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State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Appoints New Communications Director
SACRAMENTO, California, Jan. 18 -- The California State Board of Education issued the following news release:

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond today announced that he has appointed Kindra Britt as Director of Communications for the California Department of Education (CDE).

Britt heads a division that handles internal and external communications, including media activities to support State Superintendent Thurmond, and CDE as a whole. She replaces outgoing Director Bill Ainsworth.

Britt most recently served as Community Affairs Director for the Placer County Office of Education, ... Show Full Article

North Carolina's December Employment Figures Released
RALEIGH, North Carolina, Jan. 18 -- The North Carolina Department of Commerce issued the following news release:

The state's seasonally adjusted December unemployment rate was 3.6 percent, remaining unchanged from November's revised rate. The national rate increased 0.2 of a percentage point to 3.9 percent.

North Carolina's December 2018 unemployment rate decreased 0.9 of a percentage point from a year ago. The number of people employed increased 4,299 over the month to 4,818,454 and increased 74,190 over the year. The number of people unemployed increased 1,173 over the month to 178,436 and ... Show Full Article

Maryland Reduces Use of Road Salts to Protect the Environment and Public Health
BALTIMORE, Maryland, Jan. 18 -- The Maryland Department of the Environment issued the following news release:

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- Residents urged to stay safe in winter weather but cut back on salt when possible

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As winter weather impacts the state, Maryland is working to reduce the use of road salts that can threaten public health and the environment - including the water that we drink - while keeping traffic moving safely.

The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) is taking steps to reduce salt in rivers, streams and groundwater to protect aquatic life and drinking water sources while roads ... Show Full Article

Maryland Adds More Than 50,000 Jobs in 2018
BALTIMORE, Maryland, Jan. 18 -- The Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing & Regulation issued the following news release:

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- State Unemployment Rate Falls to 3.9 Percent

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The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) today released state jobs and unemployment data. According to the preliminary survey data, Maryland added 4,900 jobs in December, the ninth month in 2018 to post over-the-month job gains. Maryland's unemployment rate has now fallen to 3.9%, the same as the U.S. unemployment rate.

Compared with this time last year, Maryland jobs are up by 50,900, for ... Show Full Article

Louisiana PSC Issues Order Involving Louisiana Public Service Commission Vs. Jake's
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana, Jan. 18 -- The Louisiana Public Service Commission issued the following order (Docket No. T-34962) involving Louisiana Public Service Commission vs. Charles Jacob dba Jake's:

Docket No. T-34962, In Re: Alleged violation of La. R.S. 45:161 through 180.1, and General Order dated August 05, 2016 while operating under LPSC authority 7386, for exceeding state prescribed rates, allegedly having occurred on or about July 18, 2017.

(Decided at the December 19, 2018 Business and Executive Session)

I. Overview

On August 23, 2017, the Louisiana Public Service Commission ("LPSC" ... Show Full Article

Governor Ducey Releases Balanced, Fiscally Conservative Budget
PHOENIX, Arizona, Jan. 18 -- Gov. Doug Ducey, R-Arizona, issued the following news release:

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- Budget Increases Rainy Day Fund To $1 Billion, While Maintaining A Structural Balance of $244 Million

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Governor Doug Ducey today released his balanced budget for fiscal year 2020. The fiscally conservative budget calls for increasing Arizona's Rainy Day Fund to $1 billion, a record high, while protecting and fulfilling teacher pay raises and investing $637 million new dollars into K-12 public schools. This budget avoids mistakes of the past by depositing half of the surplus into the Rainy ... Show Full Article

Director Jerry Adger to Continue Leading S.C. Department of Probation, Parole & Pardon Services
COLUMBIA, South Carolina, Jan. 18 -- Gov. Henry McMaster, R-South Carolina, issued the following news release:

Governor Henry McMaster today announced that Jerry Adger will continue serving as the director of the South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services (SCDPPPS). Director Adger was originally appointed to his current position by former Governor Nikki Haley in January of 2015. Prior to becoming director of SCDPPPS, Adger served in various capacities at the S.C. Department of Corrections, the State Law Enforcement Division, and the S.C. Department of Juvenile Justice over ... Show Full Article