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National Pet Day is April 11

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Ut elit tellus, luctus nec ullamcorper mattis, pulvinar dapibus leo. STAFFORD, UK – It’s time to raise the woof! That’s right — National Pet Day is on April 11. And according to a recent survey conducted by TopCashback.com, the USA’s most generous cash back site, 27 percent of Americans […]

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In-person services resume at local Social Security offices

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Acting Commissioner: Social Security Administration Kilolo Kijakazi has announced the local Social Security offices will resume in person services.   “I am pleased to announce that local Social Security offices will restore in-person services, including for people without an appointment, on April 7, 2022.   To avoid waiting in line, I

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U.S. House passes comprehensive marijuana reform

WASHINGTON — Wade Henderson, interim president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act:   “The MORE Act is the most comprehensive marijuana legislation to advance in Congress that directly addresses the harms that the

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Social Security Administration will allow ‘self-selection’ of sex

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Kilolo Kijakazi, Acting Commissioner of Social Security, announced that the agency will offer people the choice to self-select their sex on their Social Security number (SSN) record. The agency anticipates this option will be available in the fall of 2022. “The Social Security Administration is committed to reducing barriers and ensuring the

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President’s budget sets funding outlook for rural communities 

LYONS, Neb. – The Center for Rural Affairs is encouraged to see support for agricultural producers, including a significant increase in proposed funding for Conservation Technical Assistance (CTA), in the Biden administration’s proposed budget for 2023 announced earlier this week.  “Conservation technical assistance is vital to the success of producers’ conservation efforts,” said Kalee Olson, policy associate.

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FDA authorizes second booster dose of Moderna, Pfizer vaccines for older and immunocompromised individuals

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Monday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized a second booster dose of either the Pfizer-BioNTech or the Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for older people and certain immunocompromised individuals.   The FDA previously authorized a single booster dose for certain immunocompromised individuals following completion of a three-dose primary vaccination series.   This

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‘ECHO Notify’ provides the public with customized updates on local enforcement and compliance activities

LENEXA, Kan. – On Tuesday, the EPA announced the release of a new web tool, called “ECHO Notify,” that empowers members of the public to stay informed about important environmental enforcement and compliance activities in their communities.  Through ECHO Notify, users can signup to receive weekly emails when new information is available within the selected

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Forest Service tool spotlights connection between forests and water

MILWAUKEE, Wisc. – Have you ever wondered where exactly your drinking water comes from? To help land managers and the public understand where their water comes from and what affects it, the USDA Forest Service launched an interactive map called Forests to Faucets 2.0. The map shows that forests are a critical link in providing

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