampshire Women who have Insurance Are at Risk from Republican Health Insurance Proposals
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- Rep. Paul W. Hodes, D-N.H. (2nd CD), issued the following news release: According to a new report from the Office of Congressman Paul Hodes, over 400,000 New Hampshire women with health insurance could lose guaranteed coverage for critical medical procedures and services, if Republican proposals to bypass state mandates for health care coverage were enacted into law. Health insurance coverage for services such as mammograms, mastectomy stay coverage, direct access to O  more

House Passes $70 Million for 9/11 Health Care
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- Rep. Michael E. McMahon, D-N.Y.(13th CD), issued the following news release: Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Peter King (R-NY), and Michael McMahon (D-NY) today applauded the House passage of $70.7 million in new funding for federal 9/11 health programs. The funding is contained in the conference report for the Fiscal Year 2010 Consolidated Appropriations bill (H.R. 3288). "This funding is another payment on the debt America owes 9/11 responders  more

House Passes $70 Million for 9/11 Health Care
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, D-N.Y. (14th CD), issued the following news release: Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Peter King (R-NY), and Michael McMahon (D-NY) today applauded the House passage of $70.7 million in new funding for federal 9/11 health programs. The funding is contained in the conference report for the Fiscal Year 2010 Consolidated Appropriations bill (H.R. 3288). "This funding is another payment on the debt America owes 9/11 responders  more

HRSA Issues Updated Health Center Quarterly Report Manual for ARRA Reporting
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- The National Association of Community Health Centers issued the following news release: Last week, HRSA issued an updated Health Center Quarterly Report (HCQR) Reporting Manual in connection with the submission of ARRA-related reports for the quarter ending December 31, 2009 (reports are due to HRSA on January 10, 2010). The updated manual includes the same guidance as previous manuals with respect to the required information for the NAP and IDS grants (for which hea  more

IACHR Takes Case Regarding Venezuela to Inter-American Court
WASHINGTON, Dec. 9 -- The Organization of American States issued the following news release: The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) filed an application with the Inter-American Court of Human Rights on November 25, 2009, in Case 12.556, Mercedes Chocron Chocron, Venezuela. The case involves the arbitrary removal of Mercedes Chocron Chocron as a Temporary Judge on the bench of the Criminal Court of First Instance of the Metropolitan Caracas Criminal Judicial Circuit, in the   more

IMF Executive Board Concludes 2008 Article IV Consultation with the Kingdom of Lesotho
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- The International Monetary Fund issued the following news release: On February 9, 2009, the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded the Article IV consultation with the Kingdom of Lesotho.1 Background Lesotho has made significant progress in macroeconomic performance but the pace of implementation of key structural reforms has been slow. After a decade of low growth, economic activity surged above historic trends, averaging 6.6 percent d  more

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WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah (1st CD), issued the following news release: "I could not imagine any situation as dangerous and threatening to this country as what we're seeing along the border, especially in Arizona. Any country, to be sovereign, has to at least control its land. You cannot turn over areas to drug cartels, with the potential of terrorists coming through, and that is the situation we have on the southern border," said Congressman Rob Bishop. Lee Baiza, supe  more

International Research Team Finds Hidden Sensory System in the Skin
ALBANY, N.Y., Dec. 10 -- Albany Medical Center issued the following news release: The human sensory experience is far more complex and nuanced than previously thought, according to a groundbreaking new study published in the December 15 issue of the journal Pain (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19836135 ). In the article, researchers at Albany Medical College, the University of Liverpool and Cambridge University report that the human body has an entirely unique and separate sensory system   more

Introns: A Mystery Renewed
BLOOMINGTON, Ind., Dec. 10 -- Indiana University issued the following news release: The sequences of nonsense DNA that interrupt genes could be far more important to the evolution of genomes than previously thought, according to a recent Science report by Indiana University Bloomington and University of New Hampshire biologists. Their study of the model organism Daphnia pulex (water flea) is the first to demonstrate the colonization of a single lineage by "introns," as the interrupting seq  more

Kids Battle It Out at Robotics Tournament
DALLAS, Texas, Dec. 11 -- The University of Texas at Dallas issued the following news release: Nearly 500 people attended last weekend's robotics tournament hosted and supported by the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science at UT Dallas to encourage kids to try their hand at building and operating robots in a friendly but competitive environment. "We are excited to report that the Dec. 5th UT Dallas Fearless Engineering VEX Robotics Competition was a success by every stand  more

Kitchen Fire Displaces Seven Family Members
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, Dec. 6 -- The city of Cedar Rapids issued the following news release: A morning kitchen fire has displaced two adults and five children at 2026 Eastern Boulevard SE. Firefighters were called to the scene at 7:45 a.m. when one of the occupants called 911 to report a fire in the kitchen area of the one and one-half story single-family dwelling. Fire crews arrived on scene and made entry through the front door of the house, proceeded through a living room and encountered   more

Klobuchar Sponsors New Bipartisan Fiscal Task Force Legislation to Confront Nation's Budget Crisis
WASHINGTON, Dec. 9 -- The office of Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., has issued the following news release: Today U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar joined Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (D-ND) and Ranking Member Judd Gregg (R-NH) to announce legislation aimed at addressing the nation's long-term budget crisis. The Bipartisan Task Force for Responsible Fiscal Action Act of 2009 would establish a bipartisan commission of members of Congress and Administration officials who would make recomme  more

Lasu Disputes: Fashola Inaugurates Six-Member Panel
ABUJA, Nigeria, Dec. 10 -- The Federal Republic of Nigeria, issued the following news release: Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN), Wednesday inaugurated a six-member Visitation Panel for the Lagos State University (LASU) with a mandate to look into Academics, Personnel and Administrative issues concerning the institution and make recommendations on the way forward. Coming barely a week after the Governor addressed students of the institution who led a peaceful protest to hi  more

Lautenberg: CDC Study Reveals Urgent Need to Reform Chemical Safety Standards
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- The office of Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, D-N.J., issued the following news release: U.S. Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Superfund, Toxics and Environmental Health, today highlighted the release of the Centers for Disease Control's (CDC) Fourth National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals. Lautenberg, a leader in the Senate on improving chemical safety, is preparing legislation that wou  more

Letter: RFA Seeks Fairer Test of Ethanol by UL
WASHINGTON, Dec. 8 -- The Renewable Fuels Association issued the following letter: Kenneth Boyce, P.E. Principle Engineer - North America Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. 333 Pfingsten Road Northbrook IL 60062-2096 Dear Mr. Boyce, I am writing to express the Renewable Fuels Association's (RFA) position that Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) has selected an inappropriate test fuel to emulate fuel grade ethanol in its Subject 87A certification protocol. Our position is sup  more

