DAF continues implementation efforts for CUI

Source: United States Air Force

Headline: DAF continues implementation efforts for CUI

Department of the Air Force personnel were already well versed with the necessity of protecting mission-critical unclassified information, but the release of the DoDI brought about additional responsibilities, procedures and dissemination controls that warranted the development of new approaches to safeguard CUI.

Nightly lane closures continues for portions of U.S. 50 for pavement work this week

Source: US State of Missouri

For more information, contact Lairyn McGregor at 816-607-2152

Traffic Alert: Nightly lane closures continues for portions of U.S. 50 for pavement work this week

JACKSON COUNTY– MoDOT Kansas City will be making pavement improvements along eastbound and westbound U.S. 50 between approximately Todd George Rd. to just north of Bannister/NW Colbern Rd. beginning on Sunday, April 11 until approximately July 2021. This week’s work includes the following closures:

  • Crews will close the ramp from westbound U.S. 50 to northbound MO Route 291/Hamblen Rd. beginning at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 20, until approximately 5 a.m. the following morning.
  • Crews will close the ramp from northbound MO Route 291/Hamblen Rd. to westbound U.S. 50 beginning at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 21, until approximately 5 a.m. the following morning.
  • Crews will close the westbound U.S. 50 ramp to southbound MO Route 291/Jefferson St. beginning at 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 22, until approximately 5 a.m. the following morning.
  • Crews will close the ramp from southbound MO Route 291/Jefferson St. to westbound U.S. 50 beginning at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 23, until approximately 5 a.m. the following morning.

All work is weather permitting.

Please be patient and considerate to your fellow motorists. Use the zipper merge and take turns at merge points.  Please remember that all work zones are NO PHONE ZONES. Buckle up. Phone down. Arrive Alive. For potential impacts to traffic, please review KC Scout cameras at http://www.kcscout.net or consult our real-time traffic partner, WAZE.

Motorists are reminded to slow down and pay attention while driving in work zones. Not all work zones look alike. Work zones can be moving operations, such as striping, patching or mowing. They can also be short term, temporary lane closures to make quick repairs or remove debris from the roadway.

For more information about MoDOT news, projects or events, please visit our website at www.modot.mo.gov/kansascity. For instant updates, follow MoDOT_KC on Twitter, or share posts and comments on our Facebook at www.facebook.com/MoDOT.KansasCity.  MoDOT Kansas City maintains more than 7,000 miles of state roadway in nine counties. Sign up online for work zone updates or call 888-ASK-MODOT (275-6636).

Wayne County angler catches world record-sized spotted gar

Source: US State of Missouri

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) congratulates Devlin Rich of Williamsville for catching a new state record spotted gar. Rich was fishing with a pole-and-line at Wappapello Lake Feb. 25 when he reeled in the 10-pound, 9-ounce fish. His catch is not only the latest Missouri state record, but it beats the current spotted gar world record of 9-pounds, 12-ounces set back in 1994.

Spotted gar is rather common and widely distributed in the Bootheel lowlands of southeastern Missouri.

“Because of the hard, bony jaws, gars are seldom taken on hook-and-line and are rarely used for food,” noted MDC Fisheries Programs Specialist Andrew Branson. “Special techniques are required to capture them consistently with rod-and-reel, but they do provide a ready target for the bow hunter because they often bask near the surface of the water.”

Gars are generally associated with warm, sluggish backwaters. They frequently rise to the water’s surface, opening and closing their jaws with a loud snap, then sinking below. This behavior allows them to swallow air into their swim bladder, which allows it to function much like a lung. This adaptation helps them survive in still or slow waters with relatively low oxygen levels.

MDC staff verified Rich’s record-breaking catch on a certified scale in Williamsville. This is the second state record caught in 2021.

Missouri state record fish are recognized in two categories: pole-and-line and alternative methods. Alternative methods include: throwlines, limb lines, bank lines, jug lines, spearfishing, snagging, snaring, gigging, grabbing, archery, and atlatl.

For more information on state record fish, visit http://bit.ly/2efq1vl.

