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Public Policy Tipoffs Involving Pennsylvania Newsletter for Sunday January 19, 2020 ( 38 items )  

A Cornucopia of Products at the American Library Association Store at Midwinter Meeting
CHICAGO, Illinois, Jan. 17 -- The American Library Association issued the following news release: Long hours and easy access near Registration make it convenient to shop and browse at the ALA Store in the Grand Hall at the Pennsylvania Convention Center during the Midwinter Meeting. The ALA Store offers products that meet the widest range of your promotional and continuing education/professional development needs--as well as fun gift items. Make sure to carve out some time in your schedule to s  more

ABCORI Executive Minister Wiles Announces Retirement Plans
VALLEY FORGE, Pennsylvania, Jan. 18 -- American Baptist Churches USA issued the following news release: Rev. Dr. Tom Wiles informed the Board of Ministries of the American Baptist Churches Of Rhode Island (ABCORI) in December of his plans to retire on June 30, 2020. In his letter to the Board he writes, "It is now my joy to share with you, as friends and colleagues, that on June 30, 2020, I will enter another new season of life and ministry...At that time, I will be 68 years old and will have s  more

ABHMS Offers Update Regarding Recovery From Puerto Rico Earthquakes
VALLEY FORGE, Pennsylvania, Jan. 18 -- American Baptist Churches USA's American Baptist Home Mission Societies issued the following news: American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) offers an update regarding the situation in Puerto Rico since the recent 6.4- and 5.9-magnitude earthquakes shook the island. The 10 emergency-response centers that ABHMS established this past December are serving as collection and distribution centers for supplies, such as food, snacks, water, ice, first aid,   more

ACLU Response to Supreme Court Review of Contraceptive Coverage Challenge
WASHINGTON, Jan. 18 -- The American Civil Liberties Union, a 501(c)3 non-profit that works to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the U.S., issued the following news release: The Supreme Court announced it would review Trump v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, which is a challenge to the Trump Administration's rules that allows employers and universities to deny their employees and students insurance coverage for contraception. The r  more

Advertising Specialty Institute and Facilisgroup Announce Long-Term Renewal Agreement
TREVOSE, Pennsylvania, Jan. 16 -- The Advertising Specialty Institute issued the following news release: The Advertising Specialty Institute(R) (ASI) announced Facilisgroup, a software-as-a-service business for the promotional products industry, has extended its long-term relationship with ASI, recommitting to offering a seamless, fully integrated version of ASI's ESP(R) to its Facilisgroup partners, with direct search now available through its flagship proprietary software, @ease V2. ASI's ES  more

Advertising Specialty Institute Launches Major New Technology Initiative
TREVOSE, Pennsylvania, Jan. 14 -- The Advertising Specialty Institute issued the following news release on Jan. 13: * * * - OpenASI will provide data from 3,000 industry suppliers through common tech standards * * * The Advertising Specialty Institute(R)(ASI) announced the launch of a major technology initiative called OpenASI to encourage and embrace standards for sharing data across the promotional products industry. OpenASI will connect suppliers and distributors through APIs and other t  more

Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Awards Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts $100K Exhibition Grant
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Jan. 18 -- The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts issued the following news release on Jan. 17: * * * - PAFA receives $100,000 grant from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, supporting first-ever museum retrospective of American painter Joan Semmel * * * The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) is pleased to announce that it is the recipient of a $100,000 grant from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. This grant will support PAFA  more

Angus Association Champions Named at 2020 Pennsylvania Farm Show
ST. JOSEPH, Missouri, Jan. 18 -- The American Angus Association issued the following news release: Angus enthusiasts led 114 entries at the 2020 Pennsylvania Farm Show's Angus Show, January 6 in Harrisburg, Pa. Parker Henley, Stillwater, Okla., evaluated the 90 females, 20 bulls and four cow-calf pairs. B & R Hammer was named grand champion bull. Kaitlin Bell, Nottingham, Pa., owns the March 2018 son of Colburn Primo 5153. He earlier won junior champion. Kolton Grim, Thomasville, Pa., owns th  more

Annenberg Public Policy Center: No Clear Evidence of Increase in Adolescent Suicide After '13 Reasons Why'
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Jan. 17 -- The Annenberg Public Policy Center issued the following news release: Contrary to the findings of a 2019 study that associated the release of the Netflix series "13 Reasons Why" with an increase in monthly suicide rates among adolescent boys, a reanalysis of the data by the Annenberg Public Policy Center finds no evidence of contagion. The reanalysis, published in PLOS ONE, found that after controlling for the dramatic increase in adolescent suicide in rec  more