Maryland Mortgage Fraud Task Force Announces Progress and Plans
BALTIMORE, Dec. 10 -- The U.S. Department of Justice's Federal Bureau of Investigation Baltimore Field Office issued the following news release: Maryland Mortgage Fraud Task Force members highlighted their progress and plans in a press conference today, including the filing of criminal, civil, and regulatory actions against more than 250 individuals and companies in 2009. U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein said, "The Mortgage Fraud Task Force, established in 2009, aims to punish past offender  more

MBA Applauds Increased Funding for FHA, Fraud Prevention
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- The Mortgage Bankers Association issued the following news release: Robert E. Story, Jr., CMB, Chairman of the Mortgage Bankers Association, today issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the conference report for H.R. 3288, the Consolidated Appropriations Act. The bill contains at least $80 million for technology upgrades and $20 million for fraud detection programs at the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Fede  more

McCaskill Seeks to Prevent Price Gouging Prior to Health Care Changes
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- The office of Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., has issued the following news release: In recent years, various industries have taken advantage of consumers by increasing prices and implementing new predatory practices right before new consumer protection laws go into affect. Today, U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill introduced an amendment to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that would strengthen provisions to ensure health insurance companies, pharmaceutical com  more

McMahon Congratulates Staten Island Tech on Being Ranked 34 in US News and World Report's 100 Best High Schools in the Nation
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y., Dec. 10 -- Rep. Michael E. McMahon, D-N.Y.(13th CD), issued the following news release: Today, US News and World Report released their annual list of the best high schools in the Nation. Staten Island Technical High School received a Gold Medal recognition from the magazine and was ranked #34 on the list of 100. Criteria to receive a Gold Medal is based on the school's College Readiness Index score. The College Readiness Index is a measure of the degree to which a s  more

Mechanism Discovered by Which Body's Cells Encourage Tuberculosis Infection
SEATTLE, Dec. 10 -- The University of Washington Health Sciences campus issued the following news release: Scientists have discovered a signaling pathway that tuberculosis bacteria use to coerce disease-fighting cells to switch allegiance and work on their behalf. Epithelial cells line the airways and other surfaces to protect and defend the body. Tuberculosis bacteria co-opt these epithelial cells into helping create tubercles: the small, rounded masses characteristic of TB. The tubercles en  more

Money for New Jersey in Just-Passed House Funding Bill
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- Rep. Steve Rothman, D-N.J. (9th CD), issued the following news release: Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 3288, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2010, which was co-authored by Congressman Steve Rothman (D-NJ) and fellow members of the House Appropriations Committee. This legislation determines federal levels of funding for a number of federal agencies, from the Department of Transportation to the State Department. The bill also directs fu  more

More than 150,000 Passengers Ride Downtown Raleigh's R-Line
RALEIGH, N.C., Dec. 10 -- The city of Raleigh issued the following news release: More than 150,000 commuters have taken a free ride on the R-Line since the downtown circulator bus began operations last February. Commuters ride the R-Line for free seven days a week. The bus connects employees, residents, conventioneers and other visitors in the central business district to retail and entertainment venues, restaurants and parking. A total of 152,634 passengers rode the R-Line from Feb. 13  more

Most Chula Vista City Offices to be Closed from Dec. 25 Until Jan. 4
CHULA VISTA, Calif., Dec. 10 -- The city of Chula Vista issued the following news release: Most City of Chula Vista offices will be closed for the holidays beginning Dec. 25 and continuing through the week between Christmas and New Year's. All offices will reopen on Jan. 4. The City will observe the following service schedules between Dec. 25 and Jan. 4: Police and Fire: Emergency 9-1-1 response will remain fully operational; police officers and firefighters will maintain normal schedules   more

NAB Statement On Senate Judiciary's Passage Of Federal Media Shield Legislation
WASHINGTON, Dec. 9 -- The National Association of Broadcasters issued the following news release: NAB today released a statement following a 14-5 vote by the Senate Judiciary Committee to approve S. 448, The Free Flow of Information Act. Commenting on the Senate committee's passage, NAB Executive Vice President Dennis Wharton issued the following statement: "NAB salutes Chairman Leahy and Senators Specter, Schumer and Graham for their commitment to the enactment of a federal media shield l  more

National Grid Crews Continue Restoration Work As Snow, Wind Storm Persist Through Upstate New York
SYRACUSE, N.Y., Dec. 10 -- National Grid issued the following news release: National Grid made significant progress in restoring power to more than 30,000 homes and businesses impacted by power outages caused by heavy winds sustained yesterday throughout the southwestern and northern part of New York State. As forecasts call for continued high winds and significant snow fall today and tomorrow, especially near the shores of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario, National Grid crews continue to prepare f  more

National Grid Offers Tips On Preparing For Storms As Company Responds To Upstate New York Wind Damage And Forecasts
SYRACUSE, N.Y., Dec. 9 -- National Grid issued the following news release: National Grid is responding to power outages caused by heavy winds in southwestern New York and preparing for additional impact from forecasts of potentially high winds that could cause damage to power lines in several portions of its upstate New York service area in coming days. Weather forecasters have indicated damaging winds could continue in waves during the next 48 hours from southwestern New York State throug  more

Navy Poll Tracks Perceptions on Physical Readiness
MILLINGTON, Tenn., Dec. 10 -- The U.S. Navy issued the following news release: Results from the 2009 Navy Physical Readiness Quick Poll released Dec. 10, reveal positive fitness perceptions among Sailors. Navy Personal Readiness and Community Support (N135) sponsored the poll designed to assess perceptions of the command physical readiness program resources and personal physical readiness. "Overall the results were good. The Quick Poll results provided us with valuable input directly fr  more

NC Economy Begins Modest Recovery, Connaughton Reports
CHARLOTTE, N.C., Dec. 10 -- The University of North Carolina-Charlotte issued the following news release: The North Carolina economy is expected to decline by 3.6 percent during 2009, UNC Charlotte economist John E. Connaughton reported today in his quarterly economic forecast for the state. This follows the decline of 0.6 percent experienced during 2008. Overall, the North Carolina economy is expected to decline during the first two quarters of 2009, but to grow in the second half of the  more

New Hampshire Lottery Commission Issues Minutes for 4 Dec. Meeting
CONCORD, N.H., Dec. 4 -- The New Hampshire Lottery Commission issued the following meeting minutes: Present: Maine: Orland McPherson, Dan Gwadosky, Lisa Rodrigue, Michael Boardman New Hampshire: Richard Campbell, Rick Wisler, Maura McCann, Georges Roy, Irene Nadeau Vermont: Tom Scala, Alan Yandow, Hadley Melendy, Mary Cassani (via telephone), Carole Lacasse NL Partners: Jen Cartmell, Alex Crosby, Russ Leonard, Chris Nichols Scientific Games: Karl Fortman, Liz Dimmick, Doug Parker,  more