To find a place to fish near you or to buy fishing permits, download MDC’s Mo Fishing app, available on the App Store for Apple devices or Google Play for Android devices.

A Letter to the UConn Community Regarding UConn Reads

Source: US State of Connecticut

To the UConn Community:

This year, as our UConn Reads theme, the University selected an issue that is one of the most pressing of our time: Environmental Justice and Human Rights. Our community has explored this theme through Amitav Ghosh’s book, The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable. This non-fiction work broadly considers the “imaginative failure” of contemporary society to come to grips with the scope of the challenges presented by climate change in all of its manifestations.

UConn is a known leader in issues regarding the environment, sustainability, and human rights, all of which have been further amplified through UConn Reads programming. This has included a number of events, exhibits, and special collections, as well as the creation of an impactful pop-up course, “Climate Crisis: Take Action,” with an enrollment of more than 1,000 students. We commend our University community for its eager participation in this year’s theme, and especially congratulate the UConn Reads steering committee, under the leadership of Professor Mike Willig, on its dedication and hard work.

As we approach Earth Day 2021, we are marking the culmination of UConn Reads programming with signature events featuring Dr. Ghosh. We invite each member of our community – students, staff members, faculty members, alumni and all friends of the University – to participate in these conversations, which will touch on a number of areas that intersect with climate change and climate justice, including arts, humanities, social sciences, biophysical science, engineering, law, health, business, and more.

UConn Reads Signature Events

Details for the events are shared below, with registration and panelist information available on the UConn Reads website.

Wednesday, April 21, 2021:

Two events hosted in partnership with the Democracy and Dialogues Initiative of Dodd Human Rights Impact:

  • 12 to 2 p.m.: Encounters: The Great Derangement – Engagement by Amitav Ghosh with students, staff members, and faculty members
  • 5 to 7 p.m.: Encounters: The Great Derangement – Engagement by Amitav Ghosh with the public

Thursday, April 22, 2021:

Three events exploring broad themes that are highly relevant to the content of Amitav Ghosh’s book:

  • 12 to 1:30 p.m.: UConn Reads Forum: The Great Derangement – Climate Change and The Unthinkable, featuring Amitav Ghosh and a multi-disciplinary panel of faculty and students (co-sponsored by the Teale Nature and the Environment Lecture Series)
  • 2 to 3 p.m.: Thematic Discussion: Climate Change and Public Health, featuring Amitav Ghosh and a multi-disciplinary panel of faculty members
  • 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.: Thematic Discussion: Restoring the Earth, featuring Amitav Ghosh and a multi-disciplinary panel of faculty members

We hope that you find this programing to be informative and motivating as we continue to examine, and work to overcome, what is arguably the greatest challenge to face society in the 21st century. These are the challenges in which a great public institution such as UConn must play a vital leadership role.

Sincerely,

Tom

Thomas Katsouleas
President

Carl

Carl Lejuez
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

“Gail’s Law” To Create Sexual Assault Kit Tracking System Clears Final Senate Committee

Source: US State of Florida

TALLAHASSEE – “Gail’s Law” – a bill that would empower sexual assault survivors by creating a statewide tracking system for sexual assault kits – unanimously passed the Senate Appropriations Committee today and is now ready to be heard by the full Senate.

SB 1002 by Senator Linda Stewart (D-Orlando) requires the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to create and maintain a statewide system for tracking sexual assault evidence kits from the point of collection through the criminal justice process.  The tracking system would be accessible to survivors of sexual assault, giving them the option of opting-in for updates on the status of the evidence in their case.

“After suffering through an assault, many survivors feel powerless in a system that often fails to provide the appropriate support,” said Stewart. “Gail’s Law would bring accountability and transparency to the process – placing the power back in the hands of survivors.”

The bill’s House companion, HB 673 by Representative Emily Slosberg (D-Boca Raton) previously passed the full House 118-0.

