Saturday - July 4, 2020

News releases, reports, statements and associated documents from U.S. foundations.

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Conservation Law Foundation: Columbia Gas MA Assets Sold to Eversource
BOSTON, Massachusetts, July 4 -- The Conservation Law Foundation issued the following news release:

Conservation Law Foundation and Groundwork Lawrence released the following statements after Columbia Gas finalized the sale of its Massachusetts assets to Eversource. The sale comes after the deadly September 2018 gas explosions in the Merrimack Valley.

"Almost two years later, Merrimack Valley residents and businesses are still recovering from the gas explosions. It is only appropriate that Columbia Gas cease operations in the state," said Amy Laura Cahn, Director of CLF's Healthy Communities ... Show Full Article

African Wildlife Foundation Statement on Elephant Mortality in Seronga, Botswana
NAIROBI, Kenya, July 4 -- The African Wildlife Foundation issued the following statement:

African Wildlife Foundation has received with concern the news of mass deaths of elephants in Seronga, Botswana. In a news release to media houses dated July 2, 2020, the Botswana government through the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources Conservation, and Tourism have verified 275 elephant carcasses against the 356 reported cases.

So far, the cause of the deaths has not been confirmed. In the release, the ministry has confirmed that three laboratories in Zimbabwe, South Africa, and Canada have been ... Show Full Article

Texas Public Policy Foundation: Healthcare PRICE Transparency Act Will Increase Competition and Affordability
AUSTIN, Texas, July 3 -- Texas Public Policy Foundation issued the following news release:

This week, Sen. Mike Braun (R-Ind.), Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA), and Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) released the Healthcare PRICE Transparency Act to make permanent the rule established in the executive order by President Trump.

"People avoid needed care because of the secretive pricing of hospitals," said David Balat, policy director of Right on Healthcare at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. "This bill will afford them the peace of mind to know what the price is going to be ... Show Full Article

Nationwide Foundation: Income-linked Rents and More Social Housing: IPPR's New Report
SWINDON, England, July 3 -- The Nationwide Foundation issued the following news release:

A new report, released this week by the Institute for Public Policy Research, has revealed the true extent of the nation's sky-high rents, as well as proposing new ideas to provide truly affordable accommodation for tenants.

Renting Beyond Their Means? The Role of Living Rent in Addressing Housing Affordability, assesses the state of England's housing system, before diagnosing some of the reasons why such a lack of truly affordable homes exists. Among those reasons, the authors argue, are a decline in social ... Show Full Article

National Forest Foundation: Partners Work Together to Restore and Protect Bill Williams Mountain
MISSOULA, Montana, July 3 -- The National Forest Foundation issued the following news:

Situated adjacent to the City of Williams is a mountain of great importance to local citizens, private entities, municipalities, jurisdictions and tribes that help steward its well-being. It is known as Bill Williams Mountain, and it is an iconic feature of the northern Arizona landscape.

The Kaibab National Forest, in partnership with Coconino County, the National Forest Foundation, and the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management, began technical steep slope forest restoration and fuels reduction ... Show Full Article

National Council of Nonprofits: Statement on Senate Passage of Protecting Nonprofits From Catastrophic Cash Flow Strain Act
WASHINGTON, July 3 -- The National Council of Nonprofits issued the following statement by President and CEO Tim Delaney in response to the Senate's unanimous consent passage of the Protecting Nonprofits from Catastrophic Cash Flow Strain Act:

"We applaud the Senate for taking unanimous action to pass the aptly-titled Protecting Nonprofits from Catastrophic Cash Flow Strain Act. With nonprofit resources plummeting and demand for services rising, the last thing needed by nonprofits that have already had to lay off employees is a huge new bill to pay.

"Once enacted, this measure will override ... Show Full Article

Electronic Frontier Foundation: Hundreds of Police Departments With Deadly Histories Partner With Amazon's Ring Surveillance Cameras
WASHINGTON, July 3 -- The Electronic Frontier Foundation issued the following news release:

Research by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) shows that hundreds of U.S. police departments with deadly histories have official partnerships with Amazon's Ring--a home-surveillance company that makes it easy to send video footage to law enforcement.

Ring sells networked cameras, often bundled with doorbells or lighting, that record video when they register movement and then send notifications to owners' cell phones. Ring's partnerships allow police to seek access to private video footage directly ... Show Full Article