Cancer Research Journal Issues Research Articles in Jan. 15, 2020 Edition
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Jan. 16 -- Cancer Research, a journal from the American Association for Cancer Research that offers pathobiological and translational impact to inform the personal, clinical and societal problems posed by cancer, published research articles, including the following topics, in its Jan. 15, 2020 edition: Review: * Therapeutic Potential of the miRNA-ATM Axis in the Management of Tumor Radioresistance Cancer Research Highlights: * Statins Limit Coenzyme Q Synthesis an  more

Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute: Conference Names 2020 Nancy Mead Award Recipient
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, Jan. 17 -- The Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute issued the following news release: The Conference on Software Engineering Education and Training (CSEE&T) recently announced that Pierre Bourque has been named the recipient of the 2020 Nancy Mead Award for Excellence in Software Engineering Education. The award will be presented at CSEE&T, to be held in Munich from July 29-31. The award, which is named after longtime staff member and SEI Fellow Nancy Mead,  more

Cassel Begins New Role as Associate Executive Director - Development Advisory Services for American Baptist Foundation
VALLEY FORGE, Pennsylvania, Jan. 15 -- American Baptist Churches USA issued the following news release: The American Baptist Foundation (ABF) is pleased to announce that as of January 1, 2020, Linda Cassel has been promoted to the position of Associate Executive Director of Development Advisory Services. As ABF's Strengthening Your Financial Future program has grown in significance, Cassel has been instrumental in leading the Development Advisory staff, providing planned giving education and co  more

Center for American Progress: Supreme Court Birth Control Case Could Have Grave Health, Financial Consequences for American Women
WASHINGTON, Jan. 18 -- The Center for American Progress issued the following statement on Jan. 17: The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear Trump v. Pennsylvania and Little Sisters of the Poor Saints Peter and Paul Home v. Pennsylvania as a consolidated case. These cases combined represent a threat to the health and financial security that women have gained as a result of the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) expanded access to birth control. If the court decides in favor of the petitioners, then virtu  more

Clinical Cancer Research Journal Issues Research Articles in Jan. 15, 2020 Edition
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Jan. 16 -- Clinical Cancer Research, a journal from the American Association for Cancer Research that presents clinical and translational cancer research studies that bridge the laboratory and the clinic, published research articles, including the following topics, in its Jan. 15, 2020 edition: CCR Translations: * Space for Calaspargase? A New Asparaginase for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia CCR Drug Updates: * FDA Approval Summary: Calaspargase Pegol-mknl For Treatm  more

ECRI Institute: Failure to Track Diagnostic Results Puts Patients at Risk
PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pennsylvania, Jan. 16 -- The ECRI Institute issued the following news release: * * * - ECRI Institute's Partnership for Health IT Patient Safety releases whitepaper and Guide for Closing the Loop on Diagnostic Testing and Referrals * * * ECRI Institute's multi-stakeholder collaborative, the Partnership for Health IT Patient Safety, announces new research on reducing errors related to diagnostic testing and specialty referral tracking: * Implementing Closing the Loop Safe P  more

Established Dallas Family Practice Joins Geisinger
DALLAS, Pennsylvania, Jan. 15 -- Geisinger Health issued the following news release: Beginning Jan. 13, 2020, Dallas Family Practice joins the Geisinger primary care network. The practice is now Geisinger Primary Care Dallas and continues to accept most major insurance plans. Jane Durkin, D.O., and Richard Oley, D.O., have been practicing in Dallas for decades, and they're bringing their expertise in all areas of family medicine and offering high-quality care for patients in Luzerne County. "  more

Geisinger Lewistown Hospital Achieves 4-Star Rating
LEWISTOWN, Pennsylvania, Jan. 15 -- Geisinger Health issued the following news release: Geisinger Lewistown Hospital has achieved a 4-Star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The hospital previously had a 3-Star rating. Inpatient hospitals across the nation are required to submit specified quality and performance data to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services throughout the year. This data is then calculated to produce a single star rating for each hospital. The  more

Gerald Maloney, DO Named Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
DANVILLE, Pennsylvania, Jan. 16 -- Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, a part of Geisinger Health, issued the following news release: Steven J. Scheinman, MD, president and dean of Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (GCSOM) and executive vice president, Geisinger, announced the appointment of Gerald Maloney, DO, chief medical officer for Geisinger hospitals, as associate dean for clinical affairs for GCSOM. Dr. Maloney will retain chief medical officer role. The associate dean de  more

Institute for Justice: Pittsburgh Retiree Sues Federal Government to Get His Life Savings Back
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, Jan. 16 -- The Institute for Justice issued the following news release: * * * - DEA seized more than $82,000 from retiree's daughter as she traveled through the Pittsburgh airport * * * Terry Rolin's life savings of $82,373 were seized by the federal government even though he has not been charged with any crime. In fact, his daughter was doing something completely legal--flying domestically with cash--when the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) seized the money i  more