Representative Slosberg said, “I am absolutely elated that Gail’s Law has passed its final Senate committee.  There is no reason why we should be able to track a pizza more efficiently than we can track critical evidence in a sexual assault case.  Gail’s Law will bring more accountability to the investigation of sexual assaults and reduce the potential for evidence to go untested and for perpetrators to escape justice.  I look forward to seeing Gail’s Law head to the Senate Floor for a final vote in the coming weeks and ask my Senate colleagues to join me in supporting sexual assault survivors by passing this bill.”

Every year, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and local crime labs around the state receive thousands of sexual assault kits for processing; however, there is currently no centralized method for tracking the location or processing status of sexual assault kits once they are collected.  The intent of SB 1002 and HB 673 is to create additional accountability measures and to empower survivors with information on the evidence in their cases, should they want it.

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April 20, 2021: COVID-19 Briefing

Source: US State of Delaware

NEWS FEED
April 20, 2021: COVID-19 BriefingDate Posted: April 19, 2021
Weekly COVID-19 Update – April 16,2021: Delaware Surpasses 100,000 Positive Cases; Hospitalization Trends Remain LevelDate Posted: April 16, 2021
Governor Carney, DPH, DEMA Announce Community COVID-19 Testing SitesDate Posted: April 16, 2021
Flag Lowering for Victims in IndianapolisDate Posted: April 16, 2021
Governor Carney Formally Extends State of EmergencyDate Posted: April 16, 2021
Champion Crowned in 2021 Junior Solar SprintDate Posted: April 16, 2021
Delaware State Forests now on Avenza MapsDate Posted: April 16, 2021
Zwaanendael Museum to hold photo contest in April 2021Date Posted: April 15, 2021
Division of Public Health Announces Permanent Closure of its Dental Health ClinicsDate Posted: April 15, 2021
DNREC to Have One Ton of Plastic Bags Made into BenchesDate Posted: April 15, 2021
LIFE Conference 2021 is Open for RegistrationDate Posted: April 14, 2021
Dejoynay Ferguson pleads guilty to murder, abuse at Bear daycare facilityDate Posted: April 14, 2021
Thriving with Intellectual and Developmental DisabilitiesDate Posted: April 14, 2021
Most DNREC Boat Registration Services Available OnlineDate Posted: April 14, 2021
Delaware Transit Corporation Launches DART Connect Micro Transit ServiceDate Posted: April 13, 2021
Governor Carney Announces COVID-19 Vaccination Program Fully OpenDate Posted: April 13, 2021
Volunteers Needed to Participate in Christina River Watershed Cleanup in AprilDate Posted: April 13, 2021
April 13, 2021: COVID-19 BriefingDate Posted: April 13, 2021
Test Your Climate Change KnowledgeDate Posted: April 12, 2021
Weekly COVID-19 Update – April 9, 2021: Average Daily Cases Decrease; Current Hospitalizations Continue Upward TrendDate Posted: April 9, 2021
Elsmere Police Department Earns State AccreditationDate Posted: April 9, 2021
Governor Carney, DPH, DEMA Announce Community COVID-19 Testing SitesDate Posted: April 9, 2021
Governor Carney Announces Judicial Nominations Date Posted: April 9, 2021
I-95 Drive to Save Lives & Drive to Save Lives across Delaware – April 9th to 10th, 2021Date Posted: April 9, 2021
DNREC to Issue Surf Fishing Permit Vouchers April 14Date Posted: April 9, 2021
