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Hartmann's Mountain Zebra Born at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
WASHINGTON, July 4 -- The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute issued the following news release on July 3:

For the first time in the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute's (SCBI) history, ungulate keepers celebrated the birth of a male Hartmann's mountain zebra at the Front Royal, Virginia, facility. The colt was born overnight July 2 to 6-year-old mother Mackenzie and 5-year-old father Rogan. He is the first offspring for both parents. Ungulate keepers are closely monitoring the colt, and they report that he appears to be nursing well and sticking close by Mackenzie's side.

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U.S. Helsinki Commission: Hastings and Wicker Denounce Fraudulent Vote in Russia
WASHINGTON, July 3 -- The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe issued the following statement:

Following this week's manipulated vote to amend Russia's constitution to further weaken the separation of powers, strengthen the presidency, and allow President Vladimir Putin to remain in office until 2036, Helsinki Commission Chairman Rep. Alcee L. Hastings (FL-20) and Co-Chairman Sen. Roger Wicker (MS) issued the following joint statement:

"As we have seen time and again in Putin's Russia, the outcome of this vote was decided long before the ballots were tallied.

"Thanks to a fraudulent ... Show Full Article

U.S. Helsinki Commission: Co-Chairman Wicker Urges Swiss Government to Restore Confidence in Integrity of Magnitsky Investigation
WASHINGTON, July 3 -- The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe issued the following letter by Sen. Roger F. Wicker, R-Mississippi, who is also the co-chairman of the commission:

In a letter to Swiss Ambassador Jacques Pitteloud released, Helsinki Commission Co-Chairman Sen. Roger Wicker (MS) urged the Government of Switzerland to take the necessary steps to restore confidence in the integrity of the Magnitsky investigation and ensure its timely resolution.

The letter reads in part:

"Sergei Magnitsky's story has become emblematic of the struggle of many Russians to fight the corruption ... Show Full Article

Institute of Museum, Library Services: Groundbreaking Stories of American Women Aviators in World War II
WASHINGTON, July 3 -- The Institute of Museum and Library Services issued the following information:

Women had been serving in critical civilian support roles for the military since the American Revolution. However, during World War II, attitudes toward women in uniform began to change. Approximately 350,000 American women volunteered for service in the Nurses Corps, the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAACs), the Women's Air Force Service Pilots (WASPS), and many other capacities. But it was not until President Harry S. Truman signed the Women's Armed Services Integration Act into law on June 12, ... Show Full Article

Guaranty Bank & Trust and FHLB Dallas Award $60K in Grants to Two Texas Nonprofits
HOUSTON, Texas, July 3 -- The Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas, a district bank in the Federal Home Loan Bank System, issued the following news release:

Guaranty Bank & Trust and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas (FHLB Dallas) provided $60,000 in Partnership Grant Program (PGP) grants to Houston, Texas-based Shelters to Shutters and Cypress Assistance Ministries (CAM).

Shelters to Shutters, which received $30,000, works to transition individuals and families out of homelessness to economic self-sufficiency by providing full-time employment and affordable housing opportunities through direct ... Show Full Article

General Services Administration Announces Plans to Revamp Small Business GWAC Programs
WASHINGTON, July 3 -- The General Services Administration issued the following news release:

The U.S. General Services Administration is planning a new approach to its small business Governmentwide Acquisition Contracts (GWAC) to help federal agencies partner with small businesses in various socioeconomic categories to meet the government's information technology (IT) requirements. GSA announced the cancellation of the Alliant 2 Small Business (A2SB) solicitation.

Since A2SB was originally announced, the federal government's requirements have evolved and GSA recognizes the opportunity to strengthen, ... Show Full Article

Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond: Home Repair Costs in Baltimore
RICHMOND, Virginia, July 3 -- The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond issued the following article by research intern Benjamin Lukas and author Eileen Divringi:


A good home can create a foundation for happiness, productivity, and success. Repair needs can form a roadblock to well-being if left unaddressed. In addition to signaling financial distress, housing disrepair can contribute to a wide range of health conditions such as asthma, respiratory infections, lead poisoning, physical injuries, and mental ailments. Still, over one-third of occupied American housing units report having ... Show Full Article