New Hodes Report Reveals Republican-Backed Health Care Plans Pose Risks To Over 400,000 NH Women
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- Rep. Paul W. Hodes, D-N.H. (2nd CD), issued the following news release: Today, Congressman Paul Hodes released a new report detailing the number of New Hampshire women who stand at risk of losing critical mandated health coverage if insurance company-endorsed Republican proposals were enacted into law. Over 400,000 New Hampshire women who currently have health insurance would be at risk for losing guaranteed coverage for critical medical procedures and services if Repu  more

New NPC Report Provides Guidance on Evaluating and Interpreting Comparative Effectiveness Studies
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- The National Pharmaceutical Council issued the following news release: A new report released today by the National Pharmaceutical Council (NPC) provides guidance in the evaluation of comparative effectiveness research (CER), including easy-to-use "checklists" that help make sure such studies can be used to improve the dialogue between health care providers and patients, as well as better inform health care decision-making. The report, "Demystifying Comparative Effec  more

New Report Shows Higher Returns, Lower Spending Under TARP Than Previously Projected Deficit Impact of Program Cut Dramatically
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- The U.S. Department of the Treasury issued the following news release: The US Department of the Treasury today released a report that summarizes the fiscal year (FY) 2009 activities of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) and provides estimates from the Office of Financial Stability (OFS) detailing the lowered projected costs and higher projected returns of the TARP. The report demonstrates that Treasury's investments to stabilize the system are delivering higher re  more

Norton Secures More than Half a Billion Dollars, a Major Land Transfer, and Removes All Riders Today as D.C. Appropriations Passes
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., issued the following news release: In addition to making history by removing all riders from the D.C. Appropriations bill, which passed the House today, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) also secured $752 million, in federal funds, much of it authorized by her D.C. Revitalization Act, which now funds certain D.C. law enforcement functions, an increase over last year's federal funding. Norton scored a major land transfer for   more

Notice of the Opening of the Public Comment Period for the Limited English Proficiency Plan
NAPLES, Fla., Dec. 10 -- Collier County issued the following news release: The Collier Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Board has opened a public comment period for the adoption of the Limited English Proficiency Plan (LEP). The plan includes information on ensuring access to the planning process and information published by the MPO where it is determined that substantial numbers of residents in the Collier MPO planning area do not speak or read English proficiently. The production of  more

OAS Secretary General Meets With President-Elect Of Uruguay
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- The Organization of American States issued the following news release: The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Jose Miguel Insulza, met on Wednesday in Montevideo with the President-elect of the Oriental Republic of Uruguay, Jose Mujica, and with his Vice President, Danilo Astori. For over an hour, they discussed the challenges and opportunities the continent currently faces and the specific challenges for Uruguay. "We had a very cordial   more

Obama Administration Releases New Data on Modification Program
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- The U.S. Department of the Treasury issued the following news release: Today, the Obama Administration released the latest monthly report for the Making Home Affordable (MHA) loan modification program. As part of an ongoing commitment to transparency, the report includes for the first time the number of modifications that have transitioned from the trial to permanent phase as well as a break-out of the 15 metropolitan areas with the highest program activity. With more t  more

Ohio EPA Director Korleski to Participate in Copenhagen Panel
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Dec. 10 -- The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency issued the following news release: Ohio EPA Director Chris Korleski will visit Copenhagen next week to participate in the United Nations Climate Conference 2009 (COP 15) as a representative of the The Climate Registry. On December 16, 2009, Korleski will be one of five panelists at a session called "Designing Environmental Markets with Equity for All." Korleski's travel and accommodations are being paid for by The Climate Reg  more

Parents Should Counsel Teens: No Texting While Driving
NEW YORK, Dec. 10 -- The Insurance Information Institute issued the following news release: One in four American teenagers say they have texted while driving, and almost half say they have been a passenger while a driver was texting behind the wheel. As a result insurers are now more convinced than ever that parents need to take responsibility for counseling their teens on safe driving and making sure they have the right type and amount of insurance, according to the Insurance Information Ins  more

Pascrell Backs Federal Plan To Bolster National Economy And Local Job Growth Through Grants To Facilities And Projects In Passaic And Essex Counties
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr., D-N.J. (8th CD), issued the following news release: Bill will fund important construction projects, health and education improvements, public safety programs and small business development authorities, including a small business grant received by Passaic County for the first time U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-08) joined a majority in the House of Representatives and backed a plan to reinvest in the American economy, create new jobs and p  more

Pence Opposes Year End Spending Bill: Urges Presidential Veto
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- The House Republican Conference issued the following news release: U.S. Congressman Mike Pence, Chairman of the House Republican Conference, delivered the following remarks today on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives in opposition to the Democrats' fiscal year 2010 omnibus spending bill: "Mr. Speaker, I rise in opposition to the conference report before us today and the rule that we debate at this moment. It really is astonishing at a time when American f  more

Pence Opposes Year-End Spending Bill, Urges Presidential Veto
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind. (6th CD), issued the following news release: U.S. Congressman Mike Pence, Chairman of the House Republican Conference, delivered the following remarks today on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives in opposition to the Democrats' fiscal year 2010 omnibus spending bill: "Mr. Speaker, I rise in opposition to the conference report before us today and the rule that we debate at this moment. It really is astonishing at a time when American  more

Photo Attached: With Holiday Season in Full Swing and State's High Drunk-Driving Fatality Rate, Senator Blanche Lincoln Urges Ramped-up Education Efforts by Federal Officials
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- The office of Sen. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., issued the following news release: With the holiday season in full swing and a new report out tagging Arkansas with the ninth-worst fatality rate for alcohol-related crashes among the 50 states, U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln today called on federal officials to ramp up efforts to educate drivers on the dangers of driving under the influence. In a report released this week by the U.S. Department of Transportation's National H  more

Police Need Help Identifying Suspects In Vehicle Theft At Parks Mall
ARLINGTON, Texas, Dec. 10 -- The Arlington Police Department issued the following news release: Arlington police need assistance in identifying suspects from a recent vehicle theft from The Parks at Arlington mall. On Friday, Dec. 04, 2009, at approximately 3 p.m., three men parked their car next to a 2004 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck and broke into the truck. Two of the men stood outside the pickup, apparently as lookouts, while the third broke into the truck and drove away in it. A  more

