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Remote Combat Vehicles to Punch As Hard As Abrams Tanks, Says Expert
LIVONIA, Michigan, Dec. 8 -- The U.S. Army News Service issued the following news:

By David Vergun

Army News Service

Within five years, the Army would like to start testing remote combat vehicle prototypes, known as RCVs, which are unmanned, as light and as fast as a Stryker, but provide the same level of firepower as an M-1 Abrams tank, said Maj. Alan L. Stephens.

Stephens, an Acquisition Corps officer at the Mounted Requirements Division of the U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence, spoke at the Future Ground Combat Vehicles Summit here, Nov. 30.

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NCPC Provides Comments on Potential Sites for the National Desert Storm War Memorial
WASHINGTON, Dec. 8 -- The National Capital Planning Commission issued the following news release:

The National Desert Storm and Desert Shield War Memorial (https://www.ncpc.gov/docs/actions/2017December/7745_National_Desert_Storm_and_Desert_Shield_Memorial__Staff_Report_Dec2017.pdf) will honor those who served on active duty as members of the Armed Forces in support of Operation Desert Storm and Operation Desert Shield, an international effort led by the United States to liberate Kuwait. The National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) provided comments to the National Park Service, which submitted ... Show Full Article

Merida Initiative Supports GOM Therapeutic Justice Program
CANCUN, Mexico, Dec. 8 -- The U.S. Embassy in Mexico issued the following news release:

Representatives from the U.S. Embassy in Mexico shared plans to support the expansion of therapeutic justice throughout Mexico under the Merida Initiative. The proposals were aired during this week's CIJ Congress on Addictions which is taking place simultaneously with the ISSUP Conference in Quintana Roo, Cancun. The announcement comes on the heels of the release of the ENCODAT 2016-2017 national survey on substance consumption, use, and abuse in Mexico which indicates increased use of illegal drugs, including ... Show Full Article

Four Previously Deported Aliens Charged With Illegal Re-Entry
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, Dec. 8 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, David J. Freed, issued the following news release:

The United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that four previously deported aliens were indicted separately on December 6, 2017, by a federal grand jury for illegal re-entry into the United States by a previously deported alien.

According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, Eulogio Perez-Reyes, age 34, of Mexico, was previously deported from the United States to Mexico in March 2009. He is alleged ... Show Full Article

Federal Reserve Appoints New Payments Security Strategy Leader
BOSTON, Massachusetts, Dec. 8 -- The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston issued the following news release:

The Federal Reserve System today announced the appointment of its payments security strategy leader, Kenneth Montgomery (https://www.bostonfed.org/people/bank/ken-montgomery.aspx), the first vice president and chief operating officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. In this role, Montgomery will lead the Federal Reserve's effort to reduce fraud risk and advance the safety, security and resiliency of the U.S. payment system. His responsibilities will include chairing the Secure Payments ... Show Full Article

EPA Highlights Ongoing Activities at Colorado Smelter Site in Pueblo, Colo.
DENVER, Colorado, Dec. 8 -- The Environmental Protection Agency issued the following news release:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency continues to work with state and local partners to investigate and address contamination concerns at the Colorado Smelter site in Pueblo, Colorado. Ongoing EPA site activities, including a removal action at Benedict Park next week, continue to address potential site risks associated with lead, arsenic and other heavy metals.

"There is still important work to be done at the Colorado Smelter and this site remains a top priority for EPA," said EPA Regional ... Show Full Article

Alabama Couple Recognized With the National Lloyd Wright Small Farmer of the Year Award
AUBURN, Alabama, Dec. 8 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service Alabama office issued the following news release:

USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist for Alabama, Ben Malone, announced today that Gene and Rose Thornton of Roanoke, Alabama have been presented with the National Lloyd Wright Small Farmer of the Year Award for 2017. The National Organization of Professional Black NRCS Employees (NOPBNRCSE) recognized the Thorntons at its annual conference in Atlanta, Georgia on December 2, 2017.

The Thorntons own and operate ... Show Full Article