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Federal Tipoffs Involving Wisconsin Newsletter for Sunday October 13, 2019 ( 15 items )  

$10 Million Funding Available for Sport Fish Restoration in Eight States
WASHINGTON, Oct. 8 -- The U.S. Department of the Interior's U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that it expects to award a discretionary grant for the restoration of sport fish populations in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin. The award ceiling for this funding opportunity is $10 million. The agency said the grant was associated with natural resources. The funding is open to state governments. The agency description of the grant states: "The Sport  more

$10 Million Funding Available for Wildlife Restoration, Basic Hunter Education in Eight States
WASHINGTON, Oct. 8 -- The U.S. Department of the Interior's U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that it expects to award a discretionary grant for wildlife restoration and basic hunter education in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin. The award ceiling for this funding opportunity is $10 million. The agency said the grant was associated with natural resources. The funding is open to state governments. The agency description of the grant states: "The  more

$30 Million Funding Available for Hunter Education, Safety in Eight States
WASHINGTON, Oct. 8 -- The U.S. Department of the Interior's U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that it expects to award a discretionary grant for hunter education and safety in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin. The award ceiling for this funding opportunity is $30 million. The agency said the grant was associated with a) education and b) natural resources. The funding is open to state governments. The agency description of the grant states: "The  more

Administrator Wheeler Wraps Up Midwest Swing in Milwaukee Focused on EPA's Commitment to Children's Health
MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin, Oct. 11 -- The Environmental Protection Agency issued the following news release: On the heels of the first major update to the Lead and Copper Rule (https://usenvironmentalprotectionagency.cmail20.com/t/d-l-xtlhytd-jtjjbydit-r/) in nearly three decades, Administrator Wheeler hosted a roundtable focused on reducing children's exposure to lead in drinking water. "EPA's proposed update to the Lead and Copper Rule would institute first-ever requirements for community water s  more

Corps of Engineers Closes Blackhawk Park Again Due to High Water
ST. PAUL, Minnesota, Oct. 10 -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued the following news release: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, temporarily closed its Blackhawk Park, located near De Soto, Wisconsin, yesterday, October 9, due to high water. Corps staff also closed three Mississippi River landings due to the high river stages. They include Bad Axe and Jay's landings in Wisconsin and Millstone Landing in Minnesota. If you have upcoming reservations at Blackhawk Park, pa  more

EPA Proposes Updates to Lead and Copper Rule to Better Protect Children and At-Risk Communities
GREEN BAY, Wisconsin, Oct. 10 -- The Environmental Protection Agency issued the following news release: As part of Children's Health Month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a proposed rule that significantly improves the actions that water systems must take to reduce lead in the nation's drinking water. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced the proposal at an event in Green Bay. This action represents the first major overhaul of the Lead and Copper Rule since 1991 a  more

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston CEO Rosengren Issues Remarks at American Economic Challenges Symposium
MADISON, Wisconsin, Oct. 11 -- The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston issued the following remarks by President and CEO Eric S. Rosengren at the American Economic Challenges Symposium: * * * - 'Exploring Economic Conditions and the Implications for Monetary Policy' * * * "It is wonderful to be back on campus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I appreciate the opportunity to take part in today's American Economic Challenges Symposium, and congratulate the Department of Economics and the Juli  more

Jury Awards $5.2 Million Against Walmart in EEOC Disability Discrimination Case
MADISON, Wisconsin, Oct. 11 -- The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued the following news release: * * * - Jury Finds Retail Giant Suspended and Failed to Accommodate Longtime Deaf Employee With Visual Impairment * * * Late yesterday, a jury determined that Walmart violated federal law when it refused to accommodate the disabilities of a longtime employee, and awarded $5.2 million in damages, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced today. According to th  more

Natural Resources Conservation Service: Official Web Soil Survey Available - Soil Science Annual Data Refreshed in October 2019
MADISON, Wisconsin, Oct. 7 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service Wisconsin office issued the following news release: The National Cooperative Soil Survey Program is an endeavor of the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)(http://www.wi.nrcs.usda.gov/) and other federal agencies, state and local governments, and cooperators. It provides a systematic study of the soils in a given area, including the classification, mapping, and interpretatio  more

Rural Development - Wisconsin Office: USDA Invests $7 Million to Improve Rural Electric Infrastructure
STEVENS POINT, Wisconsin, Oct. 9 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development - Wisconsin office issued the following news release: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development State Director Frank Frassetto announced that USDA is investing $251 million to upgrade rural electric systems in 13 states. The funding includes $38.2 million to finance smart grid technologies that improve system operations and monitor grid security. "Providing reliable, affordable electricity   more

Rural Development - Wisconsin Office: USDA Invests $8 Million in Western Wisconsin to Improve Broadband Service
STEVENS POINT, Wisconsin, Oct. 7 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development - Wisconsin office issued the following news release: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development State Director Frank Frassetto announced that USDA is investing USDA is investing $152 million in 20 projects to provide or improve rural broadband service in 14 states. "This funding will expand broadband access by upgrading communications infrastructure to our underserved rural communities," Fr  more

Surface Transportation Board Issues Decision Involving Wisconsin Central
WASHINGTON, Oct. 9 -- The U.S. Department of Transportation's Surface Transportation Board issued the following decision (Docket No. AB 303) entitled "Wisconsin Central Ltd. Discontinuance of Service Exemption in Baraga County, Mich.": Wisconsin Central Ltd. (WCL) has filed a verified notice of exemption under 49 C.F.R. part 1152 subpart F--Exempt Abandonments and Discontinuances of Service to discontinue common carrier service over approximately 4.9 miles of rail line in Baraga County, Mich.,   more

Surface Transportation Board Issues Decision Involving Wisconsin Rapids Railroad
WASHINGTON, Oct. 10 -- The U.S. Department of Transportation's Surface Transportation Board issued the following decision (Docket Nos. AB 1290X and AB 303) entitled "Wisconsin Rapids Railroad, LLC Discontinuance of Service Exemption in Wood County, Wis. and Wisconsin Central Ltd. Abandonment Exemption in Wood County, Wis.": On September 20, 2019, Wisconsin Rapids Railroad, L.L.C. (WRR), and Wisconsin Central Ltd. (WCL) (collectively, Petitioners) filed with the Surface Transportation Board (Boa  more

Wis. U.S. Attorney Matthew Krueger Announces Progress in Making Communities Safer Through Project Safe Neighborhoods
MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin, Oct. 7 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, Matthew D. Krueger, issued the following news release: Two years ago, the Department of Justice announced the revitalization and enhancement of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the centerpiece of the department's violent crime reduction strategy. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the mos  more

Wis. U.S. Attorney: Wausau Doctor Sentenced for Fraudulent Fentanyl Prescription Scheme
MADISON, Wisconsin, Oct. 9 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, Scott C. Blader, issued the following news release: Scott C. Blader, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Thomas Strick, 60, Wausau, Wisconsin, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge William Conley to three months in federal prison for obtaining fentanyl by use of misrepresentation and fraud. During the timeframe of the government's investigation, Strick was employ  more