Positive Change Requires Direct Words, Baird tells Science Leaders
BELLINGHAM, Wash., Dec. 9 -- The International Society for Optical Engineering issued the following news release: Rep. Brian Baird (D-Washington, 3rd District) told science society leaders in Washington, D.C., last week that the public needs straight talk about science and environmental challenges if positive change is to occur. Baird framed his comments to the Council of Scientific Society Presidents on 4 December with his concerns over problems in the oceans and their role in determining  more

Prepared Remarks of Commissioner Douglas Shulman before the 22nd Annual George Washington University International Tax Conference
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- The U.S. Department of the Treasury's Internal Revenue Service issued the following news release: Thank you for that warm introduction and welcome. It's an honor to join you again along with our friends at the George Washington University Law School. I am excited about the dialogue that will take place over these two days. I am confident it will enrich our understanding of many of the critical issues confronting us today. As the pages of the calendar grow thin, it  more

Prescription Abuse Expert Named A.G. Attorney of the Year White Collar Crime Investigator is Employee of Year
SALT LAKE CITY, Dec. 10 -- The Utah Attorney General issued the following news release: An attorney who earned national recognition for battling prescription drug abuse and an investigator who innovated new ways to take down con artists are being honored today by the Utah Attorney General's Office. At an awards luncheon, Attorney General Mark Shurtleff announced that Lana Taylor is the 2009 Attorney of the Year and Bill Fossmo is the 2009 Employee of the Year. Taylor began prosecuting drug  more

President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- The White House released the following news release: Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key administration posts: * Sharon E. Burke, Director of Operational Energy Plans and Programs, Department of Defense * Marilyn A. Brown, Member, Board of Directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority President Obama said, "I am pleased that these talented individuals have joined my administration as we work to tackle t  more

Press Briefing By Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, 12/9/2009
WASHINGTON, Dec. 9 -- The White House released the text of the following press briefing: MR. GIBBS: All right, I'll just get slightly organized. Q Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov said not too long ago that a signing on a START I replacement would happen soon, and I'm wondering if you can flesh that out and if that might be something that's going to be happening in conjunction with the President's trip to Copenhagen perhaps. MR. GIBBS: We do not have an agreement yet. As you know, we con  more

PSU H1N1 Information
PLYMOUTH, N.H., Dec. 10 -- Plymouth State University issued the following news release: 1 student reported flu symptoms to Health Services today, Thursday, December 10. Please remember that Health Services does have H1N1 vaccines available for PSU students up to age 24 with underlying medical conditions. Contact Health Services directly at x52350 to schedule an appointment if you qualify. In order to receive the vaccine, students must present a Plymouth State student ID, proof of age, a  more

Quinn Appoints Business Dean to Statewide Panel
CARBONDALE, Ill., Dec. 10 -- Southern Illinois University issued the following news release: J. Dennis Cradit, dean of Southern Illinois University Carbondale's College of Business, is among a select group of professionals recently appointed by Gov. Pat Quinn to serve on the new Illinois Economic Recovery Commission. The 35-member commission will provide expertise to state officials during the current economic downturn and to prepare plans for economic recovery and future growth. The commi  more

Recession Expected to Further Weaken Latinos' Already Low Retirement Savings
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- The National Council of La Raza issued the following news release: An analysis released today by NCLR (National Council of La Raza), the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States, highlights that the recession can only deepen the alarmingly low retirement savings rate of Latino workers. Insecure Retirements: Latino Participation in 401(k) Plans explains that, even in the best of times, employer-sponsored 401(k) retirement plan  more

Recession Puts Strain on Family Planning Centers as Demand Rises and Resources Shrink
NEW YORK, Dec. 10 -- The Guttmacher Institute has issued the following news release: Publicly funded family planning providers are struggling to meet a growing need for subsidized contraceptive care, which is being driven by more women wanting to postpone childbearing during tough economic times. This surge in demand is straining already-limited resources, and is exacerbated by rising unemployment that has resulted in more women losing employer-based insurance coverage, according to "A Real-T  more

Release of Draft Legislation on Tax Treatment of Managed Investment Trusts Disposals
CANBERRA, Australia, Dec. 10 - The Australian Federal Minister for Revenue and Assistant Treasurer issued the following news release: The Assistant Treasurer, Senator Nick Sherry, has today released for public consultation the Rudd Government's draft legislation, together with explanatory material, on the proposed changes to the taxation of gains and losses on disposal of investments by managed investment trusts (MITs). The changes, which were announced in the 2009-10 Budget, will allow a  more

Rep. Kirkpatrick Highlights New Jobs for District One, Identifies Areas for Improvement in Recovery Act Report
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Ariz.(1st CD), issued the following news release: In an effort to gauge the true impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for her constituents, Representative Ann Kirkpatrick today released a report outlining how much the bill has aided District One and identifying where improvements can be made as funding continues to be released. The report highlights significant progress in bringing jobs to Greater Arizona, with 1,098 jobs created   more

Rep. Rahall Secures $600K for Bluefield Colonial Intermodal Facility
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- Rep. Nick Joe Rahall, D-W.Va. (3rd CD), issued the following news release: U.S. Rep. Nick J. Rahall (W.Va.-03) announced that he secured $600,000 for the Colonial Intermodal Facility in Bluefield, in the final version of the FY2010 appropriations measure (H.R. 3288), which passed the House of Representatives today by a vote of 221-202. "If we want to re-grow our downtowns, they have to be convenient and affordable for shoppers and businesses alike," said Rahall. "Th  more

Rep. Rahall Secures $950K for Cabell Education and Healthcare in Final Appropriations Bill
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- Rep. Nick Joe Rahall, D-W.Va. (3rd CD), issued the following news release: U.S. Rep. Nick J. Rahall (W.Va.) announced he secured $950,000 for Cabell County; including $650,000 for the Children's Hospital Project at Cabell Huntington Hospital, and $300,000 for the Marshall University Inland Waterway Academy in the final version of FY2010 appropriations measure (H.R. 3288), which passed the House today by a vote of 221-202. "With an eye fixed on our future, this bill   more

Report: Poverty Higher, Care Less Coordinated for Kids With Intellectual Disabilities
DURHAM, N.H., Dec. 10 -- The University of New Hampshire issued the following news release: Children with autism spectrum disorder, Down syndrome, and intellectual disabilities are more likely to live below the federal poverty line and less likely to receive coordinated care services than children with other special health care needs, a new report by a University of New Hampshire research team finds. The report, published this month in the journal Pediatrics, examines access to genetic counse  more

Report: State Tort Reforms Don't Lower Premiums For Doctors or Patients
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- The American Association for Justice PAC issued the following news release: State tort reforms have provided a boon to insurance companies, leading to record profits while physician and patient premiums continue to skyrocket. An analysis of data from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) and company annual statements shows malpractice insurer profits are 24 percent higher in states with caps. In these cap states, insurers took in 3.5 times more i  more

