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USDA Designates Two Counties in New York as Primary Natural Disaster Areas
WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency - Connecticut Field Office issued the following news release:

Agricultural producers in Columbia and Dutchess counties in New York, who suffered losses and damages due to excessive and strong winds, hail, lightning and a tornado, may be eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) emergency loans. The loans are made available under the authority of the Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue.

Producers in the contiguous counties of Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rensselaer and Ulster in New ... Show Full Article

That Stinks! 1 in 15 Americans Smell Odors That Aren't There
WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' National Institutes of Health issued the following news release:

Imagine the foul smell of an ash tray or burning hair. Now imagine if these kinds of smells were present in your life, but without a source. A new study finds that 1 in 15 Americans (or 6.5 percent) over the age of 40 experiences phantom odors. The study, published in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (, is the first in the U.S. to use nationally representative data ... Show Full Article

Soldier Killed During Korean War Accounted for (Spangenberg, G.)
WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 -- The U.S. Department of Defense's Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency issued the following news:

Army Pfc. George L. Spangenberg, killed during the Korean War, was accounted for on August 14.

In November 1950, Spangenberg was a member of Company E, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division. He was reported missing in action on Nov. 2, 1950 following a battle in Unsan, North Korea, the days prior.

Spangengberg's name was never included on lists of American Soldiers being held as prisoners of war by the Korean People's Army (KPA) or the Chinese People's Volunteer Forces (CPVF,) ... Show Full Article

Former Virgin Islands Senator Convicted of Wire Fraud and Theft of Federal Program Funds
WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 -- The U.S. Department of Justice's Criminal Division issued the following news release:

A former senator for the U.S. Virgin Islands has been convicted for wire fraud and theft of federal program funds for taking money ostensibly being used to fund a historical research project, announced Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department's Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Gretchen C. F. Shappert for the District of the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Wayne A.G. James, 56, of St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, was convicted of two counts of wire fraud and one ... Show Full Article

FERC Issues Letter Involving PacifiCorp
WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 -- The U.S. Department of Energy's Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued the following letter (Docket No. ER18-1331-000):

To: Matthew McVee, Chief Regulatory Counsel, PacifiCorp, 825 N.E. Multnomah, Suite 2000, Portland, OR 97232

Reference: Order No. 842 Compliance Filing

Dear Mr. McVee:

On April 10, 2018, PacifiCorp submitted revisions to the Generator Interconnection Procedures and Agreements under its Open Access Transmission Tariff, in compliance with Order No. 842. The revisions are in satisfactory compliance with the directives of Order No. 842, and are accepted ... Show Full Article

FERC Issues Letter Involving Enterprise TE Products Pipeline
WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 -- The U.S. Department of Energy's Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued the following notice (Docket No. OR18-34-000):


Take notice that on August 13, 2018, pursuant to Rule 207(a)(2) of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (Commission) Rules of Practice and Procedure, 18 CFR 385.207(a)(2) (2017), Enterprise TE Products Pipeline Company LLC (Petitioner), filed a petition for a declaratory order seeking approval of general rate structure, terms of service, and prorationing methodology for an incremental expansion project, ... Show Full Article

Blood Test May Identify Gestational Diabetes Risk in First Trimester, NIH Analysis Suggests
ROCKVILLE, Maryland, Aug. 16 -- The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child's Health and Human Development issued the following news release:

A blood test conducted as early as the 10th week of pregnancy may help identify women at risk for gestational diabetes, a pregnancy-related condition that poses potentially serious health risks for mothers and infants, according to researchers at the National Institutes of Health and other institutions. The study appears in Scientific Reports.

Gestational diabetes occurs only in pregnancy and results when the level of blood sugar, or glucose, ... Show Full Article