Journal of Community Psychology Issues Research Articles in January 2020 Edition
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Jan. 12 -- The Journal of Community Psychology, a peer-reviewed journal that says it emphasizes on empirical work or studies to understand community factors that influence human development, interaction and functioning, published research articles on the following topics in its January 2020 edition: SPECIAL ISSUE RESEARCH ARTICLES: * Communities and the enforcement of lower level offenses * Understanding Misdemeanor Enforcement: The Roles of Calls for Service and   more

Journal of Finance Issues Research Articles in February 2020 Edition
ALDAN, Pennsylvania, Jan. 14 -- The Journal of Finance from the American Finance Association published research articles on the following topics in its February 2020 edition: ARTICLES: * Trading Against the Random Expiration of Private Information: A Natural Experiment * Access to Collateral and the Democratization of Credit: France's Reform of the Napoleonic Security Code * Words Speak Louder without Actions * Learning from Coworkers: Peer Effects on Individual Investment Decisions * Why   more

Journal of Materials Research Issues Research Articles in Jan. 14, 2020 Edition
WARRENDALE, Pennsylvania, Jan. 15 -- The Journal of Materials Research, a journal that says it features creation of materials and materials with novel functionalities, fundamental understanding of processes that control the response of materials and development of materials from the Materials Research Society, published research articles, including the following topics, in its Jan. 14, 2020 edition: Focus Section: Advances in Battery Technology: Material Innovations in Design and Fabrication:   more

NARAL Pro-Choice America Endorses Eugene DePasquale for Congress
WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 -- NARAL Pro-Choice America issued the following news release: * * * - Challenger in Pennsylvania's 10th Congressional District Earns Endorsement from Nation's Leading Pro-Choice Advocacy Group * * * NARAL Pro-Choice America endorsed Eugene DePasquale in his campaign to represent Pennsylvania's 10th Congressional District, challenging anti-choice Republican Rep. Scott Perry, who was among the group of anti-choice lawmakers who signed onto a recent amicus brief urging the   more

National Endowment for the Arts Awards Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts $35K Exhibition Grant
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Jan. 17 -- The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts issued the following news release: * * * - PAFA awarded $35,000 'Art Works' Grant from National Endowment for the Arts, supporting upcoming exhibition * * * The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) is the recipient of a $35,000 Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), it was announced. This grant will support PAFA's major upcoming exhibition, Taking Space: Contemporary Women Artist  more

National Shooting Sports Foundation: Streamlight Sponsors International Trade Center at 2020 SHOT Show
NEWTOWN, Connecticut, Jan. 17 -- The National Shooting Sports Foundation issued the following news release: The National Shooting Sports Foundation(R) (NSSF(R)), the trade association for the firearms industry, is pleased to announce that Streamlight has agreed to sponsor the 2020 SHOT Show(R) International Trade Center. Headquartered in Eagleville, Pennsylvania, U.S.A., Streamlight is a manufacturer of a wide variety of lighting products, including headlamps, handheld lights, lanterns, workspa  more

National Women's Law Center: SCOTUS to Hear Case That Threatens Access to Birth Control
WASHINGTON, Jan. 18 -- The National Women's Law Center issued the following statement: The Supreme Court decided to hear a case - Trump v. Pennsylvania - that will determine whether employers and schools can deny insurance coverage of birth control to employees and students. In November 2018, the Trump-Pence administration finalized rules to undermine the Affordable Care Act's birth control benefit by allowing virtually any employer or university to deny birth control coverage otherwise requir  more

Penn State Health: Coming to You Live From the Operating Room
HERSHEY, Pennsylvania, Jan. 16 -- Penn State Health issued the following news: Kiersten Marie remembers leaning in closer to observe the gastric bypass surgery going on right before her eyes - it was that moment that solidified her desire for a career in medicine. "I loved watching 'Untold Stories of the ER,' but to actually see surgery in real time with no editing was so cool," said Marie, who was a senior at Carlisle High School when her biology class attended a Surgery Live! presentation, f  more

Pennsylvania Farm Bureau Encouraged by China and USMCA Trade Agreements
CAMP HILL, Pennsylvania, Jan. 17 -- The Pennsylvania Farm Bureau issued the following news release: Pennsylvania Farm Bureau (PFB) is optimistic that a new trade deal signed between the United States and China and the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), which is headed to President Trump for his signature, will provide economic opportunities for struggling American farmers. "Phase One of the new trade deal with China should benefit Pennsylvania farmers over the next two years, if China meet  more

Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association Announces 2020 State and Federal Legislative Priorities and Releases 2019 Year-End Reports
CAMP HILL, Pennsylvania, Jan. 17 -- The Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association issued the following news release: The Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association (PFMA) - a statewide advocacy organization representing the interests of grocers, convenience store operators, consumer packaged goods companies and wholesalers - has released its 2020 legislative priorities and 2019 year-end reports. "On the state level, we'll be focused on legislation allowing additional access to qualified Video Gamin  more

Pennsylvania Health Care Association Issues Statement on Introduction of State False Claims Act
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, Jan. 14 -- The Pennsylvania Health Care Association issued the following statement on Jan. 13 by President and CEO Zach Shamberg in response to the press conference announcing proposed legislation to enact a state False Claims Act: "It is unfortunate that we are once again faced with what seems to be an attack on Pennsylvania's nursing home providers--this time, in the form of a state False Claims Act. Not only would this legislation create a new cause of action agains  more

PETA: Alec Baldwin to Gov. Wolf - Please Help Suffering Bear
LEWISBURG, Pennsylvania, Jan. 15 -- People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals issued the following news release: * * * - Actor Joins PETA in Push to Transfer Dillan From Sportsmen's Club to Accredited Sanctuary * * * Alec Baldwin sent Gov. Tom Wolf a letter on PETA's behalf urging him to intervene in the case of Dillan, a morbidly obese Asiatic black bear who is confined to a cramped cage at the Union County Sportsmen's Club in Millmont and suffers from painful, life-threatening dental dis  more

PFT and Elected Leaders: Environmental Testing Must Be Completed Before Reopening Carnell
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Jan. 15 -- The Philadelphia Federation of Teachers issued the following news release: Carnell Elementary school, one of six Philadelphia schools shuttered by imminent asbestos hazards this school year alone, has undergone significant asbestos remediation efforts since its closure. Unfortunately, the School District failed to uphold an agreement made with the Federation regarding testing protocol. Thus, while the District has announced plans to open Carnell Elementary  more

Philadelphia Federation of Teachers Issues Statement on Asbestos Sampling Results at McClure Elementary
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Jan. 18 -- The Philadelphia Federation of Teachers issued the following statement by President Jerry Jordan regarding the asbestos sampling results at McClure Elementary: "Upon the discovery of the protocol breach and failure to properly manage a dangerous asbestos contamination condition at McClure Elementary, the Federation emphatically stated that we were unable to assure the McClure community of the environmental safety of the building. Early yesterday morning, w  more

Philadelphia Federation of Teachers: Best Practice Protocols Breached at McClure - Additional Asbestos Exposure Found
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Jan. 17 -- The Philadelphia Federation of Teachers issued the following news release: PFT HW Environmental Science Director Jerry Roseman learned that asbestos air samples collected by School District consultants on Tuesday afternoon in the City Year room were elevated with alarming levels of airborne asbestos detected. Likely leading to this situation was an egregious breach of the best practice protocols that, to this point, he had reason to believe were well under  more

Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium Welcomes Rescued Young Northern Elephant Seal
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, Jan. 16 -- Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium issued the following news release: The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium has added another member to the Zoo family. Meet our new young elephant seal, Nessie. Nessie's story is one of perseverance, strength, and support. She was rescued, rehabbed, and then released five separate times before Sea World San Diego Rescue's Animal Care Team determined that Nessie was not able to survive on her own in the wild. A call was made to the   more

Priorities USA Expands Pre-Convention Budget to $150 Million, Reserves $70 Million of Ad Time
WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 -- Priorities USA issued the following news release: Priorities USA is expanding its budget through the convention from $100 million to $150 million and, additionally, reserving $70 million in TV and digital ads in Florida, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Priorities has been running digital ads in each of these states since July 2019, outspending President Trump during that time. While these reservations begin in late February and March, Priorities has millions of doll  more

SAE International's A World In Motion Program Receives $1.5 Million Investment to Advance STEM Programming in Nevada
WARRENDALE, Pennsylvania, Jan. 17 -- The SAE Foundation issued the following news: * * * - Tesla and SAE Partner to Support 25,000 K-8 Students Over Four Years with Hands-on Programs and Mentorship * * * SAE Foundation announced a four-year, $1.5 million grant to launch a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education programming initiative in Nevada schools. The grant is part of Tesla's $37.5 million investment in Nevada's K-12 STEM and sustainability education. SAE Internationa  more

VFW Member Travels to Normandy to Visit Site of Uncle's Death
KANSAS CITY, Missouri, Jan. 14 -- The Veterans of Foreign Wars issued the following news release: He stood there, studying a World War II battle map that had taken him on a route through a swath of old farm homes flying both the French and U.S. flags across Saint-Georges-d'Elle, a small village about six miles northeast of St. Lo, France. "I couldn't take my eyes off of this old stone church," said Pasqualini, a retired Army lieutenant colonel and member of the VFW Department of Virginia resi  more