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NASA Hosts News Conference, Interviews with Next Space Station Crew

NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik, Paolo Nespoli of ESA (European Space Agency), and Sergey Ryazanskiy of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, who are scheduled to launch to the International Space Station in late spring, will participate in a news conference at 2 p.m. EST Wednesday, Jan. 25, at the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

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Former Michigan State Police Trooper Seth Swanson Pleads Guilty To Embezzlement

Lansing, MichiganJanuary 18, 2017 – Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette today announced that former Michigan State Police Trooper Seth Swanson, 31, of Royal Oak, pleaded guilty as charged to one felony count of Embezzlement by a Public Official and one felony count of Utter and Publishing False Secretary of State documents allowing issuance of good motor vehicle titles. The case arose from a joint investigation by the Michigan State Police, the FBI Detroit-Area Public Corruption Task Force, and the Attorney General’s Public Integrity Unit.

Swanson plead guilty on Tuesday January 18, 2017 before Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Wendy Potts.

Swanson is scheduled to be sentenced on February 28, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. before Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Wendy Potts.

“Police officers are entrusted with upholding the law so it is especially disappointing when they are the ones that break it,” said Schuette. “This former is officer is now seeing the consequences of his illegal actions. I want to thank the Michigan State Police and FBI’s Detroit Area Public Corruption Task Force for their hard work on this investigation.”

Case Background

Between August 2014 and December 2015, Swanson falsified Michigan Secretary of State forms required for clean title and personally pocketed the cash fee instead of paying it over to the Michigan State Police. Michigan law earmarks a portion of this fee to fight auto thefts. Detecting stolen autos and auto parts is one of the purposes of the inspections that then-Trooper Swanson was responsible to do.

Swanson conducted 1,701 salvage vehicle inspections over a span of a year and a half, pocketing over $170,000.00, while forging the necessary Secretary of State document for each. The form, once completed and signed by a certified police officer, permitted the holder to obtain a good and valid State of Michigan motor vehicle title for the subject vehicle.

The former State Trooper had been a state-certified salvage vehicle inspector since 2011
Swanson used the fees he pocketed for personal purposes, including paying personal credit card debt, vacations, paying for multiple plastic surgeries, and for home improvements for himself and family.

Michigan Salvage Titles

A salvage title is issued for a vehicle that has become a “distressed vehicle.” A vehicle with a salvage title cannot be plated or used on public roads until it is recertified by a specially trained police officer and retitled.

The MSP and the Secretary of State will work together to ensure all vehicles involved in this case have a proper salvage vehicle inspection. This may involve directly contacting the registered owners of vehicles improperly inspected to arrange for a new inspection. The process of identifying affected vehicles is ongoing.

NASA, NOAA Data Show 2016 Warmest Year on Record Globally

Earth’s 2016 surface temperatures were the warmest since modern recordkeeping began in 1880, according to independent analyses by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

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Family Statement Regarding Service Arrangements for Capt. Eugene A. Cernan

A funeral service for Capt. Eugene A. Cernan, who passed away Monday at the age of 82, will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. CST on Tuesday, Jan. 24, at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, 717 Sage Road in Houston.

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MDHHS Submits Interim 298 Report, Requests Models and Benchmarks for Next Phase

Lansing, MichiganJanuary 17, 2017The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) today submitted the interim report for the Section 298 Initiative to the Michigan Legislature and released a call for models and benchmarks for the next phase of the initiative.

The Section 298 Initiative is a statewide effort to improve the coordination of physical health services and behavioral health services. The interim report submitted today reflects the discussions of the 298 Facilitation Workgroup and contains a series of policy recommendations for the Michigan Legislature on improving the coordination of physical health and behavioral health services.

The MDHHS and the 298 Facilitation Workgroup also launched the next phase on the Section 298 Initiative today. The next phase of the initiative focuses on the development of recommendations on models and benchmarks for implementation.

As part of the next phase of the initiative, interested stakeholders can submit potential models for consideration by the 298 Facilitation Workgroup. MDHHS will accept model proposals submitted to MDHHS-298@michigan.gov using a standardized template from January 13, 2017 to February 3, 2017 at 5 p.m. The model proposal template can be found on the Section 298 Initiative website at www.michigan.gov/stakeholder298.

The model proposal process is not a request for proposal which will result in a direct contract or other formal engagement of the submitter. Instead, this process is a request for information which will contribute to the development of the Section 298 Final Report for the Michigan Legislature to be submitted in March.

For more information about the interim report and the model proposal process, visit www.michigan.gov/stakeholder298 or send an email to MDHHS-298@michigan.gov.

NASA Hosts Facebook Live to Mark Success, Future of New Horizons Mission

Members of NASA’s New Horizons team will discuss the achievements of the first encounter with Pluto and look ahead to the mission’s next exploration of the Kuiper Belt during a Facebook Live event at 4 p.m. EST on Thursday, Jan. 19 — the 11th anniversary of the spacecraft’s launch.

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Iowa Students to Speak to NASA Astronaut on the International Space Station

Students from Oskaloosa and Mt. Ayr Community Schools in Iowa will have the opportunity to speak with a NASA astronaut living and working aboard the International Space Station at 10:25 a.m. EST on Thursday, Jan. 19. The 20-minute, Earth-to-space call will air live on NASA Television and the agency’s website.

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NASA Administrator Reflects on Legacy of Last Man to Walk on Moon

The following is a statement from NASA Administrator Charles Bolden on the passing of Gemini and Apollo astronaut Gene Cernan:

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Family Statement Regarding the Passing of Apollo Astronaut Eugene Cernan, Last Man to Walk on the Moon

The following is a statement released on the behalf of Gene Cernan’s family:

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NASA Awards Engineering Contract for Earth, Space Science Missions

NASA has awarded a contract to KBRwyle Technology Solutions, LLC of Columbia, Maryland, for engineering services to support more than 20 NASA exploration missions.

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