Delaware Office Of Highway Safety Launches “Be Alert And Arrive Alive” Distracted Driving CampaignDate Posted: April 8, 2021
DNREC Launches New LogoDate Posted: April 8, 2021
DE Bond Rating Remains AAA in Spite of COVID ChallengesDate Posted: April 7, 2021
DNREC Holds Generator Improvement Rule Training WebinarDate Posted: April 7, 2021
April 6, 2021: COVID-19 Update and Virtual Town HallDate Posted: April 6, 2021
Key Piece of Mispillion Harbor Habitat ProtectedDate Posted: April 6, 2021
Two Indicted in Smyrna Child Remains CaseDate Posted: April 6, 2021
COVID-19 Vaccination Program Open to Delawareans 16+Date Posted: April 6, 2021
Sign Up for Assateague Living Shoreline Project WebinarDate Posted: April 6, 2021
DNREC Launches “Recyclopedia” to Increase RecyclingDate Posted: April 5, 2021
Flag Lowering for Victims of the Attack at the United States CapitolDate Posted: April 3, 2021
Emergency Sirens To Be Tested TuesdayDate Posted: April 3, 2021
Weekly COVID-19 Update – April 2, 2021: Average Daily Cases, Current Hospitalizations Continue Upward TrendDate Posted: April 2, 2021
Governor Carney, DPH, DEMA Announce Community COVID-19 Testing SitesDate Posted: April 2, 2021
State Releases First Health Care Benchmark Trend Report for 2019Date Posted: April 1, 2021
Governor Carney Updates COVID-19 OrderDate Posted: April 1, 2021
Open Burning of Brush, Branches and Limbs Allowed Through April 30Date Posted: April 1, 2021
The Mezzanine Gallery to Exhibit Paintings by Eileen OlsonDate Posted: April 1, 2021
COVID-19 Vaccination Program Will Open to Delawareans 16+ on April 6Date Posted: March 30, 2021
Child Abuse Prevention, Awareness During COVID-19Date Posted: March 30, 2021
March 30, 2021: COVID-19 BriefingDate Posted: March 30, 2021
DNREC to Issue 1,000 Additional Surf-Fishing PermitsDate Posted: March 29, 2021
Governor Carney Signs Eighth Revision to Omnibus COVID-19 OrderDate Posted: March 29, 2021
Delaware Households Affected by School Closings During Pandemic Will Receive Additional Temporary Food BenefitsDate Posted: March 29, 2021
Attorney General Jennings Announces Multistate Settlement with Boston Scientific CorporationDate Posted: March 29, 2021
Governor Carney Receives First Dose of COVID-19 VaccineDate Posted: March 28, 2021
Weekly COVID-19 Update- March 26, 2021: Slight Uptick in Average Daily Cases; Newly Reported Deaths Continue to DeclineDate Posted: March 26, 2021
Governor Carney, DPH, DEMA Announce Community COVID-19 Testing SitesDate Posted: March 26, 2021
Delaware Has Issued Emergency Benefits for March to Eligible SNAP, TANF, and General Assistance HouseholdsDate Posted: March 26, 2021
DHSS Updates Guidance for Visitation at Delaware’s Long-Term Care FacilitiesDate Posted: March 26, 2021
Delaware Turkey Hunting Season to Open in AprilDate Posted: March 26, 2021
EXPORT DELAWARE Invites Delaware Small Businesses To Join A Business TripDate Posted: March 25, 2021
EDGE Grant Program To Reopen To Benefit Promising Early-Stage Delaware Small BusinessesDate Posted: March 24, 2021
Flag Lowering for Victims in ColoradoDate Posted: March 23, 2021
Burial Ground Identified At John Dickinson PlantationDate Posted: March 23, 2021
Former Wilmington Police Officer Faces Felony Charges Following Grand Jury IndictmentDate Posted: March 23, 2021
COVID-19 Vaccine Waiting List Now Open to Delawareans 50+Date Posted: March 23, 2021
March 23, 2021: COVID-19 BriefingDate Posted: March 23, 2021
