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SBA Offers Disaster Loans for Tennessee Private NonProfits Affected by Severe Storms, Flooding, Landslides and Mudslides
ATLANTA, Georgia, April 23 -- The Small Business Administration's Office of Disaster Assistance issued the following news release:

The U.S. Small Business Administration announced today that certain Private NonProfit organizations (PNP)s in Tennessee that do not provide critical services of a governmental nature may be eligible to apply for low-interest rate disaster loans. These loans are available following a Presidential disaster declaration for Public Assistance resulting from damages caused by severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides from Feb. 19 through March 30, 2019.

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Postal Service Honors 1950s Tennis Champ 'Little Mo'
DALLAS, Texas, April 23 -- The U.S. Postal Service issued the following news release:

The U.S. Postal Service today honored legendary tennis champion Maureen Connolly Brinker (1934-1969) at Southern Methodist University by issuing a Forever stamp graced with the nickname she was known for when she was the best in her sport: "Little Mo."

In the early 1950s, the 5-foot-4-inch dynamo dominated the tennis world, using powerful groundstrokes to become the first woman to win all four major tennis tournaments in a calendar year. From 1951 to 1954, Connolly amassed nine major singles titles and three ... Show Full Article

NASA's InSight Detects First Likely 'Quake' on Mars
PASADENA, California, April 23 -- NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory issued the following news:

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- NASA's Mars InSight lander has measured and recorded for the first time ever a likely "marsquake."

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The faint seismic signal, detected by the lander's Seismic Experiment for Interior Structure (SEIS) instrument, was recorded on April 6, the lander's 128th Martian day, or sol. This is the first recorded trembling that appears to have come from inside the planet, as opposed to being caused by forces above the surface, such as wind. Scientists still are examining the data to determine the ... Show Full Article

NASA Social Media Efforts Win Two Webby Awards
WASHINGTON, April 23 -- NASA issued the following news release:

NASA's social media presence, which has grown from a few accounts more than a decade ago to dozens of channels with millions of followers, was honored Tuesday with a pair of Webbys and People's Voice awards as part of the 2019 Webby Awards.

"Social media has become NASA's primary way of connecting with the public," said Bettina Inclan, NASA's associate administrator for Communications. "It lets us reach out directly to people and share the excitement of exploration across all of NASA's programs. More importantly, it fosters conversation ... Show Full Article

FHFA House Price Index Up 0.3 Percent in February; Up 4.9 Percent From Last Year
WASHINGTON, April 23 -- Federal Housing Finance Agency issued the following news release:

U.S. house prices rose in February, up 0.3 percent from the previous month, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) seasonally adjusted monthly House Price Index (HPI). The previously reported 0.6 percent increase for January 2019 remained unchanged.

The FHFA monthly HPI is calculated using home sales price information from mortgages sold to, or guaranteed by, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. From February 2018 to February 2019, house prices were up 4.9 percent.

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EPA Announces the Winners of the 7th Annual Campus RainWorks Challenge
DALLAS, Texas, April 23 -- The Environmental Protection Agency issued the following news release:

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- University of Louisiana at Lafayette among nationwide honorees

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Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the winners of its seventh annual Campus RainWorks Challenge, a national competition that engages college students in the design of on-campus green infrastructure solutions to address stormwater pollution. Winners included a team from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette for their project on cultivating community resilience through flood control and green ... Show Full Article

CFPB Announces Policy Change Regarding Bureau Civil Investigative Demands
WASHINGTON, April 23 -- The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued the following news release:

Today the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (Bureau) announced changes to policies regarding Civil Investigative Demands (CIDs) to ensure they provide more information about the potentially wrongful conduct under investigation.

Consistent with the updated policy, CIDs will provide more information about the potentially applicable provisions of law that may have been violated. CIDs will also typically specify the business activities subject to the Bureau's authority. In investigations where ... Show Full Article