Reps. Holt, Murphy Work to Reduce Amtrak Fares for Commuters
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- Rep. Rush Holt, D-N.J. (12th CD), issued the following news release: Because of the work of U.S. Representatives Rush Holt (NJ-12) and Patrick Murphy (PA-8), the House-passed bill funding the Department of Transportation in Fiscal Year 2010 could lead to significant discounts off the price of a peak fare ticket for commuters along Amtrak's Northeast Corridor. Originally, the bill included language that would have prohibited Amtrak from offering discounted fares to peak   more

Republican Response to the Worst Financial Meltdown Since the Great Depression: 'What, There's a Problem?'
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- The House Financial Services Committee issued the following news release: For eight years, President Bush and his Republican allies looked the other way as Wall Street and big banks exploited loopholes, ignored growing problems and, as a result, did not protect America's families and small businesses. Even today, after millions of Americans have lost their jobs and taxpayers have been forced to bailout Wall Street, Republicans continue to deny that there is a problem.   more

Restoring the Longleaf Pine: Preparing the Southeast for Global Warming
RESTON, Va., Dec. 10 -- The National Wildlife Federation issued the following news release: A good-news global warming story about a pine tree with a storied past promises that a back-to-the-future approach will provide economic opportunities and help prepare the southeastern U.S. for a changing climate. Restoring longleaf pine ecosystems across the Southeast will boost the economy and help the region cope with global warming's expanding effects, according to a new report from national and  more

Richard Toscan to Retire as Dean of the Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts
RICHMOND, Va., Dec. 9 -- Virginia Commonwealth University issued the following news release: Richard Toscan, Ph.D., who in 14 years led the Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts to recognition as one of the best arts programs in the United States, today announced his retirement as dean, effective June 30, 2010. While Toscan was dean, the school's rankings in the U.S. News & World Report rankings of America's Best Graduate Schools grew from 25th to fourth overall, and to the   more

RNC: RNC Statement On November Unemployment Report
WASHINGTON, Dec. 4 -- The Republican National Committee issued the following news release: Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Michael Steele released the following statement today: "Yesterday, President Obama hosted a 'jobs summit' at the White House in an attempt to convince the media and the American public that his administration is concerned with unemployment. Unfortunately this so-called 'jobs summit' was not about creating jobs - it was about creating a distraction to hide   more

RNC: RNC Statement on Senator Max Baucus
WASHINGTON, Dec. 5 -- The Republican National Committee issued the following news release: Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Michael Steele released the following statement today on Senator Max Baucus (D-MT): "Today's report that Senator Max Baucus used his Senate office to advance a taxpayer funded appointment for his staff-member girlfriend raises a whole host of ethical questions. This issue demands the attention of the Senate Ethics Committee. They should hold a hearing to  more

Rockefeller, Klobuchar Statement on Release of GAO Report on FCC's Need to Improve Oversight of Wireless Phone Service
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- The Senate Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee issued the following news release: Senator John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV, Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, and Senator Amy Klobuchar, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Competitiveness, Innovation, and Export Promotion, issued the following statement today regarding the release of a report by the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) finding th  more

Root-Clogged Sewer Line Results in Milan Wastewater Overflow
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., Dec. 8 -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources issued the following news release: A root-clogged sewer line resulted in the release of an undetermined amount of untreated wastewater into an unnamed tributary to East Fork Locust Creek in Milan Thursday, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources announced today. An inspector from the department's Northeast Regional Office, Macon, discovered the sewage in the tributary Thursday afternoon while in Milan investig  more

Rush Suspension Floor Vote Statement on H.R. 2221, the Data Accountability and Trust Act
WASHINGTON, Dec. 8 -- Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill. (1st CD), issued the following statement: "The first bill, which I am urging adoption of, is H.R. 2221, the Data Accountability and Trust Act ("DATA" Act). "Bill H.R. 2221 addresses data breaches by requiring "for-profit" entities holding data containing people's personal information to have reasonable and appropriate security measures in place to protect that data. H.R. 2221 would also require them to notify consumers, who are U.S. citizens or  more

Seattle City Light Honored for Communications Excellence
SEATTLE, Dec. 10 -- The city of Seattle issued the following news release: Seattle City Light has been awarded seven national and international awards for its work on utility operations, environmental efforts, and educating school children about climate change. "Customer service begins with communication," Superintendent Jorge Carrasco said. "We are committed to being a partner with our customers to reduce climate change by informing them and engaging them in actions that reduce their carb  more

SEC Issues No-action Letter Regarding Charlotte Russe Holding, Inc.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 9 -- The Securities and Exchange Commission issued the no-action letter: Response of the Office of Chief Counsel Division of Corporation Finance Re: Charlotte Russe Holding, Inc. Incoming letter dated December 8, 2009 Based on the facts presented, the Division will not object if Charlotte Russe stops filing periodic and current reports under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, including its annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 26, 2009. In   more

Secretary of Education Clarifies Intent of Hispanic Education Act
SANTA FE, N.M., Dec. 5 -- The New Mexico Department of Public Education issued the following news release: New Mexico Secretary of Education, Veronica C. Garcia, today clarified the intent of the Hispanic Education Act recently proposed by Governor Richardson to be the first of its kind in the nation. Hispanics make up 56% of the K-12 student population in New Mexico. "Historically, Hispanic students suffer from a persistent achievement gap. As a minority-majority state,Hispanic educatio  more

Secretary Salazar Outlines Vision for New Energy Future at UN Conference on Climate Change
COPENHAGEN, Denmark, Dec. 10 -- The U.S. Department of the Interior issued the following news release: Today, US Secretary of the Interior delivered the keynote address entitled "New Energy Future: The Role of Public Lands in Clean Energy Production and Carbon Capture" at the UN Conference on Climate Change . The full text of Secretary Salazar's remarks, as prepared for delivery, are below: Thank you, Ambassador Fulton. It is an honor to be here today. Four centuries ago, half a world   more

Secretary Shinseki Releases Hospital Report Card
WASHINGTON, Dec. 9 -- The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs issued the following news release: For the second consecutive year, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has released a "hospital report card" as part of VA's effort to provide the public with a transparent accounting of the quality and safety of its care. "This report demonstrates VA's determination to be open and accountable," said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. "As a health care organization, transparency   more

Sen. Gillibrand: Congress Set To Approve $850,000 To Help Stop Youth Gun Violence In NYC
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- The office of Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced today that Congress is set to give final approval for $850,000 for a program to encourage New York City students to report weapon-related threats in their schools and communities. Senator Gillibrand aggressively lobbied members of the Appropriations Committee to include funding for the project in this year's spending bill. "I have met with stude  more

