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2017 Astronaut Candidates Available for Interviews Before Training

NASA’s newest astronaut candidates, a diverse dozen women and men, will participate in media interviews and a final news conference before training on Tuesday, Aug. 22, at the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

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Treasury: Michigan Student Aid Provides Scholarship Experience – August 15, 2017

LANSING, Mich. – As Michigan high school and college students head back to school this fall, the Michigan Department of Treasury (Treasury) reminds active learners about MI Student Aid’s scholarship search experience.

The project connects students with thousands of possible scholarship opportunities provided by different organizations throughout the state. Students or their families complete and submit a brief online survey and MI Student Aid service representatives will search for Michigan scholarships, emailing a detailed scholarship report within a week.

“MI Student Aid’s scholarship search experience is an invaluable tool for Michigan’s students,” said Anne Wohlfert, director of Treasury’s Student Financial Services Bureau. “Our MI Student Aid representatives will conduct a thorough scholarship search and return the results to the student. We are ready to help anyone trying to find a way to pay for college.”

The AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) program worked in partnership with Treasury’s Student Financial Services Bureau to collect and compile information on available financial aid resources for Michigan’s students and families. The scholarship search experience and a statewide series of financial aid workshops were developed by the collaboration and implemented by MI Student Aid.

The project was funded by a Michigan Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduates Programs (MI GEAR UP) grant. Recently, this collaboration won the

Administered by Treasury, is Michigan’s go-to resource for finding the financial resources needed to pay for college.  For more information, contact MI Student Aid at  1-888-4-GRANTS or @mistudentaid on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.

Allergy Warning in Litehouse Ranch- August 15, 2017

Litehouse Ranch may contain undeclared eggs. The Food and Drug Administration has been made aware of this recall which is limited to one production day from a single manufacturing location.

Litehouse took this action proactively because people who are sensitive or have allergies to egg could be at risk of an adverse reaction if they consume this product. No reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of this product have been reported. Anyone concerned about a reaction should contact a healthcare provider.

In total, 742 cases of 11 oz. glass bottles were distributed to retailers and locations nationwide. The ‘Best Used By’ date can be found on the top of the bottle, labeled: Best by Oct.24.17. With the lot code of 13948 6/11fl LH/OPA RANCH. No other code dates of this product or any other Litehouse products are involved in this recall.

The recall was initiated after it was discovered that product containing egg was distributed in packaging that did not reveal the presence of eggs. Subsequent investigation indicates the problem was caused by a packaging error. All affected distributors and retail customers, as well as the Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE), are being notified and the affected product is being removed from store shelves. Consumers who have purchased are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Litehouse customer service at 1-800.669.3169 or litehousefoods.com/contact. Information may also be found on our website at www.litehousefoods.com.

Rick Snyder Speaks of Unity – August 15, 2017

A statement on unity from Gov. Rick Snyder

“History has shown time and again that hate begets hate and violence begets violence. On the other hand, unity and cooperation have shown how much we can accomplish when we respect our neighbors, embrace our differences and focus our energy on how we can all move forward and prosper together. Hate speech and violence are not welcome in Michigan – it’s not representative of who Michiganders truly are or of the future we want to build for our children.”

NASA Awards Contract to Extend Operations of Research, Development Center

NASA has awarded a contract to the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena, California, to extend operations of the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), also in Pasadena, through Sept. 30, 2018.

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NASA Awards Contract for Infrastructure, Applications, Communications

NASA has awarded the Kennedy Infrastructure, Applications and Communication (KIAC) contract to ASRC Federal Data Solutions, LLC of Beltsville, Maryland.

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NASA Television to Air Launch of Next Communications Satellite

NASA is targeting 8:03 a.m. EDT Friday, Aug. 18, for the launch of its next Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS) mission atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The launch, and related activities that begin Thursday, Aug. 17, will air live on NASA Television and the agency’s website.

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NASA Signs Combined Data Services Agreement for Polar Satellite Program

NASA has procured combined data support services under an agreement with the Norwegian Space Centre in Oslo, Norway, for the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) program and various cooperative international missions. This action is supported under an international agreement between the United States and Norway.