Treasurer Davis to Receive and Distribute Rescue Plan Funds for Delaware TownsDate Posted: March 22, 2021
College is an Option for Individuals with DisabilitiesDate Posted: March 22, 2021
Junior Partners In PolicymakingDate Posted: March 22, 2021
DNREC Launches Earth Day Video ContestDate Posted: March 22, 2021
Governor Carney, DPH, DEMA Announce Community COVID-19 Testing SitesDate Posted: March 19, 2021
Weekly COVID-19 Update – March 19, 2021: Average Daily Cases Flatten Out, Newly Reported Deaths DecreaseDate Posted: March 19, 2021
Governor Carney and DSHA Announce Reopening of COVID-19 Rental Assistance ProgramDate Posted: March 19, 2021
Delaware Income Tax Deadlines ExtendedDate Posted: March 19, 2021
Governor Carney Formally Extends State of EmergencyDate Posted: March 19, 2021
Kent County Transition to Life Virtual FairDate Posted: March 19, 2021
Historical Affairs Sponsors Seven Programs During April 2021Date Posted: March 19, 2021
CARES Act Funds Available for Fishery-Related BusinessesDate Posted: March 19, 2021
Flag Lowering For The Victims Of The Shooting In The Atlanta Metropolitan AreaDate Posted: March 18, 2021
Delaware Department of Agriculture Announces Specialty Crop Grant AvailabilityDate Posted: March 18, 2021
Delaware Department of Agriculture First State Agency To Make 1t.org PledgeDate Posted: March 18, 2021
Eligible Seniors 65 and Older Can Sign Up for Vaccination This WeekendDate Posted: March 17, 2021
Nominations Open for 2021 Compassionate Champion AwardsDate Posted: March 17, 2021
FRAUD ALERT: The U.S. Justice Department Warns About Fake Unemployment Benefit WebsitesDate Posted: March 17, 2021
Attention Investors – Metals.com, Tower Equity, Chase Metals, and Barrick Capital Receivership Claim DeadlineDate Posted: March 16, 2021
DDA Warns Owners Of Red-Eared Slider Turtles About Potential Salmonella RiskDate Posted: March 16, 2021
Governor Carney Announces Updates to COVID-19 Vaccination ProgramDate Posted: March 16, 2021
Mosquito Control Spraying of Woodland Pools to BeginDate Posted: March 16, 2021
March 16, 2021: COVID-19 BriefingDate Posted: March 16, 2021
State Forest Camping Now Open To The PublicDate Posted: March 15, 2021
Weekly COVID-19 Update – March 12, 2021: Average Daily Cases, Hospitalizations Decline as Vaccination Efforts ContinueDate Posted: March 12, 2021
Don’t Be A Statistic: Designate a Sober Driver for St. Patrick’s WeekendDate Posted: March 12, 2021
Governor Carney, DPH, DEMA Announce Community COVID-19 Testing SitesDate Posted: March 12, 2021
DHSS Tests Using Paratransit to Help Bring COVID-19 Vaccine to Vulnerable DelawareansDate Posted: March 12, 2021
Delaware Fruit and Vegetable Growers Who Pass Food Safety Audits Eligible for Cost-ShareDate Posted: March 12, 2021
State Auditor McGuiness To Monitor American Rescue Plan Funding Sent to DelawareDate Posted: March 12, 2021
Upstate Stream Trout Season to Open EarlyDate Posted: March 12, 2021
Delaware Businesses Can Receive Up To $9,600 In Tax Credits Per EmployeeDate Posted: March 12, 2021
Treasurer Davis Applauds Signing of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021Date Posted: March 11, 2021
Nonprofit Security Grant Program Accepting ApplicationsDate Posted: March 9, 2021
Delaware’s 2021-2025 Strategic Highway Safety Plan FinalizedDate Posted: March 9, 2021
March 9, 2021: COVID-19 BriefingDate Posted: March 9, 2021
State Auditor McGuiness: Delaware’s CARES Act Funding Spend Increases by $12 Million Over Previous WeekDate Posted: March 8, 2021