Sen. Grassley Says Treasury Has Obligation to Track and Disclose How TARP Dollars are Used
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- The office of Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: Senator Chuck Grassley said the Treasury Department has finally agreed to a recommendation from the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) that it report on use of TARP funds by individual TARP recipients, and that what already has been revealed, thanks to the work of the Special Inspector General for the program, validates grassroots skepticism and anger r  more

Senate Republicans Request UN Investigation into Climategate
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- The ranking member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee issued the following news release: Sen. James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, along with 26 Republicans today sent a letter to United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon requesting an independent investigation into the controversial e-mails released from the University of East Anglia's Climatic Research Unit (CRU). Full Text of Letter  more

Senator Webb Sponsors Bipartisan Fiscal Task Force Legislation
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- The office of Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., has issued the following news release: Senator Jim Webb (D-VA) today cosponsored legislation to create a bipartisan fiscal task force to address the nation's long-term budget crisis. The Bipartisan Task Force for Responsible Fiscal Action Act of 2009, S. 2853, was introduced by Senators Kent Conrad (D-ND) and Judd Gregg (R-NH), chairman and ranking member, respectively, of the Senate Budget Committee, and 28 cosponsors. "Americans  more

Senior Deputy Chairman Joan Shigekawa Convenes Arts Service Organizations and NEA Discipline Directors to Discuss the NEA's 2008 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- The National Endowment for the Arts issued the following news release: Senior Deputy Chairman Joan Shigekawa convened a roundtable discussion with national arts service organizations, regional arts organizations, and NEA staff to discuss the NEA's 2008 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts, the nation's largest and most representative study of adults' arts participation habits. Representatives from 40 service organizations participated in the convening, includin  more

Settlement Brings Millions of Dollars for Coeur d'Alene Basin Clean-up and Restoration
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- The U.S. Department of the Interior's U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service issued the following news release: Agreement part of the largest bankruptcy settlement For environmental damage in U.S. history Millions of dollars will go toward correcting more than a century of mining pollution in Idaho's Coeur d'Alene Basin under the terms of an environmental damage settlement announced today by Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar. The settlement, the largest bankruptcy  more

Seven Rochester Area Professionals Face Felony Charges For Failing To File Tax Returns
ALBANY, N.Y., Dec. 9 -- The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance issued the following news release: New York State Department of Taxation and Finance Acting Commissioner Jamie Woodward announced that seven Rochester area professionals - including a doctor, lawyer, dentist, nurse and three local businessmen - were arrested today after they failed to report nearly $5 million in earnings and file tax returns over multiple years, avoiding payment of about $270,000 in state taxes.   more

Significantly More Teens Think 'That's So Gay' is Wrong as GLSEN's Ad Council Campaign Enters Second Phase
NEW YORK, Dec. 10 -- The Advertising Council issued the following news release: After a remarkably successful first year of the "Think Before You Speak" campaign that accompanied significant shifts in teenage attitude toward the phrase 'that's so gay,' the Ad Council and GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, today launched a much harder-hitting second phase that will focus more directly on the consequences of anti-gay language. The second phase of the campaign features a   more

Social Work Professor Revives a Musical Past
BALTIMORE, Dec. 10 -- The University of Maryland at Baltimore issued the following news release: The musician writes songs. Guitar in hand, he composes-sometimes melodies first, sometimes lyrics. The social worker writes articles, producing 10 books and more than 100 professional journal articles and book chapters. Ask Geoffrey Greif, DSW, MSW, about the path from co-founder of a rock band in the 1970s to being a professor at the University of Maryland School of Social Work and Greif talks o  more

Some Taxpayers Get a Tax Increase Under the Reid Bill
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- The office of Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: Floor Speech of Sen. Chuck Grassley Does the Reid Bill Provide a Tax Cut? Does the Bill Raise Taxes? Delivered Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009 Earlier today, I explained to my fellow senators - and my friends in the media - that the Reid bill does not provide a net tax cut to Americans, contrary to the Democrats' claims. I pointed directly to data prepared by the Joint Committee on Ta  more

Standing Up To the Haters of Israel and the Jewish People: The Struggle Is Ongoing
LOS ANGELES, Dec. 10 -- Simon Wiesenthal Center issued the following news release: As we approach the festival of Chanukah, it's important to remember that although the event took place 2,200 years ago, the idea of the few having to stand up for their rights against the many is still an ongoing struggle for the Jewish people. Earlier this week, the European Union called for the city of Jerusalem to be divided and to become the capital for both Israel and the future State of Palestine. T  more

State's October Home Sales Up 2.63 Percent from September, According to UA Center
TUSCALOOSA, Ala., Dec. 9 -- The University of Alabama issued the following news release: The latest look at the housing situation in Alabama is now available on the Web. The Alabama Housing Report, which tracks total home sales on a monthly basis, shows Alabama home sales for October '09 up 2.63 percent from September and up 12.40 percent from October '08. The complete report, from The University of Alabama's Alabama Center for Real Estate, is at http://acre.cba.ua.edu/pdfs/housing_statist  more

Statement of Chancellor Klein on U.S. News & World Report's Selection of 12 New York City Schools Among America's 100 Best High Schools
NEW YORK, N.Y., Dec. 10 -- The New York City Department of Education issued the following statement by Chancellor Joel I. Klein: "We're gratified that so many of our high schools are being recognized for their success. We're especially pleased that schools serving some of our highest-need students are being singled out for their extraordinary work. At the same time, we know there are many more examples of highly successful schools across the City that aren't on the list but are helping our st  more

States Cut Funding for Tobacco-Prevention Programs
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- The Health Forum issued the following news release: Despite collecting record amounts of revenue from the 1998 tobacco settlement and tobacco taxes, states have cut funding for programs to reduce tobacco use by more than 15% in the past year, a coalition of public health organizations reported yesterday. States this year will collect $25.1 billion in revenue from the tobacco settlement and tobacco taxes, but will spend barely 2% of it - $55.6 million - on tobacco preve  more

Stearns Secures Total of $1,250,000 in Funding for Three Area Programs in the Omnibus Appropriations Act
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- Rep. Cliff Stearns, R-Fla. (6th CD), issued the following news release: The House today approved H.R. 3288, the Conference Report on the Omnibus Appropriations Act, which represents the agreement between the House and Senate. Stated Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Ocala), "I am pleased that I was able to secure $500,000 for the Belleview Bypass and Baseline Road project, which will improve traffic in Marion County." Added Stearns, "In addition, I obtained important funding for  more

