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Federal Tipoffs Involving Iowa Newsletter for Sunday August 18, 2019 ( 13 items )  

Ames Laboratory: Scientists Discover Potential Path to Improving Samarium-Cobalt Magnets
AMES, Iowa, Aug. 12 -- The U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory issued the following news release: Scientists have discovered a potential tool to enhance magnetization and magnetic anisotropy, making it possible to improve the performance of samarium-cobalt magnets. The scientists, at the U.S. Department of Energy's Critical Materials Institute at Ames Laboratory, in collaboration with the Nebraska Center for Materials and Nanoscience and the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the U  more

Area Agency on Aging Recognized for Innovation in Nutrition: Encore Cafe
WASHINGTON, Aug. 13 -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Community Living issued the following news release: ACL would like to congratulate Heritage Area Agency on Aging's Encore Cafe on their recent award at the n4a Conference. Heritage Area Agency on Aging is a key partner in an ACL-funded Innovations in Nutrition grant, awarded to the Iowa Department on Aging in 2017, focused on responding to a decrease in congregate meal attendance. Their concept, Encore C  more

Army Corps of Engineers: Corps at Rathbun Lake to Conduct a Fall Pulse in Late September
CENTERVILLE, Iowa, Aug. 13 -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Kansas City District issued the following news release: In 2016, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers updated the Chariton River Water Regulation Manual and incorporated new adaptive water management strategies benefiting interests both upstream and downstream of the Rathbun Lake dam. One of the adaptive water management strategies in the new manual allows for a 'fall pulse' or increased water release for a short duration from the lake  more

EPA Announces $3.15 Million in Water Quality Funding in Iowa
LENEXA, Kansas, Aug. 14 -- The Environmental Protection Agency issued the following news release: Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced three EPA Farmer to Farmer Cooperative Agreements totaling more than $3.15 million to fund Iowa-based projects that improve water quality, habitat, and environmental education. The three Iowa-based recipients for the 2019 agreements are: * Practical Farmers of Iowa ($935,788) for Roots for Water Quality: A Farmer-to-Farmer Model for   more

Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines Approves Second Quarter 2019 Dividend
DES MOINES, Iowa, Aug. 12 -- The Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines, a district bank in the Federal Home Loan Bank System, issued the following news: The FHLB Des Moines (the Bank) Board of Directors approved a second quarter 2019 dividend at an annualized rate of 5.75 percent on activity-based stock and 3.25 percent on membership stock, unchanged from the prior quarter. Dividend payments totaling $73 million are expected to be paid on August 13, 2019. The effective combined annualized divid  more

Iowa U.S. Attorney: Bettendorf Doctor Pleads Guilty to Failure to Pay Employment Taxes
DAVENPORT, Iowa, Aug. 14 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa, Marc Krickbaum, issued the following news release: On August 12, 2019, Nirander Kumar, age 66, from Bettendorf, Iowa, pled guilty to Failure to Pay Employment Taxes announced United States Attorney Marc Krickbaum. This crime carries a maximum potential penalty of not more than 5 years' imprisonment, up to a $10,000 fine, a term of supervised release of not more than (3) three years, and a $100 special assessment to  more

Iowa U.S. Attorney: Twenty-Five Men Charged and Seventy-Eight Guns Seized in Crackdown on Gun Crimes
DAVENPORT, Iowa, Aug. 12 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa, Marc Krickbaum, issued the following news release: Twenty-five people, all of whom are prohibited possessors of firearms, are facing 58 criminal charges as part of federal drug and gun investigations announced United States Attorney Marc Krickbaum. Seven Indictments and 18 Superseding Indictments by a Federal Grand Jury were filed last week in United States District Court in Davenport, Iowa. Several of the defendan  more

Joe Kesler Declared Re-Elected to Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines Board of Directors
DES MOINES, Iowa, Aug. 16 -- The Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines, a district bank in the Federal Home Loan Bank System, issued the following news: The Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines (the Bank) is pleased to announce that Joe Kesler was recently re-elected as a director to the Bank's board. Mr. Kesler will serve as the Montana member director on the Bank's board for a four-year term commencing January 1, 2020. Mr. Kesler is the incumbent Montana member director, with his current term   more

Meskwaki Nation Near Des Moines, Iowa, Is First Tribe in Region to Achieve EPA Approval to Develop Water Quality Standards
LENEXA, Kansas, Aug. 15 -- The Environmental Protection Agency issued the following news release: Tribal leaders of the Meskwaki Nation joined U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 7 officials in a signing ceremony today as the Tribe assumes responsibilities to administer the Clean Water Act's Water Quality Standards and Certification programs. EPA Region 7 Administrator Jim Gulliford and Meskwaki Chairman Anthony Waseskuk signed certificates at the Meskwaki Nation Settlement, loca  more

Practical Farmers of Iowa Receives $936K for Water Quality From EPA
LENEXA, Kansas, Aug. 14 -- The Environmental Protection Agency issued the following news release: Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Practical Farmers of Iowa will receive a nearly $936K EPA Farmer to Farmer Cooperative Agreement to fund a project that improves water quality, habitat, and environmental education. The Ames-based nonprofit organization, Practical Farmers of Iowa, whose mission is equipping farmers to build resilient farms and communities, is being aw  more

U.S. Air Force: Groundbreaking Held for Fisher House
OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Nebraska, Aug. 14 -- The U.S. Air Force issued the following news: By Charles J. Haymond A groundbreaking ceremony for the first Fisher House in Nebraska was held at the Veterans Affairs Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System's Omaha campus next to the VA Medical Center in Omaha Aug. 7. Fisher Houses are homes where military and veteran's families can stay free of charge while a loved one is in the hospital. "Fisher Houses are built on partnerships and partnerships b  more

University of Iowa Receives $1.07 Million for Water Quality From EPA
LENEXA, Kansas, Aug. 14 -- The Environmental Protection Agency issued the following news release: Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the University of Iowa will receive a $1.07 million EPA Farmer to Farmer Cooperative Agreement to fund a project that improves water quality, habitat, and environmental education. The University of Iowa will receive $1,064,926 for its project, "Connecting Rural and Peri-Urban Farmers to Demonstrate and Disseminate Innovative Nutrient   more

University of Iowa to Receive $49,999 from Interior
WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 -- The U.S. Department of the Interior's U.S. Geological Survey announced that it intends to award a $49,999 cooperative agreement to the University of Iowa for in-situ bedload measurements using multi-beam echo sounders and acoustic current doppler profilers. The agency description of the grant states: "The primary contribution of the proposed research is the Acoustic Mapping Velocimetry (AMV) implementation for measurements in natural streams where the current bedload meas  more