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Wildlife Commission Releases Five Game Land Management Plans
RALEIGH, North Carolina, Dec. 14 -- The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources' Wildlife Resources Commission issued the following news:

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has released the final versions of five game land management plans. These plans were developed to provide a management framework that balances science-based conservation practices with public access and usage.

Management plans are available for the following game lands:

* Needmore, comprising 5,000 acres in Macon and Swain counties

* Pond Mountain, comprising 2,272 acres in Ashe County

* J. Morgan ... Show Full Article

Secretary of State Alex Padilla Announces New Website for Counties Participating in the Voter's Choice Act
SACRAMENTO, California, Dec. 14 -- California Secretary of State Alex Padilla issued the following news release:

Big improvements are coming to elections in Madera, Napa, Nevada, Sacramento, and San Mateo counties in 2018 thanks to the California Voter's Choice Act. To help prepare voters in those counties for these changes, Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced a new website: voterschoice.sos.ca.gov. The Voter's Choice Act (SB 450) is a landmark election reform measure that was sponsored by Secretary Padilla and signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown in 2016.

Click here to see a Voter's ... Show Full Article

PSC Approves Expansion of Con Edison's 'Smart AC' Program
ALBANY, New York, Dec. 14 -- The New York State Public Service Commission issued the following news release:

The New York State Public Service Commission (Commission) today approved a pilot program for Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc. that will enable millions of New York City residents, including public housing residents, to be eligible for cash rebates next summer if they allow Con Edison to remotely control their room air conditioners, without diminishing comfort, during brief periods of high demand for electricity.

"By adding a no-cost, Wi Fi-equipped sensor or 'smart plug' to ... Show Full Article

Net Neutrality Protected in Washington State Under Bill Proposed by Rep. Hansen
OLYMPIA, Washington, Dec. 14 -- Washington House Democrats issued the following news release:

In anticipation of today's Federal Communications Commission vote to repeal net neutrality regulations, Rep. Drew Hansen (D-Bainbridge Island) introduced legislation Wednesday protecting Washington consumers' access to a free and open internet.

"Literally no one except the giant cable companies thinks it is a great idea to let the giant cable companies decide what content you see on the internet, how fast it is downloaded, and how much you pay for it," Hansen said during a press conference yesterday ... Show Full Article

Missouri Department of Agriculture Has Issued and Collected First Round of Fines Resulting From 2016 Dicamba Investigations
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, Dec. 14 -- The Missouri Department of Agriculture issued the following news release:

The Missouri Department of Agriculture announced today the first wave of civil penalties issued to applicators, all from Dunklin County, as a result of investigations of complaints during the 2016 growing season. Civil penalties, ranging from $1,500 to $62,250, were issued for pesticide misuse (off label use and drift).

"It is important for appropriate enforcement action to be issued in order to deter off-label use and protect the integrity of agriculture," Director of Agriculture Chris ... Show Full Article

Governor Discusses North American Trade in White House Meeting With Vice President Pence, Other Administration Officials
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas, Dec. 14 -- Gov. Asa Hutchinson, R-Arkansas, issued the following news release:

As the United States considers the future of NAFTA, the nation must be careful that it does not harm global trade, Governor Asa Hutchinson told Vice President Mike Pence, Trade Ambassador Robert Lighthizer, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and Secretary of Commerce Wilber Ross.

"I appreciate Vice President Pence for allowing governors to share our thoughts and concerns as our nation considers the future of NAFTA. The administration was clear that it wants to be able to negotiate a better ... Show Full Article

Governor Cuomo Announces Opening of New Recovery Community and Outreach Center in the Bronx
ALBANY, New York, Dec. 14 -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D-New York, issued the following news release:

Governor Andrew M. Cuomotoday announced the grand opening of a new Recovery Community and Outreach Center in the Bronx. The Center, which will be operated by Odyssey House, will offer free services and support for people and their affected families in recovery from substance use disorders. The Center, the first of its kind in the Bronx, is supported by a $1.75 million award from the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services.

"This new recovery center is vital to breaking the cycle ... Show Full Article