Stearns Secures Total of $2.85 Million in Funding for Six Area Programs in the Omnibus Appropriations Act
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- Rep. Cliff Stearns, R-Fla. (6th CD), issued the following news release: The House today approved H.R. 3288, the Conference Report on the Omnibus Appropriations Act, which represents the agreement between the House and Senate. Stated Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Sixth), "I am pleased that I was able to secure support for the University of Florida and for Santa Fe College. This includes $350,000 for UF for facilities and equipment; and two programs at Santa Fe College, $450,000   more

Study: Females Become Sexual Showoffs in Cooperative Breeding Species
ITHACA, N.Y., Dec. 9 -- The Cornell University College of Agriculture & Life Sciences issued the following news release: By Hugh Powell, staff writer Ever since Charles Darwin coined the term sexual selection -- the idea that impressing a mate could be as evolutionarily powerful as escaping a predator -- biologists have noted that it's typically the males that develop such ornaments as antlers, fanciful tail feathers and chest-puffing courtship dances to win their mates. Now, a new stud  more

Study: Recession Not Stopping Many States from Expanding Health Coverage
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- The Health Forum issued the following news release: Despite the recession, 26 states this year made it easier for low-income children, parents or pregnant women to get health coverage, according to a report released Tuesday by the Kaiser Family Foundation. But the gains could be fleeting as most were made possible by new federal stimulus dollars, which run out at the end of 2010, along with a requirement that states maintain Medicaid eligibility levels. The report surve  more

SUNY Potsdam Students Produce EPA Manual
POTSDAM, N.Y., Dec. 10 -- The State University of New York at Potsdam issued the following news release: Two SUNY Potsdam Environmental Studies students attended the EPA Region 2 Indian Leaders meeting in Syracuse, November 18, where their draft manual on collecting household hazardous waste was critiqued. Ian Isler and Michelle Davis attended the meeting in order to observe the feedback process from the Tribal Leaders. Several SUNY Potsdam students assisted the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe's Solid  more

SUNY Potsdam Where Low Budget doesn't Mean Crowded Classes
POTSDAM, N.Y., Dec. 10 -- The State University of New York at Potsdam issued the following news release: U.S. News and World Report has placed SUNY Potsdam atop the list of the most affordable colleges with small class sizes in the country. The article chose 30 affordable colleges nationally that feature less than 20 students in more than half their classes. SUNY Potsdam ranked 4th, with the article noting that 65 percent of undergraduate classes have 19 or fewer students. Its no sur  more

Surface Mining Devastation in Appalachia Detailed in New Federal Report
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz., Dec. 10 -- The Center for Biological Diversity issued the following news release: Up to 23 percent of the land area of some counties in Appalachia has been permitted for surface coal mining, according to a new report issued by the U.S. Government Accountability Office on surface mining in Kentucky and West Virginia. The report shows a two-percent annual growth rate in the number of acres under open mining permits in the two states since 1990. As of July 2008, surface coal-mi  more

Targeted Labor Department Investigation Finds Ithaca Restaurant Workers Victimized by Wage Theft
ITHACA, N.Y., Dec. 10 -- The New York State Department of Labor issued the following news release: State Department of Labor Commissioner M. Patricia Smith today announced the findings of a targeted Labor Department investigation of 22 Ithaca restaurants, mostly located at the Ithaca Commons. On May 12 of this year, investigators from the Department's Divisions of Labor Standards and Unemployment Insurance found that five of the restaurants - 23 percent - were in full compliance with labor la  more

Tempe Firefighter's Funeral Will Be Saturday In Queen Creek
TEMPE, Ariz., Dec. 10 -- The city of Tempe issued the following news release: The funeral for Tempe Firefighter Skylar Stock will be Saturday in Queen Creek and a family spokesperson will be available at 10 a.m. Friday to provide interviews. The 27-year-old father of three was killed Monday when a falling tree struck the tent he and a friend had been sleeping in during a hunting trip near Camp Verde. Stock, of Queen Creek, had been with the Tempe Fire Department since March 2008. The St  more

The Government of Canada Releases its Sixth Quarterly Report on Canada's Engagement in Afghanistan
ONTARIO, Canada, Dec. 10 - The government of Canada issued the following news release: The Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of International Trade, Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway and Chair of the Cabinet Committee on Afghanistan, today released the Government of Canada's sixth quarterly report on Canada's engagement in Afghanistan. The report covers the period from July 1 to September 30, 2009. "Canada's efforts in Afghanistan contributed to tangible results for Afghans during th  more

Thune: Opposition to Democrats' Government Health Care Plan Grows
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- The office of Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., issued the following news release: NFIB Letter: wrong reform, wrong time, will increase health care costs and the cost of doing business Senator John Thune today commented on the growing opposition to the Democrats' government health care plan that would increase taxes, increase premiums and increase the cost of doing business for American small businesses. "I applaud the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) f  more

Tougher Biosecurity Measures in Wake of Horse Flu Outbreak
CANBERRA, Australia, Dec. 10 - The Australian Federal Minister of Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation issued the following news release: Australia continues to implement tougher biosecurity measures for imported horses following the 2007 equine influenza (EI) outbreak, according to an independent report released today. Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Tony Burke welcomed the findings of the third report by Professor Peter Shergold AC. The report shows the Rudd Governme  more

Town to Survey Residents about Services
CHAPEL HILL, N.C., Dec. 9 -- The Chapel Hill Police Department issued the following news release: The Town of Chapel Hill will ask residents for their perception of Town services in the first survey conducted by the Town to be mailed during the second week of December. The statistically valid survey is being conducted by ETC Institute, a professional market research firm based in the Kansas City area. ETC has administered surveys in more than 300 cities and counties across the United State  more

Transcription of Sen Grassley's Capitol Hill Report
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- The office of Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, issued the following transcription: STAFF: The following is an unrehearsed interview with Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley, speaking to you live from Washington. Participating in today's public affairs program are Michael Cooley with KSIB radio in Creston and Rusty Ebert with the Van Buren County Register in Keosauqua. The first question will be from Michael Cooley. QUESTION: Senator Grassley, a little bit locally, here, but  more

TVA Encourages Consumers to Use Energy Wisely as Temperatures Drop
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- The Tennessee Valley Authority issued the following news release: As temperatures continue to drop over the next several months, TVA is encouraging consumers to take steps that could help reduce their energy bills all winter long. "Using power more efficiently is important to help meet future energy needs and it also helps keep electric rates affordable across the Tennessee Valley," said TVA Executive Vice President for Customer Resources Ken Breeden. "For every degr  more

U .S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Rice Speaks on Iran and Resolution 1737
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- The U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs issued the text of the following remarks: (As delivered remarks) Thank you, Mr. President, and thank you, Ambassador Takasu, for your report. Unfortunately, we have witnessed several significant developments on this critical issue over the past 90 days. First, the IAEA Director-General's latest report on Iran has once again underscored Iran's refusal to comply fully with its international nuclear obl  more

