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Trump Administration Offers Verbal Commitment Not to Interfere in Legal Marijuana States
WASHINGTON, April 19 -- The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws issued the following news release:

Republican Senator Cory Gardner (CO) says that he has received a verbal commitment from President Donald Trump that the administration will not take action to disrupt marijuana markets in states that legally regulate it.

"Since the campaign, President Trump has consistently supported states' rights to decide for themselves how best to approach marijuana," Gardner told the Associated Press on Friday. "I received a commitment from the President that the Department of Justice's rescission ... Show Full Article

Rail Design and Safety Veteran Requests Immediate Stop Order for the California High-Speed Rail Project's Fresno to Madera Section
HANFORD, California, April 19 -- The Citizens for California High-Speed Rail Accountability issued the following news release:

Rail design and safety veteran Susan MacAdams has requested an immediate stop order for the Fresno to Merced section, also referred to as Construction Package 1 (CP-1). MacAdams is a Track and Alignment Expert with previous experience working for the California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) and the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro).

She raises concerns about the dangerous mix of track curves, elevations and spirals, and suggests that they are ... Show Full Article

Presbyterians to Commemorate Earth Day on Sunday
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky, April 19 -- The Presbyterian Church USA issued the following news:

Presbyterians will be joining millions of people worldwide on April 22 to commemorate Earth Day, an annual awareness campaign focusing on earth care and the need to protect the planet from harmful pollution and degradation.

Earth Day began in 1970 when millions protested the negative impacts of industrial development. The day is now commemorated by nearly 200 countries and coordinated by the Earth Day Network.

"The environmental work we do in the Presbyterian Hunger Program is grounded in Scripture, Reformed ... Show Full Article

Nebraska Farm Bureau Reminds Farmers, Ranchers of USDA Blizzard Recovery Programs
LINCOLN, Nebraska, April 19 -- Nebraska Farm Bureau issued the following news release:

Nebraska Farm Bureau is encouraging Nebraska farmers and ranchers impacted by the recent blizzard to take note of United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) disaster assistance programs designed to help producers recover from natural disaster events.

"As we continue to hear from members about damages and losses associated with the recent blizzard, it's important producers don't forget that there are programs available to assist them," said Steve Nelson, Nebraska Farm Bureau president. "USDA has been extremely ... Show Full Article

Faith Leaders, Clean Energy Advocates Urge Utility Commission to Reject IPL Rate Hike
INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana, April 19 -- The Sierra Club issued the following news release:

Today, over a dozen faith leaders and clean energy advocates marched through downtown Indianapolis, stopping at Indianapolis Power and Light's (IPL) Headquarters, Mayor Joe Hogsett's Office, and the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC). The group of marchers carried with them a letter signed by over 50 faith leaders and activists against the rate hike; they delivered the letter to the mayor, IPL and the IURC.

IPL's current rate hike request fails to protect Indianapolis area families already struggling ... Show Full Article

Can Jailed UAE Activist Become Mascot for Manchester?
WASHINGTON, April 19 -- Human Rights Watch issued the following report:

More than a year after he disappeared into the custody of United Arab Emirates security services, with almost no news of his whereabouts or wellbeing, the prominent UAE activist Ahmed Mansoor suddenly reappeared last week.

Not, as his family might have hoped, to walk free after more than 365 days of arbitrary imprisonment. Instead it was to appear in an Abu Dhabi court to face charges of publishing "false information" on social media.

Until he was snatched from his family home in the UAE at dawn on March 20 last year, Mansoor ... Show Full Article

CAGW Names Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser April 2018 Porker of Month
WASHINGTON, April 19 -- Citizens Against Government Waste issued the following news release:

Today, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) named Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser its April 2018 Porker of the Month for attempting to bail out the failing Washington Metrorail system by taxing Uber and Lyft riders.

The Metrorail system in Washington, D.C. has been in crisis for nearly a decade. It has been dubbed, "the worst in the world," and its financial situation has been labeled a "death spiral." The system has become infamous for train derailments, track fires, disabled trains, long delays, ... Show Full Article