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Scripps Research Institute: Exosomes May Hold the Answer to Treating, Diagnosing Developmental Brain Disorders
LA JOLLA, California, July 19 -- The Scripps Research Institute issued the following news release:

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- New discovery suggests cellular cargo transporters play a profound role in creating brain cells and circuits

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Like overpacked suitcases unloaded from the underbelly of a jet, molecular satchels called exosomes are continuously deployed from all cells in the body--each one brimming with an assortment of contents that another cell may unpack and use. By sending off these biological parcels, cells communicate with each other via shared proteins and genetic material.

Once simply thought ... Show Full Article

National Consumers League Heralds House Passage of Raise the Wage
WASHINGTON, July 19 -- The National Consumers League issued the following news release:

The National Consumers League (NCL), celebrating its 120th Anniversary of fighting for minimum wage workers, and author of the first minimum wage bills in America, praised the actions of the US House of Representatives in the passage July 18, 2019 Raise the Wage Act of 2019 (H.R. 582) by a 231 to 199 vote.

"I just know that Florence Kelley is smiling upon us today," said Sally Greenberg, NCL's Executive Director. Kelley, NCL's pioneering champion for the League's first 33 years, wrote the nation's first of ... Show Full Article

Fight for the Future Launches Interactive Facial Recognition Map as Part of Nationwide Campaign for Local and State Level Bans
BOSTON, Massachusetts, July 19 -- Fight for the Future, an advocacy group for digital rights, issued the following news release:

Fight for the Future just launched a first-of-its-kind interactive map that tracks where in the U.S. facial recognition technology is being used and where it is being resisted, and a tool-kit for local activists who want to help kickstart a ban in their city or state.

This is a major new phase of our campaign: a nationwide push to kickstart more local- and state-level efforts to ban facial recognition surveillance.

The map includes known locations ... Show Full Article

Concerned Veterans for America Thanks Lawmakers for Standing Against Endless War
ARLINGTON, Virginia, July 19 -- Concerned Veterans for America issued the following news release:

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- Veterans group praises lawmakers for important vote ensuring proper Congressional input before any offensive military force against Iran.

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In a new digital ad campaign launched Friday, Concerned Veterans for America (CVA) is urging Americans to thank select lawmakers for their recent votes to reassert Congress's constitutional role in matters of war and peace.

The digital ads commend lawmakers for standing with the American people in favor of a new foreign policy and for their leadership ... Show Full Article

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Expands Global Youth Conference Program
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, July 19 -- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints issued the following news release:

Plans have been announced to expand a youth conference program for Latter-day Saint youth around the world. The international For the Strength of Youth (FSY) program of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been operating outside the United States for more than a decade under the direction of area presidencies and area leaders.

In 2020, young men and young women in selected stakes in the United States and Canada will have an opportunity to experience the FSY program, ... Show Full Article

Center for Biological Diversity: Lawsuit Launched to Protect Imperiled Dunes Sagebrush Lizard in Texas, New Mexico
WASHINGTON, July 19 -- The Center for Biological Diversity issued the following news release:

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- Lizard Severely Threatened by Oil, Gas Drilling, Frac Sand Mining

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Conservation groups filed a notice today of their intent to sue the Trump administration for failing to protect the severely imperiled dunes sagebrush lizard under the Endangered Species Act.

The groups petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to list the species as threatened or endangered in May 2018. The petition also requested that the Fish and Wildlife Service designate critical habitat for the lizards because ... Show Full Article

ACLU of New Mexico Wins Lawsuit Against Albuquerque's Unconstitutional Panhandling Ordinance
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico, July 19 -- The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico issued the following news release:

Yesterday, Senior U.S. District Court Judge Robert Brack ruled that an anti-panhandling ordinance passed by the Albuquerque City Council in 2017 violates First Amendment Free Speech protections. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of New Mexico and Goodwin Procter LLP filed a lawsuit against the ordinance in January 2018, alleging that the law--cloaked in the language of public safety--had the intent and effect of suppressing lawful speech and criminalizing panhandling ... Show Full Article