U.S. Export Fact Sheet
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- The U.S. Department of Commerce issued the following news release: EXPORT OVERVIEW: * With the release of the October 2009 U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services report by the Department of Commerce's U.S. Census Bureau and the Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. exports of goods and services increased by 2.6 percent in October 2009 to $136.8 billion since September 2009, while imports increased 0.4 percent to $169.8 billion over the same period. * In Octobe  more

U.S. Must Improve Responsiveness to Mass Atrocities - Absent UN Action, Make Clear Willingness to Act on Its Own, Says New CFR Report
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- Council on Foreign Relations issued the following news release: In his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech today, President Barack Obama urged the global community to intervene early, and work together, in responding to mass atrocities. "The closer we stand together, the less likely we will be faced with the choice between armed intervention and complicity in oppression," he said. A new Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) Special Report tackles these themes and recomm  more

UA Researchers Identify Potential Drug Development Target for Epilepsy Seizures
TUSCALOOSA, Ala., Dec. 9 -- The University of Alabama issued the following news release: A team of scientists from The University of Alabama used worms to reel in information that they hope will lead to a greater understanding of cellular mechanisms that may be exploited to treat epilepsy. In a new research report in the current edition of the journal GENETICS, the researchers explain how the transparent roundworm, C. elegans, helped them identify key "molecular switches" that control the   more

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- The U.S. Department of Labor issued the following news release: In the week ending Dec. 5, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 474,000, an increase of 17,000 from the previous week's unrevised figure of 457,000. The 4-week moving average was 473,750, a decrease of 7,750 from the previous week's revised average of 481,500. The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.9 percent for the week ending Nov. 28, a decrease of 0.2   more

Victorians Invited to Help Safeguard Forest Resources
CANBERRA, Australia, Dec. 10 - The Australian Federal Minister of Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation issued the following news release: Victorians are being asked to have their say on the state's five Regional Forest Agreements, which set the framework for balancing conservation with sustainable harvesting of native forests. The Australian and Victorian Governments released a draft report today for public comment. It reviews progress with implementing agreements for the East Gippslan  more

Visclosky Secures Critical Resources for Northwest Indiana
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- Rep. Peter Visclosky, D-Ind. (1st CD), issued the following news release: Congressman Pete Visclosky today announced that he has secured $6,825,000 in federal assistance for projects across Northwest Indiana that will help create jobs, spur economic development, and advance community safety "I am proud to help Northwest Indiana leverage federal opportunities to advance meaningful projects across the region," said Visclosky. "These investments in our infrastructure,   more

Warner Co-Sponsors Bipartisan Fiscal Task Force Legislation
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- The office of Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Mark R. Warner today signed-on as an original co-sponsor of new legislation to create a bipartisan fiscal task force to address the nation's long-term budget crisis. The measure was introduced by Sens. Kent Conrad (D-ND) and Judd Gregg (R-NH), chairman and ranking member, respectively, of the Senate Budget Committee, and it includes 25 co-sponsors. The Bipartisan Task Force for Res  more

Webb: DOD and Army Commit to Independent Assessment of Body Armor Testing
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- The office of Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., has issued the following news release: Senator Jim Webb (D-VA) today announced that the U.S. Army has approved an independent assessment of its body armor testing by the National Research Council (NRC), one of four organizations comprising the private, non-profit National Academies. The Army's announcement followed Senator Webb's recent letter to Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, urging the adoption of recommendations made by the  more

White House Cover-Up of Salahi Gate Crashing Demands an Investigative Press
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- Accuracy In Media issued the following news release: Accuracy in Media analyst Roger Aronoff, in a special report on the White House "GateCrashers" scandal, faulted the Obama administration for refusing to allow White House social secretary Desiree Rogers and other staffers to testify before the Homeland Security Committee. He called on the national media to further investigate what White House officials might be trying to hide. "One thing is certain: As Obama works   more

Winter Guide Back
DAVENPORT, Iowa, Dec. 7 -- The city of Davenport issued the following news release: For current information on snow and ice removal activities residents may call 563.326.2489 24/7. If you have additional questions or would like to report a concern, please call 563.326.7923 during office hours, 7:00 AM to 4:30PM, Monday through Friday. For Public Works Winter Guide visit at: http://www.cityofdavenportiowa.com/egov/apps/services/index.egov?path=details&action=i&id=321  more

Winter Storm - Downed Trees, Branches and Brush Collection
MADISON, Wis., Dec. 10 -- The city of Madison issued the following news release: Due to the heavy, wet snow Madison has many downed trees and branches. The city of Madison is asking citizens to do the following: Street Tree - if a street tree or branch, by definition a tree planted in between the street and sidewalk, is blocking a street or sidewalk or if there is a hanging branch, please call 266-4816 to report the damage. City Forestry crews are currently responding to over 200 calls for  more

WNC's Rural Counties Continue To Experience Greatest Job Losses In Region
BOONE, N.C., Dec. 10 -- Appalachian State University issued the following news release: Western North Carolina lost jobs for the sixth consecutive month in October, according to data in the Western North Carolina Economic Index and Report compiled at Appalachian State University. The region's economic activity fell 0.1 percent in October, which follows a 0.5 decline (revised) in September and no movement in July and August. Seasonally adjusted employment for western North Carolina decrease  more

Women on the Frontline for Human Rights
NEW YORK, Dec. 10 -- Amnesty International issued the following news release: Women often bear the brunt of poverty and human rights abuses; but as activists they use these roles to trigger positive social change. To mark World Human Rights Day, Amnesty International spoke to three women who put their lives on the line in defence of human rights. Women are affected by poverty, violence and human rights violations more than men because of the discrimination they face the world over. Over 70  more

WPD Press Releases - 12/9/09
WASILLA, Alaska, Dec. 10 -- The city of Wasilla issued the following news release: On December 9, 2009, at 1340 hours, Wasilla Police were dispatched to Wasilla High School regarding a student who was in possession of marijuana. Investigation revealed a student had a small amount of marijuana on his person. Charges will be forwarded to Juvenile Justice. On December 9, 2009, at 1446 hours, Wasilla Police responded to a report of a traffic altercation involving threats with a handgun. The al  more

Yellow Ribbon Summit Tackles Top Issues
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- The U.S. Department of Defense's American Forces Information Service issued the following news release: By Samantha L. Quigley Defense and military officials gathered at the Pentagon to discuss the top issues facing the Yellow Ribbon Program for reserve-component servicemembers and their families during a two-day summit that concluded today. Nancy E. Boyda, deputy assistant secretary of defense for reserve affairs for manpower and personnel matters, said she was p  more