Read more here:: NASA Signs Combined Data Services Agreement for Polar Satellite Program

Crack Down on Prescription Drug Costs! – August 14, 2017

Stabenow Announces New Legislation to Crack Down on Prescription Drug Costs and Increase Drug Price Transparency

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today announced two new bills she is sponsoring to crack down on skyrocketing prescription drug prices.  The Empowering Medicare Seniors to Negotiate Drug Prices Act would allow Medicare to negotiate the best possible prices of prescription drugs to cut costs for nearly 41 million seniors enrolled in Medicare Part D.  Current law only allows for bargaining by pharmaceutical companies and bans Medicare from doing so.  The Stopping the Pharmaceutical Industry from Keeping Drugs Expensive (SPIKE) Act would increase transparency by requiring drug companies to publicly report large price hikes.

“We need to do everything we can to crack down on the skyrocketing cost of prescription drugs,” said Senator Stabenow.  “Too many Michigan families and seniors are burdened by high costs that make it harder to get the care they need and pay their bills.”

The Empowering Medicare Seniors to Negotiate Drug Prices Act, which was introduced by Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and cosponsored by Senator Stabenow, would allow the Secretary of Health and Human Services to directly negotiate with drug companies for price discounts for the Medicare Prescription Drug Program.  This bill eliminates the “non-interference” clause that expressly bans Medicare from negotiating the best possible prices.  By harnessing the bargaining power of nearly 41 million seniors, Medicare could negotiate bigger discounts than pharmaceutical companies.

The SPIKE Act, which was introduced by Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) and cosponsored by Senator Stabenow, would require drug manufacturers to publicly report increases in the price of their drugs beyond a certain threshold.  One of these thresholds addresses modestly priced drugs whose prices have increased unreasonably, targeting actors such as Turing Pharmaceuticals, which increased the price of Daraprim by 5,000%.  The other threshold addresses drug price increases that effect Medicare and Medicaid the most.

Better Recognize Human Trafficking! – August 14, 2017

Schuette, Michigan Human Trafficking Commission Release Medical Training Video in Partnership with the Wayne County Medical Society

Training video is nationally accredited for continuing education through Wayne County Medical Society and Wayne State University School of Medicine 

LANSING – Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette today announced the release of a new human trafficking training video designed specifically to help better educate medical professionals on how to identify victims of human trafficking.

It is estimated that many human trafficking victims have interactions with health care professionals during their trafficking situation. This video is designed to educate medical professionals on the crime of human trafficking, teach them how to interview and interact with potential victims, and familiarize medical experts on recommended victim protocol and associated mental health, legal and social service interventions available to trafficking victims.

“Public awareness is a great first step in winning the fight against human trafficking,” said Schuette. “But helping doctors and nurses not only identify signs of a victim of trafficking but learn how to interact with a scared and distrusting young male or female victim of sex trafficking is another key step in the fight. A majority of victims come into direct contact with health professionals – those professionals have potential to make the greatest impact if they are able to immediately identify the signs of human trafficking.”

This medical professional training video was discussed as a priority in the 2016 Michigan Human Trafficking Commission Report which was released earlier this year. The video has been accredited through the Wayne County Medical Society and Wayne State University School of Medicine so that health professionals in Michigan and around the country may obtain 1.5 hours of Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits for viewing it.

“Given most human trafficking victims receive medical treatment at some point during their trafficking, these victims are being seen by the medical community, but the medical community is not trained to identify the signs of trafficking. Therefore, we need a multidisciplinary and collaborative approach that builds upon the capabilities of social services, healthcare, legal, IT and law enforcement to stop this scourge,” said Dr. Herbert Smitherman, of the Wayne County Medical Society. “That is why the Wayne County Medical Society, Wayne State University School of Medicine, and Michigan State Medical Society have all worked collaboratively with Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette and his staff to develop this educational and awareness video. This video provides our State a real opportunity for ways to identify, intervene and eliminate this grave and growing problem.”

The video features local and federal law enforcement, members of the Michigan medical community, former human trafficking victims and Attorney General Bill Schuette.

Michigan Human Trafficking Commission

Established in the Department of Attorney General in 2014, the Human Trafficking Commission is comprised of over a dozen members who are dedicated to bringing attention to and eradicating this modern-day form of slavery. The Commission includes men and women from law enforcement, a circuit judge, victim services advocates, and representatives from state departments and the governor’s office.

The Commission released its 2016 report which highlights the activities of the Commission earlier this year.

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