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Third Draft of Iowa's ESSA Plan Released for Public Review
DES MOINES, Iowa, Aug. 17 -- The Iowa Department of Education issued the following news release:

Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise today announced that the third draft of Iowa's state plan for meeting the federal Every Student Succeeds Act is available for public review and comment. Iowa's plan will be finalized and submitted to the U.S. Department of Education in September.

"Iowa has several collaborative education improvement efforts underway, each with a goal of preparing students for success in high school and beyond, and the Every Student Succeeds Act is an opportunity to connect ... Show Full Article

TPWD Receives Quality Deer Management's 2017 Agency of the Year Award
AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 17 -- Texas Parks and Wildlife Department issued the following news release:

The Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) has named the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department as the recipient of its 2017 Agency of the Year Award. The award was presented at QDMA's 2017 National Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana, in recognition of the agency's commitment to a strong deer management program.

"The white-tailed deer is a charismatic symbol that has come to represent the importance of wildlife conservation in Texas," said QDMA founder Joe Hamilton. "The Texas Parks and Wildlife ... Show Full Article

Secretary Davin Continues 'Jobs That Pay' Tour at MECCO, Discusses Gov. Wolf's Commitment to Technology Sector in Pennsylvania
HARRISBURG, Pa., Aug. 17 -- The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development issued the following news release:

Today, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin continued the 'Jobs that Pay' tour at MECCO, an industrial product marking company, to highlight Governor Tom Wolf's commitment to promoting entrepreneurship in the technology sector, advancing innovation, and creating a technology-ready workforce in Pennsylvania.

"Thriving companies like MECCO show us why Pennsylvania is such a great place for tech companies to grow," Secretary Davin ... Show Full Article

Northwestern Water, Sewer District Replacing Water Lines; Receiving Financing From Ohio EPA
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Aug. 17 -- The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency issued the following news release:

The Northwestern Water and Sewer District in Bowling Green will use an Ohio EPA loan to replace a water line along Curtice Road in Northwood.

In addition to replacing aging infrastructure, the project will eliminate a dead end by installing a loop. The line updates will improve water delivery and quality to customers and reduce breaks.

Created in 1998, the Water Supply Revolving Loan Account (WSRLA) provides below-market interest rate loans for compliance-related improvements for community ... Show Full Article

Job Growth Remains Below National Average - July Unemployment Rate Increases Slightly
SPRINGFIELD, Ill., Aug. 17 -- The Illinois Department of Employment Security issued the following news release:

The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today that the unemployment rate increased +0.1 percentage points to 4.8 percent in July and nonfarm payrolls increased by +2,100 jobs over-the-month, based on preliminary data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and released by IDES. June job growth was revised down to show an increase of +6,400 jobs rather than the preliminary estimate of +8,600 jobs.

July's monthly payroll gain kept over-the-year job ... Show Full Article

Governor McAuliffe Announces Kosmo Machine Inc. to Create 36 New Jobs in Henrico County
RICHMOND, Va., Aug. 17 -- Gov. Terry McAuliffe, D-Va., issued the following news release:

Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced that Kosmo Machine Inc., a full service precision machine shop, will invest $1,000,000 in new equipment to increase production capacity at its manufacturing operation in Henrico County. The expansion will create 36 new jobs.

"Kosmo Machine has been a deep-rooted part of the Central Virginia business community for 40 years, and I am pleased to announce they will continue to invest and grow their workforce here in the Commonwealth." said Governor McAuliffe. "Providing ... Show Full Article

Allegheny County Airport Welcomes Scouts for National Aviation Day
WEST MIFFLIN, PA, Aug. 17 -- The Allegheny County Airport Authority issued the following news release:

Federal Aviation Administration and Allegheny County Airport Authority officials will observe National Aviation Day on Friday, Aug. 18, by welcoming scout troops from across the region to Allegheny County Airport (AGC) in West Mifflin to earn their aviation merit badges.

Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops will participate in various activities from 8:30 a.m. through 1 p.m. The media is invited to attend.

In addition to Airport Authority officials, STAT MedEvac, Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics, ... Show Full Article