Tuesday - April 23, 2019
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WEDC Awards $750,000 Grant for New Beverage Innovation Center of Excellence
MADISON, Wisconsin, April 20 -- The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. issued the following news release, dated April 18:

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- Center for Dairy Research to create one-of-a-kind public resource for entrepreneurs with access to pilot plant and consulting services

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The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) has awarded a $750,000 grant to the Center for Dairy Research (CDR) to establish the Beverage Innovation Center, a new center of excellence that will provide resources to small businesses to test and develop new beverage products.

"This grant will allow us to purchase ... Show Full Article

Sonics Legend Jack Sikma Honored by Senate on Induction to Hall of Fame
OLYMPIA, Washington, April 20 -- The Washington Senate Republicans issued the following news, dated April 18:

Jack Sikma, one of the standouts on the legendary Seattle SuperSonics team that captured the 1979 NBA title, was honored by the Washington Senate Thursday on his upcoming induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

In remarks to the Senate, Sikma recalled that when he was drafted by the Sonics 42 years ago, "I said Seattle isn't my first choice." He has since had opportunity to change his mind.

Today Sikma is as much a part of the fabric of Seattle as the Space Needle, ... Show Full Article

Lujan Grisham Administration Announces Historic Settlement of 32-year 'Jackson' Lawsuit
SANTA FE, New Mexico, April 20 -- Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, D-New Mexico, issued the following news release, dated April 18:

One of the longest-running institutional reform lawsuits in the country has been settled. The state and plaintiffs on Wednesday struck an agreement in Jackson, et al., vs. the Los Lunas Center for Persons with Developmental Disabilities, et al., commonly referred to as Jackson. The parties received preliminary approval of the settlement Thursday from the Hon. Judge James A. Parker, who has overseen proceedings in the case for decades, spanning many state administrations.

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Legislature Passes Pellicciotti's 'Corporate Crime Act'
OLYMPIA, Washington, April 20 -- Washington House Democrats issued the following news release, dated April 18:

For the first time in nearly century, corporations in Washington found guilty of criminal acts will face harsher penalties under the Corporate Crime Act (House Bill 1252).

Sponsored by Rep. Mike Pellicciotti, D-Federal Way, the Corporate Crime Act will increase fines for all corporate crimes by 100 times, with most serious offenses facing up to $1 million for each crime. Under current law, a corporation cannot be fined more than $10,000, no matter how serious the crime is. This is the ... Show Full Article

Legislature Passes Bill to Prevent Oil Spills, Help Orca Recovery
OLYMPIA, Washington, April 20 -- Washington House Democrats issued the following news release, dated April 18:

On Thursday the Legislature passed House Bill 1578 to help with orca whale recovery and oil spill prevention in the Salish Sea. There are only 75 Southern Resident orcas left.

Sponsored by Rep. Debra Lekanoff, D-Bow, the legislation reinforces the Oil Spill Prevention Act and Strengthening Oil Transportation Act. The bill requires small oil tankers and barges to have tug escorts when traveling through the narrow straights of the San Juan Islands.

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Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission Issues Weekly Hearing Schedule for April 22-26
INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana, April 20 -- The Indiana Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission issued the following weekly hearing schedule:

Monday, April 22, 2019

There are no hearing scheduled for today.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

CAUSE NOS: 45195 and 45196

TIME: 9:30 A.M.

ROOM: PNC, Room 222

ALJ: SEYFRIED

COMMISSIONER: OBER

VERIFIED PETITION OF NORTHERN INDIANA PUBLIC SERVICE COMPANY LLC FOR APPROVAL PURSUANT TO IND. CODE ** 8-1-2-42(a), 8-1-8.8-11, AND TO THE EXTENT NECESSARY IND. CODE * 8-1-2.5-6, OF A RENEWABLE ENERGY POWER PURCHASE AGREEMENT WITH JORDAN CREEK WIND FARM LLC, INCLUDING TIMELY ... Show Full Article

Appleton Scores Victory in Effort to End Breed-specific Dog Bans
OLYMPIA, Washington, April 20 -- Washington House Democrats issued the following news release, dated April 18:

Persistence pays off. After years of effort, state Rep. Sherry Appleton on Wednesday (Apr. 17) celebrated final passage of her bill to prohibit local governments in Washington from enacting blanket bans on specific dog breeds.

Appleton (D-23rd, Poulsbo), who was named 2018 Legislator of the Year by the Washington State Humane Society, has passed several notable bills during her long legislative career, but all the while worked tirelessly on her quest to outlaw breed-specific bans. More ... Show Full Article