WSDOT Aviation accepting applications for new round of airport grants

Source: Washington State News 2

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Eric Johnson, Airport Construction and Grants Program Manager, 360-708-8970.
Christina Crea, communications, 360-709-8098, 360-810-0902 (mobile)

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Transportation Aviation Division is currently accepting applications for the first round of 2021-2023 Airport Aid Grant Program grants. WSDOT anticipates awarding between $1.1 and $1.3 million in funding.

Airports can only apply for projects previously submitted through the Statewide Capital Improvement Program. Known as the SCIP, it is an unconstrained prioritized list of projects entered by Washington’s 134 public-use airports that captures project requirements to address the individual needs of each facility.

To apply, airports can fill out the online application (pdf 3.2 mb) and airport aid application checklist (pdf 527 kb). WSDOT requires airport aid grant assurances (pdf 96 kb) be submitted with the application package.

Applications are due no later than 5 p.m. Friday, May 21. Qualifying projects should be targeted for completion by June 30, 2022. Eligible projects may include work beginning after July 1, 2021.

WSDOT will prioritize applications based on the project scores from the Statewide Capital Improvement Program. Guidance and information regarding scoring are provided online in the WSDOT Airport Aid Grant Procedures Manual (pdf 1 mb).

WSDOT will announce grant award decisions after July 1, 2021.

The next grant cycle begins May 2022.

This year FAA Federal Fiscal Year 2020 and 2021 AIP grants are being funded at a 100% federal share from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

Resurfacing of North Shore Road in Belfair to begin in May

Source: Washington State News 2

Doug Adamson, communications, 360-357-2716

BELFAIR – Travelers who use the North Shore Road (State Route 300) between SR 3 and Belfair State Park will need to plan for extra travel time this spring.

Contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will remove and replace three miles of worn asphalt on both directions of the roadway beginning Monday, May 3. If the weather cooperates, paving will be completed by early June.

Keeping people moving
Work is generally planned between 6 a.m. and 3 p.m. each weekday. During those times, the roadway will reduce to a single lane in each direction. WSDOT will prohibit construction during the heaviest travel times between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. each day.

Preserving the highway
The North Shore Road is used by thousands of vehicles per day, but the roadway is showing its age with signs of wear and tear with cracked and rutted pavement. To create a fresh surface and preserve the highway, the top layer will be removed. Damaged portions of asphalt will be repaired before it’s repaved.

Asphalt grinding is unavoidably loud. Crews will work as quickly as possible to complete the work to minimize inconvenience. 

Travelers are encouraged to watch their speeds and give workers the room they need to get the job done safely.

WSDOT provides email updates for this project and major roadwork on state highways in Mason County. Real-time travel information is available on the WSDOT app and on the WSDOT regional Twitter feed

Callaway County angler catches world record-sized spotted gar

Source: US State of Missouri

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) congratulates Devlin Rich of Williamsville for catching a new state record spotted gar. Rich was fishing with a pole-and-line at Wappapello Lake Feb. 25 when he reeled in the 10-pound, 9-ounce fish. His catch is not only the latest Missouri state record, but it beats the current spotted gar world record of 9-pounds, 12-ounces set back in 1994.

Spotted gar is rather common and widely distributed in the Bootheel lowlands of southeastern Missouri.

“Because of the hard, bony jaws, gars are seldom taken on hook-and-line and are rarely used for food,” noted MDC Fisheries Programs Specialist Andrew Branson. “Special techniques are required to capture them consistently with rod-and-reel, but they do provide a ready target for the bow hunter because they often bask near the surface of the water.”

Gars are generally associated with warm, sluggish backwaters. They frequently rise to the water’s surface, opening and closing their jaws with a loud snap, then sinking below. This behavior allows them to swallow air into their swim bladder, which allows it to function much like a lung. This adaptation helps them survive in still or slow waters with relatively low oxygen levels.

MDC staff verified Rich’s record-breaking catch on a certified scale in Williamsville. This is the second state record caught in 2021.

Missouri state record fish are recognized in two categories: pole-and-line and alternative methods. Alternative methods include: throwlines, limb lines, bank lines, jug lines, spearfishing, snagging, snaring, gigging, grabbing, archery, and atlatl.

For more information on state record fish, visit http://bit.ly/2efq1vl.

To find a place to fish near you or to buy fishing permits, download MDC’s Mo Fishing app, available on the App Store for Apple devices or Google Play for Android devices.

Foster reforms aimed at giving more children permanency sent to governor

Source: US State of Missouri

      The legislature has proposed several measures meant to give more Missouri children a chance to get out of the foster care system and into permanent homes, and to help foster and adoptive parents afford the costs of caring for and adopting children.       House Bills 429 and 430 were agreed to this week and … Continue reading “Foster reforms aimed at giving more children permanency sent to governor”